Vegas Seven Food Writer Max Jacobson in Critical Condition After Accident


Updated Jan. 6:

A dinner series to benefit Max Jacobson, “Chefs to the Max,” will kick off from January 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Rick Moonen’s Rx Boiler Room inside Mandalay Bay. Click here for the chef lineup, menu and ticket information.

Updated Dec. 28:

Longtime Las Vegas food journalist Max Jacobson remained in an induced coma at Sunrise Hospital Saturday after sustaining serious head injuries when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a road Dec. 23.

Jacobson, a contributing editor for Vegas Seven, was on his morning walk to the gym when he was hit at a crosswalk at the intersection of Windmill Parkway and Pecos Road in Henderson. Doctors describe him as in critical condition, and say they plan to keep him in the coma at least through Monday in an attempt to reduce the pressure on his brain.

Jacobson’s family has created a page on the website where friends and loved ones can read updates on his condition and leave messages of support. Well-wishers can also contribute funds to support Jacobson’s recovery by visiting and sending donations to

“The staff was hit hard by this news, and we’re all praying for Max and his wife, Setu,” says Phil Hagen, editorial director for Vegas Seven parent company WENDOH Media. “Max is not only one of the most knowledgeable food writers this city has ever seen, but he is a great man all around.”

Jacobson, whose 64th birthday is on New Year’s Eve, covered Orange County for the Los Angeles Times for 15 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to be the lead critic for Las Vegas Life. He has been Vegas Seven‘s restaurant reviewer since the magazine debuted nearly four years ago.

Henderson Police are investigating the accident.