In Memory

Bonnie Heather Shand

Bonnie Heather Shand was born May 25, 1952 to David Austin Shand and Melba Hansen Shand in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her father was the Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony and a Professor of Music at the University of Utah. Her mother was an artist, sculptor and teacher. She attended Rowland-Hall St. Mark’s and graduated from East High School. She went to Paris at age 17 and attended Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School where she received the coveted “Certificat de Cuisine Elementaire” from the infamous Madame Brassart. There, she met many friends from around the world that sparked the beginning of her world travels. Everyone loved Bonnie. She made friends with everyone from a Crown Prince of Brazil, the President of Sony in Japan, to a Prince of Denmark. She attended the School of Domestic Science in Lier, Norway (about which she was featured in the New Era), the New York School of Interior Design, George Washington University, the American University of Paris, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. In 1976, she married Sadao Takamatsu in Kobe, Japan. They had one daughter, Anne-Marie. She started Bonnie Renoir’s Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Irvine, California and a cooking school in Tokyo, Japan. She returned to her beloved France in 1982 where she eventually met Robert Huyot, the President & CEO of the Intercontinental Hotel Group and former CEO of Pan Am Airlines. She and Robert were together until 1990. She attended the Lenotre School of Pastry Design as well as the University of London Law School to become a barrister. Although she did not complete her law degree, she litigated several cases against major corporations on her own. Having done master classes with some of the world’s most famous chefs and creating a cooking video that was a predecessor to Food Network, she hung up her chef’s hat and returned to Utah where her family resided. She took care of her mother and daughter and started a fashion design business ‘Katherine Renoir.’ She had an eye for beauty whether it was through food, design or people. She passed away February 8, 2017 after a long, hard-fought battle with Parkinsons.

Preceded in death by her mother and father, her brother David Austin Shand and her sister Laura Shand Heiner Douglass. Survived by her daughter Anne-Marie (Eric) Mickelsen, her granddaughters Mayumi, Maiya and Emma, her nieces Melissa Ney, Katrina Childs, Julie (Don) Stewart, Susan (Brian) Allen and her nephews Mark (Rachel) Heiner and Michael (Jennifer) Shand.