Industry mourns the passing of Antonio Carluccio

09/11/2017 - 11:43
Antonio Carluccio, founder of the Carluccio’s restaurant chain, has passed away at the age of 80.

The Italian chef and restaurateur was highly respected in the industry, both in his homeland and in the UK, and is considered by many to be the ‘Godfather of Italian gastronomy’.

Carluccio worked more than 50 years in foodservice where his culinary skills crossed over into numerous recipe books and TV appearances- notably in the BBC series, Two Greedy Italians.

He is credited with helping launch the career of Jamie Oliver, who worked under his guidance at the Neal Street restaurant in London’s Covent Garden in the 1980's.

In 1999, he opened his first ‘Carluccio’s Caffe’ in London which in the 18 years since has expanded into a chain of 80 restaurants across the UK, Ireland and Middle East.

“He was such a charismatic charming don of all things Italian. Always hanging out the front door of the restaurant with a big fat Cigar a glass of something splendid and his amazing fuzzy white hair…. he was an amazing food ambassador that will be sorely missed,” wrote Oliver on Instagram.

Raymond Blanc tweeted: “Heard the sad news of a dear colleague 's departure & a truly dear friend, possibly the most loved Italian man in the country.”

Carluccio’s Two Greedy Italians co-star, Gennaro Contaldo, posted: “I am so so sad at the loss of my dear friend Antonio. Over the years, we had good times, bad times, we cried, we laughed, we argued, we joked.

“Will miss him so much - our chats, our arguments and banter. He was like my big brother. RIP Antonio.”

Carluccio's restaurant group said they will be talking to Antonio Carluccio's family to discuss "how they might wish to celebrate his incredible life.”

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