Restaurant industry pays tribute to Antonio Carluccio


Tributes flooded in after news that world-renowned restaurateur and chef Antonio Carluccio had died.

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Celebrity chefs joined respected industry professionals in praising the 80-year-old’s talents and sharing their grief at his passing.

The loss of a friend

Social media was filled with tributes after news broke of Carluccio’s death. Ken Hom said he was devastated after hearing the news that his good friend had passed away. He added that his dear friend had inspired him for more than 38 years. Hom went on to say that it was hard to see a future in which Carluccio’s laughter and jovial smile were missing. Fellow chef Brian Turner also called the octogenarian a wonderful friend and said he was very sad at the news of his death.

Chef Will Torrent predicted that the world would a little less bright without Carluccio in it, whilst many others took to social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to express their thoughts on his passing.

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A star is born

Carluccio was born the fifth out of six children in Vietri sul Mare in Salerno, Italy, in 1937. He served a year in Italy’s navy during his national service and then went on to become a Turin journalist for La Stampa. He also worked as a sales representative and technician for Olivetti, the typewriter manufacturer.

Many other jobs followed before he moved to the UK in 1975, starting out as a wine merchant before moving into the restaurant sector.

In 1981, he became the manager of Terence Conran’s Covent Garden Neal Street Restaurant, dealing with everything from managing the commercial catering suppliers to assessing menus. Whilst companies such as, maintained their roles in the success of the establishment, Carluccio went on to own it from 1989.

In 1998, the first Carluccio’s Caffe opened and today the chain includes around 120 sites. The business was sold seven years ago but Carluccio continued to work as a consultant for the chain. More information about the chef’s background can be found on the Daily Mail website at

As well as forming his restaurant empire, the esteemed chef wrote no less than 22 books. He also starred in a wide range of television programmes, including a BBC2 cookery series called Two Greedy Italians and Antonio Carluccio’s Italian Feast.