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9 November 2017, 08:06
The chef and owner of the Carluccio’s chain gave Jamie Oliver his first big break
Yesterday was a sad day in the world of cooking as renowned Italian chef, Antonio Carluccio, 80 passed away after a fall in his home.
Since then, a number of emotional tributes have been pouring in from the likes of Gino D'Acampo, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver, whose careers were heavily influenced by the legend.
In a heart-felt Instagram post Jamie Oliver explained: ”He was my first London Boss at the Neal Street restaurant 25 years ago” and described him as “a charismatic charming don of all things Italian!”
Hi guys with great sadness I’ve heard that Antonio Carluccio passed away this morning. He was my first London Boss at the Neal Street restaurant 25 years ago which was an institution and Mecca of wild mushrooms where I had the pleasure of working for him. 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 . The imagine here is from his great cook book that first got me hooked on Pasta which I found so very inspirational and drove me to work for him. I also had the pleasure of making and producing his TV show the “Two Greedy Italians “ with his life long best friend and partner in crime @gennarocontaldo who were hilarious together !! he was an amazing food ambassador that will be sorely missed. My love goes out to his partner Sabina his family and his dear and close friends on this very sad day. Viva Antonio Carluccio @cookcarluccio Cook a feast up there mate xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
He added: "I also had the pleasure of making and producing his TV show the ‘Two Greedy Italians’ with his life long best friend and partner in crime @gennarocontaldo who were hilarious together." And explained that he will be “sorely missed”.
Meanwhile, This Morning chef Gino D'Acampo tweeted saying his episode of ‘Italian Coastal Escape’ that night, would be dedicated to him.
I’d like to dedicate tonight’s episode of ‘Italian Coastal Escape’ to my good friend Antonio @CookCarluccio . Sending all my love to his family. I will remember the good times we had together xxxx— Gino D'Acampo (@Ginofantastico) November 8, 2017
Having interviewed with Antonio in 2012 Nigella Lawson retweeted the interview and wrote: "Riposi in Pace." - Meaning rest in peace in Italian.
Riposi in pace https://t.co/kZ861AS1Zo— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) November 8, 2017
He will indeed be sorely missed.