Who was Antonio Carluccio? Carluccio’s restaurateur who worked with Jamie Oliver dead at 80

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IT WAS announced on November 8 that Italian TV chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio passed away.

The well-loved Italian chef is known as the godfather of Italian gastronomy and was a mentor to celebrity-chef Jamie Oliver. Here’s all you need to know about the popular chef…

 It was confirmed that Antonio Carluccio had passed away on November 8, 2017PA:Press Association It was confirmed that Antonio Carluccio had passed away on November 8, 2017

Who was Antonio Carluccio and what was his background?

Antonio Carluccio was born in April 1937 in Salerno, Italy.

His father was a stationmaster and the family moved around for his job.

They settled near the northwest where Antonio gained a love for foraging in the forest for different types of mushroom with his father.

He left school and did his year’s compulsory military service in the navy before doing a short stint as a journalist with Italian paper La Stampa.

 Antonio was a much loved TV chef and restaurant ownerPA:Press Association Antonio was a much loved TV chef and restaurant owner

He moved to Vienna at the age of 21 and then lived in Germany between 1962 and 1975 working as a wine merchant in Hamburg.

In 1975 he moved over to the UK and became the manager of Terence Conran’s Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden.

How did Antonio Carluccio become a restaurateur?

Antonio bought Neal Street Restaurant in 1989, and the Naked Chef himself, Jamie Oliver trained under Antonio in the kitchen.

Later in 1991 Antonio and his then wife set up an Italian deli called Carluccio’s.

In 1994 the company branched out into wholesale and in 1999 the first Carluccio’s cafe was opened.

The business incorporated both a food shop and a restaurant and it expanded into a chain across the southeast of England.

In 2010 the group was sold to the Landmark Group for £90million.

 Antonio is pictured here with presenter Carol Vorderman and chef Jamie Oliver who trained in his restaurantRex Features Antonio is pictured here with presenter Carol Vorderman and chef Jamie Oliver who trained in his restaurant

When did Antonio Carluccio die?

The celebrity chef and restaurateur’s agent announced that he had died at the age of 80 on November 8.

In a tribute, Masterchef critic William Sitwell said: “The saddest news. One of the loveliest people, and a really wonderful friend, Antonio Carluccio, has died.”

In a touching tribute, he shared memories of the chef, writing: “He had such warmth and at 80 great energy.

“He was only working in Australia very recently.

“It is so sad but what an absolute joy to know that he really was a friend. Every mushroom growing quietly beneath a pile of leaves in one of the secret woods that only he knew about might shed a little tear knowing he will never pick one of them again.”




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