BBC News sadly reported that iconic Italian chef, celebrity restaurant chain founder Antonio Carluccio died at the age of 80 on 8th November. In his honour a trailer of the final video interview of Antonio cooking Italian food with Love Italian Life has been published on YouTube & Facebook to celebrate one of the greatest ambassadors of Italian culinary culture.
The full exclusive video interview on YouTube was recorded with Antonio at his South London home in July 2017.
Love Italian Life Co Founder Neil Cameron said, “Upon watching the footage you can immediately understand the deep passion and love Antonio had for his native Italian cuisine”.
Antonio fondly known as the ‘Godfather’ of Italian Cooking was an author with over a dozen best-selling books dedicated to Pasta, Mushrooms and ‘Vegetables’. He was loved for his appearances on TV programmes such as Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef and the popular BBC hit Two Greedy Italians alongside fellow Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo.
Jamie Oliver made a tribute on Instagram to what he calls his “first London boss” when working at Carluccio’s Neal Street restaurant in Covent Garden 25 years ago. Jamie said he was “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.” Celebrity chef James Martin referred to Antonio as “one of the true greats of TV chefs” while fellow chef Gino D’Acampo paid his tributes to his “good friend” as did Nigella Lawson who wrote: “Riposi in pace“.
Antonio was awarded Commendatore by the Italian Government in 1998 for services rendered to Italy which is the equivalent of a British knighthood. He also later received an OBE from The Queen in 2007 for services to the British catering industry.
The son of a station master from rural North West Italy with an Italian Food career stretching over 50 years, Antonio will always be known as a true ambassador for Italian culinary culture and will never be forgotten.
For more information about these videos (Trailer: https://youtu.be/VMy4Yrf3_Jw Full Interview: https://youtu.be/jMQTZkQto7Q), full press release can be downloaded HERE.
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