Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio has died at the age of 80, his agent says.
He was known for the Italian restaurant chain that carries his surname and for appearing on TV programmes, including the BBC Two hit Two Greedy Italians, alongside chef Gennaro Contaldo.
He wrote more than a dozen best-selling books and in 2012 launched his memoirs.
The restaurant chain has called him the “Godfather of Italian cooking” and said he will be “greatly missed”.
“Antonio was a much loved and respected Italian cookery writer, cook, restaurateur, food expert and TV personality,” a statement from the Carluccio’s restaurant chain said.
“It isn’t just Antonio’s name above our doors, but his heart and soul lives and breathes throughout our restaurants.”
Carluccio co-founded the high street restaurant chain Carluccio’s in 1999.
In 2007, he received an OBE from the Queen for his services to the catering industry and in 2012, he was awarded the AA hospitality lifetime achievement award.
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