Antonio Carluccio, the Italian chef and restaurateur, died on November 8, 2017, at the age of 80. Antonio Carluccio’s funeral was attended by many celebrity chefs, including Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver worked for Antonio at the beginning of his career. Jamie shared a photo of the funeral on his Instagram. He took a photo with some of the nation’s most celebrated chefs at Antonio’s goodbye.
“Yesterday at Antonio’s goodbye it was such a pleasure to stand with these culinary legends, as a young boy I grew up just loving Raymond Blanc he bought us the romance and passion, Rick Stein was dreamy and gentle with simple delicious seafood, Brian Turner the Gate keeper of all things British and good and of course, our very own Gennaro Contaldo who I didn’t even know at that point. How funny life is that your heroes can become your friends,” he captioned his photo.
He also wrote, “So today we laid to rest our dear Antonio @cookcarluccio what a legend. So many great chefs gathered to say goodbye to the Don… tonight all my chefs and I hope you if you’re a chef will join together just before service and take your favourite risotto pan and tap it with a wood spoon just to say thank you and goodbye to the man… Big love joxxxxx.”
The “Godfather” of Italian cooking died at the age of 80 from complications after a fall in his home in London. He founded the restaurant chain Carluccio’s, received an OBE from the Queen for his services to the catering industry in 2007 and the Commendatore from the Italian government in 1998. Antonio Carluccio lefts dozens of books and TV programs behind. He was known for participating in The Two Greedy Italians alongside chef Gennaro Contaldo.