It is with immense sadness that we note the passing of Antonio Carluccio. Godfather of Italian cuisine, chef, restauranteur, writer, businessman and supporter of Malton.
As a visitor to the town in the last decade it was his humour, intellect and charm that touched so many people. On his first visit to Malton his ideas proved inspirational and through his support helped the development of the town as a foodie destination. As well as appearing at several food festivals, he coined the phrase "Yorkshire’s Food Capital” and also memorably adopted a local pig, naming it Sophia Loren!
He loved a coffee at Malton Relish chatting with owner Sophie who I know he always had a laugh with. It was only last year that he visited Malton for his fourth and final occasion cooking in the Milton Rooms and serving gelato in Groovy Moo with the assembled crowd in hysterics.
He was gentle, amusing, clever and with an enormous and astonishing knowledge of food and gastronomy. He will be truly missed by his many friends in Malton and will no doubt be remembered for his great achievements around the world, his awards and by being the Godfather of Italian Cuisine.
To many of us here in town he certainly felt like a godfather to Malton as well.