- Antonio Carluccio
Antonio Carluccio, OBE, (born 1937 in
Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Italy) is a London-based Italian chef, restaurateur and food expert.
Carluccio was born in south Italy, but his father was a
stationmaster, and he moved with his father's job when he was young and grew up in Piedmont. He moved to Viennaat age 21 to study languages. He lived in Germanyfrom 1962 to 1975, working as wine merchantin Hamburg. He came to the United Kingdomin 1975 to work as a wine merchant, importing Italian wines. He became the manager of Terence Conran's Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Gardenin 1981, and became its owner in 1989. He and his wife Priscilla (Conran's younger sister) opened an Italian food shop, named "Carluccio's", in 1991, and a wholesale business in 1994. The first "Carluccio's Caffè" was opened in 1999 and a chain has expanded, initially across southeast England, and subsequently across the UK. After ten years of developing Carluccio’s Caffés, Antonio has now stepped down from being a consultant to concentrate on new projects and ventures.
He has written several books on Italian cuisine and appeared on television in the
BBC's "Food and Drink Programme", and in his own series "Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feasts" in 1996. He was given the national honour of " Commendatoredell' Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" by the Italian government in 1998 for his contribution to the Italian food industry and in 2007 he was awarded an OBE.
celebrity chef Jamie Oliverbegan his professional career at the Neal Street Restaurant which Antonio owned with his wife until the restaurant closed in 2006.
On Sunday, September 7th, it was reported that Antonio Carluccio stabbed himself in the chest [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2823726/Antonio-Carluccio-TV-chef-stabbed.html] . Doctors feared the blade may have punctured his lung. He was taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and later discharged.
Carluccio has since admitted himself in to The Priory, London. It was said that Carluccio was suffering from depression [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1056572/Depressed-TV-chef-Carluccio-checks-Priory-clinic-days-stabbing-chest-kitchen-knife.html] but latest reports are that he is suffering from exhaustion and that incident was an accident [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1061034/Carluccio-didnt-try-kill-just-slip-knife-says-close-friend.html] .
*"An Invitation to Italian Cooking" (1986)
*"A Passion for Mushrooms" (1988)
*"Passion for Pasta" (1993)
*"Italian Feast" (1996)
*"Carluccio's Complete Italian Food" (1997)
*"Southern Italian Feast" (1998)
*cite book | author = Carluccio A | year = 2003 | title = The Complete Mushroom Book | publisher = Quadrille | id = ISBN 1-84400-040-0
*"Italia" (2005) ISBN 1-84400-166-0
* [http://www.antonio-carluccio.co.uk Antonio Carluccio's official website]
* [http://www.carluccios.com Carluccio's Caffes' website]
* [http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp09843 Portraits] at the National Portrait Gallery
* [http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9238473 Biography]
* [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/travel/story/0,6903,1484157,00.html Interview] , "
The Observer", 15 May 2005
* [http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/11/15/antonio.jpgAntonio Carluccio] (photo)
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