Chef Antonio Carluccio is a renowned Italian Chef. He is also the author of several cookery books and has a wide range of culinary knowledge. In 1998, Antonio was awarded the title of Commendatore by the Italian government which literally means ‘knight commander’ for his services. Foraging and studying wild mushrooms is a hobby Antonio cultivated with his father while he was still a kid. The English countryside, with a wide variety of undiscovered wild mushrooms was a haven for Antonio during his 37 years spent living in London.
Antonio’s career as a chef has been marked by several successes. In 1981, Antonio took over the Neal Street restaurant in Covent garden and was a runner up in the Sunday times Cook of the year. In the year 1991, Antonio opened a delicatessen next to the Neal street restaurant and in 1998, he started the world’s first Carluccio’s cafe in market place London. In 2012, Antonio was awarded the AA hospitality lifetime achievement award.
During his career, Antonio has also authored 24 books on subjects ranging from mushrooms, pasta, italian cooking, opera to his autobiography, which was published in 2012. He also made regular television appearances from 1983 onwards on the British broadcasting channel on Mediterranean food, British broadcasting channel Food and Drink, Saturday morning kitchen and Market kitchen.
As a chef, he admires the millions of housewives of Italy who he refers to as ‘Michelin starred Chefs’ in Italy. This goes a long way to show his humility and love of food.