James Martin pays tribute to ‘legendary’ TV co-star after tragic death
TV chef James Martin has opened up about the death of former colleague Alastair Little, who has died at the age of 72, calling him the ‘godfather of British food’
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James Martin has paid tribute to chef Alastair Little after he passed away at the age of 72.
The 50-year-old took to Instagram to share the news that his former Ready Steady Cook co-star had died, calling Alastair a “legend” and “godfather of British food”.
Sharing a black-and-white picture of Alastair, James wrote: “So sad to hear the news one of the true godfathers of British food has passed away.
“I had the honour of first meeting Alastair Little at college as a young kid and later doing stints at Frith Street which was a Mecca for all foodies at the time…later on Ready Steady Cook and beyond.
“The man was a legend in so many’s eyes and mine and my thoughts go to his family and friends.”
Alastair Little has sadly passed away
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He signed off: “Chef, you are and always will be a legend to me and many others. RIP.”
Many people were quick to offer their condolences, with one of James’ followers writing: “Shocked by the news James! Was thinking about him while driving around Umbria a few weeks ago! A culinary influencer!”
Another person said: “Sorry to hear that James you have lost quite a few fellow chefs recently. Please slow down a bit enjoy what you have worked so hard for. Take it easy fella.”
James paid tribute to his former co-star
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He called Alastair a “legend”
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A third fan commented: “Omg, such sad news and one of the legends,” while someone else wrote: “How sad RIP Alastair #angeloffood.”
Writing on Twitter, The Michelin Guide UK called Alastair a “self-taught, intelligent” chef.
They said: “Alastair Little was a self-taught, intelligent & articulate chef who was ahead of his time.
“His eponymous Soho restaurant influenced a generation of chefs & restaurateurs and the British food scene owes him so much.
“We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Alastair died peacefully at his home in Australia on Tuesday (August 2).
He had been credited with influencing modern British cuisine and had released several cookbooks. Alastair also appeared on MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook.
He owned several restaurants and set up a home delivery service back in 2019.
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