Antonio Carluccio OBE is recognised as the Godfather of Italian Cooking.
He was one of the UK’s first celebrity cooks and is responsible for not only bringing Italian cooking to the UK but also nurturing and inspiring British talent such as Jamie Oliver.
Antonio Carluccio was born the son of a station master and travelled the length and breadth of Italy which provided a rare and privileged culinary knowledge.
After school, Antonio had a brief spell in the Navy, was a journalist in Turin and a wine merchant in Germany before, in 1975, when he travelled to London and made it his home.
After being awarded runner up in the Sunday Times Cook of the Year competition (1981) Antonio was asked to take over the Neal Street Restaurant which he quickly turned into one of the hottest places in London playing host to Pavarotti, Prince Charles and Sir Elton John.
Antonio is also responsible for bringing quality Italian food to the British high street through Carluccio’s Cafés and with over 40 restaurants across the country Antonio has made his presence felt across the UK.
It was back in 1983 when Antonio made his first appearance on our television screens reporting on BBC2 about Mediterranean food.
He subsequently became a regular on BBC 2’s Food and Drink Programme, BBC Saturday Morning Kitchen, Market Kitchen as well as making several of his own series including Southern Italian Feast, Antonio Carluccio and the Leopard and Two Greedy Italians.
In 2015 Antonio visited Australia to film Antonio Carluccio’s Six Seasons, a six part TV series where Antonio learns about Australia’s indigenous history, spanning the culture, art and music of the land and most importantly, the cuisine.
Antonio has also been involved in Masterchef Australia and Australian food festivals in 2012, 2013 and 2015, the 2012 Durban food festival in South Africa, the 2013 Dubai Literature Festival and he is a regular at the BBC Good Food Show often demonstrating with Gennaro Contaldo.
In 1998, Antonio was awarded the Commendatore OMRI by the President of Italy for services to Italian gastronomy, the equivalent of the British knighthood. This was followed by an honorary OBE in 2007 for his services to gastronomy in Britain.
Antonio has written 23 books on subjects ranging from mushrooms, pasta, Italian cooking and Opera, as well as his autobiography, published in 2012.
In his spare time Antonio donates much time to homelessness charities, believing in the power of food to feed the soul.
Antonio Carluccio can deliver speeches in English, Italian and German and talk on subjects diverse as Cooking, Food Philosophy, Mushrooms, Foraging, Italian Culture and Travel.