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Tributes as food critic Paolo Tullio passes away


Paolo Tullio

Paolo Tullio

Paolo Tullio

Warm tributes have been paid to writer, food critic and Michelin star-winning chef Paolo Tullio.

The Italian-born critic died yesterday evening aged 65 after a long illness.

The dad-of-two grew up in the UK and the family moved to Ireland in 1968, when he was 18, to open restaurants here.

He was a hugely popular restaurant critic with the Irish Independent's Weekend magazine.

"Paolo was so widely respected and loved by television audiences and our readers alike," said INM's Group Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae.

"At the Irish Independent his loss is tremendous. Paolo was associated intricately with Weekend magazine and readers loved him.

"On behalf of all on the newspaper and at INM as a group we express our deepest condolences to Paolo's family," Mr Rae added.


Meanwhile, fellow chef Kevin Dundon last night paid his respects to his "fantastic friend".

"He was a great friend of mine. I had the height of respect for everything he has done," he said.

"I ate many a dinner with him and he was a great chef, a great food critic, a great storyteller and a great friend.

"He will be sadly missed, I just can't believe he is gone," Mr Dundon added.

Mr Tullio was a resident critic on the TV3 television show The Restaurant.