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MasterChef's food critic Charles Campion dies at the age of 69


MasterChef's food critic Charles Campion dies at the age of 69 when Jay Rayner pays tribute to a "great and lovable man."

  • Charles Campion's daughter confirmed his death on Twitter this afternoon
  • Masterchef's food critic died on December 23 at the age of 69, cause not yet known
  • Co-judges paid tribute to the man they loved on Twitter after the news of the death

Master chef food critic Charles Campion has died at the age of 69 when Jay Rayner pays tribute to a "tall and lovable man."

Tributes to Campion flooded social media this afternoon after his daughter Ashley confirmed the 69-year-old died on December 23.

She tweeted, “He was a brilliant father, friend and husband. Everyone who came into contact with him came off a little better. I love you dad! & # 39;

Jay Rayner paid tribute to the father of two this morning, writing: “Charles Campion was a great and gracious man with a brilliantly quirky sense of humor. And boy, he knew his subject.

Charles Campion (center) died on December 23rd at the age of 69, his daughter has confirmed. Pictured: Campion with fellow critics William Sitwell and Tracey MacLeod

The daughter of popular food critic Ashley shared a picture of Campion with his family when they confirmed the news of his death and described him as a "brilliant father, friend and husband".

The daughter of popular food critic Ashley shared a picture of Campion with his family when they confirmed the news of his death and described him as a "brilliant father, friend and husband".

"I held my breath as he sat at the Masterchef table to see if I had screwed up a point of detail and he would gently fix me. A big loss."

The other Masterchef judge Tracey MacLeod also shared on Twitter to share her sadness over the news of the Warwickshire-born man's death: “Sad news of Charles Campion, the most knowledgeable, polite and clear-eyed colleague at the Masterchef review table.

"He lived for his family and often talked about it during breaks when he wasn't grumbling about dessert parsley. We'll miss you, CC."

Campion's cause of death has yet to be confirmed. He also leaves his wife Sylvia behind.

Food journalist Dan Saladino, who worked with Campion on projects for the BBC, wrote his tribute on Christmas Eve: “Rest in peace, Charles Campion – a lover of good food (and food stories) and a great friend of the BBC Food Program.

“I will never forget our adventures in the land of Boudin Noir and the programs we did together. Farewell friend. & # 39;

In an emotional post, Campion's daughter said: “Everyone who came in contact with him came off a little better. I love you dad! & # 39;

In an emotional post, Campion's daughter said: “Everyone who came in contact with him came off a little better. I love you dad! & # 39;

Co-critic Tracey MacLeod Jay Rayner paid tribute to Campion, with Rayner describing him as a "tall and lovable man".

Co-critic Tracey MacLeod Jay Rayner paid tribute to Campion, with Rayner describing him as a "tall and lovable man".

Campion wrote several cookbooks and a treatise titled Fifty Recipes for Getting to the Point, and made a name for himself for his aversion to "overbearing" food.

He was also known for promoting small restaurants and businesses.

Friend and fellow judge William Sitwell also touchedly paid tribute to Campion, recalling his "constant complaint about the lack of chips or potatoes on a plate" and "loathed things like micro herbs".

Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr. said: "Very sad, his knowledge was as broad as his smile, a true gentleman and an honor to have cooked for him."

Fans of Campion's work also used social media to share their sadness over his death.

Campion fans also paid tribute to him on Twitter as well as Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr.

Campion fans also paid tribute to him on Twitter as well as Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr.

One wrote: “It is so sad to hear that Charles Campion, a giant among men, has died and was an incredible influence during my formative years. I'll bring you a glass tonight, dear man. & # 39;

Another said: & # 39; RIP Charles Campion, the role model of an old-fashioned, not starry, but knowledgeable restaurant critic.

"A friend met him once in the toilet and said to me:" I was with Campion with the men. He is very big and very good. "

Campion worked in the advertising industry in London for 15 years before switching careers and moving to a country house in Buxton, Derbyshire with his wife.

They turned the property into a hotel and restaurant – where Campion was the head chef – but the deal eventually failed.

He then got into food journalism and reviewed restaurants for various newspapers and magazines.

William Sitwell's emotional homage to Campion

Very sad to hear from Mark Hix about the death of Charles Campion. He was a gracious man I have got to know well over the years, especially while filming countless episodes of MasterChef.

For which I mainly remember that he constantly complains about the lack of fries or potatoes on a plate, hates things like micro herbs; He would pick up a delicate, tiny head of baby coriander and study it with understandable confusion and his genuine, heartfelt, and absolute adoration of sitting.

We sometimes wondered when he gently lowered himself onto a sofa in the green room and then exercised a little lustful moan, whether we would be able to get him back on his feet in time for the filming.

Of all the critics I have ever known, he was certainly the definitive, professional eater. I remember one day he left the set and went to Australia, where he would eat diligently, seriously, and with great care, attention, and pleasure for five days. Breakfast, lunch, tea, nibbles, dinner, and no doubt a few more meals in between.

I sat with him at Club Gascon's five-year anniversary party in Smithfield. A waiter brought him the menu. He looked at it carefully and then said: "Yes, I have that, please." The whole menu.

But how he ate or how much he ate is not his legacy. For me, the excitement is delivering news of brilliant places he discovered and knew about. small restaurants that are passionately run by people who really knew what they were doing; be it a family-run curry house on a main drag in Droitwich or an established London spot that he knew was reliably fabulous.

His knowledge was immense, as was his kindness and interest in others that almost surpassed his love for rugby. Charles, I see you in that little place in the sky where you'll be happy in the corner. A large napkin around your neck, an enviable appetite, unwavering when you are about to devour a gigantic feast. How happy were those who knew you and fed you.

@ Williamsitwell

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