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Feeling bored so thought I would start a thread on celebrity chefs, to see who we think will be the next flamboyant gourmet to follow Floyd and be flambeed.

In fact, celebrity chefs don't always have a good record: besides Floyd, Jennifer Patterson (Two Fat Ladies), Joseph Cerniglia, Robbie Millar, Jean-francois Poinard, Bernard King (King's Kitchen), Fanny Craddock (desitute after scandal) and Bernard Loiseau (suicide after thinking he would lose a Michelin Star) all met fairly young or tragic ends. Also, Mietta O'Donnell, who was not a chef but an Aussie celebrity food critic went down in a car crash a few years ago.


Some candidates:

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Antonio Carluccio - Italian, born in 1935, has history of depression including the notorious "self-stabbing" incident a few years ago:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Carluccio#Self-stabbing

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Jeanne Rankin - Canadian, born 1961, had all sorts of problems for years due to morphine addiction

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/149...o-morphine.html

http://www.bighospitality.co.uk/People/Jea...-in-the-Kitchen

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Margaret Fulton - Aussie, born in 1924:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Fulton

Despite her age, she's still very active and, in fact, the cheeky old devil has just been playing the major supermarket chains off against each other as she advertises for both of them at once:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opin...0-1225965741074

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Iain Hewitson - New Zealander, born in 1948 but very overweight:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Hewitson

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Peter Russell-Clarke - Australian, born in 1935. No health information and still very active but I thought I would just use this as an excuse to share the infamous blooper reel... (Not safe for work):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDYxGB8V88k



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Graham Kerr - English, born 1937. Still seems very active with his own blog and public speaking activities. Focuses almost fanatically on healthy eating these days after his Missus had a stroke and heart attack after eating too much of his old "Galloping Gourmet" food!

http://www.grahamkerr.com/?cat=1

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Lorenza de Medici - Italian. She must be fairly ancient now but I can't find any age or health info online which is a surprise since her shows were fairly prominent here in Australia back in the 1990s. Anyone know how she is going?


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Can't think of any others who are even remotely candidates unless Heston poisons himself or Nigella drives someone to murder with her uber-contrived "sexiness."


PS. I'll wager that a large number of the good citizens of Huntington, West Virginia die well before one Mr Jamie Oliver....
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/artic...od-crusade.html

Pity no celebs live there!

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More mad chefs:

 

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE65338G20100604

 

"killed his wife with a griddle pan and hid her body in a freezer for three years..."

 

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/cri...esco-knife.html

 

"A pub chef stabbed a teaching assistant to death as she walked her dog with a £2 kitchen knife he had bought from Tesco..."

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12...ld-support.html

 

 

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2051900...d_to_avoid_debt

 

 

http://www.medindia.net/news/Chef-Admits-t...ing-33175-1.htm

 

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Some interesting old ones:

 

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/08/20/1029114105353.html

 

"A gourmet chef in Vietnam has died after being bitten by a venomous sea snake that he was to cook as the nightly special."

 

 

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensl...f-1225786429331

 

"Top chef killed in freak truck accident."

 

 

http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news13057.html

 

"French chef Reynald Duchene, 38, killed at The UK Royal Philharmonic Concert"

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My mother's a massive Carluccio fan, and he's definitely a little... dodderier after his "accident".

 

Thread would probably be amiss without a mention of Marguerite Patten, who turns 96 this year but was still well enough to give us this form guide to her health in the Daily Mail a few months back.

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WTF has Gordon Ramsay done to himself?

I think it's called spaghetti carbonara.

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I've just thought of an alternative title for this thread.....Celebrity Chefs - One foot in the gravy!

 

 

 

 

I'll get m'coat.

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Santi Santamaria, a Spanish chef who criticised the molecular gastronomy movement for poisoning people and instead prefered the wholesome, natural meals of the Slow Food Movement, , has dropped dead suddenly in the kitchen of one of his own restaurants in Singapore:

 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...1021602775.html

 

http://www.france24.com/en/20110216-top-sp...-dies-singapore

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US celebrity chef Ken Hom has prostate cancer:

 

http://prostatecancer.about.com/b/2010/09/...tate-cancer.htm

 

 

Ken Hom, who was really big in the UK in the late 90s and nobody seems to remember shit about him these days, has apparently got the all-clear from his cancer.

Good news. The late night repeats of Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery was cult viewing for a few of us at school during our GCSEs in 1989 (though I could have sworn it was from around 1978 rather than the 1984 that Wikipedia states as it looked really dated). "Hmm, it smells really brown" became a bit of a catchphrase for a while.

 

Smelling brown was actually a good thing in Hom parlance by the way, rather than smelling like shit...

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US celebrity chef Ken Hom has prostate cancer:

 

http://prostatecancer.about.com/b/2010/09/...tate-cancer.htm

 

 

Ken Hom, who was really big in the UK in the late 90s and nobody seems to remember shit about him these days, has apparently got the all-clear from his cancer.

Good news. The late night repeats of Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery was cult viewing for a few of us at school during our GCSEs in 1989 (though I could have sworn it was from around 1978 rather than the 1984 that Wikipedia states as it looked really dated). "Hmm, it smells really brown" became a bit of a catchphrase for a while.

 

Smelling brown was actually a good thing in Hom parlance by the way, rather than smelling like shit...

LOL :( - I've never seen this bloke but I have got to watch him now. Sounds like the celebrity chef version of "all your base are belong to us."

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Radio executive Michael Bukht, better (only) known to the general public as Michael Barry back when he was the big cheese on Food and Drink in the early 90s, has had a fork stuck in him aged 69. He was also the first controller of Classic FM.

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Radio executive Michael Bukht, better (only) known to the general public as Michael Barry back when he was the big cheese on Food and Drink in the early 90s, has had a fork stuck in him aged 69. He was also the first controller of Classic FM.

 

 

This is all very low key, he was quite famous in his day...

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has anyone heard of the chef Michael Buhkt? well anyway he's dead .He was a regular presenter of Food and Drink on BBC2 apparantely.I've never seen the show so wouldnt know

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Radio executive Michael Bukht, better (only) known to the general public as Michael Barry back when he was the big cheese on Food and Drink in the early 90s, has had a fork stuck in him aged 69. He was also the first controller of Classic FM.

as reported by me in another thread a few minutes ago

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Radio executive Michael Bukht, better (only) known to the general public as Michael Barry back when he was the big cheese on Food and Drink in the early 90s, has had a fork stuck in him aged 69. He was also the first controller of Classic FM.

as reported by me in another thread a few minutes ago

 

That's nice.

 

It was posted here six hours ago.

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has anyone heard of the chef Michael Buhkt? well anyway he's dead .He was a regular presenter of Food and Drink on BBC2 apparantely.I've never seen the show so wouldnt know

 

Remember the show but don't think I remember him, would help perhaps if there was a pic of him. Food and Drink was from an era before TV and the UK generally became completely obsessed with celebrity chefs

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has anyone heard of the chef Michael Buhkt? well anyway he's dead .He was a regular presenter of Food and Drink on BBC2 apparantely.I've never seen the show so wouldnt know

 

Remember the show but don't think I remember him, would help perhaps if there was a pic of him. Food and Drink was from an era before TV and the UK generally became completely obsessed with celebrity chefs

heres a pic

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has anyone heard of the chef Michael Buhkt? well anyway he's dead .He was a regular presenter of Food and Drink on BBC2 apparantely.I've never seen the show so wouldnt know

 

Remember the show but don't think I remember him, would help perhaps if there was a pic of him. Food and Drink was from an era before TV and the UK generally became completely obsessed with celebrity chefs

heres a pic

 

I certainly remember that every time we'd tune into BBC2 on a Thursday night to watch "Alas Smith and Jones", there would be the inevitable sight of Michael Barry and Chris Kelly on "Food and Drink"...

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Here's an earlier pic from the Food and Drink era.

 

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