Tributes pour in following death of popular food critic Paolo Tullio
Hundreds of friends and fans of Paolo Tullio are paying tribute to the popular food and critic following the news of his death.
The 65-year-old passed away on Friday evening following an illness.
Radio presenter Sean Moncrieff, who hosted Paolo weekly on his Newstalk show, said he and show producer Caroline Clarke were 'devastated' to hear the news.
"Caroline Clarke and I are devastated to hear of the death of Paolo Tullio. He was a gentleman, a scholar, a thinker and a cook. He lived well."
Fellow food-lover and chef Kevin Dundon wrote online; "Such sad news, just lost a great friend and an amazing foodie."
Restaurant and cafe owners who had met the popular critic during their own careers also took to social media site Twitter to pay tribute.
"A total gent and extremely supportive to us," Ringsend eaterie Artisan Parlour wrote.
One fan wrote; "So sorry to hear Paolo Tullio passed away. A gentleman, a pleasure to deal with and loved watching/listening to him. A treasure."
Irish celebrity Amanda Brunker referred to Paolo's work on reality TV show 'The Restaurant' and wrote; "Ahhh sad to hear of Paolo Tullio's passing. He gave me 5 stars on The Restaurant and we stayed friends ever since. Lovely, lovely fun man."
Hotelier Eanna Hassett wrote; "So sad to hear of Paolo Tullio passing. A thorough gentleman, our island will be poorer without him."
RIP Paolo Tullio; always enjoyed listening to him on the @SeanMoncrieff show. He had a lovely, gentle, voice.— Michael O'Toole (@mickthehack) June 5, 2015
RIP Paolo Tullio. One of the greats— Mr Hotspots (@mrhotspots) June 5, 2015
So sad to hear Paolo Tullio has passed away, loved his appearances on The Restaurant. https://t.co/1vo8ZLfibm— Aisling (@covetedmess) June 5, 2015
Ahhh sad to hear of Paolo Tullio's passing. He gave me 5 Stars on The Restaurant and we stayed friends ever since. Lovely lovely fun man x— Amanda Brunker (@AmandaJBrunker) June 5, 2015
So so sad to hear @paolotullio has passed away. Boat drinks my friend!— Stephen McAllister (@ChefMcAllister) June 5, 2015
So sad to hear that Paolo Tullio has died. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis— Cíara (@Ciaramazeballs) June 5, 2015
Very saddened to hear of the death of Paolo Tullio. A true gentleman and an Irish food legend.— Keith Mahon (@MrKeithMahon) June 5, 2015
Very sad news of #PaoloTullio passing, a lovely gentle soul and an inspirational writer— Jules Mahon (@Jules_apps) June 5, 2015
An absolute gentleman, @paolotullio will be much missed by so many. I know he's at a big table under the sun with the finest food and wine.— Sinéad Ryan (@SineadRyan) June 5, 2015
Farewell to our colleague and friend Paolo Tullio http://t.co/dkEao7dFcI— ian mallon (@ianmallon) June 5, 2015