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Funeral service for 'Trinity man' Paolo will take place on historic campus


Paolo Tullio

Paolo Tullio

Dave Meehan

Paolo Tullio

The funeral service for one of Ireland's most revered chefs and food critics is to take place in Trinity College this Thursday.

Paolo Tullio passed away on Friday after a short illness.

The service will be held in the Examination Hall on the historic campus at 3pm.

Mr Tullio was one of Ireland's best-known food and wine critics, and was also a Michelin star-winning chef.

Michael Colgan, artistic director of the Gate Theatre, said the ceremony would be a "celebration of remembrance."

"We're still figuring out how many chairs we'll need, but I would like there to be a huge turnout," he told the Irish Independent.

A raft of celebrities are expected to attend, including Paul McGuinness, Chris de Burgh and Harry Crosbie.

"They were some of his life-long friends. He was such a polymath, and he straddled so many different things."

He said the location was apt as Paolo was "very much a Trinity man".

"It was where he met his closest friends and wife, Susan," Mr Colgan added.

Tullio was well-known as a warm and generous critic on RTE's cookery programme 'The Restaurant'.

He first came to Ireland in 1968 to study for an MA at Trinity. He had a variety of jobs including working as a clinical psychologist, an interpreter, and as an agent involved with cattle exports in the early 1970s.

In 1977, he bought Armstrong's Barn, a restaurant in the Wicklow Hills, subsequently winning numerous culinary awards.

In 1989 he became involved with journalism and writing.

From 1997 he was the restaurant critic for the Irish Independent's 'Weekend' magazine.

He also wrote lifestyle and travel articles for 'Food and Wine Magazine' and was the author of three books.

Irish Independent