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."