Carluccio cooks on
Cafe founder releases his 23rd recipe book
T he founder of the iconic Carluccio’s cafe brand may have sold his interest in the chain, but Antonio Carluccio’s passion for food continues. While he takes food seriously and is clearly chuffed with Vegetables – his 23rd cookbook – he’s not fond of aggressive chefs.
“I respect very much Raymond Blanc for what he does, Giorgio Locatelli, Brian Turner, Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, but not Gordon Ramsay. I don’t like him,” he says.
“Not even his cooking, he’s just pretentious. The very fact that he has to swear, and to bring a regime in the kitchen. They are not military. Come on! You achieve much more in a lovely atmosphere.”
With frequent marriage proposals from fans, a string of celebrity devotees (not least Jamie Oliver) and a real pride in hospitality, it’s hard to imagine Carluccio bawling someone out for not reaching his standards.
“My philosophy is to be happy and to make people happy,” he reasons. “And by result, if you make people happy they make you happy.”