Very sad news today, only three weeks after revealing that he had cancer, AA Gill - probably the best-known restaurant critic in the land - has passed away at the age of 62. Arguably as influential as he was well known, a full marks review from his Sunday Times review was as prized as a slating was feared. And whether you agreed with the reviews or not, there's no denying that the man had a near encyclopaedic knowledge of food and certainly knew how to turn a phrase.
Gill announced his cancer in one of his restaurant reviews for the Sunday Times, saying "I’ve got an embarrassment of cancer, the full English. There is barely a morsel of offal not included. I have a trucker’s gut-buster, gimpy, malevolent, meaty malignancy."
Today his Editor Martin Ivens said: "He was the heart and soul of the paper. His wit was incomparable, his writing was dazzling and fearless, his intelligence was matched by compassion. Adrian was a giant among journalists. "
Here are some of the plaudits that have been pouring in (we'll continue to update). And we've brought together AA Gill's best and worst reviews here.
Adrian Gill. A voice has gone out.— Fay Maschler (@Fay_Maschler) December 10, 2016
RIP AA Gill A one off, The restaurant critic like no other, amazingly talented & funny man. He had a lens on the world like no other I know pic.twitter.com/gR2d1q1P2h— Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) December 10, 2016
So sorry to hear about the death of AA Gill. He was a controversialist, sometimes outrageously so, but a kind man and a brilliant writer.— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) December 10, 2016
AA Gill reviewed 3 of my restaurants with brilliant wit, harsh truthfulness and a thorough understanding of our business. A sad sad loss.— Anthony Demetre (@AnthonyDemetre) December 10, 2016
If you loved AA Gill's writing, he has one final, blisteringly brilliant cover story in tomorrow's ST magazine. Be dazzled one last time.— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) December 10, 2016
AA GILL - our industry is a lesser place without him. He was his own man. So sad— philip howard (@philiphoward8) December 10, 2016
Very sad news about AA Gill, he's been up on our wall of terror since we opened and he's staying up there. pic.twitter.com/ugVxhyX7FN— calum franklin (@chefcalum) December 10, 2016
Very sad to hear of Double A's passing. Always the best, most cutting reviews, and always v nice in real https://t.co/bww8mXfAXd seems grey— isaac mchale (@IsaacMcHale) December 10, 2016
Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston)
What an absolute legend, sad day!
Marina O'Loughlin - Guardian
Goodbye Adrian. Overused word but genuine inspiration.
Neil Rankin - Temper
I've always been in a state or perpetual fear that he would walk in and end up writing some terribly witty opening passage about something vaguely connected to my restaurant then tear me a new one.