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Sunday Times restaurant critic AA Gill passes away at 62

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. "

The full announcement from the Sunday Times.

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.

 

 

 

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.

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