He was one of the best known restaurant critics in the world. Renowned for his barbed criticism, his wit and his refined palate, restaurateurs both dreaded and longed for the day they would get a review from AA Gill.
Now, loved ones of the award-winning journalist have announced that he has died at the age of 62. His death comes just three weeks after he revealed in one of his own columns that he was suffering from what he described as “an embarrassment of cancer, the full English.”
AA Gill wrote for the Sunday Times, where journalists immediately paid tribute. Political editor Tim Shipman said that there was a very sombre mood in the newspaper office. One final AA Gill column is set to appear tomorrow.
Frank Fitzgibbon, who edits the newspaper’s Irish edition, said that AA Gill had been the “heart and soul” of the paper.
Mr Gill announced that he was suffering from cancer in his popular Table Talk column in November. He said that he had been diagnosed in the summer, saying that pretty much every part of his body was affected.
The father of four also said that he wanted to marry his partner of 23 years although it is not known whether they did wed before he lost his short battle with cancer. Mr Gill is understood to have wanted to be able to call Nicola Formby his wife before he died.
Mr Gill, was born in Edinburgh before he moved to London as a student. An aspiring artist, he instead begain writing art reviews while working in restaurants and teaching cookery. Even though he was dyslexic, he went on to write for Tatler and the Sunday Times.
Fellow food critic Jay Rayner said: “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.”