James Martin pays tribute to ‘godfather of British cooking’ Alastair Little

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7 Aug 2022, 15:07

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His 'Ready Steady Cook' co-star died, aged 72, earlier this week.

The ‘godfather of British cooking’, who appeared alongside Martin on the cooking programme in the 1990s, died ‘peacefully’ at his home in Australia on August 2nd.

Little was born in the Lancashire town of Colne in 1950, and began his career in food at a cafe in Knightsbridge, London in 1972.

By 1976, he was working in the head chef role at the Old Compton Wine Bar, and in 1985 he opened a restaurant named after himself.

Martin, 50, wrote on Instagram; "So sad to hear the news one of the true godfathers of British food has passed away. I had the honour of first meeting Alastair Little at college as a young kid and later doing stints at Frith Street which was a Mecca for all foodies at the time… later on Ready Steady Cook and beyond.

He continued; "The man was a legend in so many’s eyes and mine and my thoughts go to his family and friends. Chef, you are and always will be a legend to me and many others. RIP."

Other foodies to pay tribute to the late Martin include Nigella Lawson, Dan Lepard and Jamie Oliver.

"What a hugely influential and inspiring chef, and a wonderful man. Huge love to his family. Such a loss," tweeted Nigella.

Jamie Oliver referred to Alastair as a ‘wonderful chef’ who ‘inspired [him] greatly’ at a young age.

RIP legend. Heaven is going to eat well from now on.