Who was Alastair Little? Tributes pour in as accomplished British chef dies aged 72

On August 2, 2022, in Sydney, the renowned British chef Alastair Little passed suddenly at the age of 72. He became well-known in the 1980s for both his infamous Soho eatery and his appearances on British television.

Little’s death’s cause is still unknown, and no specifics about his funeral have been made public.

Alastair Little

Alastair Little

Everything known about Alastair Little

Alastair Little’s mother and grandmother were both well-known chefs, while his father served in the British navy. He began attending a boarding school when he was 11 years old and then attended Downing College in Cambridge to study social anthropology and archaeology. During his last year, Little lived in a former friary and cooked there.

He first joined a Soho film studio as a messenger with the intention of becoming a film editor. He started off as a waiter at Small’s in Knightsbridge before rising to the position of assistant manager.

When the Old Compton Wine Bar’s chef left in 1976, Little was hired as a replacement and kept the menu straightforward.

After that, he worked at a few more eateries before beginning to learn Italian cooking with the aid of Marcella Hazan’s Classic Italian Cookbook. He met Kirsten Pedersen and Mercedes Andre-Vega while working at 192, and in 1985, the three of them established Alastair Little on Frith Street in Soho.

Since the restaurant’s menu consisted solely of soup, salad, fresh fish, meat, and puddings, it was seen as being distinctive. There were no tablecloths and the food was altered twice daily. Customers received paper napkins, and the dining area could see into the kitchen. In 1995, the trio built a second eatery with the same name in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

Alastair launched Tavola, a deli in Notting Hill, West London, after the partnership broke up in 2002. In 2017, he and his wife Sharon moved to Sydney where he opened a pop-up restaurant called Little Bistro. Little was also a co-owner of Et Al in Potts Point, a restaurant. In 2019, Little introduced a home delivery service by the name of ByAlastairLittle.

In addition to being a well-known chef, he also wrote for Noble Rot and The Guardian. Additionally, Little has made appearances on TV programs like Ready Steady Cook, Hot Chefs, and Masterchef.

His portrait was taken in 1998 by photographer Barry Madsen, and it is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Netizens pay tribute on Twitter

A number of chefs and writers have praised Alastair Little’s work throughout the years due to his faultless cooking abilities. People expressed their condolences on Twitter as soon as they learned of his passing.

It is obvious that the chef had an impact on many lives since people referred to him as one of the “trailblazing chefs” and because some people remembered when they had eaten at his restaurant.

In addition to his wife Sharon, Little is survived by one unidentified child.

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