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MasterChef food critic Charles Campion dies aged 69

MasterChef food critic Charles Campion dies aged 69 as Jay Rayner leads tributes to ‘a great and lovely man’

  • Daughter of Charles Campion confirmed his death on Twitter this afternoon 
  • Masterchef food critic died on December 23 at age of 69, cause not yet known 
  • Fellow judges led tributes to the much-loved man on Twitter after news of death 

Masterchef food critic Charles Campion has died at the age of 69, as Jay Rayner leads tributes to ‘a great and lovely man’. 

Tributes to Campion have been flooding social media this afternoon after his daughter Ashley confirmed the 69 year old died on December 23. 

She tweeted: ‘He was a brilliant father, friend and husband. Everyone who came into contact with him came away a little better for it. Love you Dad!’

Jay Rayner led tributes to the father of two this morning, writing: ‘Charles Campion was a great and lovely man, with a brilliantly droll sense of humour. And boy he knew his subject. 

Charles Campion (centre) died on December 23 at the age of 69, his daughter has confirmed. Pictured: Campion with fellow critics William Sitwell and Tracey MacLeod

The popular food critic's daughter Ashley shared a picture of Campion with his family when confirming the news of his passing and described him as a 'brilliant father, friend and husband'

The popular food critic’s daughter Ashley shared a picture of Campion with his family when confirming the news of his passing and described him as a ‘brilliant father, friend and husband’

‘I held my breath when he was at the Masterchef table to find out whether I’d screwed up a point of detail and he was gently going to put me right. A great loss.’

Other fellow Masterchef judge Tracey MacLeod also to Twitter to share her sadness at the news of the Warwickshire-born man’s death: ‘Sad news about Charles Campion, the most knowledgeable, courtly and clear-eyed of colleagues around the Masterchef critics table. 

‘He lived for his family and talked about them often during breaks in filming, when he wasn’t grumbling about dessert parsley. We will miss you CC.’

The cause of Campion’s death is yet to be confirmed. He also leaves behind his wife.

In an emotional post, Campion's daughter said: 'Everyone who came into contact with him came away a little better for it. Love you Dad!'

In an emotional post, Campion’s daughter said: ‘Everyone who came into contact with him came away a little better for it. Love you Dad!’

Fellow critics Tracey MacLeod Jay Rayner led tributes to Campion, with Rayner describing him as a 'great and lovely man'

Fellow critics Tracey MacLeod Jay Rayner led tributes to Campion, with Rayner describing him as a ‘great and lovely man’ 

Food journalist Dan Saladino, who worked with Campion during projects for the BBC, posted his tribute on Christmas Eve: ‘Rest in peace Charles Campion – a lover of good food (and food stories) and a great friend of BBC Food Programme. 

‘I will never forget our adventures in the land of boudin noir and the programmes we made together. Farewell friend.’ 

Campion wrote several cookbooks and a memoir titled Fifty Recipes to Stake Your Life On during his life and made a name for himself for his dislike of ‘pretentious’ food. 

He was also know for promoting small restaurants and businesses. 

Fans of Campion also paid tribute to him on Twitter, as well as Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr.

Fans of Campion also paid tribute to him on Twitter, as well as Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr.

Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr. said: ‘Very sad indeed, his knowledge was as wide as his smile, a true gentleman and an honour to have cooked for him.’ 

Fans of Campion’s work also took to social media to share their sadness at his passing. 

One wrote: ‘So sad to hear of the passing of Charles Campion, a giant among men, and an incredible influence during my formative years. Will raise a glass to you tonight, lovely man.’

Another said: ‘RIP Charles Campion, the exemplar of an old-school, unstarry but knowledgable restaurant critic. 

‘A friend once ran into him in the loo and told me “I have been in the gents with Campion. He is very large and very good”.’

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