Food critic Paolo Tullio has died

Paolo Tullio
Paolo Tullio

Paolo Tullio has died aged 65.

The well-known Food and Wine critic and Michelin star winning chef had been ill for a number of months..

Paolo came to Ireland in 1968 to study an MA in Trinity College.

Following this he worked as a Clinical Psychologist in St. Brendan's Hospital, an interpreter and a cattle export agent, before buying Armstrong’s barn restaurant in Wicklow.

He received several culinary awards for his cooking and in 1978 was awarded one Michelin star.

The Michelin Guide awarded Armstrong’s Barn the "Red M", indicating "good food at a reasonable price", in 1980 and 1981.

Paolo began his illustrious career in Journalism in 1989.

He was the resident critic in RTÉ’s The Restaurant, had a half-hour slot every Thursday with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk and was the restaurant reviewer and wine correspondent for the Irish Independent.

Paolo married artist Susan Morley in 1975 with whom he had two children,

The couple divorced in 2004.

Press management Noel Kelly said this evening it was 'with great sadness' he learnt of the death of Paolo.

"I am missing a great friend, full of kindness and with only positive things to say of others," he told

"The world is missing an incredible chef and culinary expert. 

"He was one of life's true gentlemen, a word overused but not in this case as Paolo was a gentleman to the core.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this time."