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Bellamy, John (fl. 1773), caterer, is a figure about whom little is known other than through his association with the houses of parliament, where he held the office of deputy housekeeper and, later, housekeeper. He was also a wine merchant in his own right. ...

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Aldo Berni (1909–1997) by unknown photographer Bristol Evening Post

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Berni, Aldo (1909–1997), restaurateur, was born on 14 March 1909 in Bardi in northern Italy, the youngest of three sons of Louis Berni, the owner of the Louis Café in Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, which served meals consisting of soup, a joint, and two vegetables. ...

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Bertorelli, Joe [Giuseppe Domenico] (1893–1994), restaurateur, was born on 10 June 1893 at Bergazzi di Bardi, Piacenza, Liguria, Italy, the youngest of the four sons of Lazzaro and Marianna Bertorelli. By the time of his birth his father and three elder brothers were already living and working in ...

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(Xavier) Marcel Boulestin (1878–1943) by Marcel Gromaire, 1925 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

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Boulestin, (Xavier) Marcel (1878–1943), restaurateur and writer on cookery, was born at Poitiers, France, where his mother, the daughter of a former lycée teacher, shared the house of his widowed maternal grandmother. Boulestin grew up and attended school in Poitiers, developing strong interests in music and the theatre. He visited his father, who maintained a largely separate existence, only for a month each summer, at the property that he owned at ...

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Robert Carrier (1923–2006) by Barry Marsden, 1998 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carrier, Robert (1923–2006), writer on cookery and restaurateur, was born Robert Carrier McMahon on 10 November 1923, at Tarrytown, New York state, USA, the third son of a wealthy property lawyer of Irish descent. His mother was of German descent, and also from a wealthy background. (His middle name, later his assumed surname, was that of one of his grandmothers, chosen because it looked good in print and was easy to pronounce in French.) When his parents lost their money following the ...

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Cassandro, Mario (1920–2011), restaurateur, was born in Naples, Italy, on 14 April 1920, the third son and third of four children of Serafino Cassandro (1882–1929), a hairdresser, and his wife, Maria (1889–1970). He left school early to help his mother support the family. He once showed a journalist friend the stall in the ...

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Costa [née Murphy], Margaret Mary (1917–1999), restaurateur and writer on cookery, was born on 30 August 1917 in Umtali, Southern Rhodesia, where her father, Michael John Murphy, was a senior official in the customs and excise department of the Southern Rhodesian government. His job entailed frequent moves while she was growing up, including a time in ...

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Floyd, Keith (1943–2009), restaurateur, food writer, and broadcaster, was born at Folly Farm, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 28 December 1943, the younger child and only son of Sydney Albert Floyd (1915–1985), a meter repairman for the electricity board, and his wife, Winifred Phyllis Lorraine, ...

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Keith Floyd (1943–2009) by Inge Yspeert, 1990s © Inge Yspeert / Corbis

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Forbes [née St Clair-Erskine], Lady Angela Selina Bianca (1876–1950), wartime catering organizer, was born at 8 Grafton Street, Mayfair, London, on 11 June 1876, the fifth of the five children of Robert Francis St Clair-Erskine, fourth earl of Rosslyn (1833–1890), and seventh child of his wife, ...

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Gatti family (per. 1847–1981), restaurateurs, theatre owners, and entrepreneurs, came to prominence with Carlo Gatti (1817–1878), who was born into a patrician family in the frazione (district) of Marogno in Dongio, Val di Blenio, Ticino, Switzerland, on 27 July 1817, the youngest of four sons and three daughters of ...

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Gray [née Swann], Clemency Anne Rosemary [Rose] (1939–2010), restaurateur and cookery writer, was born on 28 January 1939 at 23 Kimbolton Road, Bedford, the daughter of (Elizabeth) Anne Swann, née Lawrence (1910–1985), daughter of Sir William Matthew Trevor Lawrence, third baronet. Rose's...

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Lemon, Denis Edward (1945–1994), newspaper proprietor and restaurateur, was born on 11 August 1945 at Berryfield House, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, the eldest child and only son of Albert Edward Lemon, an executive officer with the Assistance Board, and his partner, Jane Kenyon, formerly Unsworth (1912–1988)...