Known as the “godfather of Australian cuisine”, celebrated chef and restaurateur Tony Bilson has died peacefully following a long illness. He was 76.
The self-taught Sydney-born chef, along with his former wife Gay, were considered the movers and shakers of the Australian dining scene, particularly during the 70s and 80s.
His many memorable dining establishments included La Pomme d’Or, Tony’s Bon Goût, Berowra Waters Inn, Kinselas, Fine Bouche, Ampersand and Bilson’s, where he inspired a new generation of chefs.
He also authored five cookbooks.
Hearing of his death, many chefs took to Twitter to pay their respects.
“Sad news, RIP Tony Bilson,” wrote Neil Perry. “Legendary chef who inspired a generation. Your cooking and restaurants made me do what I do. You will be missed but always remembered. Condolences and love to your family.”
“A sad day as we lost a legend in the food world,” shared Luke Mangan. “Tony Bilson RIP. Friend, mentor, legend… your wisdom and skill guided me through my early days… godfather of Australian cooking.”
“Very sad to hear of Tony Bilson’s passing,” Matt Moran said. “One of our greats. Thoughts are with his family.”