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Keith Floyd -- RIP

alkapal | | Sep 15, 2009 04:12 AM

I was sorry to hear of his passing. I always enjoyed his shows.

I first leaned about his death from an email from Richard Leader's superfood blog (recommended).
"While the obituaries are bound to focus on his four failed marriages and his drinking, the one thing that stands out for me is his passion for food and cooking. Sure, there was a glass of wine on hand in all of his 'sketches' as he used to call them, but it was the food he was telling us about. TV cooking hasn't been the same since he stopped making programmes but his style and legacy have influenced almost every cooking show since."

Here is Keith Floyd's obituary in the U.K.'s Guardian:

Here's the news story from the U.K.'s Mirror:

And from a "tribute" to Floyd by Jay Rayner -- who met him briefly only once -- there was this: "And now he's gone. In truth of course he went a while back, a victim of his own capricious appetites. But at least as he was taking his leave his importance and brilliance had finally been recognised."

It's so sad to learn of his deterioration. Very sad.

To celebrate his brilliance, however, you might enjoy this tribute, with video clips of various "special moments":
You must look at the "tasting" with Marco Pierre White! LOL!

The bourride was lovely! Note, once the clip you're watching is finished, you should troll along the panes of other clips, and select more that you can watch. ****
""Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White paid tribute to a "beautiful man".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Keith, in my opinion, was an exceptional human being. He had great qualities.

"His ability to inspire people to cook just with his words and the way he did things was extraordinary.

"If you look at TV chefs today they don't have his magic. It's a very, very, very sad day for my industry and secondly for a nation."

He added: "Keith was intellectual, he was intelligent, and he was articulate - he used words which everybody could understand. He was very special.

"The thing which is very sad is a little piece of Britain today died which will never be replaced. He was a beautiful man.""

Please post any other notable tributes (or video clips of his t.v. "sketches") that you might find. Thank you.

**** [unrelated, but...under the Marco Pierre White clip (which was from his show, I presume ), there is a clip of Mario Batali talking about a "risotto incident." These clips sure give some interesting insights into the chefs' personalities!]