Charles Campion: MasterChef food critic Charles Campion dies as colleagues pay tribute

Charles Campion: MasterChef food critic Charles Campion dies as colleagues pay tribute


MasterChef stars have paid tribute following the death of food critic Charles Campion. The food journalist wrote columns, articles and restaurant reviews for The Times, The Independent and the Evening Standard during his career as a critic, after leaving his job in advertising.

The food journalist wrote columns, articles and restaurant reviews for The Times, The Independent and the Evening Standard during his career as a critic, after leaving his job in advertising. Campion became well known to MasterChef viewers as a regular critic on the amateur, professional and celebrity editions. The writer was beloved for his dislike of pretentious food and terms, preferring traditional food made well.

The news of his death was broken on social media on Christmas by food journalist Dan Saladino, who tweeted: ‘Rest in peace Charles Campion – a lover of good food (and food stories) and a great friend of @BBCFoodProg. ‘I will never forget our adventures in the land of boudin noir and the programmes we made together. Farewell friend.’

Campion is survived by his wife and two children Geoffrey and Ashley. The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.

After a successful career in advertising, Charles sold his London property and bought a ruined mansion in Buxton, Derbyshire. With his wife Sylvia, he turned it into a luxury hotel and restaurant and played the role of self-taught chef-proprietor. His best efforts were not enough to save the venture in the early 1990s. Charles then invented himself as a food writer.

He wrote about food and restaurants in the London Evening Standard for over a decade. He has also written about food and drink for The Independent, The Times, The Weekend Telegraph, The Illustrated London News, BBC Good Food Magazine, and The Times of India…. among other newspapers and magazines! He featured on the BBC Masterchef critic’s table for 12 years. Charles is a past winner of the Glenfiddich “Restaurant Writer of the Year” Award.

He wrote several cookery books and the Rough Guide to London Restaurants. Some years Charles Cider makes, some years Jeanne Gaines. He is a member of the Guild of Beer Writers and usually judges at several annual Cheese Shows and Great Taste Awards. His two children have grown up and are now living in London, while he lives right outside Worcester with his wife and two elderly cats and a pair of geriatric ducks.

He wrote: ‘Very sad to hear from @markehix of the death of Charles Campion. He was a lovely man who I got to know well over the years, particularly while filming countless episodes of MasterChef. For which I’ll mainly remember him constantly bemoaning the lack of chips or potatoes on a plate, his loathing of things like micro-herbs; he’d pick up a delicate, miniscule head of baby coriander and study it with understandable bemusement, and his genuine, heartfelt and absolute adoration of sitting down. We did sometimes wonder when he lowered himself gently down into a sofa in the green room and then exerted a little pleasurable moan, whether we’d manage to get him up back again in time for filming.