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27th Dec 2023

‘King of Breakfast’ Bill Granger has died aged 54

Katy Thornton

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Hugh Jackman posted a tribute to the late chef on Instagram.

Bill Granger, known as the “King of Breakfast” for his simple but effective breakfast recipes, has died at the age of 54. The chef and restauranteur has long been heralded as the inventor of millenial favourite, avocado toast. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital on Christmas Day, surrounded by his wife and three daughters.

The sad news of Bill’s passing was announced on his Instagram account on Tuesday, December 26th.

“It is with great sadness that the family of Bill Granger announce he has passed away on 25th December at the age of 54. A dedicated husband and father, Bill died peacefully in hospital with his wife Natalie Elliott and three daughters, Edie, Inès and Bunny, at his bedside in their adopted home of London.

“Born in Melbourne, Australia, Bill was a self-taught cook who became a celebrated global restaurateur and food writer with a career spanning over 30 years. In 1999, he and his wife Natalie began a professional partnership that launched the business globally. Together they built a successful business that today has 19 restaurants across Sydney, London, Greater Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Seoul. Bill authored 14 cookbooks, made 5 TV series and most recently was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2023.

“He will be remembered as the ‘King of Breakfast’, for making unpretentious food into something special filled with sunshine and for spurring the growth of Australian informal and communal eating around the world. He will be deeply missed by all, with his loss most profoundly felt by his adored family, who are grateful for all the love and support that has been given.”

Tributes came flooding in below the post, from the likes of Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard E. Grant, and many, many more. Hugh Jackman shared a tribute on his Instagram story, remembering Bill’s achievements.

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