Chef and author, Victor Ceserani MBE passes away aged 97

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 22nd February 2017

One of the UK’s pioneering catering educationists has died at the age of 97 following a short illness.

Victor was admitted to hospital two weeks ago following his battle with cancer passing away on Monday, February 20, 2017.

Peers and admirers have taken to Twitter to express their sadness for the former chef who had become renowned for his series of text books which included Practical Cookery, Advanced Practical Cookery and the Theory of Catering which he co-wrote in 1962 with Ronald Kinton and Professor David Foskett. These editions have recently been updated by chef John Campbell.

In the autobiography, Catering for Life: Autobiography of Victor Ceserani, Michelin-starred chef, Michel Roux described Victor as “one of the pillars of the industry”. Anton Mosimann has also referred to the author as a “culinary hero of British cuisine”. 

Victor won many awards in his time including an MBE and honorary life membership of the HCIMA. 

Victor began his lustrious career working for the Ritz back in the 1930's before joining Charles Abry at the Orleans Club and later at Boodles. In the 1950's he started a year’s teacher training course at North West London Polytechnic. It was here where he first met Dr Pickard. The first edition of their book, Practical Cookery, was written and published in 1962.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Victor's close family and friends at this sad time.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 22nd February 2017

Chef and author, Victor Ceserani MBE passes away aged 97