Posted: 01/02/2021

Obituary: Charles Campion


Charles Campion
Charles Campion, centre, receives his Golden Fork for Contribution to Fine Food from the Guild’s MD John Farrand, left, and Nigel Barden, right

Renowned food critic and well-known Great Taste judge Charles Campion has died at the age of 69.

Campion, who was best known for his appearances on MasterChef and as the restaurant critic in the Evening Standard, was also a fierce champion of small food and drink producers.

Born in Leamington Spa, he was educated at Blundells School in Tiverton and began his professional life in advertising and also had a stint as a chef-restaurateur before becoming a critic.

As well as regularly contributing reviews and articles to a variety of national newspapers, Campion wrote a string of cookery books and restaurant guides, as well as judging at Great Taste and the World Cheese Awards for more than 20 years.

In 2018, Charles Campion received the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Golden Fork award for Contribution to Fine Food. 

He will be sorely missed by all in the food industry, including the Guild’s team.


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