JAMIE Oliver has revealed his grief over the loss of two friends in a week.
The chef, 43, posted touching tributes on Instagram to his pals Mary Holbrook and John Hamilton who have both recently died.
Jamie Oliver has revealed his sadness at the passing of two of his friends within a week[/caption]
Yesterday he shared two photos with John, who worked with Jamie on his famous cookbooks, and last Wednesday the presenter uploaded a post about the passing of cheesemaker Mary.
The telly favourite wrote about John: “I love this man… John Hamilton… He sadly passed away this weekend, he was such a legend and has been my Art director at Penguin Books for 21 years.
“What a sad sad loss, he was a great true friend to me and one of the country’s very best art directors who dedicated so much to bringing on new design talent and photographers to the fray.
“I send my heartfelt love and condolences to all his team, colleagues that loved him so much, and especially his wonderful family.”
The art director was 55.
Penguin Random House’s chief executive Tom Weldon revealed that the pair had only completed the design for Jamie’s new cookbook on Thursday.
He said: “John established very close relationships with authors from William Boyd to Dawn French to Antony Beevor.
“He loved cookery books and perhaps his most important partnership was with Jamie Oliver.
“He art directed every one of Jamie’s books and they forged over 20 years a highly creative professional collaboration as well as a deep friendship.
“The two of them had wrapped up the design for Jamie’s new book only last Thursday evening.”
Meanwhile, Mary was one of Britain’s best cheese makers and worked at Neal’s Yard in London’s Borough Market.
Along with a photo of Mary grinning with a cheeseboard, he wrote: “A very sad day today @neals_yard_dairy.
“Remembering our friend and colleague Mary Holbrook, 1938-2019.
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“She was one of the most amazing cheese makers, on a global level!
“Such a talent and kind lady, I remember filming in France with her with @martingott @sticheltondairy @westcombedairy on Friday Night Feast series one in a big cheese competition, it was so much fun good memories… Bless you Mary.”
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