The musician remembers his friend, the charismatic chef, author and presenter who was as warm and enthusiastic in private as he was on screen
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It broke my heart when Tony died. I loved so much about him. His obvious love for life and for people. His balls-out willingness to do whatever was put in front of him. He was ultra-charismatic on television, in his writing, and in person, but totally down to earth with everybody he met. I was a fan for years before we became friends. He seemed like someone who would be great to hang out with. And so it turned out.
I first came across Tony watching his shows on the Travel Channel [No Reservations and The Layover]. Then I got Kitchen Confidential [his 2000 bestseller about working in New York kitchens] and just loved it. A few years later,