A notable chef and a patron of 21212 restaurants, Paul Kitching from Edinburgh, unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, December 14th, 2022. He won the Michelin Star at Juniper in Altrincham, and since then, he never looked and created his own legacy. His wife, Katie O’Brien confirmed his terrible death and described it as a “complete shock.”
Keep reading to know more about Paul Kitching, including who he was, how he died, what was the cause of his death, tributes for Paul Kitching, and many more!
Who Was Paul Kitching?
A renowned chef of Edinburgh’s 21212 Restaurant was Paul Kitching. Before relocating to York (city in England) as a commis chef, he began working as a kitchen porter in a Latin American restaurant in Newcastle. It was then that he discovered his passion for classical cooking. In his early twenties, he worked in Michelin-starred kitchens including Restaurant 74 and Gidleigh Park before earning his own star with his own restaurant, Juniper.
In 2009, he and his partner Katie O’Brien founded 21212, and within just six months, they had earned a Michelin star. Sadly, the restaurant’s star in the 2020 guide was lost.
Once, in an interview, a spokesperson asked him why he entered the hospitality sector, he told The Staff Canteen in 2016: “The cold and unemployment! After leaving school and being jobless, I worked as a laborer on a building site in Newcastle until I was fired. I received a position through the job center as a kitchen assistant during a chilly winter, and I immediately said, “I’m going to be a chef!”
How Did Paul Kitching Die? Cause of Death
In the early hours of Wednesday, December 14th, 2022, Paul Kitching sadly passed away surrounded by his beloved family members. As of now, the exact cause of Paul’s death is unknown and nobody made the reason public.
His partner, Katie O’Brien confirmed the death news and requested to her fans and the media to refrain from spreading rumors and speculative reports.
His family friend, John Benson-Smith tweeted, “Paul Kitching RIP I’m devastated – my wishes thoughts love to his family and 21212.”
The information about the funeral ceremony of Paul Kitching is unavailable at the time of writing.
Tributes for Paul Kitching
Steph: “RIP Paul Kitching. An amazing chef. Wonderful memories of eating at Juniper in Altrincham and 21212 in Edinburgh last year. Sending condolences to Katie xx”.
“What a man, completely heartbroken is an understatement, had a great experience learning from Paul at Juniper”, wrote Mark Poynton, who worked with Paul there.
Mark Southon: “My first head chef, an amazing guy, and inspiration. Great memories working at juniper. Sending love to Katie O’Brien for NZ “.
“What a great loss. He used to come in every Sunday with the brigade at Rhodes and co.
Amazing food amazing chef RIP”, Robert Cooke mentioned.
Frosty The Snowman:“I supplied Paul Kitching since the mid 90’s without doubt, the most talented chef we had the pleasure to serve. His attention to detail was legendary…”
We were also shocked to hear about his untimely demise and he will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touched in so many different ways. Today is indeed a sad day for Paul Kitching’s family and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. Please feel free to give your feedback, we would love to hear from you.