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Egon Ronay

Egon Ronay

(1915 – 2010)

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Egon Ronay

Egon Ronay
(1915 – 2010)

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Egon Ronay

(1915 – 2010)
About Egon
This is a tribute to Egon Ronay who was a Hungarian food critic who wrote and published a famous series of food guides in Great Britain in the 1950s. He was an innovator when Britain had little appreciation of foreign cuisine.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1915, he was the son of a prominent restaurateur. With the onset of World War Two, his father's business suffered, and was taken over by the Communists once Hungary fell under control of the Russians after the defeat of the Nazis.
Egon Ronay emigrated to London, England alone on October 10, 1946. His father's contacts arranged for him to manage Princes restaurant in Piccadilly, and then the Carousel Club in St James's. He then borrowed £4,000 and took
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over the 39 seat Marquee, a former tea room near Harrods, putting classic French dishes on the menu, which was unusual for post-War UK. The renowned TV chef Fanny Cradock visited with her husband, Johnny, and subsequently Egon Ronay built up useful contacts with the press. After much cajoling, he began to write a food column for the Daily Telegraph.
In 1957, Egon Ronay completed the first edition of the Egon Ronay Guide to British Eateries, selling 30,000 copies. The guides gained in popularity and it became a mark of distinction to be mentioned in the books. Many restaurants proudly displayed blue roundels in their window saying "EGON RONAY'S GUIDES" for each year they were listed. The guides made a point
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of not accepting advertising or hospitality from hotels and restaurants to ensure their impartiality.
Egon Ronay sold the rights to his books to the AA in 1985. However, after subsequent owner Leading Guides International went into bankruptcy, in 1997 Egon Ronay went to court to claim back the guides which bore his name. In 2005, in conjunction with the Royal Automobile Club, Egon Ronay brought out Egon Ronay's RAC Guide to the Top 200 Restaurants in the UK, basing the reviews on comments received by restaurant inspectors.
Egon Ronay acted as food consultant for pub chain JD Wetherspoon, visiting outlets in his chauffeur driven car to ensure the onion rings were sufficiently crispy and the jacket potatoes
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up to standard. He also worked for motorway service station company Welcome Break, promoting their food and drinks.
His daughter is Edina Ronay, the former actress and fashion designer, and his granddaughter, Shebah, is an actress and writer.
Egon Ronay passed away on the 12th June 2010. This online memorial is dedicated to his memory.
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Egon Ronay

This is a tribute to Egon Ronay who was a Hungarian food critic who wrote and published a famous series of food guides in Great Britain in the 1950s. He was an innovator when Britain had little appreciation of foreign cuisine.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1915, he was the son of a prominent restaurateur. With the onset of World War Two, his father's business suffered, and was taken over by the Communists once Hungary fell under control of the Russians after the defeat of the Nazis.
Egon Ronay emigrated to London, England alone on October 10, 1946. His father's contacts arranged for him to manage Princes restaurant in Piccadilly, and then the Carousel Club in St James's. He then borrowed £4,000 and took...

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