Paolo Tullio

Paolo Luigi Mario Tullio (pronounced [pa.o.lo tul.ljo]; 1949 – 5 June 2015) was a writer and a Michelin star-winning head chef of the former restaurant Armstrong's Barn in Annamoe, County Wicklow.

Paolo Tullio
Lazio, Italy
Died5 June 2015
OccupationWriter (and former head chef)
Known forMichelin-starred Armstrong's Barn and culinary articles

Tullio came to Ireland in 1968 to study English, arts and philosophy at Trinity College, where he obtained an MA. After his study he held several jobs, working as a clinical psychologist in St. Brendan's Hospital, an interpreter and as a cattle-agent.[1][2]

Armstrong's BarnEdit

In 1977 Tullio took over Armstrong's Barn, serving food in a traditional Irish style. The restaurant closed in 1988.[3] Tullio did not sell the building when he closed the restaurant, instead he changed it into a recording studio. It was not a big hit so he held several other jobs to pay the bills such as acting as voice-over artist for commercials. After the demise of the studio, he renovated the building and turned it into a house.[3]

Tullio sold "Annaglen", the dwelling house attached to Armstrong's Barn, and moved into Armstrong's Barn itself. Before selling off Armstrong's Barn in 2003, he built a smaller house in a field close by.[4]

He received several culinary awards for his cooking. In 1978 Armstrong's Barn was awarded one Michelin star. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant the "Red M", indicating "good food at a reasonable price", in 1980 and 1981.[5]



Tullio married watercolour artist Susan Morley in 1975, after they met each other at Trinity College; they had two children, but separated in 2004.[2] He died in June 2015 at the age of 65.[8]


  • Michelin star 1978[5][9]
  • Michelin's Red M 1980 and 1981[5]
  • named Critic of The Year by "Hotel and Catering Review".[10]

Film and televisionEdit

Tullio appeared on The Late Late Show (2004), The Podge and Rodge Show (2006) and Tubridy Tonight (2007). He was a judge on each season of The Restaurant.[1][6][11] He presented the RTÉ-series North of Naples, South of Rome, adapted from his book with the same name.[12]



  1. ^ a b c d "Paolo Tullio – Celebrity Chef, TV and Radio Personality". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Egan, Barry (20 June 2004). "Finding oneself before a blank canvas". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Get a pizza the action". Living. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  4. ^ "When live-in bulls were all the rage". Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b c ""The emergence, development and influence of French Haute Cuisine on public dining in Dublin restaurants 1900–2000: an oral history. Thesis DIT by Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire (2009); 3 downloadable volumes (part 2, p. 345)". Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e "". Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Taste of Ireland". Taste of Ireland. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  8. ^ "One of Ireland's best-known food and wine critics Paolo Tullio passes away". Irish Independent. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Republic of Ireland". Michelin online. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  10. ^ "The Restaurant Critics – Tom Doorley & Paolo Tullio". RTÉ. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  11. ^ a b IMDb page
  12. ^ "The Restaurant: Critics". RTÉ. Retrieved 2 February 2012.

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