One of Ireland's best-known chefs and food critics Paolo Tullio has died.

The 65-year-old passed away earlier today following an illness. 

His agent Noel Kelly confirmed the news: "It's with great sadness that I heard of Paolo Tullio's death today.

"I am missing a great friend, full of kindness and with only positive things to say of others.

"The world is missing an incredible chef and culinary expert.

"He was one of life's true gentlemen, a word overused but not in this case as Paolo was a gentleman to the core.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this time", the statement concluded.

Mr Tullio was one of Ireland's best-known food and wine critics and was also a Michelin star-winning chef.

He first came to Ireland in 1968 to study an MA at Trinity College.

He had a variety of jobs including working as a clinical psychologist, an interpreter and as an agent involved with cattle exports in the early 1970s.

In 1977 he bought Armstrong's Barn, a restaurant in the Wicklow Hills, subsequently winning numerous culinary awards.

In 1989 he became involved with journalism and writing, and from 1997 he was the Restaurant Reviewer for the Irish Independent's Weekend magazine.

He also wrote lifestyle and travel articles for Food and Wine Magazine.

Mr Tullio was the resident critic in the TV series The Restaurant on RTÉ.

As an author, he wrote three books (Mushroom Man; North of Naples, South of Rome; and Paolo Tullio Cooks Italian).