By Mary Mrad for Daily Mail Australia
10:05 p.m. on December 26, 2023, updated 10:44 p.m. on December 26, 2023
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have joined together to pay tribute to Australian chef Bill Granger following his sudden death aged 54.
The Wolverine star, 55, and actress, 68, offered their condolences in a joint statement on Instagram.
“We are devastated to hear the news of Bill’s passing. His talent, his zest for life, the way he brought people together and his commitment to family were inspiring,” the message read.
“It is his friendship that we will miss the most. Our love goes out to Natalie and their three incredible daughters Edie, Ines and Bunny.
‘Rest in peace. Deb and Hugh,” ended the couple who announced their separation in September.
World-renowned Australian chef Bill has died aged 54, his family revealed in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Wednesday.
He died “peacefully” in hospital, surrounded by his family.
“He will be deeply missed by all, and his loss will be most deeply felt by his loving family, who are grateful for all the love and support given to him,” the message read.
“It is with great sadness that the family of Bill Granger announces his passing on December 25 at the age of 54.
“Devoted husband and father, Bill died peacefully in hospital with his wife Natalie Elliott and three daughters, Edie, Ines and Bunny, at his bedside in their adopted home in London.”
Tributes have poured in for Bill from other celebrity chefs including Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver.
“I am heartbroken to hear this. So cruel. My deepest love for N, E, I and B,” Nigella wrote.
Jamie, 47, wrote that he was “devastated” by the news of Granger’s death and described the chef as a “wonderful human” who prepared great food.
“This is devastating news, I’m so sad to hear this, what a guy he was…. a wonderful and kind and calm human soul,” Jamie wrote.
“I admired everything he stood for in food. I remember the first time I met him many moons ago, he couldn’t have been nicer and his food so good.
“I send so much love to his entire family. Rest in peace Bill, he will be greatly missed jox xx.’
In a second tribute shared on Jamie’s Instagram Story, the British celebrity chef wrote that he “loved Bill so much.”
“This is sad news… I loved Bill Granger so much, he was such a wonderful man, warm, charming, and he had an extraordinary ease and style of cooking that could only come from Australia” , Jamie wrote.
‘Bless you Bill, so much love! Which guy. So much love for his family and friends.
Former MasterChef judge Matt Preston also remembered Bill as a “really lovely guy and an inspiration”.
“I’m so sorry to hear this news…Together he (with Natalie at his side) helped shape the image of modern Australian cuisine around the world. My thoughts are with his family, friends and all those he worked with at this sad time,” he wrote.
Australian actor Jason Donovan said Bill’s death was “devastating” news.
“Wonderful father and husband. Wonderful man! Ray of Australian sunshine,” said the former Neighbors star.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Bill was a self-taught cook who became a renowned global restaurateur and food writer with a career spanning over 30 years.
In 1999, he and his wife Natalie began a professional partnership that launched the business globally. Together, they built a successful business that now has 19 restaurants in Sydney, London, Greater Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Seoul.
Bill has authored 14 cookbooks, made five television series and was recently awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2023.
He will be remembered as the ‘King of Breakfast’, for transforming unpretentious dishes into something special filled with sunshine and for driving the growth of informal, community-based Australian eating around the world.
The self-taught chef left his art studies at the age of 24 and opened his first restaurant ‘Bills’ in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1992.
Bill went on to own an empire of 18 cafes with restaurants around the world, including Japan, Hawaii and London.
The chef was credited with inventing a breakfast staple that defined an entire generation: the humble avocado on toast.
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