Egon Ronay

Hungarian Writer
Born Jul 24, 1915

Egon Ronay was a Hungarian-born food critic who wrote and published a famous series of guides to British and Irish restaurants and hotels in the 1950s and '60s. He was an innovator when Britain had little appreciation of foreign cuisine.

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1915 Birth Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, in 1915, he was the son of a prominent restaurateur. … Read More


1946 31 Years Old Ronay emigrated to London, England alone on October 10, 1946. … Read More


1957 42 Years Old In 1957, Ronay completed the first edition of the Egon Ronay's Guide to British Eateries, selling 30,000 copies. … Read More


1985 70 Years Old Ronay sold the rights to his books to the AA in 1985.
1997 82 Years Old However, after subsequent owner Leading Guides International went into bankruptcy, in 1997 Ronay went to court to claim back the guides which bore his name.
2005 90 Years Old In 2005, in conjunction with the Royal Automobile Club, 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. … Read More
2010 95 Years Old In various interviews, Ronay steadfastly refused to give his age. He died at his Berkshire home in Yattendon, on June 12, 2010, after a short illness.
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