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John Maiorana, VInce Garreffa, Giuseppe Pagliaricci and Michael Tamburri hold cookbooks by Antonio Carluccio. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

He mentored Jamie Oliver and cooked for Prince Charles and now the godfather of Italian cuisine, Antonio Carluccio, is set to bring his love of food to Perth next month.

Carluccio, who made a television show called Two Greedy Italians, will be brought to Perth by butcher Vince Garreffa and will be joined by local "greedy Italians" John Maiorana, Giuseppe Pagliaricci and Michael Tamburri to raise money for charity.

Garreffa said Carluccio was one of his heroes and they hit it off immediately when they met 10 years ago at an Adelaide food festival.

"He's a man with a huge heart, a lovely smile and never stops telling jokes," he said. Garreffa said Carluccio's books and television shows epitomised his love of food and life.

"He is one of the few who travelled around Italy and was looking always for those dishes that the mammas were cooking," he said. "That's what really gladdens our hearts as Italians, when we realise that the things that our mammas did are recognised as being world standard."

Garreffa said the money raised would go to Mondo Community Warriors, an organisation that funds Lifeline and 30 small local charities.

Carluccio will host a $125 afternoon event and a $175 evening event at Government House on October 10.

Tickets will be on sale through Ticketek by Friday.

The West Australian

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