Celebrity chef Simpson dies

SYDNEY (AP) — Darren Simpson, who at 21 became Britain’s youngest ever Young Chef of the Year and has been a television chef and food writer, has died in Australia, his family said today.

Northern Ireland-born Simpson worked at multiple restaurants in London, Ireland and Australia and appeared in Australian television’s “My Restaurant Rules,” “‘Live This,” and “Ready Steady Cook.”

Simpson died near his home in Byron Bay north of Sydney on Thursday afternoon, Seven Network television reported. He had recently attempted rehabilitation at a clinic for alcohol addiction before ending up in hospital, News Corp. websites reported. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

Simpson grew up in Armoy and Hillsborough outside Belfast, one of three children of publican parents.