Paolo Tullio

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Paolo Tullio
Born Lazio, Italy
Residence Ireland
Nationality Italian
Occupation Writer (and former head chef)
Known for Michelin starred Armstrong's Barn and culinary articles

Paolo Luigi Mario Tullio (pronounced [pa.o.lo tul.ljo]) is writer and a Michelin star-winning head chef of the former restaurant Armstrong's Barn in Annamoe, County Wicklow.

Tullio came to Ireland to study in 1968. He studied English, arts and philosophy at Trinity College, where he obtained an MA. After his study he held several jobs, working as a clinical psychologist in St. Brendan's Hospital, an interpreter and as a cattle-agent.[1][2]

Armstrong's Barn[edit]

In 1977 Tullio established Armstrong's Barn, serving food in a traditional Irish style. The restaurant closed in 1988.[3] Tullio did not sell the building when he closed the restaurant, instead he changed it into a recording studio. It was not a big hit so he held several other jobs to pay the bills such as acting as voiceover artist for commercials. After the demise of the studio, he renovated the building and turned it into a house.[3]

Tullio sold "Annaglen", once the outhouse of Armstrong's Barn and later converted it into a house, and moved into Armstrong's Barn himself. Before selling off Armstrong's Barn in 2003, he built a smaller house in a field close by.[4]

He has been awarded several culinary awards for his cooking. In 1978 he was awarded one Michelin star. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant the "Red M", indicating good food at a reasonable price, in 1980 and 1981.[5]

Present activities[edit]

Paolo Tullio is a versatile man, who manages a lot of jobs:


Paolo Tullio married watercolour artist Susan Morley in 1975, after meeting each other at Trinity College; they had two children, but divorced in 2004.[2]


  • Michelin star 1978[5][8]
  • Michelin's Red M 1980 and 1981[5]
  • named Critic of The Year by "Hotel and Catering Review".[9]

Movies & Television[edit]

Tullio has appeared on the Late Late Show (2004), The Podge and Rodge Show (2006) and Tubridy Tonight (2007). He was a judge on each season of The Restaurant.[1][6][10] He presented the RTÉ-series North of Naples, South of Rome, adapted from his book with the same name.[11]



  1. ^ a b c d "Paolo Tullio – Celebrity Chef, TV and Radio Personality". Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Egan, Barry (20 June 2004). "Finding oneself before a blank canvas". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Get a pizza the action". Living. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "When live-in bulls were all the rage". Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "The emergence, development and influence of French Haute Cuisine on public dining in Dublin restaurants 1900–2000: an oral history. Thesis DIT by Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire (2009); 3 downloadable volumes (part 2, p. 345)
  6. ^ a b c d e "". Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Taste of Ireland". Taste of Ireland. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Republic of Ireland". Michelin online. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Restaurant Critics – Tom Doorley & Paolo Tullio". RTÉ. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  10. ^ a b IMDb page
  11. ^ "The Restaurant: Critics". RTÉ. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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