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Margate: Tributes paid to Great British Pizza founder Rachel Seed

Published: 14:40, 29 December 2018

| Updated: 21:52, 29 December 2018

A chef who helped set up one of Margate’s best-known seafront restaurants has died.

Rachel Seed, who opened Great British Pizza on Marine Drive with partner Lisa Richards in October 2012, was diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 years ago.

Great British Pizza began as a business in a VW Campervan, with its last stop being at Margate’s Harbour Arms during the summer of 2012.

Rachel Seed (6245580)

In a tribute to the 45-year-old on Great British Pizza’s Facebook page, it said: “It is with a sadness too vast for mere words that we have to announce the loss of our founder, our mentor, our boss, our friend and GB Pizza’s inspiration, Rachel Seed.

“We are devastated and broken.

Rachel helped set up Great British Pizza (6245582)

“She lived life to the full, despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 years ago.

“She defied every prognosis thrown at her, and during that time she opened an award-winning gastropub, helped other restaurants change the direction of their business, spotted and trained talented young chefs, and, alongside Lisa Richards – her life and work partner – set up GB Pizza.

“We will be remembering and celebrating her incredible life on Tuesday, January 15.

“Rest in power, Rachel.”

In a further tribute, Lisa Richards – Rachel’s wife – said: “I have too many words, but not a single one of them is adequate to describe Rachel, who was one of life’s exceptional human beings.

“She was my rock. My inspiration. My partner-in-crime (in work and life). My travel companion. My best friend. My wife.

“She lived life to the full, despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 years ago.

“She defied every prognosis thrown at her, and during that time she opened an award-winning gastropub, helped other restaurants change the direction of their business, spotted and trained talented young chefs, and, alongside me, set up GB PIZZA CO.”

A chef who helped set up a seafront restaurant has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 years ago.

Sadness as popular Margate GB Pizza co-founder Rachel Seed dies aged 45

The restaurant announced in a statement today the loss of their ‘founder, mentor, boss, friend and inspiration’

  • 14:04, 29 DEC 2018

Tributes have been paid to the founder of GB Pizza in Margate following her death.

Rachel Seed launched the highly popular restaurant in Marine Drive in 2012 alongside Lisa Richards.

The 45-year-old had been diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 years ago and the company announced in a statement on their Facebook page today (December 29) that Rachel has sadly died.

The post reads: “To our customers, our friends and supporters, it is with a sadness too vast for mere words that we have to announce the loss of our founder, our mentor, our boss, our friend and GB Pizza’s inspiration, Rachel Seed.

“We are devastated and broken.”

Rest in power, Rachel’

The tribute continues: “She lived life to the full, despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour 13 years ago.

“She defied every prognosis thrown at her, and during that time she opened an award-winning gastropub, helped other restaurants change the direction of their business, spotted and trained talented young chefs, and, alongside Lisa Richards – her life and work partner – set up GB Pizza.

“We will be remembering and celebrating her incredible life on Tuesday 15th January.

“Rest in power, Rachel.”

Award-winning chef Rachel moved to Margate from London six years ago with Lisa.

The pair had spent years travelling up and down the country with a portable wood-fired oven, serving their pizzas at farmers markets, festivals and outdoor events, according to the GB Pizza website.

Describing how GB Pizza came about, the website says: “During the summer of 2012 they served pizza al-fresco on Margate’s Harbour Arm.

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“This is when their love of Margate began.

“Very quickly afterwards, they found a site on the historic seafront and opened their first permanent restaurant.”

Dozens of comments have been left on the Facebook tribute to Rachel as people pay their respects and remember her fondly.

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The restaurant announced in a statement today the loss of their 'founder, mentor, boss, friend and inspiration'