Friends and family pay tribute to ‘kind' and ‘selfless' chef who died from haemorrhage

A celebration of Marek Fiutowski's life will be held today at Coffee, Cake and Kisses in Warren Street

Friday, 2nd June 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Marek Fiutowski

Marek Fiutowski, right, with Amanda Cassidy and Deborah Cesanelli at Coffee Cake and Kisses 

TRIBUTES have poured in for a selfless and kind chef who has died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage.

Marek Fiutowski, who worked as a chef for 17 years in Fitzrovia and lived in Maida Vale, was just 42 when he died on May 18.

He was working in Coffee, Cake and Kisses café in Warren Street after 16 years at the Café Rive Gauche across the road. Coffee, Cake and Kisses – which celebrates love and relationships of all kinds – will be holding a celebration of Marek’s life today (Friday) at 6pm.

His younger brother Piotr Fiutowski said: “He was someone who would give you everything he’s got. He didn’t care about himself, he just wanted to help his friends and family. What everyone liked about him was that he always offered help.

“Marek was born in Poland in 1974 and grew up in the nearby town of Szydłowiec. As a youngster, he enjoyed playing football and loved watch- ing Formula 1. He trained to be a mechanic, and worked for some time as a painter an decorator and a delivery driver in Poland.

In 2000, shortly after his mother died, Marek moved to London, settling in Maida Vale in search of a better life and began his job as a chef, making many friends along the way.

Sonia Cassidy, co- founder of Coffee, Cake and Kisses which Marek joined last year, said he was “the kind of person who would get stuck in with any hard work and get on with it. We made sure to give him credit as he never sought it himself.”

Piotr added: “He had many friends. He loved company. We used to meet three or four times a week, we were very close. I am going to miss him so much.”

Friends, family and all those who knew him are welcome to join the celebration of Marek’s life at Coffee, Cake and Kisses. Ms Cassidy said the café was a fitting place to hold a final farewell for Marek.

“We live in a society where grief and loss and not nearly acknowledged and honoured enough,” she said.

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