Food critic Egon Ronay, whose series of restaurant guides made him a household name in Britain, has died at the age of 94.

Family friend Nick Ross said Ronay died on Saturday at his home west of London after a short illness, with his wife Barbara and two daughters at his side.

A restaurant—owner’s son born in Budapest, Ronay left communist Hungary for Britain in 1946 and managed London restaurants before opening his own establishment, The Marquee.

He began writing about food for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, and in the 1950s founded the Egon Ronay Guide to British restaurants. The annual guides became immensely popular, and restaurants displayed the blue Egon Ronay label as a seal of approval.

Funeral details were not immediately available.