Rebecca Clare Collerton

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1965 - 2018
Rebecca Clare Collerton has passed away peacefully from cancer in the presence of her family and friends on 27 April. She was born on 10 March 1965 in Liverpool to parents Thomas Collerton and Eileen Rebecca Clayfield Collerton (née Pownall). She was raised with her sisters and brothers in Rock Ferry Birkenhead on the Wirral. ‎After studying drafting and design in Bristol she caroused through Manchester and London before striking off to New York City in the late 90s. A job at Mildred's in London's Soho sparked an interest in cooking which developed in her many restaurant jobs in New York. She was a chef a Diner and Marlow and Sons in Williamsburg where she was a part of the development of the New Brooklyn food scene. She was a chef-owner of Saltie, where she created the beloved sandwich the Scuttlebutt, and of Mr. Curry, where she brought the season dining ethos to her imaginative Anglo-Indian cooking.
Friends call her a "species of one" and a "sailor of sorts." She was many things: "the brooding hunk of menace" of Brixton, someone who cut ties and broke hearts, a Brooklyn chef who could cook "what you want to eat when you're tired of eating," but also a beloved aunt called Bidgie, an encouraging mentor of young cooks, and a loving partner and family man. ‎Her food, her keen eye for design, and her uncompromising individuality will be missed by many.
Rebecca is survived by her devoted wife Greta Elizabeth Dana; siblings Jen Harding (husband Geri), Nick Collerton, Joe Collerton, and Patrick Collerton (wife Sue); nieces Rhianon Harding (husband Rob Chadwick), Rebecca Harding, Amy and Ellie Collerton; nephew Thomas Harding (mother Lara Campitelli), and great-niece Enydd Alice Chadwick.
Published on NYTimes.com from May 16 to May 17, 2018