Angry Tom Kerridge says 'no-shows' putting jobs at risk
By Rob Freeman | 13th July 2020
Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has launched an attack on people who failed to show up for bookings at one of his restaurants, saying they are putting jobs at risk.
The Michelin-starred chef, who grew up in Gloucester, posted an angry message on his Instagram after 27 people did not turn up after making reservations at his Corinthia Hotel restaurant in London.
He wrote: "This industry, like many others is on the verge of collapse.
"Your behaviour is disgraceful, short-sighted and downright unhelpful. All of you "no shows in all restaurants up and down the country are adding to the issues already being faced.
"YOU are putting people's jobs more at risk."
He continued: "We put staff levels to the number of covers booked and when you fail to turn up, it now costs us, which in turn will force very uncomfortable and hard decisions about staffing levels.
"You are the worst kind of guest and that is selfish. I hope you have good look at yourselves."
Fellow chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton was among those who replied to the post, urging Mr Kerridge to name and shame people who did not show up so they could be blocked by other restaurants.
He said: "This is not okay. Why does our industry get treated like this when a single phone call when you change your mind sorts all this out.
"You should be ashamed of yourself and we should have protection against this as we are fighting for our very lives in an industry that nearly every person uses to have fun times."
Cheltenham wine and cheese restaurant Domaine16 tweeted today that it planned to take card details to secure a table after a series of no shows over the weekend.
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