Chef Tom Kerridge took to Instagram at the weekend to slam the 27 people who failed to turn up for their reservation at his restaurant at the Corinthia Hotel on Saturday.
The popular chef, who opened Kerridge’s Bar and Grill at the luxury London hotel in 2018, called the party ‘selfish’ and said their behaviour ‘disgraceful, shortsighted and down right unhelpful’ as the hospitality industry struggles to get back on its feet following the coronavirus pandemic.
His post on social media also added that the party’s decision not to show up, ‘now costs us’ and adds to the ‘issues already being faced’.
The post read: “To the 27 people that booked @kerridgesbandg and then failed to turn up on a Saturday night… This industry like many others is on the verge of collapse. Your behavior is disgraceful, shortsighted and down right unhelpful… all of you ‘no shows’ in all restaurant up and down the country are adding to the issues already being faced… YOU are putting peoples (sic) jobs more at risk… 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, that is ‘selfish’. I hope you have a good look at yourselves…”
His response garnered support from fellow industry colleagues, including critic Jay Rayner, who said Kerridge’s post was ‘a completely justified howl of rage’. He tweeted: “If you book a restaurant, either go or cancel in good time. Don’t be a dick and just not show.”