At the Scotch Egg Challenge at the Canonbury Tavern the other night, high drama when one of the chefs managed to cut a huge chunk out of his own finger and had to dash off to A&E with claret all over his whites. Showing a soft (not hard-boiled) side, a competing chef stepped in to finish off his creation.
Shortlists announced all over the shop this week: Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards and the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. The Dumbwaiter congratulates all those nominated but feels a tad disappointed that the F&M shindig is at lunchtime this year, rather that at night - when the well-refreshed partygoers would divulge more gossip…
Far be it from the Dumbwaiter’s mind to enjoy another’s misfortune, but chefs and restaurateurs (and a few vegans) might want to catch Pointless Celebrities from Saturday on the iPlayer. Critics William Sitwell and Grace Dent got… shall we say… roasted.
From Mayfair to Marylebone. Here are the Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the Week.