The Dumbwaiter joined an industry gathering at the Corinthia last week to celebrate the arrival of chef André Garrett at the hotel's Northall restaurant. Guests enjoyed Champagne, foie gras and oysters but were probably not expecting the surprise appearance from Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem who were dining in the restaurant.
Staff at the Kilburn branch of McDonalds were unfazed by providing Giles Coren and his son Sam with the newly launched table service, despite him filming it all on Insta stories. Watch out Carluccio’s though – he might be coming for their trial of ‘formal evening service’ next…
He could have sworn that when it was announced, the World Restaurant Awards (taking place tonight in Paris) was going to be televised – but the Dumbwaiter can’t find it on any TV listings. Luckily chefs are so active on social media we’ll be sure to hear the news. Good luck to local stars Kiln, Ikoyi, Black Axe Mangal, Cub, Otto’s, Noble Rot and Clare Smyth.
The Dumbwaiter doffs his cap to all the team and visiting chefs to Northcote – this year’s uber-culinary pop-up, Obsession 19, raised more than £40k for Hospitality Action.
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