IT’S TRUE . . . RESTAURANTS DO KEEP PICTURES OF TOP CRITICS IN KITCHEN
FOOD critics have long suspected that their photographs are posted on the kitchen walls of swanky restaurants so that staff can single them out for special treatment in the hope winning a positive review.
Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal that such galleries do exist. Pictures of food writers are pinned up in the kitchen of The Landau in London, run by celebrated chefs Albert and Michel Roux. Alongside the critics’ photos are a list of their interests and even the aliases they may use to ensure their anonymity when booking a table.
Writer Giles Coren’s entry reveals he ‘often takes his wife Esther Walker and children’. Told of his appearance on the list, Mr Coren said he was ‘flattered’ and added: ‘If they can make my dining experience better because they recognise who I am, then I’m all for it.’
A spokesman for The Landau said: ‘Like all good restaurants we have information on our guests so that we can look after them as best we can.’