IT’S TRUE . . . RESTAU­RANTS DO KEEP PIC­TURES OF TOP CRIT­ICS IN KITCHEN

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

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.’

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