Celebrity Restaurants are Poor
A friend of mine and her partner recently visited Heston Blumental's restaurant in Bray as a birthday treat and came away very disappointed by the quality of the food on offer and the staggering price they had to pay for what was supposed to be a 'special meal'. So I was not surprised to read last week that celebrity chefs' restaurants are among most overpriced and worst food establishments worldwide.
According to Harden's London Restaurants 2015 guide, celebrity restaurants are showing signs of difficulty in keeping the quality high as they try to grow their restaurant empires'. It claims restaurants run by celebrity chefs such as Heston Blumental (above), Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Marcus Wareing (below) have been classed as some of the most overpriced, worst food among the top London restaurants. According to the guide whose 2015 edition was published last week, London’s restaurants are "in overdrive" with the highest ever rate of net new restaurant openings in the capital recorded. The Harden guide has analysed top restaurants since 1991 and took in the views of more than 6,000 people and 65,000 reports to create this year's rankings.
Appearing on the "Most Disappointing Cooking" list for the first time was Ollie Dabbousʼs eponymous flagship, Dabbous (below), which ranked 10th worst, despite glowing reviews from critics earlier in the year. It appeared alongside Masterchef judge Marcus Wareingʼs relaunched Marcus at the Berkeley, 8th in the list, and Heston Blumenthalʼs hotel dining room, Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, which was 2nd worst.
Oxo Tower retained its "unenviable status" as the home of Londonʼs most disappointing cooking. But for the first time in 15 years it escaped a double on the “lists of shame”. The River Café, an Italian restaurant on the bank of the Thames in Hammersmith, took up the mantle. Also in the top 10 for most overpriced were Gordon Ramsay (below), Alain Ducasse, Le Gavroche, Cut and Pollen Street Social. Despite being a favourite of celebrities and younger royals, the food at the Chiltern Firehouse also received muted praise.