Knightsbridge’s Rib Room snubs Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge

28 Oct

It was to have been the acclaimed chef’s first foray into London’s restaurant scene, so when it was announced that Tom Kerridge was to take over the Rib Room at the five star Jumeirah Carlton Tower critics and diners licked their lips in anticipation.

With two Michelin stars at his gastro pub The Hand and Flowers, and one at the Coach, both in the Buckinghamshire town of Marlow, there were high hopes he would find similar success in the capital.

But there was bitter disappointment last week after it emerged that the Knightsbridge restaurant has now opened without his hand at the pass, with no apparent explanation.

Kerridge’s partnership with the Dubai-owned hotel had been announced late last year as heralding a new era for the Rib Room, which has been a dining destination since it first opened in 1961.

Katie Benson, Jumeirah’s regional vice president for Europe, said at the time: “Tom is one of the country’s top culinary talents and we are delighted to be working with him and his team to create London’s most exciting new restaurant next year.”

Kerridge, 44, said he planned to introduces a ‘swinging Sixties’ feel to the restaurant, recalling the era of mini-skirts, psychedelia and pop-art of the Rib Room’s first decade.

But relations between the Wiltshire-born chef and the hotel appear to have soured since the announcement was made.

Last week Kerridge revealed that Dubai Holdings, the owners of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower had “changed its intentions” for the Rib Room and gone ahead without him.

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