Former Waitrose Food editor sits down with vegan journalist he insulted
William Sitwell and Selene Nelson sat down for an awkward spread of vegan tacos at The Spread Eagle pub in Homerton, one month after Sitwell’s email to Nelson facetiously suggesting “killing vegans” went viral online. Sitwell stepped down from Waitrose Food in the wake of the email. In an ironically hammy sit-down, Nelson explained that while she never intended to cost Sitwell his job, that’s what happens when one sends nasty emails in a professional context. Indeed.
Nigel Farage presents award celebrating Indian cuisine; is booed
Nigel Farage was a presenter at The British Curry Awards in Battersea last night, and was booed when he thanked the crowd for “sponsoring his salary.” This bad-idea Brexit burger might be more up his street.
Author and T.V. personality departs Hackney restaurant project
Shouty, sweary chefs are allegedly putting people off restaurant careers
A new report claims that the volatile, aggressive, and demeaning environments displayed on programmes like Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and The F Word (spot the common denominator) are putting people off restaurant careers. Even the more placid Great British Bake Off put respondents in a survey by The Caterer’s job arm off the hospitality world. [Big Hospitality]
Clerkenwell gets a wine bar serving “a definite eye and mouth orgasm”
Le Cellar will open in Clerkenwell serving natural and biodynamic wines from small producers, as well as small plates. Simon Maniora and Anthonin Charlier — the latter Club Gascon’s former wine buyer — have produced a website long on pictures of dishes with idiosyncratic cutlery, including some food served inside half a wine bottle. It’s novel. [Hot Dinners]