Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge sparks fury over ‘cooking fee’ for gastropub steaks
CELEBRITY chef Tom Kerridge has sparked fury over a ‘kitchen charge’ for theft at his gastropub.
The TV cook defended the price, saying the steaks are an “absolute bargain”.
The new menu, which includes the £12.50 charge to put the steaks on a grill, will be shown at Kerridge’s gastropub The Butchers Tap and Grill in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Kerridge announced the charges to her 600,000 Instagram followers with a video of a grilled steak.
“STEAKS!!! Opening Friday! @thebutcherstapandgrill,” the post read.
“And before a pea brain donut asks…it’s not £87…
“You choose your meat at the counter at butcher’s prices and then pay a £12.50 chef’s fee per person…. A bargain!!”
But social media users hit back at the chef for the cooking charges.
“12:50 to throw on a BBQ griddle? That’s where I’m struggling mate…” wrote one reviewer.
Kerridge responded by saying: ‘We also serve it and wash it……if you don’t think it’s worth £12.50 mate……’
It comes just three weeks after the 48-year-old chef was criticized for his pub’s tantalizing £87 sirloin steak.
A war of words has erupted over prices at one of Kerridge’s boozers, The Hand and Flowers, also in Marlow.
In this pub he charges £87 for a sirloin steak with vegetables like a side of cabbage which costs £7.50 more.
Main of lamb is £69 and a spicy venison loin is £60.
But a smoked salmon dish priced at £42.50 is the most expensive starter and all desserts are £26.50.
As a result, some diners blame Kerridge for raising his prices, including wine expert Guy Woodward.
Referring to the Bucks pub, he tweeted: “Tom Kerridge’s The Hand and Flowers website.
“’Unpretentious’, ‘real pub’, ‘for all to enjoy’ ‘relaxed and accessible’.”
But he added: “Steak and chips £87, side of coleslaw £7.50, creme brulee: £26.50.
“And people are complaining about the wine list markups.”
Last December, Kerridge was criticized for selling takeaway Christmas dinners for £95 a head – which customers had to cook themselves.
Then, two months later, he was also criticized for doing similar things for Valentine’s Day for £185.
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