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Celebrity Chef Tom Kerridge Defends £87 Steak

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Celebrity Chef Tom Kerridge Defends £87 Steak

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has come out in defence of his menu prices after he was criticised online for his £87 sirloin steak.

The 48-year-old Michelin-star chef responded to a tweet posted by wine expert Guy Woodward who called out the prices at Kerridge’s Buckinghamshire-based two Michelin-starred pub The Hand and Flowers. 

Tom Kerridge defended his prices on Twitter (Credit: Twitter)
Tom Kerridge defended his prices on Twitter (Credit: Twitter)

Woodward said: “Website of @handfmarlow by @ChefTomKerridge – ‘unpretentious’, ‘proper pub’, ‘for everyone to enjoy’ ‘relaxed and accessible’.

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“Also @handfmarlow – steak and chips: £87; side of cabbage: £7.50; creme brûlée: £26.50. And people complain about wine list mark-ups...”

Kerridge responded by defending his prices because he pays staff “properly.”

On top of the £87 for the steak, the sides, such as vegetables, cost a further £7.50.

The price of Kerridge's sirloin steak has garnered criticism online (Credit: Tom Kerridge/Instagram)
The price of Kerridge's sirloin steak has garnered criticism online (Credit: Tom Kerridge/Instagram)
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He said: "Those prices include everything, VAT and service. No additional service charge at all. Also I pay staff properly and treat their job as a professional career. Perhaps the real cost of dining should be addressed.

"Unpretentious does not mean cheap. Also, why is profit a bad word?”

The menu at Kerridge’s pub also includes a lamb main priced at £69 and a £60 spiced venison loin. All desserts - including the now infamous crème brûlée - are priced at £26.50.

Woodward later clarified his main issue is the marketing of the pub. He tweeted: “My issue isn’t with the prices - people are evidently happy to pay them. It’s the marketing. £87 for steak and chips is hardly an ‘unpretentious, proper pub’ that’s ‘accessible to everyone….'”

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(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

One Twitter user agreed with Woodward, writing: "Guy, I totally agree with you! Marketing is so wrong and the cost is unreasonable. Using staff retention as an excuse for ripping off customers is really ridiculous!”

However, some people on social media came to Kerridge's defence. One person said: "This is reason why ppl [working] in hospitality get paid a shit wage,because ppl like you don’t think that a well butchered,reared steak,treated well, cooked well,handled by more than one chef should be worth this. I’m sure @ChefTomKerridge has bills/rent/ wages to pay for too:.."

Featured Image Credit: Tom Kerridge/Twitter

Topics: Food and Drink, Celebrity

Gregory Robinson
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