Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chef Attacked Kitchen Worker after Critic Gill Called Food 'Disgusting'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chef Attacked Kitchen Worker after Critic Gill Called Food 'Disgusting'

Article excerpt

Byline: Jonathan Prynn

A CHEF attacked one of his kitchen staff in fury after a flippant comment by food critic AA Gill.

Charlie McCubbin, 51, lost his temper when Gill allegedly described his food as "disgusting" at the end of the meal -- though he actually gave it four stars in a review.

A court heard McCubbin snapped and swung a punch at kitchen worker Keith McVaigh before pushing him down stairs and tussling with him.

Magistrates heard that during the assault McCubbin used "foul" language worthy of TV chef Gordon Ramsay.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said McCubbin "appeared intoxicated" on the night that Gill arrived to review his restaurant River Cafe, near Hay-on-Wye, Powys, for the Sunday Times.

She said: "He kept going in and out of the kitchen and said to Mr McVaigh: 'When you've finished that you can f**k off and not come back'. McCubbin then took a swing at Mr McVaigh, which did not connect, before pushing him down three steps.

"McCubbin then walked over to another man and said: 'If you want to start I'll knock your f***ing head off. I will take you all on'."

McCubbin, who owns the restaurant on the banks of the River Wye, admitted assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress.

He blamed working a 17-hour day during this year's Hay Festival for his violent outburst. Bruce Gray, defending, told the court: "Shortly before the incident AA Gill, the respected food critic, came in. At the end of his meal he was asked whether he enjoyed it and in his rather flippant manner, his response was: 'Disgusting'. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.