Top chef refuses to serve up €50 booking cancellation charges
TV chef Marco Pierre White has served up strongly worded opposition to proposals to charge diners a non-refundable deposit for restaurant bookings.
Many eateries said the issues of 'no shows' was a huge problem last month, with several now charging up to €50 per head for no-shows or cancellations.
The Restaurant Association of Ireland is proposing its members take a non-refundable deposit of €20 for bookings of more than four people. This would be deducted from the final bill, but if the party does not turn up the deposit would be forfeit.
But Mr White (56), star of TV3's 'The Restaurant', does not agree with the proposals to charge diners.
"No - because anything can happen, can't it?
"If you make an appointment with me this morning and something goes wrong in your life, why should you be penalised because you have to rush your son to the hospital for example or because you've had an accident? No, I don't think so," he said.
He said last-minute cancellations and no shows was just part and parcel of the restaurant industry, just one of the many issues it has always had to deal with.
"If you take reservations, accept people may cancel. Otherwise, have the policy where you don't take reservations and people just walk in," he said.