Chef roasts restaurants over 'shocking' prices
A LEADING chef yesterday hit out at restaurant prices here, saying they need to drop by at least a third.
Ken Hom, a star of BBC cookery shows, said he was "shocked" by what Irish restaurants were charging and said they would have to drop their prices to survive.
"It used to be property prices in Ireland I couldn't believe, now it's what restaurants charge. I was pretty shocked," Mr Hom told the Irish Independent.
"These establishments could all drop their prices by at least a third. The only way restaurants can survive here is to begin offering diners value for money."
However, Irish restaurateur Derry Clarke, the owner of L'Ecrivain, disagreed with Mr Hom.
"Ken must be off his head. I'm doing lunch now for €25. A third off that would be fast-food prices," he said.
Mr Hom, in Dublin yesterday to mark the Chinese New Year and to promote a new Tesco meal range bearing his name, said the prices charged by Irish restaurants had left him considering opening his own, better value Dublin establishment.