EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Claridge’s nauseated as Michelin-starred chef suggests turning restaurant menu into vegan


When guests book a stay at Claridge’s, they look forward to eating crusted lobster, caviar and foie gras in art-deco splendor at Mayfair’s finest establishment known as a ‘Buckingham Palace Annex’ due to his long-standing ties to royalty.

Soon, however, its loyal regulars around the world might be forced to feast on nut roasts and lentil stews.

I can reveal that the five-star hotel is involved in some very tense discussions with its Michelin-starred chef, Daniel Humm, as he wants to make the restaurant’s menu entirely vegan.

“It’s a hotel nightmare,” an insider tells me. “The bosses are terrified that Humm would leave if his demands were not met, which would mean they would be without him during the Christmas season, their busiest time of the year.

“But if they make the restaurant vegan, they’re going to upset thousands of regular guests.”

RICHARD EDEN: I can reveal that the five-star hotel is involved in some very tense discussions with its Michelin-starred chef, Daniel Humm (pictured), as he wants to make the restaurant’s menu entirely vegan

Humm recently made headlines around the world by transforming the £ 250-per-head menu at his three-Michelin-starred New York restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, all plant-based.

There, diners can enjoy dishes including melon cucumber and smoked daikon; Swiss chard fried pepper; and zucchini with lemongrass and tofu.

Meanwhile, the four-course menu at his Claridge restaurant, Davies And Brook, costs £ 125 per person and includes mouth-watering options like caviar with sweet potato bonito and an English muffin; roast venison with beetroot; and, of course, the foie gras with black truffle.

A spokesperson for Claridge confirms he is in talks with Humm about his request, telling me, “We are constantly reviewing Davies And Brook’s offerings, including the possible introduction of an all-based menu. plants. “

Meanwhile, the four-course menu at his Claridge restaurant, Davies And Brook, costs £ 125 per person and includes mouth-watering options like caviar with sweet potato bonito and an English muffin;  roast venison with beetroot;  and of course foie gras with black truffle

Meanwhile, the four-course menu at his Claridge restaurant, Davies And Brook, costs £ 125 per person and includes mouth-watering options like caviar with sweet potato bonito and an English muffin; roast venison with beetroot; and of course foie gras with black truffle

However, my sources claim that this diplomatic response only hints at tensions behind the scenes.

This week Humm, 45, made an appearance at the Cop26 Eco Summit in Glasgow, where he made it clear that his mission in life is to ‘make delicious, magical and luxurious plant-based foods’.

He added: “It’s better for our planet and our health.”

While such a dramatic change might appeal to a hip young crowd, Claridge’s will be aware of the maxim: “Go wake up, go bankrupt.”

Helena sews her own poppies …

Town superwoman Dame Helena Morrissey found a stylish way to avoid piercing her dress with a poppy brooch on Armistice Day yesterday.

The businesswoman and mother of nine, 55, instead wore a sleeveless cream dress adorned with the symbolic red flower.

Town superwoman Dame Helena Morrissey found a stylish way to avoid piercing her dress with a poppy brooch on Armistice Day yesterday

Town superwoman Dame Helena Morrissey found a stylish way to avoid piercing her dress with a poppy brooch on Armistice Day yesterday

“Love the end result – it’s also perfect for Remembrance Sunday,” says Helena, who completed the look with Saint Laurent flower-bodied patent-leather sandals (above)

Helena helped create the outfit with her designer, Lisa Redman, and together they drew each poppy on paper before hand-stitching them with silk threads.

“I love the end result – it’s also perfect for Remembrance Sunday,” says Helena, who completed the look with Saint Laurent flower-bodied patent-leather sandals (above).

Lingerie mogul Michelle Mone, nicknamed “Baroness Bra” after being elevated to the rank of Lords, has ended her public speaking career.

The Glasgowian, 50, has to “focus on her family and her new businesses”, and says: “Speaking in public always scares me, but the sense of accomplishment and pride will be missed.”

The Affair Dominic West’s wife, Catherine FitzGerald, voluntarily took over the reins of Glin Castle after her father, Desmond, Glin’s last knight, passed away in 2011 without a son to inherit his title.

But landscape designer Catherine, 50, is reluctant to force her children to inherit her ancestral 15-bedroom home in County Limerick, Ireland.

“The idea that someone has been linked to it from birth doesn’t feel right one way or another,” she told the Duchess’ podcast. “You have to let people go and do things, and if they want to come back and do it, maybe that means they can do it creatively.”

Catherine stood alongside West, 52, after being seen in Rome last year with Lily James, 32, her co-star in The Pursuit Of Love.

Away game for Stanbury and footballer Sergio

When Prince Andrew’s confidante Caroline Stanbury started dating a former Spanish footballer 18 years her junior, few thought it would last, especially since she had just separated from the father of her three children.

Yesterday, however, the Ladies of London star, 45, proved them wrong by marrying Sergio Carrallo (inset) on a beach in Mauritius. The couple live in Dubai, where they will be having a big wedding party next month, but have chosen to exchange their vows on 11/11 – a date some say symbolizes soul mates.

When Prince Andrew's confidante Caroline Stanbury (pictured) started dating a former Spanish footballer 18 years younger than her, few thought it would last, especially since she had just split from the father of her three children.

When Prince Andrew’s confidante Caroline Stanbury (pictured) started dating a former Spanish footballer 18 years younger than her, few thought it would last, especially since she had just split from the father of her three children.

The Ladies of London star, 45, proved them wrong by marrying Sergio Carrallo (pictured) on a beach in Mauritius

The Ladies of London star, 45, proved them wrong by marrying Sergio Carrallo (pictured) on a beach in Mauritius

“It shows people it’s real,” says Caroline, who wore a white dress with spaghetti straps. “When I met Sergio he was 24 and was lost in life – he had finished a great career and didn’t know what was to come next. Finding the right partner changes everything. And I am the luckiest girl in the world.

Her daughter Grace had the honor of being the bridesmaid to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but Rose van Cutsem’s nephew embarrassed her illustrious family.

I heard that 19-year-old Frederick Astor was sentenced this week to an 18-month community order in Oxford Magistrates’ Court for spitting at a policeman after a drug frenzy in the Cotswolds area of his father, Thomas.

Grandson of David Astor, founding chairman of Classic FM, Frederick also cursed three police officers called to Merriscourt House in Oxfordshire.

After Cats, Andrew dines with a dog

A dog is not only a man’s best friend, he can also be a great companion for afternoon tea.

Andrew Lloyd Webber gifted his black Havanese, Mojito, a £ 49 Regency-style afternoon tea at the Theater Royal Drury Lane, which he spent £ 60million to restore to its former glory

Andrew Lloyd Webber gifted his black Havanese, Mojito, a £ 49 Regency-style afternoon tea at the Theater Royal Drury Lane, which he spent £ 60million to restore to its former glory

That’s certainly what Andrew Lloyd Webber thinks. The West End composer gifted his black Havanese, Mojito, a £ 49 Regency-style afternoon tea at the Theater Royal Drury Lane, which he spent £ 60million to restore to its former glory .

Mojito had his own seat – and particularly enjoyed the sausage rolls. Woof Woof.


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