London restaurant news round-up
Restaurant industry hours challenged
The parents of a London chef who died this week of complications following a bout of tonsillitis blamed the long hours he was working as a sous chef in the Tate Modern restaraurant for his death. 23-year-old Nathan Laity’s mother told the Daily Mail that her son ‘had just done 27 days on the trot, working 14-hour days. He got so run down that his immune system could not cope.’ The restaurant said of Nathan's death; 'Tate was very saddened to hear of the tragic death of Nathan Laity. Nathan was a very valued member of Tate staff.'
Could Rick Stein be moving to London?
Following a sell-out couple of nights at the Putney Pop-Up event in aid of Haiti, restaurateur Rick Stein has been telling Bloomberg’s Richard Vines that he may consider opening up a London branch of his restaurant. ‘We’ve just opened a fish-and- chip restaurant outside Padstow, in Falmouth,’ Stein said. ‘That’s the first time I’ve ever done anything outside Padstow and it’s proving to be not too bad, not too hard, so you never know.’
A new type of pop-up restaurant will open this summer at the five-star The Wyndham Grand hotel overlooking Chelsea Harbour. Restaurant 2010, as it will be launched as, will change its name and concept every year.