MasterChef’s Michel Roux Jr slams Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak as daughter’s London restaurant suffers ‘300 cancellations’

MasterChef star Michel Roux Jr slammed Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak as his daughter’s London restaurant suffered “300 cancellations” – with no support from the government.

With the Omicron variant making its way through the population, the government has urged the public to only attend gatherings that are important to them.

The hospitality industry is under threat from the new Covid variant as work Christmas parties are being cancelled, despite the government saying they can go ahead.

Restaurants are also seeing a number of reservations being cancelled, including at Emily Roux’s Caractere in Notting Hill.

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Michel claims his daughter’s restaurant have seen 300 cancellations in the last two days

The daughter of former restaurateur and Masterchef: The Professionals’ judge Michel Roux Jr had over 300 cancellations in the last couple of days.

Michel took to Twitter to share the news that Caractere also suffered from a high number of cancellations, saying: “My daughter’s restaurant has had over 300 cancellations in the last 2 days, gone from breaking even to a loss.

“@BorisJohnson @RishiSunak hospitality and the supply chain need help, this is deja vu March 2020.”

Notting Hill-based Caractere, which Emily owns with her husband Diego Ferrari, is a modern French restaurant and combines “delicious food with a friendly and warm atmosphere”.

You’ll find the likes of Red Sicilian prawn tartare with tomato, Ponzu jelly and Kristal caviar, Roast Cornish cod with mussel stuffed swiss chard and lightly smoked beurre blanc, and Molten Guanaja chocolate tart with pecan praline, salted caramel and mascarpone ice cream on the menu.

The Sun recently reported shutting public venues was being considered, as well as limiting the number of people who can gather in hospitality venues could also be introduced in new measures to tackle the spread of the virus.

It’s been confirmed one person has died from Omicron in the UK and ten people have been hospitalised after becoming infected with the new strain.

Chef Tom Kerridge also spoke out about the number of cancellations that had been made at just one of his restaurants, claiming there have been 645 in the past six days.

He tweeted a video showing a document listing all of the recent cancellations.

Tom said: “654 guests I understand why. Public health is THE most important thing. But what will the government do to support the industry? Many places will crumble without help…”

When the country went into lockdown for the first time in March 2020, the government introduced a business rates holiday for hospitality, leisure and retail businesses.

The relief rate was for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

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Michel Roux Jr has called on Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to help out the hospitality industry

The government stated around £352 billion in support was given over the course of the pandemic, including support grants, business rates relief, a VAT cut and the Eat Out To Help Out scheme.

Eat Out To Help Out ran from August 3 to 31 2020, where the scheme provided 50% off the cost of food and/or non-alcoholic drinks eaten-in at participating businesses UK-wide.

It applied all-day Monday to Wednesday and the discount is capped at a maximum of £10 per head.

A furlough scheme was also introduced, which was extended until September this year, which allowed employers to claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

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HMS Treasury revealed that of the 4.7million people on furlough in January 1.15million were employed in hospitality.

Legislation was also introduced to allow restaurants, cafes, and pubs and bars which served food, were allowed to provide food for takeaway or delivery.

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