Noma chef Rene Redzepi's two-week pop-up restaurant at London hotel Claridge's may have sold out of £195-per-seat tickets in two and a half hours, but the Guardian's budget-eats writer Tony Naylor doesn't think it's so awesome at all. In fact, Naylor thinks it's "really, really disappointing" that Redzepi is charging a bunch of money, bastardizing his pristine, locally sourced reputation, and also charging a bunch of money.
Noma is "inspirational" for its "local, seasonal militancy," writes Naylor, but the pop-up "tarnishes that aura." And also, it is expensive!
"Where most famous chefs are keen to cash in and diversify, Redzepi said he found it awkward presenting guests with the bill: "One of the things I hate about having a restaurant is charging people." Yet, here we are. Redzepi is cooking at Claridge's for those who can splurge £195 a seat.