Tom Kerridge defends charging £32.50 for fish and chips because he uses ‘incredibly expensive potato

Tom Kerridge defends charging £32.50 for fish and chips because he uses ‘incredibly expensive potato


 Most diners would balk if their local chippy charged more than a tenner for a portion of fish and chips  But over at Tom Kerridge’s restaurant, you’re going to have to delve a bit deeper into your wallet to get your fix of scraps  The chef has defended charging £32.50 for his fish and chips at Kerridge’s Bar And Grill, as it uses fresh fish and ‘incredibly expensive potatoes’  At the restaurant at London’s Corinthia hotel, Kerridge’s take on fish and chips features the catch of the day in batter, a ramekin of chunky chips and a trio of sauces – pease pudding, tartare sauce and Matson spiced sauce (named after a now-closed chippy in the Matson estate in Gloucester) – and costs £32 50.  While that may seem a bit pricey for the classic takeaway treat, the 46-year-old defended the hefty price tag while speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival  According to the Guardian, Kerridge said that the fish was ‘fresh dayboat turbot’ and that ‘no-one would question anything’ if he was selling had pan-roasted turbot with pomme puree and a sauce gribiche for £32 50.  Fair point.  Adding that the chips were hand-cut from ‘incredibly expensive’ potatoes, Tom continued: ‘If you break it down, it is easily justifiable  ‘From my point of view, fish and chips is one of the greatest dishes in the world There are Japanese three-Michelin star restaurants that are doing tempura, that are specialising in amazing pieces of fish that are deep fried and served and cost the earth  ‘Why can’t we get the best fish in the world and create the best batter, deep fry it and serve it with amazing potatoes?’  We’re coming around to the idea  The fish and chips aren’t actually on the a la carte menu at Kerridge’s Bar and Grill at the moment, but it is available on the set lunch and pre and post theatre menus, where you can get two courses for £24  Bargain.  Kerridge, who has lost 12 stone in his healthy eating and fitness regime, is a big fan of the humble fish and chips, even choosing it as his dream meal  On Ed Gamble and James Acaster’s podcast Off Menu, Kerridge said that his dream starter would be calamari with mayonnaise, his dream main course would be classic fish and chips served with mushy peas, gravy and curry sauce, and his dream dessert would be a knickerbocker glory from the old eatery chain Berni Inn  The chef, who has appeared on shows like Bake Off: Creme de la Creme and MasterChef, owns The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, which is the UK’s only gastropub to have been awarded two Michelin stars

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