David Everitt-Matthias vents frustration over theft of table decorations - what have customers taken from your restaurant?

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 14th December 2017

Last week The Telegraph reported how diners had stolen from David Everitt-Matthias’ two Michelin starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.

For some being taken on a gastronomic journey at some of the UK’s highly regarded restaurants isn’t quite enough to satisfy their needs as diners have started walking out with a little souvenir to commemorate the occasion.

In an article published by The Telegraph this week, a string of ‘petty thefts’ have been reported from restaurants up and down the country as everything from cutlery to even paintings from the wall have been stolen.

David Everitt-Matthias, whose Le Champignon Sauvage is listed at number 16 in the Good Food Guide's top 50 restaurants 2018, was surprised to learn that a party of four had taken off with one of his handmade penguin decorations from the table they were seated at.

Speaking to The Telegraph the chef explained how this is isn’t the first time he’s had something stolen from his restaurant: “We had some rather nice, very small salt and peppers on the table, silver ones, we've lost around five or six of them over the years.”

Following the theft, the Michelin starred chef took to Twitter to vent his frustration hoping the public shaming would coax them into coming forward.

The tweet garnered several responses from fellow chefs and restaurants sharing their stories of items from their restaurant going on walkies. Restaurant Fraiche said they recently had some cutlery pinched from them.

While Michelin starred chef and co-owner of Wilks in Bristol, James Wilkins shared his anger at a bowl being taken from his restaurant.

A number of other fellow tweeters shared their disappointment in the diners agreeing with David naming and shaming the thieves on the social media platform.

What do customers take from your restaurant? Let us know by commenting below or head over to our Facebook page or Twitter to keep the conversation going.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 14th December 2017

David Everitt-Matthias vents frustration over theft of table decorations - what have customers taken from your restaurant?