Richard Corrigan offers £1,000 reward for anyone who can identify cigar-smoking diner who fled after raking up £1,500 bill at his Mayfair restaurant
- Richard Corrigan tweeted CCTV picture of thief, who he dubbed ‘Mr Pimpernel’
- Well-dressed thief, ate three-course meal and drank expensive bottle of wine
- Thief racked up a bill of nearly £1,500 before escaping via the smoking area
Great British Menu winner Richard Corrigan is offering a £1,000 reward for anyone who can identify a customer who dined and dashed from his restaurant last month.
The Irish chef, who gained his first Michelin star in 1994, tweeted a CCTV image of the thief asking for information.
The man, who visited Mr Corrigan’s Mayfair restaurant on December 18, ordered one of the most expensive bottles of wine and ate a three-course meal before going to the smoking area.
He was last seen smoking a cigar with his drink outside after racking up a bill of nearly £1,500, reports The Times.
Great British Menu winner Richard Corrigan, pictured, is offering a £1,000 reward for anyone who can identify a customer who dined and dashed from his restaurant last month
The Irish chef, who dubbed the man ‘Mr Pimpernel’, offered up ‘1,000 Corrigan eating pounds’
Mr Corrigan is desperate to find the man, who he nicknamed ‘Mr Pimpernel’, and offered up ‘1,000 Corrigan eating pounds’ as a reward.
He tweeted: ‘I’m still looking for Mr pimpernel who walked into the London fog with out paying before Christmas 1000corrigan eating pounds , if anyone knows him.’
Mr Corrigan said he thought ‘there was something odd’ about the man, who dined alone.
He added: ‘We have a lovely smoking area with tables and chairs and he went out there with his fancy cigar and his drink and he just never came back.
‘He did it in style too – I’ve never seen such a well-dressed thief. He was wearing a cashmere scarf and a really fancy coat.’
‘Mr Pimpernel’ ate partridge foie gras, truffles and a soufflé. It is not known what bottle of wine the thief chose, but bottles cost between £50 and £2,000 at Corrigan’s Mayfair.
The unknown thief racked up a bill of £1,500 by eating a three-course meal and choosing one of the most expensive bottles of wine at Corrigan’s Mayfair (pictured)