Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen has been lambasted by an eating guide.
Jamie Oliver trained disadvantaged young people at Fifteen
The 2005 Harden's London restaurants guide said it was "amateurish" and rated it the worst of 32 eateries.
Food, service and atmosphere were all rated low at the Hoxton restaurant which was opened to give disadvantaged young people chef training.
"Just because it's a charity doesn't give them the right to rip people off," said one customer in the guide.
The restaurant, where a meal without wine costs around £70 a head, was also
ranked fourth most expensive place to eat in London and eighth in the list for
most disappointing cooking.
"I don't think it is a surprise
that it hasn't lived up to people's expectations but it is a surprise about how
badly it has come out in the survey," guide co-editor Peter Harden said.
TOP TEN LONDON RESTAURANTS
1. Gordon Ramsay
2. Chez Bruce
3. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's
4. Tom Aikens
5. Le Gavroche
7. Club Gascon
8. The Ivy
9. La Trompette
10. Locanda Locatelli
"It is not unusual for restaurants run by celebrities to coast on the
individual's reputation but I cannot remember a celebrity-backed restaurant
being criticised as severely as Fifteen has."
Jamie Oliver's spokesman said standards at Fifteen had improved since the guide was written for publication.
"Harden's goes to press early in the year and I suspect many of the people
contributing came to the restaurant 12 or 18 months ago," he said.
"It is very different now. We have brought in a new restaurant manager and
service has improved considerably.
"We now have dozens of thank you letters a week and hardly get any
He added the expensive prices were because of the "great lengths" Fifteen goes to to source
ingredients, including using organic produce whenever possible.
Gordon Ramsay was voted the capital's top chef for the ninth year in a row
thanks to his Chelsea restaurant.