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Table Talk

27 July 2006
Table Talk

Ramsay's hair today, toner's gone tomorrow As one bouffant goes up, another comes down. The newly coiffed barnet in question belongs to three-Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay - who turned up in a slick suit at the Cateys earlier this month. Capping the ensemble, however, was a hairdo that had clearly been constructed with the help of a hairdryer and gravity-defying gel. Once asked what his greatest fears were, Ramsay replied: "Going bald and being in a room full of vegans." Hmmm… we're saying nothing. Meanwhile, one of the industry's most famous quiffs has vanished - that of former Aramark UK chief exec Bill Toner. Spotted recently at another awards do, Toner was almost unrecognisable with a side-parting and greying locks. Has Gordon got the number of an obliging Belgravia stylist he could give to Bill?

Well, it beats ‘the dog ate my homework'… You'd think candidates who miss a job interview would normally have a decent excuse up their sleeve. Not so for one applicant hoping for a post at the Hotel Felix in Cambridge. When general manager Shara Ross emailed the AWOL candidate to ask why he'd failed to turn up at 3pm the previous day, she got the following reply: "It appears you did not get my memo I passed to reception to tell you not to expect me as I was so desperate for sex I decided to go to a brothel instead. Is there another time we could set up for an interview?" We understand he's still waiting for a new time slot…

This boy should go far in hospitality Congratulations to eagle-eyed Sam Johnson of Bournemouth University. The third-year hospitality student rang Caterer recently to point out that the table shown on the front cover of the 6 July issue was laid back-to-front. The fact that the knives were on the left of the placemat had clearly set alarm bells ringing. Never fear though, Sam. Will Smith of Arbutus restaurant hadn't made a bungle with the cutlery - the photo was simply "flipped" in the name of art. Good to see hospitality students are able to spot such complex detail.

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