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Top 100: Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, Corbin & King

19 April 2018 by
Top 100: Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, Corbin & King

Overall ranking: 8 (20 in 2012)

Restaurateur ranking: 2 (6 in 2012)

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Dubbed the Rolls-Royce of restaurateurs, Corbin and King have acquired legendary status and were inducted into the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2015. It's a long way to have come since 27-year-old King, at the time the maÁ®tre d' at the US-style Joe Allen restaurant, and 29-year-old Corbin, then manager of the French-influenced Langan's Brasserie in London, were poached by designer Joseph Ettedgui to join his take­over of the faded Le Caprice in 1981. Ettedgui left, and within a few years Le Caprice was the toast of London - even Princess Diana had her favourite table, number nine, at a restaurant where it was famously hard to get a reservation. The Ivy followed in 1990 and seafood restaurant J Sheekey in 1997, both immortalising Corbin and King in the eyes of London diners - the Ivy was voted favourite restaurant for nine consecutive years by Harden's from 1997.

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