Restaurant critic Fay Maschler has resigned from the London Restaurant Festival, an event she helped to found, in order to concentrate on a new, rival venture called London Eats Out.
Maschler, who has been the London Evening Standard‘s food critic for the past 40 years, announced the move in an e-mail to potential supporters of the new event.
She invited restaurateurs, chefs, critics and bloggers to "join a discussion of how best a new catering event can celebrate and benefit London restaurants" next month.
The event is scheduled to launch in February/March 2014 - a time which Maschler has identified as being when "the restaurant trade slows and needs encouragement".
"This event will be entirely independent of The London Restaurant Festival from which I have resigned," she said.
No-one from the London Restaurant Festival was immediately available for comment.