Restaurants give the best tables to more attractive customers, according to researchers for a new four-part TV programme by Channel 4, Tricks of the Restaurant Trade.
The series - which was announced in December, but the official air date of which is yet to be confirmed â' is set to be presented by celebrity chef and restaurant owner Simon Rimmer, along with Kate Quilton and Adam Pearson. It will aim to discover how restaurants set their prices and to investigate how operators might tempt diners to spend more, according to Channel 4.
The restaurants involved were not named, although presenter Rimmer said that the seating practice was common, and that attractive people could encourage other diners to spend more.
The show is also set to look at the difference between ingredients, such as the cuts of meat used, in gourmet chains such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen and fast-food outlets such as KFC.
Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs at Channel 4, who commissioned the show, stated: "At Channel 4 we have previously revealed a lot about the secrets of supermarket food and how food is made in the UK. Now we're doing the same for restaurant and takeaway food, because most families eat out a couple of times a week so it's vital that they know what's in the food they're eating and whether they're getting value for money."
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