It's 7 February 2017, exactly a year after Paul Foster launched his £100,000 KickStarter campaign to raise funds to open his first restaurant, Salt, in Stratford-upon-Avon, and he's doing more pacing up and down than a Shakespearean actor on a stage.
"I was hoping to get the keys today," he says. "I can't switch off because I know it's imminent, and this restaurant is the biggest step in my career so far. I just want to get in the door."
Last year, Foster announced that he would be leaving the three-red-AA-star, 31-bedroom Mallory Court in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, where he had worked as head chef for two years. Just 33 days later, he had raised £102,334 from 605 backers, enough to finally fulfil his dream of owning his own restaurant.
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