Popular Chef Publicly Shames Customer Who Only Asked For Complimentary Dessert For Their Anniversary

Here’s another etiquette problem going down in the books. Did this chef think what he did was right since he was crowned the winner in one of the past seasons of MasterChef UK?

Several restaurants across the globe would offer free desserts to customers especially if they are dining in the restaurant while celebrating important occasions in life such as birthdays and anniversaries.

However, this chef who owns a restaurant is refusing to do so. He is being slammed by netizens. 

Complimentary dessert

Chef Simon Wood owns a fine dining restaurant in Manchester, WOOD, which opened in 2017, roughly two years after he won in the reality cooking competition, MasterChef UK. 

The restaurant serves food such as Mackerel and Horseradish Pate, Pork Fat Parisienne Potatoes, Cod Loin in Brown Butter, and Celeriac Shawarma, among many others.

It has also become a place for customers to celebrate special occasions. And, according to their official website, WOOD treats all of their ingredients with “utmost respect.” 

However, apparently, it fails to treat customers with respect. 

The chef managed to share on social media a screenshot of an email he received from a customer who wrote, “As it’s the first anniversary from me and my husband, would it be possible to give us a good table with a nice view and maybe a complimentary dessert? Thanks in advance for your answer.”



Then, upon reposting the screenshot, he publicly shamed the customer by captioning the repost with: “Unbelievable… Free food for celebrations, that’s why we’re here after all … (emojis)”

Some netizens agreed with Wood, saying, “Asking for the table is definitely OK, asking for complimentary stuff is mental.”

But others simply slammed him. 

“Publicly shaming a customer that asked for a complimentary dessert on their special day is so ghetto,” another netizen wrote. “She asked nicely and with courtesy. Could have used this to show empathy and score cheap points with it… Chef needs customer service training.”

How about you? What do you think?

Lindley Agustin

Lindley Agustin

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