April 14, 2012 West End Extra by JOSH LOEB
A CELEBRITY chef has backed restaurateurs who are furious at an explosion of “food tents” vying for custom in a street market.
Aldo Zilli, who has appeared in TV shows One Man and His Hob and Good Food Live, said he feared traditional restaurants in Berwick Street Market, Soho, would be killed off by the newcomers.
Westminster Council has parachuted in colourful vendors selling an array of elaborate takeaways for the lucrative lunchtime office worker crowd.
The scheme was intended to boost trade in the neglected street, but Mr Zilli said the council had “a bloody cheek” and was undermining hard-working restaurant owners who were forced to pay high rates.
He said: “We’d rather have a market like we used to have.
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