TV chef Tom Kerridge bid farewell to ‘big car’ after ‘catastrophic’ losses during lockdown

Tom Kerridge reveals how he changed his lifestyle on GMB

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Following the outbreak of the coronavirus in March 2020, the United Kingdom plunged into an immediate lockdown period. While it may have been essential in a bid to tackle the virus, it wreaked havoc on the hospitality industry.

Our losses have been huge — catastrophic

Tom Kerridge

While the end of restrictions is set to ease on June 21, currently, only six people can dine together at one table inside, or enjoy drinks with friends at bars and restaurants.

Following the initial easing of restrictions, publicans have spoken of the need to have the hospitality industry return to normal after suffering shattering losses.

Now, TV chef Tom Kerridge has recalled his painful experience which saw him place his staff on furlough.

The 47-year-old was even forced to take his beloved Porsche back to the showroom and currently has no plans on re-purchasing the luxury vehicle.

He feared that his chain of restaurants across the country, including one at London’s Corinthia Hotel, wouldn’t open again after the lockdowns.

During this period, Tom wrote a cookbook as well as setting up a charity close to his home alongside Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, 23, to help those who may have been struggling to feed their families.

In a new interview, Tom admits that he handles stress well as it is part of being a chef.

While he may have “enjoyed” the “mental endurance”, Tom states that it came in a “painful way”.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “In week two of lockdown I sold a big, expensive car, a Porsche Panamera, back to the car dealer, I am not going to get it back any time soon.”

He went on to say that he looked at where he would be able to save money by bidding farewell to things.

“Luckily, I don’t have a fear of losing everything, because our losses have been huge — catastrophic,” he told the publication.

Discussing his work with Marcus, he went on to add: “Our backgrounds are very similar. My mum had two jobs as a secretary for the council and in the evenings she washed up in the pubs. Marcus’s mum worked in the evening too.”

Before he continued: “We wanted to do something to help create life skills, provide recipes that are fun, exciting, substantial and filling, as they may be the only meal that a child has that day – that was the priority.

“Marcus and I know the problems these families have, the way they grow up, my mum struggled to feed us.”

Tom, whose parents split when he was just 11, was the eldest of three brothers.

On a Sunday, the family would enjoy a roast dinner with a “roll of sausage meat” while having no idea that other families could afford a more luxurious offering.

Now, Tom is preparing to open the doors to his seafood restaurant at London’s iconic department store, Harrods.

The chef will be charging diners £35 for the British favourite, fish and chips.

To ensure that there may be something for every diner’s taste, Tom has worked alongside fellow Michelin-starred chef, Sat Bains, who will be delivering his own vegan samosa to the menu.

“I am so proud to bring my take on the best seafood dishes to Harrods, I really believe that British talent and produce are at the forefront of great cuisine, and that is reflected in our team and the food we serve,” said Tom.

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