MasterChef star Dean Banks hits back at no show at his Edinburgh fine dining restaurant

Chief Dean Banks wrote on Twitter: “So frustrating when you have 3 no-show tables in one night. What’s wrong with people?”.

While his restaurant holds card details to enable cancellation charges to be charged, Chef Banks said the individuals had emptied their accounts so the money could not be taken.

He added: “We will now accept non-refundable deposits because of some assholes!”.

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Chef Banks is not the only restaurateur in Edinburgh to complain about people not showing up to reserved tables.

In 2021 the managers of Dine Edinburgh were forced to introduce credit card charges after lose 80 reservations within a week.

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Co-owner Paul Brennan took to Twitter and wrote: ‘Why do people think late cancellations and no shows are okay?

Dean Banks outside the Pompadour in Edinburgh

“Today we had 24, yesterday 29, 17 on Monday.

“Food costs and additional wages are not sustainable when we are trying to rebuild a business and save jobs. Credit cards on tables of 4+ from Monday.

An independent East Lothian bistro has also urged the public to keep their reservations, after recording 549 no-shows in a month last year.

Chef Banks, who was a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist in 2018, backs claims that restaurant reservations should be charged the same as airline tickets.

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