The English are too ambitious and prosperous to make good waiters, claims Richard Corrigan, who runs the Michelin-starred Lindsay House restaurant in Soho, in the West End of London. The Irishman says he prefers to work with the Italians and the French who know their place. His remarks have upset the British restaurant trade and provoked denials by the likes of Simon King, a former head waiter at The Ritz and now manager of The Savoy Grill, and Simon Slater, the maitre d’ of the Kensington Palace restaurant, in Notting Hill, west London. The Sunday Telegraph 25/09/05 page 7