Giles Thompson has resigned from the Ritz where he has been king of the kitchen for the past five years.

The reclusive owners, the Barclay brothers, are now chefless.

It is not known for sure why he left but the word is that he was fed up with the brothers’ cutbacks, although he denied the rumour.

The Sunday Times 06/10/02 page 18 (Prufrock)