Manchester Confidential's 'Gordo' To Debate Restaurant Tipping On BBC Breakfast
It's the hot topic of the moment
If you eat out, chances are you tip your server because they have done a good job.
But the news has been full of stories recently where the service charge you decide to leave has actually bypassed the waitstaff - and gone straight to the pocket of the management.
Now one of the leading lights of the Manchester food scene is set to debate the finer points of where your tips go on the BBC Breakfast sofa.
Restaurants and tipping; what's your opinion as a diner? I'm on BBC breakfast tomorrow debating it...— Mark Garner (@GordoManchester) January 6, 2017
Gordo, AKA Mark Garner of Manchester Confidential, tweeted on Friday that he had been asked to discuss the thorny issue.
"Restaurants and tipping; what's your opinion as a diner?"
He then asked his followers to say whether they felt that the tips were for the staff or the management should be allowed to take a percentage.
There was some fiery debate on his Twitter feed from both sides of the argument.
@mcrconfidential I give cash to waiter separately to bill payment; if asked to use 💳 machine I ask waiter if they get tips— Julia Coleman (@hopeospical) January 6, 2017
same here. Never pay a service charge - always money direct to waiting staff— Yorkie (@Yorkie1200) January 6, 2017
@InMCR shouldn't tip full stop!— #10 (@neal_buttery) January 6, 2017
If they go out of their way to help, or are enthusiastic about what's on offer, then tip is ok. If they do bare minimum, no— Rayzor (@razorwilliams) January 6, 2017
should all be for staff split between FOH and Kitchen— Mike (@bitesnbeers) January 6, 2017
Tune into BBC Breakfast between 6am and 10am on Saturday January 6 to find out what Gordo has to say.
Last month, former MasterChef judge and Le Gavroche chef Michel Roux Jr admitted that his restaurant staff were given no share of the service charge.
The TV foodie who had previously apologised for not paying minimum wage says charge at the swanky Michelin-starred eatery in London is treated ‘as revenue’.
The 13% service charge added to the meals - including to the fixed price menu with wine which costs £212 a person - reportedly netted Le Gavroche thousands.
The Guardian reported last month that a spokeswoman said: “Gratuities form just one part of the payroll each month. Service charge is treated as revenue, and the restaurant pays all taxes accordingly.”
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