Chef offers reward to anyone who recognises diner who legged it after £1,500 three-course meal

Chef Richard Corrigan has asked for help tracking down a man he said ‘dined and dashed’

A chef is offering a reward to catch a customer suspected of dining and dashing.

A £1,000 reward is up for grabs for information that leads chef Richard Corrigan to a dinner who gorged on a three course meal and a luxury bottle of wine without paying.

The restaurateur – who has won Great British Menu three times – posted a picture on social media of a man who he said racked up a £1,500 food bill and “finished with a Cuban (then) walked in to the night” after eating at Corrigan’s Mayfair on December 18.

He renewed his appeal on Twitter, adding that there was now “1000 Corrigan eating pounds” on offer for anyone with information about the man he dubbed “Mr Pimpernel”.

The diner’s indulgent – and apparently stolen – three-course meal included partridge foie gras, truffles and a souffle.

Mr Corrigan told The Times: “I was sitting near him at one point and thought there was something odd.

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“He was sitting there by himself with a very expensive bottle of wine and there was just something that wasn’t right about it.

“Half an hour later the restaurant’s manager went into the back and told me that the customer had left without paying.”