Elena Salvoni (1920 – 2016)

This Clerkenwell born stalwart ran a Fitzrovia restaurant named after her until she turned 90 but was cruelly ejected by Corus Hotels. Of why they retired her, Salvoni stated: “They said that at my age they can’t get insurance for me. But this is all double-Dutch to me”. Francis Bacon drove her “mad” and though Maria Callas was far from a favourite, she stuck up for Princess Diana and described Cameron Mackintosh as “wonderfully loyal”. With seven decades as maître d’ to the stars behind her, today’s generation of restaurateurs should take note. Gordon Ramsay, for one, could have learnt a thing or two about manners from her.

 

 

 

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    2

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    3

    Angela Millington (1981 – 2014)

    4

    The Cheery Street Sweeper

    5

    Katherine Knight

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    Prince John Zylinski

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    The Pret Spitter

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    14

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    15

    Mr Penny Farthing

    16

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    17

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    18

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    19

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    20

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    21

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    22

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    23

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    24

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    Joyce Cohen (formerly Joyce McDillon, née Joyce Lemay)

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    June and Leon Bernicoff

    31

    Leah Chase (AKA “The Queen of Creole Cuisine”)

    32

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    33

    Sarah Meakin

    34

    Julia Bradbury

    35

    Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)

    36

    Hannah Campbell (AKA “The Bionic Woman”)

    37

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    38

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    Charity Charity

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    43

    Kester Thomas (1975 – 2013)

    44

    Gavin Rankin

    45

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    48

    Boaty Boatwright (also known as Boaty Boatwright Baker)

    49

    Cedric Robinson MBE

    50

    Oliver Newton

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    52

    Captain Pugwash (AKA ‘Captain’ Michael M. Maricic)

    53

    Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

    54

    Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

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    56

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    Parrot Man

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    61

    Charlie Richardson (1934 – 2012)

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    63

    Christian Gerhartsreiter (main alias Clark Rockefeller)

    64

    The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

    65

    Sir Peter O'Sullevan CBE (1918 – 2015)

    66

    Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

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    Claus Von Bülow

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    Alexander Fiske-Harrison

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    Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

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