Industry legends Chris Corbin and Jeremy King were last night honoured with a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Harden’s London Restaurant Awards.
The duo first became synonymous with power dining in the capital after they purchased and re-launched Le Caprice in 1981, and followed it up with an even bigger hit, The Ivy, in 1990, both of which are now owned and operated by Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings.
Follow-ups have included J Sheekey and their enduring grand café The Wolseley, as well as The Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel and many others.
The pair were given the award by Bruce Poole, chef-patron of Wandsworth’s Chez Bruce, who won the accolade last year.
Peter Harden, editor of the Harden’s Guide, said: “It is very fitting that Bruce Poole should be present to hand the award to Chris and Jeremy. The Ivy was rated Londoners’ favourite restaurant in our poll for nine years running – an accomplishment beaten only by Bruce himself for the last 13.”
Founded in 1991, Harden’s rates, reviews and presents awards to restaurants based on carefully curated annual survey of regular diners. Originally paper-based, the survey is now almost exclusively online, although about 150 long-term participants do still take part on paper.