Glitzy restaurant fined for organic scam

A West London restaurant, popular with celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robbie Williams, has been fined £7,500 for claiming ordinary meat was organic.

Johnny Ekperigin, managing partner of Julie's Restaurant on Portland Road received the fine at West London Magistrates Court on 12 December after being found guilty of three offences under the Food Safety Act 1990.

It was on a routine inspection that environmental health officers from Kensington and Chelsea council checked the delivery notes and found that while several items on the menu were described as organic, the records showed only normal meat had been received.

The officers then interviewed the suppliers, who confirmed no organic meat had been supplied during that period.

The meats in question were marinated roast chicken, sausages and spice crusted rack of lamb. In court it was shown that during the 52 days the delivery records showed no organic meat was delivered, the restaurant saved £4,186.44 on chicken alone.