Simon Wright (restaurateur)

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Simon Wright is a food writer, broadcaster and restaurateur.


Wright rose to public prominence in 2002 when he was editor of the AA Restaurant Guide, a guide published in Britain by The Automobile Association. He became involved in a row about Petrus restaurant, co-owned by Gordon Ramsay and his former protégé Marcus Wareing. The restaurant's rating was downgraded at the insistence of Roger Wood, then Managing Director of the AA. Wood had visited the restaurant before dining there and expressed himself as unsatisfied with the arrangements. Wright objected to Wood's intervention and backed the recommendation of the organisation's professional inspectors. Eventually Wright resigned in protest, leading to substantial coverage in the national press. Following the publicity the decision was reversed and Petrus received the rating originally recommended by its inspectors.[1]

Wright did not rejoin the AA. He wrote several books and produced radio and television programs for BBC Wales.[2]

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  1. ^ Ghafour, Hamida (26 July 2002). "AA in U-turn after row over Gordon Ramsay's restaurant". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wales on the Menu". BBC Radio Wales. Retrieved 30 November 2014.