Apparently, it was the unsmoothed mascarpone that did it. (It so often is.) A baker’s dozen of former employees of Tom Kitchin, owner of the Kitchin and the youngest winner of a Michelin star, have charged the chef with abuse, according to The Times of London. “Their claims span 11 years, from 2008 to 2019,” said the newspaper. “One junior chef has said that he was thrown against a door by Kitchin…. A second alleged that Kitchin hit him in the chest and pinned him to a wall after he failed to smooth the surface of a tub of mascarpone in 2010. A third chef claimed that in 2009 Kitchin refused to let a colleague burnt at work seek medical attention until after dinner service had finished.” Kitchin, through his lawyers, has denied all the allegations and issued a statement saying that his company had appointed an outside H.R. consultancy to investigate the charges.
I am a spy, because someone played one on TV: the hit series Le Bureau des Légendes (The Bureau) has become a kind of feeder—or, anyway, enabler—for the French intelligence service Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure. According to Le Monde, the D.G.S.E. has for the last few years been posting ads on LinkedIn, operating a YouTube channel, and recruiting at schools—a recent high-school cryptography competition, for instance, was essentially a partnership between The Bureauand the bureau. The payoff has been quantifiable: a 60 percent increase in D.G.S.E. applicants within two years of the show’s 2015 debut improved recognition of (and trust in) the agency, and the successful promotion among young people of a general spies-are-cool vibe. But some of us already knew that.