Michael Cecchi-Azzolina, an ex-maître d’, claimed that Anna Wintour was “horrid” to the personnel at New York City restaurant Le Coucou. In his memoir, “Your Table is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D,” Cecchi-Azzolina provided specifics. Wintour showed in without a reservation, according to Cecchi-Azzolina, and that she liked her steak “quite rare.” Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! Thank you for registering! When Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, dined at a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, a previous maître d’ allegedly described her as being “just nasty.”
In his new biography, “Your Table is Ready: Tales of a New York City Maître D,” Michael Cecchi-Azzolina gave specifics about his interactions with Wintour and other celebrities. Previously, Cecchi-Azzolina was employed at the French eatery Le Coucou in lower Manhattan.
In the memoir, which The New York Post was able to get, Cecchi-Azzolina claimed that Wintour was “really horrible” and would “march in” to restaurants without a reservation and demand a table.
Additionally, he claimed that Wintour asked for her food to be served to her “quickly” and requested her steaks “quite rare.”
God forbid that anything was even slightly overdone. It would be returned back and redone after she gave the server a look as though he had just given her a rat. You’d think the fresh flesh would dull her optimism,’ writes Cecchi-Azzolina.
In his book, Cecchi-Azzolina described a situation in which Wintour entered the establishment just as employees were about to shut the rear room.
She would simply enter or phone and say, “I’m coming,” he claimed. When she first entered, the rear room was about to close, but she insisted on sitting there, so we had to keep a waiter there and give her her own waiter.
Cecchi-Azzolina remarked, “Boy, was that waitress upset,” and said Wintour “didn’t really talk to the workers.” I’m having this and that’s it, she says.
Insider’s request for comment was not immediately answered by Wintour’s representatives.
Cecchi-Azzolina also asserted that the Duchess of Sussex visited the eatery in 2017, according to his statements. In the autobiography, he said that Markle watched as her handler insisted on a private table because she was “seeing a prince.”
The autobiography of Cecchi-Azzolina will be sold starting on December 6.
Following James Corden’s exclusion from the NYC restaurant Balthazar last week, the topic of celebrities and restaurant staff came up. Owner Keith McNally said that Corden mistreated his employees, but after Corden apologized, McNally later lifted the prohibition.
Later, in an interview with The New York Times, Corden walked back his apology, which prompted McNally to respond to Corden on Instagram.