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We all start off humbly in whatever profession we take on. So it was with Charlie Watts and his adventure into hospitality.
His first venture was a restaurant catering for an exclusive clientele. In so much as the first six people to arrive were shown to tables and anyone after that lined up outside.
He served two meals, chicken and vegetable and chicken surprise. Now this was a simple fare there is no doubt, but food in Charlie’s hands took on a form of its own.
People loved his chicken surprise and after a few weeks of opening part of the excitement of Charlie’s restaurant was trying the guess what the surprise was.
Between Charlie and his customers was a thin partition and as he had limited space, he could only operate one cooker. All the ingredients he used were packed on a shelf in front of him.
The ‘surprise’ in his surprise chicken was also stored on the shelf in a small jar labelled ‘surprise’.