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Princess Margaret Asks Cook of Kosher Restaurant to Be Her Chef

February 11, 1966
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An Armenian of Cypriote birth and British nationality who is chef at Bloom’s Kosher Restaurant in London’s East End grappled today with the problem of accepting an invitation from Princess Margaret to be her new chef at the Kensington Palace.

Bambos Pais said he did not know what to do “because Mr. and Mrs. Bloom have been so good to me and working here is almost like being one of the family, ” But, he added, “they don’t want to stop my career, ” Sidney Bloom, owner of the restaurant, refused to say anything except that the royal invitation was “an honor for him and an honor for us.”

The chef added that he would decide in about a month after Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, returned from a visit to Hong Kong. The royal couple became acquainted with the kosher cooking expert when they attended a private party which the chef catered. On a number of other similar occasions they told him how much they enjoyed his culinary arts, which extend well beyond kosher cooking.

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