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Dozens of couples out of pocket after the northeast wedding catering company went bust

Northeast brides have been abandoned – and thousands of pounds out of pocket – after a wedding catering company went bust.

Salt and Sauce from Aberdeen was launched earlier this year under the direction of Chef Chris Tonner.

The company had already been booked to cater to a number of ceremonies over the next several months.

But now dozens of brides fear they’ll be let out of their pockets after Salt and Sauce’s parent company, Gilbert and Joseph, was dissolved.

Several couples state that they only found out about this through their wedding location. One future bride claimed she was still paying Mr. Tonner’s company after collapsing.

The Elgin woman and her fiancé paid £ 4,360 for food for their July wedding.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she had not yet received any official correspondence about ongoing business and was only informed of her venue.

She said, “You can imagine it was just heartbreaking. We just panicked about where we would get the money from and whether we could get a caterer in time.

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“It was a pretty stressful time, but thank god our venue contacted us because otherwise we wouldn’t have had a clue – we were never officially contacted.

“I can’t believe how many people are affected, some getting married in just a few weeks.”

Police have confirmed they have received a complaint and the Aberdeen City Council’s commercial standards team has also been notified.

The Salt and Sauce website was online yesterday morning but was later removed.

Mr. Tonner was previously co-owner and managing director of Beetroot Restaurants, which had ceased trading last year.

It ran The Adelphi Kitchen and The Courtyard, which later became the Cue grill restaurant.

Both were forced to close their doors in 2016 as the downturn in the oil and gas industry hit the local independent restaurant market.

Mr Tonner did not respond to requests for comment.

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