Fatboy Slim swaps DJ sets for shifts at his own cafe during pandemic

Fatboy Slim swaps DJ sets for shifts at his own cafe during pandemic

And now Norman Cook has swapped DJ sets for shifts waiting tables at his eaterie.

The star has owned the Big Beach Cafe in home town Brighton for seven years, but stepped into the serving lark when the pandemic hit.

He says it’s the perfect way to keep busy and help his mental health while clubbing is on hiatus.

Fatboy says: “It turns out I make a pretty good waiter – I’m there 11 to three most weekdays.”

The Praise You star says a New Year’s Eve livestream was called off, which will leave him fresh for his shift on what is usually the most hungover day of the year for most of us.

“I’ll be working in the café on New Year’s Day,” he says.

“That’s how latterly I’ve been getting through lockdown. I was losing my will to live just sitting at home every day. And everything we tried to do just seemed to fall apart.

“And I think it was really beginning to affect my mental health and I was thinking, ‘you’ve got to do something’.

“So I just started working in the cafe, and it’s great because it’s a bit like the Queen Vic – it’s like one ongoing soap opera. I’m a pretty good waiter.

“I’m not trained on the coffee machine – I leave the baristas to that. But I’m a good front-of-house.”

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The multi-million-selling artist, whose cafe can still open because it’s in Tier 2, says many fans don’t recognise him thanks to his Covid-safe PPE.

“That’s half the gag,” he laughs. “Because half the regulars either don’t look at me because I’ve got a mask on – they don’t look or care.

“The other half kind of smile knowingly.”

Norman… You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!


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