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Hell's Kitchen: Gordon Ramsay in Financial Trouble?
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Thrash
Sat Jan 31 2009, 05:11AM Print
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I put it here and not in Hell's Kitchen ...
... for now

RAMSAY'S GOOSE GETTING COOKED
CELEB CHEF'S EMPIRE IN FREE FALL

He's hellfire in the kitchen, but salty celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may not be able to stand the heat himself as he faces a crumbling restaurant empire, the tax man and saucy allegations of infidelity.

The pugnacious TV star of "Kitchen Nightmares," "Hell's Kitchen" and "The F Word" is in a pinch.

His flagship London restaurant, Foxtrot Oscar, has shuttered for two days a week. Reports have also surfaced that two other London restaurants, Ramsay's Sloane Street and The Devonshire Pub, are for sale - a claim he denies - and documents show he allegedly owes back taxes.

Last year, the charismatic cook was stripped of two coveted Michelin stars when protégé Chef Marcus Wareing split from him, effectively taking the renowned Petrus restaurant with him.

And he was replaced at London's prestigious Connaught Hotel restaurant by French chef Helene Darroze.

His kitchen nightmares extend to the bedroom, too, with recent embarrassing headline-grabbing accounts that the married Scotsman had a seven-year affair.

To make matters worse, Ramsay, 42, just fired his p.r. guru, Garry Farrow, the man heralded with helping him become the top celebrity chef in the world, not to mention the richest, with a personal fortune of $83 million.

Farrow also managed to suppress the roar of the British media, which skewered Ramsay after his alleged mistress, Sarah Symonds, unleashed bombshell allegations complete with titillating details about his penchant for the sex drug amyl nitrate.

Farrow's company went into overdrive as more women came forward claiming to have had flings with the foul-mouthed food icon.

With 25 restaurants around the world and a business that has expanded so fast - its $52 million take in 2006 has since topped $138 million per year - there is growing disquiet about the health of Ramsay's hastily constructed empire.

"This is an operation which started off with the talents of a great chef, but has become an empire where food is less important than the brand," said culinary writer James Steen.

And for a man who regularly uses his family to promote books and TV programs, the allegations about his personal life are potentially extremely costly.

Even though he's slated to open a restaurant at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, next year, documents show that eight months ago, his company was extended $14 million by the Royal Bank of Scotland. He also allegedly owes two years' back taxes.

New York-based Blackstone Group, a private equity firm that helped bankroll the international expansion of Gordon Ramsay Holdings, is also wrapped up in the mess.

The culinary world is abuzz with rumors that Ramsay's restaurants are asking for extended time to pay suppliers - in some cases, as long as six to eight months, though the chef's reps strongly deny this.

As Ramsay gears up for the season premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" Thursday on Fox, the unpleasant task of restructuring has been left in the hands of Chris Hutcheson, his father-in-law and the chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

Establishing the precise impact of the credit crunch on Ramsay's business empire is no easy task. Figures for 2007 should have been filed months ago, but the company often sends in late returns, which has prompted legal warnings that prosecution is imminent.

Well-placed figures concede that the company is "finding life pretty tough at the moment," as evidenced by the fact that there is a newspaper promotion offering dinner at Gordon Ramsay restaurants for just $21 a head. With The Daily Mail

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Zoomie
Sat Jan 31 2009, 02:53PM
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I had to go to Youtube to see who the guys is. What a dickhead. I hope he ends up on the street.
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krapsna
Sun Feb 01 2009, 02:11AM
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He's such a dick.

I tried his Shepherd's Pie recipe and I have to say it's the bomb diggidy however!
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Mosh
Sun Feb 01 2009, 03:15AM
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Yeah, the man can cook.

But them Scots are a fiesty bunch.
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Thrash
Sun Feb 01 2009, 05:40PM
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I'll have to find that recipe ...
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oeighter
Mon Feb 02 2009, 02:35AM
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Yeah hes a dick but some people need a kick in the ass or they're in the corner pickin' their nose waiting for someone else to do their job... sucks for him though.
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MissMeg
Mon Feb 02 2009, 04:23AM
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I can't wait to see Gordon Ramsay get knocked down a few pegs. The man's a pig and an asshole who makes his living bringing others down and thinks he's the hottest shit in cooking. Reading that article just made me smile.
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Thrash
Mon Feb 02 2009, 10:36PM
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Actually, I respect his "Kitchen Nightmares" show; too bad he's in one himself ...
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Zoomie
Mon Feb 02 2009, 10:42PM
Lose the shoes, bitch
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Curtis Stone is much more creative and he doesn't act like a dickhead.
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Thrash
Tue Feb 03 2009, 05:08AM
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... that too
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krapsna
Tue Feb 03 2009, 04:06PM
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This post containing links to the recipe and suggested wine has been mauled by the server and the user does not feel like wasting another five minutes recreating it.
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Thrash
Tue Feb 03 2009, 07:44PM
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krapsna
Tue Feb 03 2009, 07:52PM
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The mangled post had a little more information in it than that, but since your server wrecked it I've decided to keep it to myself.
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FAH-Q
Wed Feb 04 2009, 01:02AM
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Anyone basing their judgement on Ramsay solely on the Hell's Kitchen show might want to remember that it's a FOX-produced reality tv show. It's where I first heard about him, but have since discovered the various Kitchen Nightmares shows and The F Word. I like him a lot, he actually seems like a pretty decent guy, just not one I'd want to work for. I don't particularly care how he does financially, but I'd miss the aforementioned shows if they went off the air.
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Thrash
Wed Feb 04 2009, 05:43AM
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*seconded*

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