November 19, 2014

Gordon Ramsay thinks the grand opening of his new restaurant in London was ruined by one of his competitors.


The chef revealed to The Independent that the celebratory evening was marred by what he believes to be fake reservations.

He later said on The Jonathan Ross Show, “I think there’s all that level of envy. Saturday was our first big day opening. We had 140 on the books and we had a 100 no show.”

Gordon admitted that he believed it was an act of sabotage but he didn’t specify who he thought was to blame. He added, “It’s bad spirit and you see the staff and they are down and frustrated. I was there to pick them up and make sure we stay focused. Now we’re going to reconfirm every table. Settling any restaurant down takes a lot of work. Critics come in, bloggers come in, and they’re influential people. It takes a good two, two-and-a-half months to settle down.”

  • Gordon owns 12 restaurants in London and 24 around the world. His new venture is called Heddon Street Kitchen.

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