Gordon Ramsay stars in his own 'Kitchen Nightmare', sells West Hollywood restaurant
The Michelin three-star chef's financial woes made headlines last week after his company, Gordon Ramsay Holdings, broke agreements with lenders to secure a loan. According to the Guardian, Ramsay and Chief Executive Chris Hutcheson (who is also his father-in-law) have said they would help the company pay debts if necessary. The article said that Ramsay's company lent several million dollars to his ventures in the U.S. (he has restaurants in New York and L.A.), even though they aren't a subsidiary of the company. The L.A. restaurant opened in June.
Ramsay stars in the television reality shows "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares." In "Kitchen Nightmares," he attempts to help near-bankrupt restaurants in a last-ditch effort to turn them around.
Representatives for Ramsay in London and LXR in Miami did not immediately return calls for comment. "Gordon Ramsay and his team will concentrate on menu development and service standards throughout all of the hotel's culinary outlets while the day-to-day food and beverage operation will be handled by the hotel," said Amy Campbell, a spokeswoman for the hotel in Los Angeles. "The restaurant will continue to operate under the same name -- Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood."
"As far as the kitchen is concerned, everything is the same," said chef de cuisine Andy Cook, who previously has worked for Ramsay in London and Tokyo. "The food is the same, the standards are the same. It's the same name on the door and we're still pulling for three Michelin stars. You won’t see any difference."
-- Betty Hallock
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