Monday, 4 March 2013

End of an era: Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s to close

Last orders: Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s is to close this June after 12 years. The tempestuous chef’s tenure at his eponymous restaurant at Claridge’s in Mayfair will end on June 30 after the hotel’s owners failed to agree a new long-term contract. General manager Thomas Kochs said: “The time has come for a new dining direction for Claridge’s and we bid farewell to Gordon with best wishes.”

Ramsay, who will open his new Union Street Café venture in Borough this autumn, is said to have grown frustrated with a series of delays in renewing his contract, the original 10-year contract having expired in 2011. Head chef Luke Rayment and the restaurant’s 93 staff were told the news last week. 
Ramsay won the Claridge’s contract in 2001 with his father-in-law and former business partner Chris Hutcheson. The restaurant rose to fame in the early days when Ramsay’s protégé Mark Sargeant worked at the restaurant as head chef until 2008. It has enjoyed less success recently, losing its Michelin star in 2010.
“We have taken the decision to close Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in June 2013 following a fantastic collaboration over the last 12 years,” a spokeswoman for Gordon Ramsay Holdings said, adding, We’d like to thank all our guests for the support they have given for over a decade but felt the time was right to move on to new opportunities.

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