6 March 2013

Gordon Ramsay - fame and flame

Gordon Ramsay is packing up his knives and leaving the kitchens of luxury London hotel Claridge’s, after a 12-year run. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s will close June 30, after Ramsay and the hotel owners failed to agree on a long-term contract.

After a falling out with head chef Mark Sargeant, who helped the fine dining eatery gain a Michelin star, the hotel restaurant subsequently lost its standing following his departure in 2009 and has since been criticized for delivering lacklustre dishes at exorbitant prices by restaurant guide Harden’s in the UK.

 It’s the latest setback for Ramsay’s restaurant empire, particularly in London, where he’s also vacated the kitchens of hotels such as The Berkeley and The Connaught.  The restaurants are now occupied by Marcus Wareing and Hélène Darroze.

Meanwhile, as is the pattern with Ramsay, where one restaurant closes, another one opens, as he plans to open another restaurant in London with BFF and football star David Beckham in September.

Football star David Beckham and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay announced that they are opening a restaurant in London. The Union Street Café is slated to open in September 2013. The restaurant will feature Mediterranean cuisine.

Gordon Ramsay Holdings, has faced financial difficulties over the past few years. Family feuds and issues with his in-laws were part of the problem. David Beckham is investing in the restaurant. The two have been planning this endeavor for a while.

Gordon Ramsay has not opened a London location since 2011, when he launched the Bread Street Kitchen. Celebrity chef has restaurants worldwide with locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France Italy, Qatar, and Japan.

Beckham and Ramsay have been friends for years. Gordon Ramsay and his family socialize frequently with the Beckham family.

The opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace on Dec. 18 and BurGR Gordon Ramsay at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Dec. 22 follows the highly successful opening of Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas last May.

This is the first time that the Las Vegas Strip has welcomed two different restaurants in two different locations opening within a week of each other from the same chef. The newest restaurant openings mark three Gordon Ramsay restaurants to open in Las Vegas in less than a year, expanding his relationship with Caesars Entertainment Corp. "The two things missing on the strip were a great burger restaurant and an authentic pub & grill, so we're very excited to be opening these two very different, but equally vibrant new restaurants in Vegas for guests to enjoy," said Ramsay.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, the 290 seat restaurant offers the UK chef's take on an authentic English pub experience in Las Vegas. Under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin, the novel pub and grill concept presents as if it is two unique restaurants. The grill section of the restaurant features a relaxed and friendly setting with dishes including Scottish salmon, lamb T-bone, Irish beef cheek stew with spotted dog and potted triple chocolate trifle for dessert. The pub features elevated British pub food in a comfortable and lively setting showing sporting events from across the world on state of the art entertainment systems.

The pub includes 24 beers served on tap plus 63 bottled beers including a selection of large format varieties. With an eye towards dishes that pair well with beer, the pub menu includes English ale onion soup, shepherd's pie, sausages, and the classic pub fish and chips. The centerpiece is a striking bar with an array of beer taps and a backdrop reminiscent of iconic British telephone booths. With proximity to the Colosseum, the entrance of The Forum Shops and the self-parking garage, the restaurant is a convenient location for both locals and visitors enjoying Caesars Palace amenities.

The BurGR menu takes the traditional burger, fries and milkshake comfort food combination to an entirely new level with selections like pork belly buns, sweet potato fries with vanilla powdered sugar and pudding shakes. Whether traditional or unique burger preparations they are be crafted using the freshest, quality ingredients. Beef patties are cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods, BurGR is the only gourmet burger restaurant on the Strip to use this technique, creating a more complex and powerful flavor. Not to be neglected, the beverage program features an extensive beer list and robust cocktail program. Focusing primarily on small and large format American craft beers, BurGR serves 30 beers-all from a stunning frozen tap wall-with a selection of bottled beer. The cocktail program features a selection of traditionally made cocktails, crafted with fresh ingredients with made-from scratch syrups.
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