Gordon Ramsay opens NYC restaurant

By Colin Mahan

Nov 17, 2006

UK chef Gordon Ramsay knows the restaurant business. The cantankerous star of Fox's Hell's Kitchen has a nine-restaurant mini-empire in Britain, and his Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London's only dining establishment to be awarded the coveted three-star rating from revered French guidebook Michelin.

Now, Ramsay is opening Gordon Ramsay at The London, his first US restaurant, in New York City, a city famously tough for restauranteurs. Ramsay knows that if he can make it here, he can make it anywhere.

"This is lucky number 10 for me," Ramsay said of his newest place.

Gordon Ramsay at The London is already booked two months in advance, but Ramsay has no illusions about entering into the crowded New York dining scene, inhabited by such luminaries as Thomas Keller and Mario Batali.

"The till has to start working," Ramsay quipped to the Associated Press. "New York is an expensive place to survive."

In Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay presides over hopeful chefs as they duke it out in culinary battle to win their own restaurant. Every episode, Ramsay barks orders to the hapless wannabe chefs before melodramatically goring the losing contestant's chef's whites on a meat hook.

Not only is New York a hard town to open a successful restaurant in, it's also a hard town to make a successful reality show about opening a successful restaurant in. NBC's The Restaurant, which chronicled celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito's attempts to open a second Manhattan restaurant, sputtered in the ratings in 2004. The titular restaurant closed soon after.

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  • kiddraven Apr 09, 2007

    Gordon Ramsay is a total legend. I wish I had his kahunas. I would love to tell a lot of effin ejits where to go and look good doing it. If I could cook half as well as he, I'd jump back and kiss myself as well. xx rock on Ramsay!!

  • elahoda Mar 20, 2007

    I didn't like him at first, until I watches his shows. If you think he's abusive and nasty, then you should work in a high profile restaurant as a cook. It's not all puppies and roses. lol

  • Water78 Nov 22, 2006

    really cool

  • carvellman Nov 20, 2006

    I love GR! Such a refreshing perspective than all these other pretentious TV chefs these days!

  • AlkaStealther Nov 20, 2006

    I saw him in action in Hell's kitchen, a pretty tough guy! I wish him luck for his new american adventure...

  • mandy_gough Nov 20, 2006

    Love Gordon ramsey! He was here in Melbourne recently and he signed two of his books for me! He is a total legend!

  • Jamin_Jamin Nov 20, 2006

    interesting....?

  • ejwlover Nov 19, 2006

    Gordon Ramsay is hot! lol

  • minimax34 Nov 18, 2006

    That guy has to be rich by now.

  • stevo1000 Nov 18, 2006

    I think Gordon Ramsay brilliant. As a British person its funny seeing hopeless chefs being shouted at because there useless. (Thats why they get shouted at) To be honest if your wondering why he shouts at them then come to Europe. He wouldn't shout there because they know how to cook.

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