Gordon Ramsay defends prepared food

A spokeswoman for the celebrity chef, who has said it is a crime not to use fresh food, issued a statement after The Sun revealed that pre-prepared food was being bought in, heated up and sold with mark-ups of up to 586 per cent at one of Gordon's high-profile restaurants and three of his gastropubs in London

Foxtrot Oscar in Chelsea, west London, uses a kitchen facility in Wandsworth, south London, to prepare components of dishes which are then cooked and sold at the restaurant, the chef's spokeswoman said.

"Gordon Ramsay Holdings operate a kitchen facility in Wandsworth called GR Logistics (which was purchased from Albert Roux)," she said.

"Here Gordon Ramsay chefs prepare components of dishes devised and produced to the highest Gordon Ramsay standards.

"These are sealed and transported daily in refrigerated vans and all menu dishes are then cooked in the individual kitchens."

She went on: "This is only for the supply of Foxtrot Oscar and the three pubs and allows each establishment to control the consistency and the quality of the food served. GR Logistics also supply a number of other restaurants outside the group with prepared components."

But in an interview promoting The F Word on Channel 4 in 2007, Gordon said: "Using fresh ingredients is the only way to guarantee a great taste and I can't understand how on earth people can ignore fresh food.

"That's where all the flavour is, all the goodness, and it's a crime not to use it."

Comments (1)
Apr 19, 2009
Well, he is right Fresh Food is all of the difference in the world in terms of taste, and if he is going to back up his slogan then I feel he must provide fresh food although money at this time may not be at the best level for him, I believe that he should stand by what he says. However I understand that these are at pubs that he is using preprepared food and so I understand that of course they may not be perceived to be the same quality as true restaurant food is expected to be.