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Gordon Ramsay Sued for $75,000 and More News

Gordon Ramsay Sued for $75,000 and More News

In today's Media Mix, a wd~50 family tree, plus maple syrup goes high tech

The Daily Meal brings you the biggest news from the food world.

Gordon Ramsay Sued, Again: A Manhattan firm has filed a suit claiming Gordon Ramsay owes almost $75,000 in overdue bills. Yikes. [NY Post]

A Perfect Egg: While chefs may say that the perfect egg is actually a 65-degree egg, science disagrees. We think our taste buds should decide. [Science Daily]

Maple Syrup Technology: Forget Little House on the Prairie; maple syrup sap is now being collected by pipeline and vacuum pumps. [NPR]

Cockroaches for Breakfast: In a video not for the queasy-stomached, Nordic Food Lab shows you how to cook cockroaches for breakfast. Um, yay protein? [Eater]

wd~50's Family: Here's a map of the wd~50 family tree, an impressive network including Mario Carbone, Christina Tosi, and Dave Arnold. [Grub Street]


Gordon Ramsay sued over 'Kitchen Nightmares' episode restaurant says show fabricated gross scenes

Celebrity chef shares advice on what restaurant-goers should look for when trying to pick a place to eat.

The owners of a New Orleans restaurant featured on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” say the 2011 episode is still leaving a bad taste in their mouths.

The parent company of the Oceana Grill, a seafood restaurant located in the city’s French Quarter, filed a lawsuit against Ramsay and the show’s producers last week, claiming some of the events documented in the episode were fabricated and “over-dramatize[d]” in order to portray the eatery in a negative light, The New Orleans Advocate reported.

The company, Cajun Conti, was prompted to file the suit after a clip from the episode – which showed Ramsay sniffing a container of shrimp and subsequently vomiting – was shared to the show’s Facebook page on Wednesday. The clip has since been removed.

“The problem we have is the fact that it’s so misleading,” claimed Daniel Davillier, an attorney for the Oceana Grill, according to The Advocate. “People think it’s something current, when in fact it’s very old.”

Attorneys for Cajun Conti added that sharing the clip violated a 2011 agreement between the restaurant, Fox Broadcasting and a production company, Upper Ground Enterprises. Cajun Conti had filed the 2011 suit in an effort to keep parts of the episode from re-airing.

As part of the agreement, Cajun Conti claimed that the producers had promised not to share “re-mixed” footage from the restaurant without paying a $10,000 fee and including an “update statement” about Oceana Grill, which they did not, according to the lawsuit.

Oceana Grill, in the French Quarter, was featured in the 2011 season of "Kitchen Nightmares," but lawyers say Ramsay and the show's producers violated a prior agreement not to re-air "re-mixed" footage from the episode. (Google)

Lawyers for Cajun Conti added that the “Kitchen Nightmares” crew “over-dramatize[d] and even fabricate[d] problems with the restaurant in order to increase ratings,” citing the scene of Ramsay vomiting after smelling the restaurant’s shrimp and a scene in which Ramsay finds three rodents in a rat trap.

“None of the above-described events were real, but were contrived and orchestrated by defendants to manufacture drama for their show,” the lawsuit states, according to court documents obtained by The Advocate.

The latest lawsuit names Gordon Ramsay, Upper Ground Enterprises, A. Smith & Co. and Optomen Productions as defendants. Cajun Conti is seeking unspecified damages and wants to block further use of the clip.


Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver's war of words

If there's another celebrity chef as famous as Gordon Ramsay in his native Britain, it's arguably Jamie Oliver. This didn't exactly draw them closer, though. The two chefs spent years embroiled in a very public feud. It all began back in 2009 when Ramsay made a nasty comment about the physical appearance of an Australian TV presenter that earned a rebuke from Oliver. "It's never good to criticize a woman," Oliver told The Sun (via the Telegraph).

Ramsay clapped back, reported the Daily Mail, calling Oliver a "one-pot wonder" and then sniping to TMZ that the last time he complained about a dish was in "Jamie Oliver's restaurant." In 2015, Oliver shared his theory on Ramsay's motives with the Daily Mail. "Gordon will do anything to try to take the p**s out of me because he is deeply jealous and can't quite work out why I do what I do and why he can't do that," he said. "He is too busy shouting and screaming and making our industry look like a bunch of shouters and screamers."

The feud apparently ended by the time Oliver's restaurant empire fell apart. As Ramsay revealed on The Jonathan Ross Show, the two had apparently buried the hatchet and Ramsay reached out after hearing the news about Oliver. Ramsay further confirmed that he and his former rival are "absolutely" friends.


Gordon Ramsay's kids won't be inheriting his money

Gordon Ramsay's net worth has been reported to be $220 million, with Forbes estimating that he earned $63 million in 2019 alone. With all that wealth, it would be easy to assume that cash will be eventually be inherited by Ramsay's five children — but that won't be happening.

"It's definitely not going to them, and that's not in a mean way," Ramsay told The Telegraph. The reason, he said, is "to not spoil them. I've been super lucky, having that career for the last 15 years in the U.S. Seriously, it has earned a fortune and I've been very lucky, so I respect everything I've got."

Ramsay went on to explain that he and wife Tana have gone to great lengths to ensure their kids don't become spoiled, which is evident when they fly. "They don't sit with us in first class," Ramsay explained. "They haven't worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you're telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We're really strict on that."


Gordon Ramsay launches eponymous California wine collection, suggests recipes to pair with each bottle

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Wine rooms and vineyards may be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that isnt stopping the wine community from getting together for virtual wine tastings.

Gordon Ramsay is already quite profane and intimidating when he’s completely sober — so get ready to find out what he’s like after a few glasses of wine.

The celebrity chef, who already boasts a line of hard seltzers, has launched an eponymous wine label featuring several varietals of California vino. The new "Gordon Ramsay Signature Wines," which are produced in collaboration with Master Sommelier Chris Miller at Seabold Cellars in Monterey, Calif., are currently available to purchase online.

"Wine has always fascinated me — a complex marriage of tradition, art, science, land, and people, all captured together in a glass," reads a statement attributed to Ramsay on the wines’ official website. "My time in California has convinced me that Californian wines stand with the best in the world. Passionate winemakers in California's cooler climate regions are producing delicious, balanced wines that complement our cuisine."

Gordon Ramsay, seen here at the 2009 Good Food and Wine Show in Sydney, Australia, collaborated with a California master sommelier to create his eponymous wine label. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

The grapes used for Gordon Ramsay Signature Wines are said to be sourced from "organic-practicing vineyards." The site also boasts that each "100% vegan" wine is produced with "little-to-no-fining or filtration" and "responsibly minimal sulfur usage."

Current offerings in the Gordon Ramsay Californian collection include a sauvignon blanc, two varieties of chardonnay, a rosé, pinot noir and three types of cabernet sauvignon. Prices range between $20 (for the rosé) and $60 (for the reserve cabernet sauvignon). Each of the wines’ online descriptions offers up ideas for which foods to pair them with, as well as the complete recipe for making the meal at home. For instance, he suggests a short-rib burger to go with his 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, or a plate of truffle pasta to go with his 2018 Reserve Chardonnay.

"I am delighted to release these Gordon Ramsay Californian wines designed to be enjoyed with food and delicious if drunk on their own," Ramsay is quoted as saying.


Gordon Ramsay Sued for $75,000 and More News - Recipes

Ingredients

  • 3 Pork Sausage
  • 3 Peeled Potatoes, Chopped
  • 1 Red Onion, Sliced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Bunch of Chives, Chopped
  • 2. Rosemary Sprigs
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons of Beef Stock (or other stock)
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Grain Mustard
  • Smoked Salt

Cooking instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160 Degrees Celsius/325 Fahrenheit. Bring pot to a boil with enough water to cover potatoes.
  2. Add potatoes to pot once boiling and cook.
  3. Heat pan to medium-high heat and cover pan with olive oil and add sausage. Take a cocktail stick and poke casing so it doesn't burst. Smash garlic and add to pan. Then add rosemary sprigs. Brown the sausages in pan then add 4 knobs of butter to pan. Once butter is melted, baste sausages. Add one more knob of butter and add to oven to cook.
  4. Take another pan and turn to medium-high heat and add olive oil to cover pan. Once warm, add onions. Once onions have cooked for about a minute, add sugar then season with salt. Then add 4 knobs of butter. After butter melts and add balsamic (4 tablespoons or enough to cover onions) as well as worcestershire. Reduce mixture. Once reduced add stock and bring to a boil and reduce mixture.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and then add them to pot over medium heat then mash. Taking the potatoes on and off the heat as you do. Once nicely mashed add a glug (2 tablespoons) of olive oil to the mixture and mix in. Then lower the heat and add smoked salt, mustard and chives. Mix thoroughly and plate.
  6. As the onion mixture is reduced, add one knob of butter and melt and mix. Place sausages on top of potatoes and add onion mixture

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Gordon Ramsay Dropped as Restaurant Partner, Sues for $3M

The tables have turned on the notorious "Hell's Kitchen" chef Gordon Ramsay, who is embroiled in a lawsuit with his former restaurant after he was removed as business partner.

Ramsay is suing Montreal restaurant Laurier 1936, formerly Laurier Gordon Ramsay, after co-owner David Lavy changed the venture's name and removed him as business partner.

Ramsay is claiming $2 million for potential revenue losses, $500,000 for defamation, $160,000 for the rights fees and $23,425 for travel expenses, plus interest.

Lavy claims that the London-based Ramsay was too busy to travel to the restaurant and his team didn't offer any additional help with the operation.

"I actually like Gordon and have nothing against him," Lavy told the Montreal Gazette.

His first restaurant presence in Canada, Ramsay became co-owner in 2010 and then closed it down and added his name to it last year.

This is one of many legal troubles for the chef, from being sued by his mother-in-law last year to suing his former publicist for selling his private information.


Gordon Ramsay had a brush with death

During filming on Gordon Ramsay's hit TV series The F Word, the celebrity chef had a very near miss with death, after he lost his footing during a hike in Iceland.

Ramsay and his production crew had been visiting the country's Westman Islands, when he fell as he descended a rock face. Ramsay hit the water, and his heavy boots only pulled him down further, causing the chef to panic — despite being a normally excellent swimmer. "I thought I was a goner," Ramsay later said. "They say cats have nine lives. I've had 12 already and I don't know how many more I'll have."

Eventually, Ramsay freed himself from his boots and swam back to the surface, having spent 45 seconds underwater. His crew, who threw him a rope and hauled him to safety, thought he had been killed. Ramsay was then treated for a knee injury at his hotel, before undergoing a medical examination in London.

Ramsay's real ordeal, however, had yet to begin. "I didn't tell [Tana] at first," Ramsay said. "I chickened out but she knew something was up. She was upset and extremely pissed off."

"When I was underwater all I could think of was Tana and my kids."


Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back returns with more nightmares

Gordon Ramsay is ready to start the new year right. Gordon Ramsay&rsquos 24 Hours to Hell and Back is returning for season 3. While the first two seasons have both frightened and inspired foodies to watch each week, it will be interesting to see what new disasters are awaiting Chef Ramsay.

This kitchen nightmare show is a program that you tend to watch with one eye closed. It is often unimaginable that these restaurant owners allowed the situation to get to this horrific point.

While many people can understand one bad day or even a questionable &ldquosignature” dish, but the filth that is seen on these shows can make anyone never want to eat out again. Granted, these situations are the exception not the rule.

The most concern part about all these experiences is that the restaurant owners know that the television crew is coming. While everyone understands that there is a &ldquotelevision&rdquo moment to this show, doesn&rsquot any even try to clean or hide somethings? Where was the restaurant inspector in the area?

Check out this preview clip from Fox.

Of course, many people will comment on Chef Ramsay and his colorful comments. These comments are not meant to be cruel, but they are meant to shock these owners into reality. Why would any business owner want to run their business into the ground?

Still, Chef Ramsay wants for the best for these restaurants. No one wants to go through this struggle only to close their doors a few months later. It would be nice for one episode have a &ldquowhere are they now&rdquo update.

Gordon Ramsay&rsquos 24 Hours to Hell and Back Season 3 premieres on Fox, January 7 at 9 p.m. EST.

Are you ready for the next round of kitchen nightmares? Luckily, there is no smell-o-vision on Gordon Ramsay&rsquos 24 Hours to Hell and Back.