More kitchen nightmares for Gordon Ramsay as credit crunch hits his business empire | Mail Online — Why is none of this a surprise? This is an excellent summary of Ramsay’s problems.
The slide began with this one.
Meanwhile, the culinary world is abuzz with suggestions that Ramsay’s restaurants are asking for extended time to pay suppliers – in some cases, as long as six to eight months, though the chef’s representatives strongly deny this.
Small wonder that rumours are gathering pace that it may not be long before Ramsay is stripped of at least one of his precious remaining stars because he is spreading himself so thin.
With a business that has expanded so fast – its £38 million turnover in 2006 has since crashed through the £100million barrier – there is growing disquiet about the health of Ramsay’s hastily constructed empire.
‘This is undoubtedly a tense time for Gordon because he is a competitive man and sets himself incredibly high standards,’ says food writer James Steen. ‘But his business is so big that it’s hard to keep standards up.
‘This is an operation which started off with the talents of a great chef, but has become an empire where food is less important than the brand.
I guess it is time from Ramsay to listen to his own advice: simplify!