Gordon Ramsay Group
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Gordon Ramsay Group is an international collection of standalone and hotel-based fine dining and more casual restaurants owned by Scottish-born celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, whose Michelin star achievements, inspirational cookbooks and expletive-fuelled TV programmes have made him a household name across the world.
UK sites are concentrated in London (excepting a restaurant at Heathrow Airport) and include a gastropub and boutique hotel, while overseas venues are run on a consultancy basis.
The group was founded by Ramsay and his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson in September 1998 after Ramsay quit A-Z Restaurants, where he had made his mark by winning two Michelin stars for his part-owned Chelsea restaurant Aubergine. The split was acrimonious, involving the sacking of his protégé Marcus Wareing at A-Z’s L’Oranger restaurant and a protest walkout by 44 staff.
With his first restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Ramsay became the youngest British chef to win three Michelin stars (Marco Pierre White was the first UK-born chef to win three stars). In 2007, Ramsay’s 12 stars temporarily tied him with Alain Ducasse as the world’s most Michelin-starred chef and by 2014 the group had been awarded a total of 16 Michelin stars since its conception.
A 2003 Caterer survey identified Ramsay as the third greatest living chef after the Roux brothers and Marco Pierre White. The chef is also celebrated for his ability to spot and nurture talent such as Marcus Wareing, Angela Hartnett, Jason Atherton, Mark Sarjeant and Mark Askew (who have since branched out on their own) and Clare Smith, who became the first UK female chef to head up a three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Early expansion was facilitated by deals with hotel groups, most notably the US-based Blackstone Group - its Claridges, Connaught, Berkeley and Savoy London hotels all opened Ramsay restaurants in the early 2000s and its LXR Luxury Resorts company provided Ramsay with his initial foothold in the USA in 2006. The group’s first overseas consultancy opened at the Dubai Hilton Creek hotel in 2001.
Growth accelerated in 2007 and 2008 (when the group opened Foxtrot Oscar, the Warrington gastropub, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Murano, the York & Albany and Maze Grill at the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel in the UK alone, along with restaurants in Prague, Paris and Los Angeles overseas).
But recession and over-expansion led to a financial crisis that brought the Gordon Ramsay Group close to collapse in early 2009 and sparked a flurry of sell-offs, especially overseas. In 2010, a high-profile and bitter feud erupted between Ramsay and his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson that included a dispute over the ownership of Pétrus, an attempt by Hutcheson to wind down the company and allegations of tax fraud.
The group signaled a new direction in 2011 when it opened Bread Street Kitchen in London, a more casual, all-day dining concept that spearheaded the group’s first move into south-east Asia when a Hong Kong branch opened in September 2014. In 2012, the group teamed up with Caesars Palace Corp to open three restaurants (a steakhouse, gastropub and burger restaurant) in Las Vegas.
- June 2014 Neil Snowball is to become the new head chef of Pétrus, replacing Sean Burbidge. Nicholas Grounin becomes food and beverage director as group executive chef Simon Gregory leaves to become executive chef at London’s Ace hotel in Shoreditch, and Amanda Dobinson joins as commercial director.
- June 2014 Gordon Ramsay is to open a new restaurant on the site of the former Living Room at 7 Heddon Street in London's West End this autumn. Heddon Street Kitchen will repeat the more relaxed, all-day dining format of Bread Street Kitchen.
- June 2014 The group is to take its London restaurants to Asia, starting with the September opening of a restaurant in central Hong Kong. Based on the successful Bread Street Kitchen model with warehouse-style design and British European menu, the group will run it as a consultancy in partnership with Dining Concepts in Hong Kong.
- June 2014 The group is disputing the validity of the York & Albany lease, where a £6.7m provision helps turn last year’s £2m profit into a £6.4m annual loss. The group is set to announce a new restaurant just off Regent Street and a new venture on the site of Ramsay’s debut restaurant, Aubergine, in Chelsea.
- April 2014 Stuart Gillies reveals the group has signed up a site in Hong Kong, which will be its first in South-east Asia.
- April 2014 Hong Kong based private equity firm Joint Treasure buys the leasehold on the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square – home of Maze and Maze Grill - for £125.1m.
- March 2014 The group buys the Aubergine restaurant at 11 Park Walk in Chelsea – which launched Ramsay’s career as a chef-restaurateur and brought him his first two Michelin stars – from London Fine Dining (formerly A-Z Restaurants). It is currently being run as a neighbourhood Italian restaurant.
- March 2014 The Fat Cow in the Grove shopping mall, Los Angeles, closes amidst a trademark controversy with a local restaurant and lawsuits from unpaid contractors and staff complaining about pay and conditions. In April, former partner in the business Rowen Seibel sues for $10m claiming Ramsay cut him out when he opened GR Roast on the site with new partners.
- February 2014 The modern European-style London House restaurant opens in Battersea opens its doors.
- October 2013 Ramsay claims documents were withheld from him relating to the alleged avoidance of more than £2.2m in tax.
- October 2013 Gordon Ramsay at The London is stripped of its two Michelin stars in the New York guide. Unconfirmed reports suggest GRH’s New York restaurants may close after 65 staff at Gordon Ramsay and Maze are given their notice.
- September 2013 Union Street Café opens off London’s Borough market, receiving 1,200 reservations within half an hour of its website going live in August. On the eve of the launch, footballer David Beckham withdraws his involvement as a partner in the venture.
- August 2013 Ramsay disputes allegations of serious tax fraud revealed in a leaked memo written by sacked former finance director Trevor James and says he triggered the current tax investigation to rectify decisions made under the previous management.
- July 2013 GRH buys Bennett Brasserie and Oyster Bar in Battersea Square, London. It is to reopen in February 2014 as London House under head chef Anna Haugh-Kelly and restaurant manager Paul Halliwell.
- June 2013 GRH’s last remaining restaurant in a Maybourne Group hotel, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, closes. It is to reopen in May 2014 under two-Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan as Fera at Claridge’s.
- June 2013 GRH gives a September opening date for its Union Street Café ( backed by footballer David Beckham) in a converted warehouse in London's Borough Market.
- June 2013 Gordon Ramsay at the Conrad Tokyo closes after eight years and is replaced by the Collage restaurant.
- April 2013 Ramsay tells the High Court a ghost writing machine was used to sign his name to make him personal guarantor for the £640,000-a-year rent on the York & Albany hotel in Regents Park, London.
- February 2013 The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Powerscourt goes into liquidation and is sold in March to property investors Brehon Capital Partners and Midwest Holdings for a reputed €1m and the wipe-out of its €80m debts. It is relaunched in October 2013 as the Marriott Autograph Powerscourt Hotel with a new restaurant – Sika – headed by former Gordon Ramsay chef Peter Byrne.
- December 2012 Ramsay opens two new restaurants in Las Vegas in an extension of its consultancy agreement with Caesars Entertainment Corp - the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill gastropub at Caesars Palace and burger restaurant BurGR at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino.
- December 2012 The High Court dismisses a petition from Hutcheson to wind up GRG in pursuit of an alleged unpaid debt. GRH is working with HMRC over a tax fraud investigation relating to an issue that arose under previous management.
- December 2012 Ramsay is said to be planning a new London restaurant with football star David Beckham.
- November 2012 Ramsay applies for the UK trademark to the Spotted Pig, the name of British chef April Bloomfield’s Michelin-starred gastropub in New York.
- September 2012 Clare Smyth, head chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, is named Chef of the Year in the Good Food Guide 2013.
- August 2012 Maze London is to open a sushi bar in September headed up by sushi chef Gohei Kishi.
- May 2012 Ramsay opens Gordon Ramsay Steak restaurant at the Paris Las Vegas resort on the site of the existing Les Artistes Steakhouse under a consultancy agreement with Caesars Entertainment Corp.
- May 2012 The group opens Gordon Ramsay Doha and the bistro-style Opal by Gordon Ramsay in the St Regis hotel in Doha, Qatar. Both are headed by Gilles Bosquet.
- March 2012 Ramsay sues Montreal restaurateur Danny Lavy for £1.4m in lost licence fees for alleged breach of contract for terminating his consultancy at the Laurier BBQ restaurant and for alleged defamatory comments.
- March 2012 Maze at The Pearl-Qatar closes after an alcohol ban from the start of year impacts business.
- February 2012 Ramsay plans to launch the Fat Cow casual dining concept at the Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles during the summer in collaboration with GRH corporate executive US chef Andi Van Willigan. It opens in October.
- February 2012 Montreal restaurateur Danny Lavy terminates the consultancy contract for Laurier Gordon Ramsay, claiming Ramsay failed to visit and promote the restaurant.
- January 2012 Ramsay and Hutcheson settle their dispute out of court in a deal believed to have cost Ramsay £2m. Hutcheson moves on to launch healthy fast food chain Scoffs.
- December 2011 Ramsay is awarded £250,000 after a judge rules that Hutcheson illegally accessed his emails and computers. A later hearing will look at claims that Hutcheson took money from GRG to fund a double life with his mistress.
- December 2011 Executive head chef Mark Askew is to leave in January to become operations director of the Cirrus Inns pub company he co-founded. He started working with Ramsay at Aubergine in the mid-1990s.
- October 2011 The group terminates its first overseas consultancy, at the Hilton Dubai Creek hotel, which opened in 2001.
- September 2011 The group signals a new direction with the opening of its all-day casual dining restaurant Bread Street Kitchen at London’s One New Change development (see Menuwatch).
- August 2011 GRG puts its Australian Maze restaurants into liquidation following a review of group operations, leaving with just two overseas branches, in Doha and New York.
- August 2011 Laurier Gordon Ramsay opens in Montreal, Canada in a consultancy deal with the popular 75-year-old Rotisserie Laurier BBQ restaurant. The group is also in talks with Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas and has trademarked the Fat Cow name.
- August 2011 Family-run pub and hotel group Faucet Inn buys the Warrington gastropub in Maida Vale off an asking price of £5.5m
- June 2011 The owners of the Drapers Arms in Islington buy the Devonshire gastropub in Chiswick, which has been closed for one year.
- June 2011 Claridge’s hotel extends its restaurant contract with GRH by 12 months to 2012.
- June 2011 Group pre-tax profits rise to £2.05m for the year to 31 August 2010 , up from £567,000 the year before.
- April 2011 Stuart Gillies becomes managing director of GRG.
- March 2011 The Warrington is Maida Vale is put on the market by Hutcheson, who owns a 50% stake in the gastropub.
- February 2011 Chef de cuisine Josh Emmett and general manager Enda Cunningham both quit the Maze restaurants in Melbourne, Australia.
- January 2011 Foxtrot Oscar loses its Michelin Bib Gourmand, the relaunched Pétrus gains a Michelin star and Maze London is demoted from four to three AA rosettes.
- December 2010 Ramsay regains control of Pétrus after reaching a commercial settlement on the issue with Hutcheson.December 2010 Ramsay becomes sole director of the company, which is later renamed Gordon Ramsay Group, with a 69% share in the group. Hutcheson (suing for#2m)has reportedly paid back the bulk of the £1.5m interest-free loan he took from GRH during the height of its financial woes.
- December 2010 Ramsay plans to open casual dining restaurant Union Street Café near London’s Borough Market next year under Stuart Gillies, who is also opening Bread Street Kitchen at the One New Change development in the spring 2011.
- November 2010 Ramsay buys into Canada’s famous family-style restaurant - Rotisserie Laurier BBQ - in Montreal and is believed to be looking at sites in Whistler, British Columbia.
- November 2010 Insiders suggest the family rift could cost Ramsay £15m as Hutcheson has a 30% stake in GRH. Hutcheson takes control of Pétrus with his son and nephew (who were also sacked by GRH). Although the restaurants was set up as a joint venture with Ramsay, Hutcheson has been listed as sole director of Pétrus since its relocation this year.
- November 2010 Hutcheson starts legal proceedings for wrongful dismissal and denies allegations of impropriety. Ramsay accuses him of being a manipulative dictator and blames him for the departure of some chef partners over profit shares issues.
- October 2010 GRH CEO and Ramsay’s father-in-law Chris Hutcheson quits. Reports of a rift with Ramsay over a £1.5m personal loan from GRH to Hutcheson spark speculation that the chef may quit the UK.
- October 2010 Angela Hartnett goes solo after 15 years at GRH when she buys out Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Murano. She pledges to support the York & Albany until the end of the year.
- October 2010 GRH turns the corner after two tough years, nearly doubling its profits for the 11 months to 31 August to £4.2m (from £2.47m)
November 2010 The Savoy Grill is relaunched seven weeks after the London hotel reopens in October (see Menuwatch). The former Banquette restaurant becomes a private dining room.
- August 2010 The group puts the Warrington gastropub in north west London up for sale. Angela Hartnett is believed to be keen to strike out on her own.
- August 2010 Ramsay is to net £20m from the sale his 50% stake in his TV production company. GRH nearly doubles its losses, to £8.32m, in the year to 31 August 2009.
- August 2010 Ramsay plans a new restaurant at the One New Change development in central London based on his Plane Food concept that may be rolled out across London.
- July 2010 Maze Cape Town in South Africa closes after the One & Only resort terminates the consultancy contract for the restaurant, which was losing £10,000 a week. The move is also linked to the April departure of executive chef Jason Atherton and the imminent move of head chef Phil Carmichael.
- July 2010 Ramsay is to close GR Logistics, the central production kitchen in Wandsworth that he bought from Albert Roux to supply Foxtrot Oscar and the three gastropubs.
- July 2010 London Maze executive chef James Durrant leaves after nine years with GRH.
- June 2010 The group closes its Devonshire gastropub in Chiswick and reveals it made a £4m loss in the year to August 2008.
- June 2010 The Savoy hotel (which houses GRH’s Savoy Grill) is to finally reopen in October after several delays three years after closing for a revamp.
- May 2010 Ramsay’s New York restaurant is sued by two wine merchants – Wineberry America and VOS Selections ¬– over unpaid bills.
- April 2010 The Boxwood Café closes at the Berkeley hotel and is replaced in June by Pierre Koffmann’s informal eaterie, Koffmann’s. Ramsay stars in the first national milk promotion for 16 years.
- April 2010 The Australian branches of Maze and Maze Grill open at the Crown Metropol hotel in Melbourne under cuisine de chef Josh Emmett.
- March 2010 Maze at The Pearl-Qatar opens in Doha, Qatar, at The Pearl island and dining marina.
- March 2010 Jason Atherton is to leave in April after 13 years with Ramsay to set up his own restaurant business, opening Table No 1 at the Waterhouse at South Bund hotel, Shanghai, in May, and Pollen Street Social in London in March 2011.
- March 2010 Pétrus (mark two) opens in Kinnerton Street; Plane Food is now one of the group’s most successful outlets; and Ramsay becomes a consultant to Booker Cash and Carry.
- February 2010 The group plans to relaunch Pétrus on 29 March under head chef Sean Burbidge in Kinnerton Street, round the corner from its former site in the Berkeley hotel.
- January 2010 The group reveals a £4m-plus loss for the year to August 2008. The Good Food Guide predicts that Ramsay protégés Wareing, Atherton and Hartnett will dominate the decade. The Claridges restaurant loses its Michelin star.
- December 2009 GRH saves Plane Food from liquidation by clearing its debts, while Ramsay says he aims to spend less time in the kitchen and more on TV in the future.
- December 2009 The group plans to relocate its Boxwood Café in London after the original closes at the Berkeley hotel next April when its lease is not renewed. The lease on the group’s only remaining restaurant in a Maybourne Group hotel, Claridge’s, expires at the end of 2010.
- December 2009 GRH sells its two Michelin-star restaurant at the London Hotel NYC, USA, to the owners, retaining a menu consultancy. It’s the fourth international restaurant to be handed back this year.
- November 2009 The GRH companies owning Plane Food and Maze face winding up petitions unless they settle their debts by set deadlines. Petitions against two more companies owning Narrow and Grodon Ramsay Hospital Road are dismissed.
- November 2009 Ramsay’s right hand man and former Claridge's head chef Mark Sargeant leaves after 13 years working with the chef to become the creative director of the Swan Collection pub group Swan Collection (he opens his first restaurant, Rocksalt, in 2011).
- October 2009 It emerges that the group’s financial officer Nick Fletcher left in the summer.
- September 2009 Ramsay launches a range of supermarket sauces to raise money for Comic Relief.
- August 2009 Ramsay’s flagship New York restaurant is hit by cash and quality complaints. A humbled Ramsay tells US TV that the ‘arrogant’ restaurant trade has forgotten the customer is king.
- August 2009 Wareing accepts blame for his acrimonious split from Ramsay, saying he engineered the rift to allow him to set up on his own.
- July 2009 Angela Hartnett becomes the first female to win the Catey Chef Award (a second GRH chef, Jason Atherton, is shortlisted for the award).
- July 2009 The group’s latest accounts reveal a near 90% plunge in profits last year, when debts more than doubled.
- July 2009 GRH opens two Italian restaurants in Europe - Cantina Tuscan at the Castel Monastero hotel in Tuscany (a consultancy) and the second at the Fortevillage resort in Sardinia.
- June 2009 The reopening of London’s Savoy hotel after a £100m refurbishment is delayed again, from this autumn to March 2010.
- June 2009 Ramsay and Wareing fight over the 'real' Pétrus restaurant. Ramsay is to relaunch it under chef-patron Mark Askew just 500 yards from its former site in the Berkeley hotel.
- June 2009 Ramsay admits his restaurant empire came close to collapse in January, when he was advised to put 16 restaurants into administration and cherry-pick the winners. He and Hutcheson used £5m of their own money, sold three overseas restaurants, cut opening times and sacked 25% of head office staff to pay off GRH’s £10.5m debt with RBS and most of a £7.2m tax bill. Ramsay expects the group to emerge with profits of £8m.
- May 2009 The group is to lose its head of operations for eight years, Gillian Thompson.
- April 2009 Ramsay is slammed for supplying meals pre-prepared in his central kitchen in Clapham to Foxtrot Oscar and his three London gastropubs. Stuart Gillies will relaunch the Savoy Grill at the Savoy hotel, which plans to turn its waste food into electricity.
- April 2009 The One & Only resort opens a month earlier than planned in South Africa. GRH’s Maze Cape Town is one of its five dining outlets and is the group’s fourth Maze outlet.
- March 2009 The reopening of the Savoy hotel is delayed from May to the autumn.
- March 2009 The group sells its Paris restaurant to the owners of the Trianon Palace hotel, retaining a menu consultancy. Maze Prague – which it sold in February - wins a Michelin star, making Ramsay the world’s third most starred chef with 13 stars.
- March 2009 GRH sells its Michelin-starred restaurant in Los Angeles to London West Hollywood hotel owner LXR Luxury Resorts, retaining a consultancy involvement.
Late accounts for the year to August 2007 reveal it is renegotiating with banks after breaching covenants. It emerges Ramsay has been fined £1,500 for late accounts, and had to stump up £1.6m of his own money after GRH breached banking covenants.
- March 2009 Gordon Ramsay au Trianon in Paris wins two Michelin stars, bringing the group tally to 12.
- February 2009 GRH hands control of Maze Prague to the Hilton Prague Old Town hotel but retains the consultancy on menu planning until 2010.
- January 2009 The group brushes off claims of financial problems when its 2006 accounts suggest loss-making bank RBS is calling in its £10.5m loan. The group faces a court case after flouting account filing laws for two years running.
- January 2009 Two London eateries - the Devonshire gastropub and the Knightsbridge private dining room - are briefly advertised for sale online before being pulled.
- January 2009 GRH is to make its African debut with a 140-seat Maze at Sun Resort’s 131-bedroom One & Only Resort in Cape Town, scheduled to open in May. Trianon Palace Versailles becomes part of Hilton's Waldorf Astoria Collection.
- 2009 The group ends its association with the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Miami, which had housed Angela Hartnett’s Cielo.
- December 2008 Ramsay plans a second chef school (possibly with a restaurant) after agreeing to buy Botleys stately home in Chertsey, Surrey, for £5m.
- November 2008 GRH denies it plans to close Foxtrot Oscar after its opening times are cut. It confirms Ramsay secured a £10.5m loan to keep the restaurants afloat. The News of the World breaks the story of Ramsay’s seven-year extra-marital affair - allegations other chefs believe will boost business at his restaurants.
- November 2008 The group’s first Australian Maze will open at the Crown Casino in Melbourne in February 2010. Gordon Ramsay at the Conrad Tokyo wins a Michelin star (the group’s 14th).
- October 2008 GRH is fined £1,500 for filing its account late. It predicts earnings from all Ramsay ventures will exceed £80m this year and £100m by 2010. New Maze restaurants are to open in Doha in Qatar (UAE) and Melbourne, Australia.
- October 2008 Ramsay plans a casual eaterie at London's Hippodrome theatre in Leicester Square when it reopens as a casino in 2012.
- October 2008 Ramsay faces prosecution over the late filing of accounts which should have been supplied in June 2007 and fails to meet the 17 October deadline. He reveals
the group narrowly avoided the meltdown of Icelandic bank Kaupthing by switching accounts 10 weeks ago.
- September 2008 Marcus Wareiing at the Berkeley opens on the site of the group’s former Pétrus. He starts with an empty reservations book after GRH staff tell customers the restaurant has closed and offers them bookings at other group restaurants.
- September 2008 The 10-bedroom, boutique York & Albany – the group’s first hotel – opens in Camden near Regent’s Park with an 80-seat Angela Hartnett restaurant, bar and deli.
- September 2008 Ramsay plans a relaxed café bistro in New York along the lines of Foxtrot Oscar in London.
- August 2008 Angela Hartnett's upscale Italian restaurant Murano opens in London’s Mayfair (see Menuwatch) and is voted the city’s best new restaurant by Harden’s in 2009. Hartnett gets her first solo TV show, Kitchen Criminals. The planned deli at the York & Albany (selling a Hartnett line of preserves along with Italian and British produce) could be rolled out as a separate venture.
- July 2008 Wareing spills the beans on his acrimonious split with Ramsay. The two settle their dispute in August, and Wareing intimates that Pétrus will be renamed Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, which he confirms in August and expands upon in September.
- June 2008 Ramsay opens his first restaurant in Los Angeles, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood hotel, in partnership with footballer David Beckham. The restaurant, headed by Andy Cook from the Conrad Tokyo, wins a Michelin star in October.
- May 2008 Wareing is to split from Ramsay and take over the lease of Pétrus at the Berkeley hotel in September. Rumours of a rift between the two emerged more than a year ago. GRH plans to transfer the Pétrus name to another group site, possibly La Noisette.
- May 2008 GRH teams up with Compass’s fine dining business, Restaurant Associates, to develop menus at up to 15 sites. Under the deal, GRH chefs will be seconded to each contract and Compass chefs will train at group restaurants.
- April 2008 Atherton opens Maze Grill in London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel (see Menuwatch and Wine Matching).
- March 2008 Ramsay plans to double the size of his 20-strong empire of fine dining and mid-market restaurants and pubs over the next three years. Pipeline openings include Los Angeles, Maze Amsterdam, two London Maze spin-offs and venues in Berlin and Geneva.
- March 2008 Ramsay teams up with Absolute Taste owner Lyndy Redding and Andrew Maxwell to buy the Tante Marie School of Cookery in Woking, Surrey – one of the oldest cookery schools in the UK – for a chef academy.
- March 2008 The group opens its first airport restaurant at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food follows the style of the Berkeley hotel’s Boxwood Café.
- March 2008 Ramsay opens his first French restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Au Trianon, at the Trianon Palace & Spa hotel in Versailles, Paris, along with the more casual La Veranda.
- March 2008 The Michelin-starred La Noisette closes 18 months after launch at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge (its predecessor, Pengelleys, closed after one year). GRH uses the space for private dining and events.
- March 2008 John Burton Race reveals Ramsay tried to buy his New Angel restaurant in Devon for a bargain £1.3m when his ex-wife tried to sell it to pay for their divorce while he was on TV.
- February 2008 Atherton plans an April opening for his second London Maze. Maze Grill will replace the Cobalt restaurant next to the existing Maze at the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel.
- February 2008 The group’s third gastropub, the Warrington, opens in Maida Vale, near Lords cricket ground, under executive chef Mark Sarjeant (see Menuwatch).
- January 2008 The opening of Ramsay’s fine dining restaurant and brasserie at Trianon Palace and Spa hotel outside Versailles is delayed from this month to March.
- January 2008 GRH reopens Chelseas’s classic neighbourhood bistro Foxtrot Oscar in Royal Hospital Road, which it acquired last year from Michael Proudlock. Ramsay considers rolling out the casual dining concept – which offers a menu of comfort food devised by Mark Sarjeant - as a chain.
- January 2008 Angela Hartnett is to head up two new London ventures for GRH, including food and beverage at its first boutique hotel, the York & Albany, and an upscale Italian eaterie called Murano. The 12-bedroom hotel – due to open near Regent’s Park in April – will include an 80-seat restaurant, deli and wine room while Murano is slated for a May launch.
- January 2008 Ramsay intends to set up a UK chef academy.
- January 2008 GRH’s third Maze - Maze Prague - is officially launched at the Hilton Prague Old Town in the Czech Republic. Ramsay is the first Michelin-starred chef to launch in Eastern Europe. He plans more Mazes around the world, including one in Paris.
- January 2008 GRH drops from 12 to 10 Michelin stars following the closure of Angela Hartnett’s Menu at the Connaught and the Savoy Grill.
- December 2007 The Savoy hotel closes for a £100m refurbishment.
- November 2007 Ramsay’s second pub, the Devonshire, opens in Chiswick, offering a tailored wine list for the local clientele.
- November 2007 Clare Smyth becomes head chef of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Royal Hospital Road under executive chef Mark Askew as Simone Zanoni moves to France to oversee the Versailles opening. Her achievement as the first female chef in the UK to head a three-Michlein-starred restaurant is welcomed by leading chefs and.Ramsay tells the Observer he would like to man the Royal Hospital kitchens with an all-female brigade.
- October 2007 GRH’s first Irish restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, opens at the 201-bedroom, five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Powerscourt, County Wicklow. The kitchen team operate a 120-seat restaurant on the second floor, a terrace and private dining and will cater for hotel weddings and functions.
- October 2007 Michelin gives two stars to Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel NYC in a move that temporarily ties Ramsay with Alain Ducasse as the world’s most starred chefs (with 12 stars each). The restaurant is named Best Newcomer in the Zagat guide, and Maze in the same hotel is third best newcomer.
- September 2007 Angela Hartnett is to open a new restaurant later this year after GRH confirms the Connaught hotel will not renew the lease for her Michelin-starred restaurant when it reopens later this year after a refurbishment (the restaurant is subsequently taken over by two-Michelin-starred French chef Hélène Darroze). Hotel owner the Maybourne Group denies there was a rift over room service. The Boxwood Café could be relocated within the Berkeley hotel.
- July 2007 The Boxwood Café’s contract may not be renewed after the Berkeley hotel closes at the end of the year for renovation, but the two-Michelin-star Pétrus is not part of the proposed changes.
- July 2007 Ramsay is to buy the Devonshire House pub in Chiswick, which he plans to reopen by the end of the year. In September, Ramsay says he wants to open 10 more pubs in 2008.
- July 2007 Ramsay teams up with event caterer Absolute Taste to offer a bespoke menu option to its clients, replaces Neil Ferguson as head chef at the London Hotel NYC in Manhattan for being too soft on staff, and denies rumours that Wareing will not return to Savoy Grill after it closes in December for a 16-month refurbishment of the hotel.
- June 2007 Atherton is to open Maze Grill (based on New York-style grill eateries) next to the existing Maze in London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel in March 2008. The 85-seat casual dining site will replace the Cobalt restaurant.
- May 2007 Atherton is to open a 100-seat Maze in the Marriott Prague hotel in the Czech Republic, which is due to open in October. Ramsay plans a second Los Angeles restaurant in a joint venture with David and Victoria Beckham.
- April 2007 Marco Pierre White plans to sue Ramsay over allegations he stole Aubergine’s bookings book in 1998 after Ramsay admits he staged the theft to humiliate White. Ramsay is to star in a BT campaign aimed at small businesses and the Connaught restaurant closes as the hotel undergoes a refurbishment that is planned to complete in December.
- March 2007 GRH opens its first gastropub, under head chef John Collin. The Narrow is located in the Grade II-listed Limehouse in London’s Narrow Street.
- March 2007 Ramsay awards himself a £2.1m bonus for 2005, despite the company making a £2.4m loss which includes a £850,000 hit from the closure of Pengelleys and the cost of launching Maze. GRH returns to profit in 2006.
- February 2007 Angela Hartnett launches her 125-seat restaurant Cielo on the top floor of the Boca Raton Resort in Miami. The operation includes private dining for 40, a chef’s table and a cocktail bar.
- January 2007 Ramsay’s first Irish restaurant is to open at the new five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Powerscourt, County Wicklow, 12 miles south of Dublin. Pétrus in the Berkeley hotel wins its second Michelin star, La Noisette achieves its first star and Angela Hartnett is awarded an MBE.
- December 2006 A Paris debut for Ramsay looks likely after Blackstone buys the Trianon Palace and Spa hotel outside Versailles in France for an estimated £101m.
- November 2006 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares TV show wins an Emmy and Ramsay wins an Outstanding Achievement award from VisitLondon.
- November 2006 Ramsay reveals he is spending £10m launching restaurants in the USA and Europe. The opening of Gordon Ramsay at the London (see Menuwatch) and Maze in Manhattan’s London NYC hotel is threatened by a walkout by senior staff over tips. In December, local residents launch a campaign over alleged health and building code violations in a row that drags on into January.
- October 2006 Ramsay has reportedly bought the Warrington hotel in London’s Maida Vale for £5.2m to become his flagship pub.
- October 2006 Ramsay signs up to revamp BHS’s 120 in-store restaurants – and becomes the new face of off-licence chain Threshers into the middle of 2007.
- September 2006 Ramsay’s first gastropub is to be the Narrow Street Kitchen and Dining Room in London’s Limehouse.
- August 2006 Ramsay is to develop a chain of food-led country pubs rather than adding to his nine UK restaurants (which hold seven Michelin stars). As well as the three US openings, he intends to launch restaurants in Amsterdam, Prague and Ireland. Ramsay tops The Independent’s list of Britain’s richest chefs.
- August 2006 GRH announces its third US venture with Blackstone’s LXR Luxury Resort Collection. It will open two new restaurants and a bar at the Bel Age hotel (to be renamed the London LA hotel) which is to open in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, in spring 2007. It will follow restaurant openings in New York this October followed by Miami in November.
- July 2006 Gordon Ramsay becomes the third person to win three Cateys, adding the Independent Restaurateur of the Year award to his existing Chef (2000) and Newcomer (1995) accolades.
- July 2006 The group opens La Noisette on the site of the former Pengelley's at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower under chef-patron Bjorn van der Horst. The restaurant, which focuses on shared dining, wins three AA rosettes in January 2007.
- May 2006 Gordon Ramsay is to launch a fine-dining restaurant at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 when it opens in 2008. It’s the first food signing for the terminal, which caters for 30 million people a year.
- April 2006 Ex-Greenhouse chef Bjorn van der Horst is to become chef-patron at Noisette, which is to replace Pengelley’s at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Sloane Street.
- March 2006 GRH plans a third US restaurant at the Blackstone-owned Boca Raton Resort & Club in Palm Beach County, Miami. The Italian-themed Cielo, planned to open in November, will be headed by Connaught chef-patron Angela Hartnett.
- January 2006 Maze is awarded three AA rosettes.
- December 2005 GRH pulls the plug on the pan-Asian Pengelley's restaurant and Ginger Bar on 21 December, just 10 months after it opened at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge. Ramsay is awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list.
- November 2005 GRH boosts pre-tax profits by 37% to £3.7m (from £2.7m) in the year to 31 August 2005.
- October 2005 Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road drops from 10/10 to 9/10 in the Good Food Guide. Time Out names Maze at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square as Best Newcomer.
- September 2005 Ramsay admits he was in talks to buy London’s River Café restaurant during February and March.
- August 2005 Ramsay is one of a string of celebrity chefs approached by Grosvenor House Hotel’s new owner Marriott to replace the London hotel’s Chez Nico restaurant. The contract goes to chef Richard Corrigan.
- July 2005 The group opens its second overseas consultancy at the Conrad Tokyo hotel in Japan - the fine dining Gordon Ramsay at the Conrad Tokyo restaurant and a casual, all-day brasserie called Cerise by Gordon Ramsay.
- May 2005 Former Verre executive chef Jason Atherton opens the 90-seat Maze restaurant at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London. Its smaller, tapas-style dishes mix French cuisine with an Asian influence. It is named as Time Out’s best newcomer in October and wins a Michelin star in January 2006.
- March 2005 Ramsay is to open restaurants in two US cities with a third (Chicago) in his sights. Neil Ferguson will head a fine dining and casual restaurant at New York’s Marriott Righa Royal hotel, which new owner Blackstone will reopen next April as the London Hotel NYC. A second is planned in a hotel in Miami that Blackstone bought last December. Brand Ramsay expands next spring with a new catalogue of homeware, kitchenware and fresh baby food.
- February 2005 GRH and chef Ian Pengelley launch the pan-Asian Pengelley’s and Ginger restaurant and bar at the Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge, London. GRH holds the management consultancy, leasehold and a minor interest in the restaurant.
- January 2005 The group reports a £3.8m pre-tax profit for 2004, compared with a £1m loss the year before. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s is the most profitable of its seven London restaurants.
2000 – 2004
- December 2004 Ramsay starts recruiting for his second international restaurant consultancy, which opens at the Conrad Tokyo in spring 2005. Claridge’s is evacuated following a fire in Ramsay’s restaurant kitchen.
- October 2004 Ian Pengelley confirms he is taking over Monte’s at the Carlton Tower Hotel, which has closed and will reopen as a pan-Asian restaurant in January. GRH will serve as a management consultant.
- September 2004 Ramsay launches a range of upmarket semi ready-meals (devised by Ramsay, Mark Askew and Mark Sarjeant) at selected Sainsbury and Whistlestop stores and for home delivery in a deal with Grampian Country Food Group and In2uDelivery.
- September 2004 GRH bans smoking across its seven London restaurants, although Claridge's, Connaught, Savoy Grill and Boxwood Café allow smoking in limited areas.
- July 2004 GRH is talking with the Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge to take over its Monte’s restaurant and private members club in a managerial role on behalf of a third party, believed to be Ian Pengelley.
- January 2004 Lease complications prompt GRH to close Fleur in St James’s Street – but it plans a new London restaurant in November under Hilton Dubai Creek executive chef Jason Atherton and a New
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Full year to August 31 2013
Turnover £44.7m (2012: £43.1)
Gross profit £21.6m (2012: £19.5)
EBITDA £5m 2012:£4.8m)
Profit £2.9m (2012: £1.9m)
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