Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Stuart Gillies hits back at ‘macho Gordon Ramsay' female chefs claim

14 March 2016 by
Stuart Gillies hits back at ‘macho Gordon Ramsay' female chefs claim

Stuart Gillies, the newly-promoted chief executive of the Gordon Ramsay Group, has hit back at recent news that female chefs are put off professional kitchens by a "macho Gordon Ramsay culture".

Gillies (pictured) wrote to the Evening Standardcovered in The Caterer here â€' which suggested that just one in seven chefs in top kitchens is female.

The article also suggested that female chefs make an average of £4,000 less per year than their male counterparts, and added that a "macho Gordon Ramsay culture" could be to blame for the lack of female chefs in high-end kitchens.

In his letter, published on 11 March, Gillies said: "We strongly object to such an inflammatory statement as it is completely at odds with our practices and the culture at Gordon Ramsay Group. We employ 55 women in the kitchens across our 14-strong portfolio of London restaurants. A number of our senior chefs are female, as well as some who head up our international operations. Additionally, nearly half of our executive team are women."

Responding to the suggestion that there is still a substantial pay gap, he said: "All employees are paid a fair wage and there is no difference in salary between the genders in the same positions. There is no 'macho Gordon Ramsay culture' here."

The Gordon Ramsay Group includes the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, the Savoy Grill, Maze, Pétrus, the Heddon Street Kitchen and Bread Street Kitchen in London, and also operates sites in France, Italy, Singapore, Qatar, the US and the UAE.

‘Macho culture' is off-putting for female chefs, says new report >>

Flurry of senior appointments at Gordon Ramsay Group as Stuart Gillies promoted >>

Profile: Stuart Gillies, managing director, Gordon Ramsay Group >>

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking