Gordon Ramsay regains ownership of Pétrus

20 December 2010 by
Gordon Ramsay regains ownership of Pétrus

Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) has reclaimed ownership of Pétrus following former chief executive Chris Hutcheson's attempt to take control of the restaurant in London's Knightsbridge.

Last month, Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law Hutcheson made a move to take control of Pétrus following the public falling-out between the pair.

According to documents filed at Companies House, Hutcheson's son, Adam, was installed as director of the restaurant, while the business's registered office was changed to an address in London's Mayfair, thought to be Hutcheson's home address.

However, a spokeswoman for GRH confirmed to Caterersearch that the company has now regained control of the restaurant.

"Pétrus is now owned by the GRH group, a commercial settlement on this issue having been reached with Chris Hutcheson," she said.

"Gordon Ramsay is extremely committed to and proud of the restaurant. Pétrus has been] part of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited from 17 December 2010 and we look forward to welcoming customers."

Pétrus was originally set up as a joint venture between Ramsay and Hutcheson in 1999, when it was based in the Berkeley hotel, until Ramsay's protégé, Marcus Wareing, split from the celebrity chef and set up his eponymous restaurant on the same site.

The new Pétrus opened at 1 Kinnerton Street in March this year under head chef Sean Burbidge.

Hutcheson was chief executive of GRH but was forced out by Ramsay in October and a very public dispute ensued, which saw Ramsay write an open letter to his mother-in-law, Greta, in the London Evening Standard.

Gordon Ramsay also has changed the legal documents for his restaurant empire to make himself sole director. As a result, Ramsay now owns 69% of GRH.

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<span class=""noindex"">By Kerstin Kühn

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