Chris Hutcheson, the former chief executive officer of Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH), has confirmed a comeback to the hospitality industry with the launch of a healthy fast-food chain called Scoffs.
Hutcheson, Ramsay's father-in-law who was sacked from GRH nearly two years ago in a very public dispute, has taken on a site at Land Security's redevelopment of Victoria in south London for the first outlet of the new concept.
He has teamed up with his son, Adam Hutcheson, former director of pubs at GRH, and plans to roll out up to 30 Scoffs outlets in the next 18 months. Scoffs will target the lunchtime market serving British tapas, as an alternative to sandwiches.
Hutcheson confirmed the launch of Scoffs when contacted by Caterer and Hotelkeeper but declined to comment further at this stage.
Leisure specialist Restaurant Property brokered the deal for Hutcheson and director David Rawlinson said: "I can confirm we have completed a transaction for Adam and Chris Hutcheson in Victoria for their new A1 concept called Scoffs. Chris and Adam have an incredible wealth of experience in catering and are planning on rolling out the concept organically."
Hutcheson and Ramsay reached an out-of-court settlement earlier this year, following Hutcheson's dismissal from GRH in October 2010 for alleged financial impropriety. Hutcheson, known as a ruthless businessman, had been at the helm of the company for 12 years and responsible for the company's expansion both in the UK and internationally.
By Kerstin Kühn
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