Gordon Ramsay's restaurant aboard the London Eye still up for grabs

23 September 2010 by
Gordon Ramsay's restaurant aboard the London Eye still up for grabs

Gordon Ramsay's mini restaurant aboard the London Eye is still up for grabs as organisers of the London Restaurant Festival are struggling to sell the event.

Gordon Ramsay is one of 11 top chefs who will, for one night, transform one of the capsules into a kitchen in a special event forming part of the annual festival, which runs from 4 to 18 October.

Other chefs include Angela Hartnett (Murano), Daniel Boulud (Bar Boulud), Giorgio Locatelli (Locanda Locatelli) and Gary Lee (the Ivy). Their restaurant capsules will each night give 10 diners the chance to dine 135 metres above the capital, with a percentage of the proceeds going to charity Street Smart.

All proceeds from Ramsay's restaurant will go to the London Evening Standard‘s Dispossessed Fund and Street Smart. But while last year the celebrity chef's restaurant capsule sold for £23,000, bids this year have only reached £7,400 (the reserve price is £10,000), reports Richard Vines of Bloomberg.

The London Restaurant Festival has extended bidding until tomorrow, and evenings with chefs Richard Corrigan (Corrigan's Mayfair) and Joël Antunès (Brasserie Joël) are also still available.

The London Restaurant Festival was launched last year by the London Evening Standard‘s food critic, Fay Maschler, and Simon Davis, who together run restaurant consultancy Private View as a citywide celebration of dining out designed to raise the profile of restaurants involved and drive footfall.

Supported by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and tourism body Visit London, organisers are aiming to have 800 restaurants across London on board this year's event, which is focused on encouraging diners to explore their local neighbourhoods via the feature.

A series of special events marking festival fortnight will also take place, including this year's MasterChef ](http://www.masterchef.com/ "The BBC MasterChef website")finalists running a pop-up restaurant at D&D's Meza and the American Express 10-10-10 event, which will see 10 chefs from outside the capital - including Raymond Blanc, Alain Roux and Sat Bains - pair up with a London chef to cook Sunday lunch.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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