Marcus Wareing admits engineering rift with Gordon Ramsay

03 August 2009 by
Marcus Wareing admits engineering rift with Gordon Ramsay

Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing has admitted he was more to blame in the fall out with Gordon Ramsay last year, because he wanted to "engineer a break" that would allow him to set up on his own.

Last summer, Wareing spoke out about his rift with Ramsay, saying he would rather kill himself than work with the "sad bastard" again. "If I never speak to that guy again for the rest of my life, it wouldn't bother me one bit. Wouldn't give a f***."

Wareing had worked at Pétrus, with Ramsay's backing, since 2003, but in May last year he announced he was to leave in September to run his eponymous restaurant at the Berkeley hotel, while Ramsay held onto the Pétrus name and its extensive wine cellar.

But in an interview with the Sunday Times yesterday, Wareing admitted he felt he was more to blame for the rupture than his mentor Ramsay.

But he admitted he felt freer now with "no political battles to fight" or anger inside, even saying he missed Ramsay's friendship.

Wareing first met Ramsay at Le Gavroche, and when Ramsay launched Aubergine in 1993, he persuaded Wareing to come and work with him; in 1999, with Ramsay's backing, Wareing launched Pétrus.

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