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Gordon Ramsay protégée opens debut restaurant “Core by Clare Smyth” in London 

Image courtesy of Core by Clare Smyth’s official website.

Impressing Gordon Ramsay is something of a Herculean task (his reality cooking series isn’t called “Hell’s Kitchen” for nothing). Miraculously, it’s a task that Chef Clare Smyth has ticked off her list, having spent 11 years as the formidable chef’s protégée. It’s only natural, then, that someone of Smyth’s calibre would dream of something even bigger than being chef-patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. That dream has now been realized in the form of her very own restaurant: Core by Clare Smyth.

For Smyth, Core by Clare Smyth has been a long time coming. Since beginning her tenure as head chef at Ramsay’s London flagship in 2007, she had tirelessly maintained all three of her Michelin stars — a first for a female British chef. Smyth was also royally recognized for her talents when she was an awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2013.

Following her departure from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in late 2015, Smyth announced her plans to open her debut solo restaurant. Her highly anticipated restaurant — initially slated to launch in 2016 — finally opened its doors to the charming district of London’s Notting Hill on August 1.

For all the buzz it has been causing, London’s hottest new restaurant is surprisingly simple and relaxed in appearance. Core by Clare Smyth’s modern décor starkly contrasts with the historic Victorian building it is housed in, creating an elegant — and undeniably British — atmosphere. A natural colour palette of green, aubergine, milk, copper and burnished gold reflects Smyth’s emphasis on sustainable British produce; the restaurant serves fresh scallops from the Isle of Mull in Scotland, Colchester crabs and shrimps caught in England’s Morecambe Bay.

From a selection of 10 to 12 evolving dishes crafted by the meticulous Smyth, guests are given a choice of a three-course (£65), five-course (£80) or full tasting menu (£95). There’s also an equally impressive wine list: over 400 fine wines and champagnes, most of which are from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Northern Italy and California.

Besides the 54-seat restaurant (which has already been booked through October), Core by Clare Smyth features an 18-seater cocktail bar that serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Until an opportunity to fully immerse in the fine dining experience offered by one of the world’s most distinguished chefs presents itself, the bar will have to do.

Gordon Ramsay opening Hell’s Kitchen inspired restaurant at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay will be bringing his TV series “Hell’s Kitchen” to life in a sprawling new restaurant set to open at Caesars Palace Las Vegas this winter. The opening will mark a first for the long-running TV series, which airs in 41 countries around the world and is entering its 17th season.

When it opens later this year, Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will seat up to 300 guests both in indoor and outdoor patio spaces and feature a daily brunch, dinner and bar menu. To replicate the TV series, the menu will feature recipes from former cast members and Ramsay himself.

Fans of the show will recognize design elements based on the competitive cooking show that pits a blue team against a red team, and the open kitchen concept where all the action takes place. Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will mark Ramsay’s fifth Las Vegas eatery.

“Fans of the show have been asking us to bring a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant to life since day one, so I’m thrilled to finally be doing it here at Caesars Palace,” said Ramsay in a statement. “A key element of the show’s success has always been the diners’ experience, so we are excited for guests in Las Vegas to feel like they too are part of the show — flames and all.”

To commemorate the announcement, Ramsay ignited the 17-foot pitchfork which had been transported from the studio set, and placed in the center of Caesars’ iconic fountains.

Fat Duck Awarded Three Michelin Stars

Fat Duck Awarded Three Michelin Stars

The portly duck is back in action in London and reclaims its ranking in the 2017 edition of the Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland. We are of course talking about the famous Fat Duck restaurant by British chef Heston Blumenthal.

Having missed out on the previous year’s rating due to the renovation of his eatery, Blumenthal has now ensured that Fat Duck in Bray, west London, has retained its three-star rating. During its brief hiatus from London, the chef relocated the eatery to Melbourne, Australia; which in turn inspired the six-month pop-up Down Under.

Re-opening to much fanfare in fall 2015, the chef unveiled a new concept that was based on a multi-sensory menu inspired by his childhood. One innovation that seemed to catch the attention of the Michelin’s inspectors was the ticketing system that allowed foodies to reserve a table. This system has now become a trend, thanks to The Fat Duck. “Our inspectors had many meals here during the course of the year and found the restaurant invigorated, rejuvenated and unquestionably worthy of being re-awarded our highest accolade,” said Rebecca Burr, the Michelin Guide’s Great Britain and Ireland editor.

Other restaurants that were awarded three-star ratings include Gordon Ramsay, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and The Waterside Inn. Raby Hunt by chef James Close, was awarded a two-star rating while 17 new restaurants were included in the one-star category this year. Alongside the accolades for the restaurants and eateries, the firm also gave out new Michelin awards that honored outstanding personnel in the hotel and restaurant sector. Chef Clare Smyth, who previously helmed the Gordon Ramsay restaurant, won the Michelin Female Chef Award and is set to open her own establishment. The team from Peel’s restaurant at Hampton Manor was awarded the Michelin Welcome and Service Award.

Fat Duck Awarded Three Michelin Stars

Heston Blumenthal was one of the iconic chefs of 2015. © AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

5 Top Chefs Who Started in France

In its second year running, French cuisine will be celebrated the world over. It will bring over 1,500 chefs from five continents as they whip up some of France’s best cuisine while showcasing its gastronomic traditions. The chefs will be dishing up a traditional French menu with courses such as aperitif, starter, main course, cheese and dessert, accompanied by fine French wines. Before we join in the celebrations with the rest of the world on March 21, we thought we would take a look at five of the world’s top chefs who picked up the tools of the trade in France.

David Bouley

A big name in New York City’s French food scene, American chef Bouley is on of the most respected chefs in the city’s French food scene. Inspired by his visits to France and Europe, the chef has fashioned his own take on contemporary French food. His flagship restaurant Bouley, in the hip TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City (USA), has even been crowned with a Michelin star. The chef studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and worked alongside legendary masters of French cuisine like Paul Bocuse and Gaston Lenôtre.

Gordon Ramsay

The Scottish chef and media personality has united age-old rivals Britain and France in his own culinary entente cordiale. It’s certainly no coincidence that the charismatic chef heads up some of the finest restaurants in the land of frogs’ legs and snails (the Trianon Palace in Versailles, Le Pressoir d’Argent in Bordeaux). After giving up an early career as a footballer, Gordon Ramsay set about learning the secrets of French cuisine under industry heavyweight Albert Roux at Le Gavroche in London. The Scottish chef then completed his training in France, working with Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon.

Chef Gordon Ramsey

Chef Gordon Ramsey

Thomas Keller

This American chef has always been a Francophile foodie. He serves up fine fare at his flagship restaurant in California, called The French Laundry, and his New York restaurant Per Se is recognized as one of the best in the world, coming second in “La Liste,” the French Foreign Ministry’s response to the London-based “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, unveiled last December. He’s the only American chef to hold three-star Michelin ratings for different restaurants simultaneously, placing him in the same league as Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon. Keller went to work in France in 1983, learning his trade in various high-end establishments, including Guy Savoy and Taillevent. The chef was even awarded France’s Legion of Honor (Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur) and was chief consultant on Pixar’s animated movie “Ratatouille.”

Chef Thomas Keller

Chef Thomas Keller


André Chiang

This Taiwanese chef is on his way to becoming a global restauranteur, building the foundations of an international gastronomic empire. He has a particularly close relationship with France after learning his skills under the Pourcel twins – Jacques and Laurent – at their Michelin-starred Montpellier restaurant Le Jardin des Sens. André Chiang first learned to cook alongside his mother before heading to France to discover the secrets of the country’s cuisine. He ended up staying for 15 years, with stints working under Pierre Gagnaire and Joël Robuchon. Today, he’s considered one of the best chefs in the world, particularly for his André restaurant in Singapore.

Chef André Chiang

Chef André Chiang

Shuzo Kishida
Shuzo Kishida is one of a new generation of Japanese chefs learning their trade in France and keeping close ties with the country. Born in the region of Chubu, on the south coast of Honshu island, the chef learned the basics of French cuisine in 1993, working in French restaurant La Mer in a Japanese hotel. Before heading to France, he also did a stint at KM in Tokyo’s famous Shibuya district. After moving 10,000km away from his native Japan, Shuzo Kishida racked up experience in one Michelin-starred restaurant after another, before settling down to a longer spell at L’Astrance under Pascal Barbot. By 2004, he had worked his way up to sous-chef — the second in command — at the triple Michelin-starred establishment. In November 2005, he returned to Japan, maintaining the culinary skills and traditions picked up at L’Astrance to open Quintessence, a restaurant that would take him even further along the road to success with his own three-star Michelin rating.

Chef Shuzo Kishida

Chef Shuzo Kishida

The full list of restaurants participating in Goût de France/Good France on March 21 is available at www.goodfrance.com. To take part in the event, food lovers can simply make a booking directly at the restaurant of their choice.

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Gordon Ramsay to open new restaurant in Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Celebrity chef  is expanding his restaurant empire in the US with the opening of another British pub in Atlantic City.

After locations in Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles, Ramsay has announced plans to open an outpost of his Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Atlantic City, where guests will nosh on traditional British fare like bangers and mash and fish and chips from the Michelin-starred chef.


The restaurant will be designed to reflect the pub’s British heritage with decor inspired by London’s iconic red telephone booths and a bar featuring 30 beers on tap.

The eatery will seat 250 diners and is scheduled to open in early 2015.

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Gordon Ramsay to expand restaurant empire into Asia

chef Gordon Ramsay

 has announced major expansion plans into Asia that will begin with the opening of his first restaurant in Hong Kong by this fall.

The entry into Asia will mark a major expansion for the Gordon Ramsay Group, which already counts 24 restaurants across Europe, the US and the Middle East and collectively boast seven Michelin stars.

Ramsay will plant his first restaurant flag in Hong Kong with an outpost of his British European-themed eatery Bread Street Kitchen that will mirror its London counterpart. Scheduled to open in September, the site will feature a warehouse-style design that mixes vintage and contemporary furnishings.

Bread Street Kitchen

The food philosophy at Bread Street Kitchen is to use seasonal, local produce in dishes like roasted cod with crushed potatoes, artichoke and salted capers, and spiced braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes, baby onions and orange gremolata.

Talks are also in the works to open restaurants in Singapore and Macau.

When Ramsay opens his restaurant in Hong Kong, he’ll compete against Jamie Oliver, who already has a restaurant in Singapore and is poised to open his Hong Kong outpost of Jamie’s Italian this summer.

Ramsay and Beckham opening a Vegas restaurant?

David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

Update: David Beckham’s rep has confirmed to E! News that news of him opening a restaurant with Gordon Ramsay is not true.

Newly retired soccer superstar, David Beckham, revealed his plans to team up with the acerbic chef Gordon Ramsay to open up a sports bar and grill in Las Vegas.

According to The Sun, hotelier and business tycoon Steve Wynn, who owns the Wynn Las Vegas, is wooing the pair to help him open a sports bar and grill along the strip.

And while the city is already saturated with restaurants, including a trio of Ramsay-branded eateries including BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas hotel, and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Wynn is hoping the complementary star power of one of the world’s biggest soccer players combined with Ramsay’s international fame as a chef will help bring in foot traffic, says the Sun.

The timing is likewise ideal, points out the paper, given Beckham’s plans to retire.

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Gordon Ramsay leaving Claridge’s in London

Gordon Ramsay at Claridges

After a 12-year run, Gordon Ramsay is packing up his knives and leaving the kitchens of luxury London hotel Claridge’s.

According to Caterer and HotelkeeperGordon Ramsay at Claridge’s will close June 30, after Ramsay and the hotel owners failed to agree on a long-term contract.

After a falling out with head chef Mark Sargeant, who helped the fine dining eatery gain a Michelin star, the hotel restaurant subsequently lost its standing following his departure in 2009 and has since been criticized for delivering lackluster dishes at exorbitant prices by restaurant guide Harden’s in the UK.

It’s the latest setback for Ramsay’s restaurant empire, particularly in London, where he’s also vacated the kitchens of hotels such as The Berkeley and The Connaught.

The restaurants are now occupied by Marcus Wareing and Hélène Darroze, respectively, points out Caterer and Hospitality.

Meanwhile, as is the pattern with Ramsay, where one restaurant closes, another one opens, as he plans to open another restaurant in London with BFF and soccer star David Beckham in September.

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Gordon Ramsay is back with ‘Hotel Hell’

Gordon Ramsay Hotel Hell

In a new series starting on August 13, Gordon Ramsay will be trying to fix poorly run hotels and uncomfortable bed-and-breakfasts to leave them in better shape for customers using his uncompromising boot camp technique.

Hotel Hell is created and hosted by the Scottish chef and will be broadcasted by Fox in the US on Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT.

Ramsay will be visiting hotels in cities in the US such as San Diego, Coeur D’Alene, Cambridge, Milford and Windsor for his new TV show.
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British chef Ramsay opens Las Vegas restaurant

chef Gordon Ramsay

The British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has opened up a new restaurant at a casino hotel in Las Vegas, his first in the US gambling hub.

Multiple Michelin star holder Ramsay joins several famous rivals, including Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire, who have eateries in Las Vegas.

Gordon Ramsay brought his unique style and culinary flair to Las Vegas with the opening Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas,” said a statement.
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Top 10 chefs to follow on Twitter


Bon Appetit magazine has released a list of the top 10 chefs to follow on Twitter following a story on how Twitter is narrowing the gap between chefs and their diners.

Fans are tweeting to chefs directly, with some soliciting chef secrets for the best marinara sauce, some taking their beefs online for the Twittersphere to see, and others still hoping for a virtual shoutout and a mention on Twitter with their handle.

Chefs, meanwhile, like Chris Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco, are posting Twitter-only specials for their regulars.
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The Wolseley

Zagat’s Picks for the Top Restaurants in London

The Wolseley

The most popular restaurant in London as chosen by Zagat readers is a grandiose café-restaurant with towering pillars and sweeping archways that was formerly a car showroom and now serves high tea and coq au vin.

The 2012 London Restaurants Survey includes the ratings and reviews of 1,187 restaurants in Greater London as voted on by 5,497 local diners.

Of the 1,397 reviews posted for The Wolseley, 84 percent of diners said they liked their experience, making the west-end eatery the most popular among Zagat readers according to the latest survey released Wednesday.
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Pubs honoured in 100th British Michelin guide

Michelin Guide UK Ireland 2011

The Michelin restaurant guide for Great Britain and Ireland celebrated its 100th birthday Tuesday by highlighting the culinary excellence of the country’s “gastro-pubs”, or pubs with fine food.

French female chef Helene Darroze (below) gained two stars in the 2011 edition of the famed foodies’ guide, less than a year after she lost a second star in Paris.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay kept his prized three stars, as did fellow Briton Heston Blumenthal and Frenchmen Alain Roux and Alain Ducasse.
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Beckham’s bulldog has luxurious flight to LA

According to The Daily Mail, David Beckham has allegedly spent £2,000 ($3,300) flying his pet bulldog puppy to Los Angeles.

The British Bulldog puppy was a gift from Victoria and was put on a plane – first-class of course – and flown out to their LA home by a specialist service.

The Beckham’s used the UK’s premier pet transportation company, PetAir, for the 5,500-mile journey which reportedly begun with a slap-up meal at the home of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
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Britain gets fourth Michelin three-starred restaurant

Britain got its fourth three-star Michelin restaurant on Friday as French chef Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at The Dorchester Hotel earned the rare top ranking.

Ducasse joins Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Alain Roux in the three-star elite club in the 2010 Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland.
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