Gordon Ramsay loses Claridge's hotel restaurant contract

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Gordon Ramsay loses Claridge's hotel restaurant contract
Gordon Ramsay loses Claridge's hotel restaurant contract

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has quit luxury London hotel Claridge's after running its restaurant for 12 years.

According to The Sun, the foul-mouthed chef, 46, withdrew from talks over a new deal to run Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and is understood to have become frustrated at the hotel taking too long.

Ramsay's contract will end on 30 June.

According to the Evening Standard, the 93 staff and head chef Luke Rayment were told on Thursday of the decision that marks the end of an era for the TV star.

Gordon won the contract in 2001 with his father-in-law and former business partner Chris Hutcheson in what was then a huge breakthrough for the relatively little-known chef.

A spokeswoman for Gordon Ramsay Holdings said: 'The time was right to move on.'

Claridge's general manager Thomas Kochs said: 'We thank Gordon and his team for the incredible dedication they have shown in making the restaurant such a success.

'We feel the time has come, however, for a new dining direction for Claridge's and we bid farewell to Gordon with best wishes.'

Ramsay is set to open his new Union Street Café venture in Borough, London this autumn.

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