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Is Gordon Ramsay's newest London restaurant a 'real-life kitchen nightmare'?

At a preview last week, a food writer called the restaurant more of a seedy nightclub rather than an Asian eating house.

Updated: Apr 15, 2019, 07.04 PM IST
The celebrity chef's restaurant is inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East.
LONDON: Multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay's newest London restaurant has become embroiled in a row over alleged cultural appropriation after an Asian food critic accused him of tokenism, the media reported on Monday.

Ramsey's restaurant group is preparing to launch 'Lucky Cat', which promotional material describes as "an authentic Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East" later this year, reports CNN.

But at a preview night last week, food writer Angela Hui claimed "it was nothing if not a real life Ramsay kitchen nightmare".

Writing on Eater website, Hui said she was "the only east Asian person in a room full of 30-40 journalists and chefs" and that the setting was "more seedy nightclub than Asian eating house".

In a series of scathing accompanying posts made to Instagram, the screengrabs of which were embedded in the review, Hui said she could only "drink through the pain that is this an "Asian' event".

In another she added, "Japanese? Chinese? It's all Asian who cares".

Ramsay hit back at the review in an Instagram post, saying that "despite the very positive feedback from guests" he had to call out "one offensive response from the night".

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This week Gordon Ramsay Restaurants hosted a preview night for our new concept Lucky Cat, an Asian Eating House, set to launch in the heart of Mayfair. It was a warm, buzzing and brilliant night to celebrate what has been a long-time vision for me. Despite the very positive feedback from guests, there was, regrettably, one offensive response from the night which I have to call out. In the 21 years that I have been running restaurants I have had my fair share of reviews - good and bad. Critics and reviewers have an important job to do, and it’s important that they are independent and have freedom of speech. However, the slew of derogatory and offensive social media posts that appeared on Angela Hui’s social channels, were not professional. It is fine to not like my food, but prejudice and insults are not welcome, and Ms Hui’s comments around my Executive Chef and his wife, calling her a “token Asian wife”, were personal and hugely disrespectful. Gordon Ramsay Restaurants do not discriminate based on gender, race or beliefs and we don’t expect anyone else to. I may not agree with all reviews, but if someone is going to be critical, then I expect them to be professional and have some integrity.

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He went on to accuse Hui of being unprofessional for publishing a "slew of derogatory and offensive social media posts" in her social channels.

"It is fine to not like my food, but prejudice and insults are not welcome," the celebrity chef added.

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