Someone Sabotaged Gordon Ramsay’s New Restaurant Opening by Blocking Reservations

Gordon Ramsay opened to an (almost) empty house at his new restaurant, and thinks a rival is behind it

If Ramsay’s bad guy is unmasked, will he say, “and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling lawyers”?

Gordon Ramsay definitely doesn’t lack for enemies (he’s been sued by former business partners twice in the past year alone), but this is taking it to a whole new level. Ramsay reported in an interview with British TV host Jonathan Ross that he believes he is the victim of a rival chef’s sabotage. He recently opened up Heddon Street Kitchen in Mayfair to what was supposed to be a full house, and only a third of the diners who made reservations showed up.

Ramsay attributes the sparse, 40-person seating to someone who booked most of the reservations themselves, and said in the interview that it shows “the level of envy” in the competitive restaurant scene and said “It’s bad spirit and you see the staff and they are down and frustrated, I was there to pick them up and make sure we stay focused.”

Ramsay would not reveal the identity (confirmed or suspected) of the culprit, but said that he and his team will be contacting each of the diners who supposedly made reservations on opening night.


The restaurant opened earlier this month and features a “relaxed, modern European menu,” that’s perfect for a causal meal any time of day. 

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi