Gordon Ramsay looks to be involved in his own “kitchen nightmare”, as his new “authentic Asian” restaurant has become embroiled in a row over cultural appropriation.
The notoriously brazen chef is preparing to launch Lucky Cat in Mayfair, London, with a website that describes it as “an authentic Asian eating house and vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East”.
To spread word of his latest venture, Ramsay held a launch event this week during which he invited numerous chefs, journalists, restauranteurs and celebrities to review the restaurant.
Sadly for Ramsay, the event didn’t go as smoothly as he had hoped. One of the food writers who attended, Angela Hui, observed that she was “the only East Asian person in a room full of 30-40 journalists and chefs”.
Taking to her Instagram story, Hui kept her followers up to date throughout the event, saying at one point that she could only “drink through the pain that this is an ‘Asian’ event”, adding:
Japanese? Chinese? It’s all Asian, who cares.
Hui decided to confront Chef Ramsay about her issues with the launch event, and she wasn’t happy with how Gordon responded.
The food writer claims that Ramsay said that the head chef of the restaurant, Ben Orpwood, was “more qualified and experienced than me in this field” and that “he’s done the research, having traveled back and forth to South Asia for many months”.
Needless to say Gordon Ramsay saw things very differently and was quick to share his side of the story.
Ramsay took to Instagram to write his response, saying:
Despite the very positive feedback from guests, there was one offensive response from the night, which I have to call out.
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.