The F Word

The dispute involving celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and a kiwi company will go to trial following discussions at the High Court in Auckland today.

Ramsay, known for appearing on TV shows such as Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen, is being sued by the Duco Events after failing to follow through with charity appearances to raise money for a sick kiwi girl.

David Higgins, director of Duco Events, is happy to see the case go to trial.

“I feel like we have a very strong case and I’ll see it right through to the end.” 

Ramsay pulled out of the events after his mother suffered a minor heart attack. He rescheduled for later in the year but pulled out again to take care of business matters in the UK.

The chef then offered to make a monetary donation to the charity.

The trial will take place in August.

Source: Stuff

TV chef Gordon Ramsay has had to pull the pin on a pair of charity dinners in New Zealand this year, staing matters beyond his control.

The star of the likes of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare’s and The F Word was due to make speaking appearances at special charity dinners in Wellington and Auckland later this month.

The dinners were in aid of young Matisse Reid who suffers from chronic intestinal obstruction and has to ingest her food via an intravenous drip.

Duco Events, who arranged the dinners, are threatening legal action against the British chef after they sold 2000 seats to the two events, hoping to raise $100,000 for Reid.

Duco director David Higgins was told the news by Ramsay’s lawyers on Tuesday this week, just days before the first dinner.

Mr Higgins told the Herald that the news was “devastating” and apologised to fans.

“We’d like to apologise to his New Zealand fans, despite the fact [the cancellation] is out of our control,” he said.

The cancelation is the second by Ramsay this year for the event, after postponing earlier in the year.

Source: NZHerald

Ramsay to bag million in deal

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will net millions of pounds in a deal which sees his production company One Potato Two Potato, which produces the likes of The F Word and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, sold to British production giant All3Media. Under the new conglomerate, Ramsay will look to build his presence in the US and will benefit from bigger distribution and licensing operations.

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7:30pm Saturday, June 5 on TV One

Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word returns to TV ONE tonight at 7.30pm, with an exciting new mission: the nationwide search for The F Word’s Best Local Restaurant.

The show celebrates the very best of Britain’s independent local restaurants, seeking out the highest quality food at affordable prices with the help of nominations from 10,000 restaurant go-ers across the country.

Ramsay says of the series, “for me this will be the most important series, because we’re looking for Britain’s best local restaurant. It’s about discovering talent that we, as a nation, didn’t quite realise we had.

“The last year has been a horrific time for the industry across the board. When you look how many restaurants have been closing in the past 18 months on the back of this recession, it’s a great shame. So we’re trying to discover the best local talent, and bring it into The F Word, kitchen where they’ll go up against each other. This isn’t about the top, fancy restaurants – these restaurants have to come in under �25-a-head.”

For Ramsay the biggest surprise has been the response from the public: “we asked people to nominate [their favourite restaurants] on the Channel 4 website and had 10,000 nominations for 4,500 restaurants. The response has been phenomenal. It’s incredibly positive. Narrowing them down and putting them up against each other has been a tough call, because the talents has been so overwhelming.”

Eighteen restaurants in nine different categories – Italian, Indian, French, Chinese, Spanish, Thai, The Americas, British, Rest of the World – have made it into the series. Each week, the top two face the challenge of cooking with Ramsay in The F Word restaurant for 50 paying diners. The best restaurants will compete for a place in the grand final, with the winning restaurant being crowned The F Word’s Best Local Restaurant 2010.

Joining Ramsay in his quest is culinary cruise missile, Janet Street-Porter. As well as helping him assess the nominated restaurants, Street-Porter faces her biggest challenge yet. In ‘Janet’s Mixed Grill’, she attempts to rear not one but three different meats for the chefs to cook in the series finale.

The much-loved recipe challenge returns and each week Ramsay challenges a celebrity to match him in the kitchen, preparing recipes of their choice that are then judged by a panel of blind-tasters.

Katie Price (Jordan) joins Ramsay in the first episode of the series which sees two Italian restaurants go head-to-head. Both face one of the biggest challenges of their lives as they prepare a three-course meal under Ramsay’s watchful eye.

TV chef Gordon Ramsay is making his way to New Zealand in June.

But rest assured he’s certainly not on the hunt for restaurant train-wrecks to fix up, he’s simply over for a series of swanky gala dinners in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The celebrity chef, famous for his reality shows Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen and The F Word, will deliver keynote speeches and hold a Q & A session to the assembled diners. Guests will also chow down on a three-course dinner and enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening.

Duco Events directors David Higgins and John McRae are excited to have lured the chef to the country. “We’re expecting a thrilling evening with Gordon Ramsay, and certainly an evening not to be missed,” said Higgins.

“Not knowing exactly what to expect from the man famous for his temper and scathing outbursts in the kitchen is half of the anticipation!”

The Ramsay evenings will be held between 22 – 24 June 2010.

The F Word Thursday 13 December, 9.30pm

Gordon Ramsay’s BAFTA-nominated food show The F Word continues with a fresh serving of mouth-watering food and recipe-based challenges, as the restaurant, F Word, opens its doors for another night.

Among tonight’s 50 diners are Girls Aloud, who reveal what they really think of their pop rivals, and comedy legend Ronnie Corbett, who takes on Ramsay in the recipe challenge. On the menu is a pan-roasted foie gras with rhubarb, butter-roasted rib-eye of beef, and summer berry soup with floating islands – and as always, if the diners don’t like the food, they don’t have to pay.
Tonight’s brigade of passionate chefs are four feisty amateur cooks from the Kent Fire Brigade. In this series the stakes are high – the best performing brigade will return to cook once more with Ramsay at his Mayfair restaurant, Claridges. Also, Gordon Ramsay’s baby lambs are about to arrive, but the Ramsay family have some painful lessons to learn when there’s trouble during the birth.

Reality show queen Sharon Osbourne shares some surgery secrets with Gordon Ramsay when she meets him at the F Word restaurant.

Saturday 23 December, 7.30pm TV One

In a video plea, Sharon’s husband Ozzy Osbourne begs Gordon to teach Sharon to cook; “Sharon happens to be the worst cook on the face of the earth,” he says. “Gordon, would you do me a big favour? I’m fed up with having takeaways delivered to my house. Teach her to cook lamb chops with mint sauce!” Gordon obliges by getting Sharon into the F Word kitchen to show her how to cook Ozzy’s favourite.

The programme also includes Gordon going head to head with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in a recipe challenge. Who will win – Gordon with a rich chocolate tart, or Hugh with chocolate truffle cake? It’s up to Sharon to decide which has the F factor.