Hell's Kitchen: Gordon Ramsay in Financial Trouble?
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
If recent reports are to be believed, then Gordon Ramsay has even more reasons to be angry this season.

As the new season of Hell's Kitchen debuts tomorrow at 9pm on Fox, a slew of newspaper reports have surfaced regarding the potty-mouth chef's supposed financial troubles.  The inimitable host of Hell's Kitchen, known for not mincing words in his kitchen, is reportedly feeling the effects of the global financial crisis as his restaurants have experienced a sharp decline in bookings.

Foxtrot Oscar, Ramsay's flagship restaurant in London is said to have been forced to close for a couple of days a week to deal with the decline, whereas his two other London restos are both for sale.

The Hell's Kitchen host is said to be spending too much time on his other pursuits, such as his Fox reality series, books, and other television appearances, that his main enterprise, his empire of restaurants, is falling by the wayside.  A former manager even suggested that he was extending himself too much to keep a close eye on his properties.

In addition, the Royal Bank of Scotland, which loaned Ramsay's Gordon Ramsay Holdings some $14 million eight months ago, is calling in the money due to the credit crunch, and Ramsay may have to use some of his own money just to keep the company solvent.  To make matters worse, he allegedly owes two years worth of back taxes to the British government.

According to The Mirror, after phoning some of Ramsay's restaurants, they were able to book a same day table for them, indicative of the change in climate in these places, which used to require at least a few day's notice in the past.  A spokesman for Gordon Ramsay Holdings denies these rumors and says that all is well. There just happen to be some last minute cancellations so same-day reservations are accommodated.

Catch the premiere of Hell's Kitchen tomorrow at 9pm on Fox.

- Glenn Paul Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Post Chronicle
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