Celeb chef to cook up com­fort food in Mon­treal

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - FOOD & WINE - ⁄ by Les­ley Ch­ester­man

MON­TREAL — Ex­tend­ing his grow­ing food em­pire into Canada, celebrity chef Gor­don Ramsay is tak­ing a bite at the Mon­treal res­tau­rant scene. He has taken up stakes in Ro­tis­serie Lau­rier BBQ, the Mon­treal Gazette has learned. With restau­rants in New York, Los An­ge­les and Florida, Ramsay, 44, al­ready has a foothold in North Amer­ica. Yet the un­pre­ten­tious, fam­ily-style eatery will be his first foray into the Cana­dian res­tau­rant scene.

Opened in 1936 and lo­cated on Lau­rier Av­enue, the cen­tral Mon­treal in­sti­tu­tion has long been fa­mous for its bar­be­cued chicken, chicken noo­dle soup, hot chicken sand­wiches and sugar pie.

As of next Fe­bru­ary it will be re­named Ro­tis­serie Lau­rier BBQ by Gor­don Ramsay, and the menu will in­clude the house clas­sics as well as sal­ads, sand­wiches, ribs and ham­burg­ers. Known for his ex­ple­tive-laced rants on cook­ing re­al­ity shows like Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, and Gor­don Ramsay’s Kitchen Night­mares, Ramsay most re­cently faced a whirl­wind of per­sonal prob­lems.

Yet de­spite cer­tain set­backs, Ramsay re­mains a bona fide su­per­star on the food scene and a suc­cess­ful restau­ra­teur, with Miche­lin-starred restau­rants in London as well as 12 Miche­lin stars to his name, sur­passed only by French chefs Joel Robu­chon and Alain Du­casse.

He’s also au­thored some 30 cook­books, con­sults all over the world, and has a line of cook­ware and counter-top ap­pli­ances.

— Postmedia News

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