‘Ex-mistress’ scoffs at wed­ding guru Gordon

‘Old flames’ make Ram­say, Harry and Otis’s ears burn!

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

AS A cel­e­brated chef known as much for his foul-mouthed out­bursts in the kitchen as his cook­ing, Gordon Ram­say hardly springs to mind as the ro­man­tic sort.

Yet it seems that the Kitchen Night­mares star is set­ting him­self up as a wed­ding plan­ner – much to the amuse­ment of the woman who claims to have been his mistress.

In a dra­matic change of di­rec­tion, his com­pany – called Wed­dings, Gordon Ram­say – will look af­ter every as­pect of a cou­ple’s big day, from the food to the venue, in­vi­ta­tions, decor and even en­ter­tain­ment. But some­one who has scoffed at the very idea of the mar­ried fa­ther of four in­ject­ing ro­mance into a happy cou­ple’s big day is Sarah Symonds, who de­scribes her­self as a ‘pro­fes­sional mistress’.

‘When I first heard Gordon had branched out into the wed­ding busi­ness I laughed out,’ the 46-year-old au­thor of Hav­ing An Af­fair? A Hand­book For The Other Woman tells me. ‘He would be the last per­son I’d take mar­riage ad­vice from.

‘But on re­flec­tion, it does make sense. Af­ter all, he has suc­cess­fully re­paired his mar­riage – af­ter a very public af­fair with me – and he has the per­fect ready-made as­sis­tant in his wife Tana, who has the ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to make mar­riages work. What­ever his fu­ture po­ten­tial clients do pay for their nup­tials, they can at least be as­sured that they will be guar­an­teed some good food. Mind you, will the next news be that John­stone-born Gordon is be­ing is or­dained to carry out the wed­dings per­son­ally?’ Gordon and Tana, his wife of 21 years, will no doubt plough on with their plans and dis­miss Sarah’s com­ments, as they did back in 2008 when she ini­tially claimed to have bed­ded Gordon. At the time the chef de­nied ev­ery­thing and la­belled Sarah a ‘slap­per’. The 50-year-old owns 14 restau­rants and last week col­lected a se­cond Miche­lin star for his Bordeaux restau­rant Le Pres­soir d’Ar­gent – the first Bri­tish chef to do so in France. He ap­plied to trade­mark the name Wed­dings, Gordon Ram­say with the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice last month. Ram­say, who also owns his own tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany, will even help with wed­ding videos. If some­thing goes wrong, I won­der if he’ll cen­sor the F-word?

clash: Sarah Symonds and fiery chief Gordon Ram­say, right

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