Ram­say’s restau­rant night­mare

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

CELEBRITY chef Gor­don Ram­say is clos­ing his flag­ship Maze restau­rant in the UK af­ter his firm slumped to a loss.

It comes as the fire­brand chef (right) an­nounced plans to open five out­lets in fast­grow­ing overseas mar­kets to stem the flow at his hold­ing com­pany Kavalake, which lost $6.8 mil­lion in the year to Au­gust 2017.

The com­pany owns ac­claimed Lon­don restau­rants Petrus, Savoy Grill and Bread Street Kitchen, but since 2012 it has made only one an­nual profit. Maze, in May­fair, opened its doors in 2005 and serves mod­ern Euro­pean food with an Asian twist.

De­spite win­ning early praise from crit­ics and the pub­lic, re­cent vis­i­tors have com­plained the venue lacks at­mos­phere. An­nual ac­counts pub­lished by Kavalake state that Maze, which is in the Mar­riott Ho­tel in Grosvenor Square, will shut next year.

Ram­say’s firm will re­place it with an as-yet un­named restau­rant at the same site.

The 51-year-old, who be­came the first Scot to win three Miche­lin stars in 2001, in­tends to open a Bread Street Kitchen in China this year and add four sites in North Amer­ica. It will in­clude a new con­cept called Hell’s Kitchen in Las Ve­gas, trad­ing off the name of the cook­ery TV show he hosts in the US.

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