World-famous chef Gordon Ramsay is known for more than just his grumpy tantrums and harsh, tear-inducing put-downs. The celebrity has also put his name to many restaurants all over the globe, bringing a very British touch to foreign lands, and bagging a few Michelin stars along the way (seven currently). Although there was once a hefty number of places (and stars) under his belt, many of the restaurants were forced to close when the chef ran into some difficulties in 2010. However, he still holds on to a healthy collection of restaurants in his home city of London, as well as the US, the Middle East, and Europe. Of these, here’s BUCKiTDREAM’s top picks – just in case you were planning a Gordon Ramsay world tour…
- Dine Amongst London’s Rich and Famous at Savoy GrillOriginally opened in 1889 by Auguste Escoffier (known as the world’s first celebrity chef), the hotel earned its first Michelin star in 2003 when the Gordon Ramsay Group took over, with Marcus Wareing as Chef Patron. The place has since lost its star (still a sore point with Gordon), but it’s still well worth a visit. The room is bursting with memories, having served many a famous face over the years – from Winston Churchill to Oscar Wilde to Marilyn Monroe. And even today, the table plan stays exactly the same to ensure all this rich history is not lost. The place still remains a celeb haunt – don’t be surprised if you bump into Pippa Middleton or George and Amal Clooney while you’re here.
- Get a Taste of London in Dubai at Bread Street KitchenLocated on the world-famous Palm Jumeirah strip (that crazy palm-tree shaped island), the restaurant brings cool London warehouse-y vibes to the Far East. To fit its look, the menu is all about classic British dishes, with ‘Pie Night’ every Tuesday and ‘Wellington Night’ on Wednesdays. Because what else do you feel like eating in 100-degree heat?!
- Indulge in a Michelin-Starred French Feast at Gordon Ramsay Au Trianon in Château de VersaillesOver in France you’ll find this fine dining restaurant in the 100-year-old A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, set in a seven-acre park just a stone’s throw from the magical Château de Versailles. If you can, book up the Chef’s Table, which offers a front-row seat to watch the talented chefs at work. Signature dishes include the Roasted Veal Sweetbread and French Scallops Tartare. Oui please.
- Take in the Stunning Ocean Views from Gordon Ramsay at Forte Village Resort in ItalyYou’ll find this restaurant on the southwest coast of Sardinia at swanky resort Forte Village. On the A La Carte menu you’ll find delicate dishes made from fresh Mediterranean ingredients, such as Lobster Ravioli, which is ‘wrapped with lard’ – which would sound kinda gross, if it wasn’t sourced from the romantic-sounding Italian village of ‘Colonnata’. Other interesting stuff on the menu includes Red Onion Sorbet and Scallop Carpaccio. Die-hard Ramsay fans should also keep track of the resort’s Celebrity Chef Evenings, where the chef pops up from time to time to head up a themed meal under the starry night sky.
- Tuck into Classic British Grub in the Far East at Bread Street Kitchen & BarIn the centre of Hong Kong you’ll find a little slice of London, with a restaurant modeled on the original version in the UK capital. Here you might find homesick Brits tucking into fish and chips and roast dinners over the weekend. And, in true Brit style, there’s an add-on ‘Free-Flow’ drinks package if you wanna make a session of it.
- Check out the Famous Lobster at Gordon’s Fancy French Restaurant Le Pressoir D’ArgentIf you’ve got the dollar, Gordon has a top-notch place in the Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hôtel in Bordeaux, opened after the chef was forced to close a load of his international ventures in 2010. People come from far and wide to check out the rare Christofle solid silver lobster press, the restaurant’s namesake and centrepiece, which is one of only five in the world. So naturally, the signature dish is – lobster! Made ‘from the press’ and steamed with lemon leaf, corn, girolles, zucchini, coral and lemongrass bisque. Although it was a daring move for Gordon to open up a British restaurant in food-snobby Bordeaux, it sure paid off: the place picked up a Michelin star just four months after opening, and another one earlier this year. This means that Gordon is the first British chef to hold two stars in France – felicitations, Mr Ramsay!
- Tick the Ultimate One Off the List at the Flagship Restaurant Gordon RamsayHead to Chelsea, London to experience this three Michelin star restaurant at the heart of Gordon’s brand. Here you’ll find a mash-up of French and English-style cuisine, with dishes such as beef tartare, roast pigeon, and suckling pig, not forgetting the signature Poached Ravioli Of Lobster.
- Live the TV Show for Real at Hell’s Kitchen in Las VegasYes, after a lot of begging from fans of the show, Mr Ramsay has decided to open up a real life Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas. We hope to see lots of dramatics and hopefully a few appearances from the grumpy chef himself – but this is just our speculation, with little details of the restaurant available prior to its launch this winter! Watch this space!