Gordon Ramsay is looking for properties in which to open pubs serving decent food.
That's the word from his father-in-law and Chief Executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Chris Hutcheson.
Hutcheson was quoted in the Independent as saying Ramsay is turning his attentions away from opening more restaurants to add to his current ninestrong UK estate, which holds a total of seven Michelin stars. Instead, Hutcheson said Ramsay is looking for country inns to open as food-serving pubs, stating, "I don't mean gastropubs – I mean good food."
A Ramsay spokesperson confirmed that he was "sussing out properties". "I don't know if it's going to happen this year or next, but it's definitely going ahead."
Ramsay will be in good company, with other celebrity chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White, Jean- Christophe Novelli and Claude Bosi all trying their hand at the pub trade.