Ramsay's High Hopes for Heathrow

By Alan Lodge

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Ramsay's High Hopes for Heathrow

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Celebrity chef wants new £2million venture to be the the first Michelin-starred airport restaurant in the world.

GORDON Ramsay hopes to join the smile-high club with his new Heathrow Airport restaurant.

The celebrity chef wants the £2million venture to be the first Michelin-starred airport restaurant in the world.

Plane Food, with 180-seats and decorated with shapes linked to flying, is due to open in the new terminal five in March 2008 with exciting views across the runway.

The new £4.3billion terminal is is set to handle more than 30 million passengers a year and Ramsay hopes to cash in on the high-fliers among them passing through.

Ramsay said: "I intend to create a menu and dining experience that matches that enthusiasm in what will be one of the most stunning venues for a restaurant anywhere in the world."

Airport operators BAA hope Ramsay`s name will prove a big draw for well-heeled travellers.

His restaurant was the first signing for the state-of-the-art terminal.

Ramsay was offered a 10-year contract instead of the standard five for the latest addition to his business empire.

He will also make lower payouts to the operators than most other shops and restaurants.

BAA retail spokesman Nick Ziebland said: "I am rather hoping commercially important passengers will sit there, rich, comfortable and slightly bored and say, `Let`s go and eat out`."

The terminal, to be used exclusively by British Airways, will house luxurious departure lounges and business centres.

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