GORDON Ramsay has been forced to postpone the opening of his new Paris restaurant as he looks to avoid the mistakes that plagued his New York opening in 2006.
Ramsay hopes the new venue will help establish him in the world`s culinary capital, but the savage roasting he received from New York critics remains fresh in the mind and he is wary about making the same mistakes again.
The 41-year-old said his Paris restaurant was the "big one". The venue is his personal answer to the humiliation he suffered during three years an apprentice in the city while in his 20s.
He had planned to open his fine dining room at the five-star Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles on January 1 – but the date has now been put back three months.
A brasserie which was due to begin serving this week has also been delayed.
A statement from Ramsay`s publicist said: "We don`t have a precise date yet for the opening of the brasserie.
"The fine dining restaurant looks set to be open by the end of March and Gordon will, of course, be there."
Ramsay has previously said it was his ambition to return in triumph, and show the French the best in British food, hence his determination to ensure everything is perfect before opening.
"It`s personal and I can`t wait for my first-ever launch in Paris," he said.
"In my training, I got my [butt] kicked there for three years.
"Now I`m looking forward to telling them what to do. Paris is a big one for me.
"I`m scared of nothing – half the French chefs in Britain wouldn`t survive in France."
Ramsay runs restaurants in London, America, Dubai, Tokyo, Dublin and Prague. Between them they hold 12 Michelin stars.