Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Back in Your Kitchen, Gordon; Losing Flavour: Gordon Ramsay, Seen with Wife Tana, Retained Only One of the Three Awards He Has Won Annually since 2000

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Back in Your Kitchen, Gordon; Losing Flavour: Gordon Ramsay, Seen with Wife Tana, Retained Only One of the Three Awards He Has Won Annually since 2000

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Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK

GORDON RAMSAY'S dominance of the London restaurant scene could finallybe crumbling, a respected restaurant guide has claimed.

For seven years, his eponymous dining room in Chelsea has scooped the top threeawards in a poll of thousands of diners for restaurant guide Harden's.

But now Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has lost two of its crowns to rivalestablishments, although one went to a restaurant within his group run by aformer protege.

Experts believe the 40-year-old chef has taken his eye off the ball because heis spending so much time on television and in New York, where he opened arestaurant last year.

The 17th edition of Harden's London Restaurants, published today, is based onthe votes of more than 8,000 regular diners.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Royal Hospital Road had won the highest foodrating, highest overall rating and top gastronomic experience award every yearsince 2000. But this year it has retained only the title of top gastronomicexperience.

Chez Bruce in Wandsworth won the award for best food. Petrus in Knightsbridgepart of the Gordon Ramsay Group and run by chef patron Marcus Wareing, who wastrained by Ramsaywas given the highest overall rating, based on food, ambience and service.

Peter Harden, co-editor of the guide, said: "For 11 years, Gordon Ramsay hasbeen acknowledged as the best chef in London but we now have to questionwhether that is still the case.

Yes, he has still won the top gastronomic experience nomination, but he hasbeen beaten for the first time on food. None of his other restaurants shine andhis US opening was received with a massive yawn by New Yorkers.

"His whole reputation is based on the rock-solid performance of Royal HospitalRoad which, until now, bestrode London like a colossus.

This has always disarmed criticism that he is spreading himself too thin. Hecould always say his flagship restaurant was head and shoulders aboveeverything else . It is now merely first among equals.

"It tends to be that people don't dip down and come back up again.

Maybe he has enough talent to do that but our survey suggests he may have runout of steam. …

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