Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marcus Puts Knife into Ramsay

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marcus Puts Knife into Ramsay

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Byline: FELIX ALLEN

CHEF Marcus Wareing today attacked his former mentor Gordon Ramsay as he left him trailing in a list of the world's best restaurants.

Wareing, whose Berkeley Hotel restaurant was honoured with a "breakthrough" award, said modern chefs would only be successful if they cook in their own kitchen.

It came as Ramsay's flagship Chelsea restaurant dropped out of the influential worldwide "top 50" for the first time. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, once rated second in the Restaurant magazine poll and 13th last year, did not even make the top 100 in the longlist for 2009.

Former protege Marcus Wareing, who was placed 52nd, appeared to suggest that Ramsay's focus on forging an international television career and business empire had cost him his place in the rankings.

He said: "In today's world a chef is only going to be successful if he's in the kitchen. People want more than a name.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be here.

We've only been up and running for six months so to be just there on the edge of the top 50 is great for me and my team. Gordon's not in the top 100 but I don't feel sorry for him at all." Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley took over the site of the Ramsay-owned Petrus following head chef Wareing's acrimonious split from Ramsay after 19 years working together.

The news capped a bad week for the fiery chef after it was revealed his Chelsea bistro Foxtrot Oscar and three London gastropubs serve "ready meals" such as boil-in-the-bag coq au vin prepared at a central kitchen in Clapham..

Ramsay's spokesman said later: "Gordon takes all these surveys with a pinch of salt. Gordon regards his thousands of customers as his most valued critics.

They are his judge and jury." Ramsay may not have attended last night's awards but he was spotted in his chef's whites during a brief tour of his restaurants yesterday. …

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