High-profile chef Gordon Ramsay has acquired the former site of Aubergine, the restaurant where he began his career and won his first two Michelin stars, for c£1.2m.
A spokeswoman for the chef told M&C Report that as yet to firm plans have been made for the 60-cover restaurant at 11 Park Walk, which was acquired from the London Fine Dining Company, but that the company hoped to re-open it by August.
She said: “As you can imagine there was a huge emotional pull for Gordon regarding this site and when it became available he moved quickly to secure it. We as yet know whether this will be a completely new offer or based on something that the group has already launched.”
Ramsay was 26 when he arrived at the restaurant following an introduction by Marco Pierre White to owners Claudio Pulze, Franco Zanelleto and Guiliano Lotto.
He told Evening Standard: “It will be 21 years this October since I started. I remember walking through the doors for the first time with Claudio and Marco and I thought, “Wow”. But the food was dreadful. After I got dropped off at home, I walked back and sat outside until 4am, imagining what it would be like. We had a £10,000 budget and on the first day, our only outside line was an old phone you had to put the money into. We had to finish crème brûlées on pilot lights and we had to go begging to The Canteen [a restaurant in Chelsea Harbour] to send lemon tarts over.”