British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay got a taste of his own medicine when an Asian food writer lambasted his new Asian restaurant in London — and naturally, he wasn't too pleased.
Ramsay, known for his fiery temper and stinging insults on culinary shows like "Hell's Kitchen," called out Eater London's Angela Hui in a long Instagram post for what he perceived were unnecessary attacks made during a preview of Lucky Cat — a restaurant Ramsay described as an "authentic Asian Eating House and lounge, inspired by 1930s Tokyo."
"Critics and reviewers have an important job to do, and it's important that they are independent and have freedom of speech," Ramsay wrote. "However, the slew of derogatory and offensive social media posts that appeared on Angela Hui's social channels were not professional."
Last Wednesday, Ramsay and the restaurant's head chef, Benjamin Orpwood, hosted a preview event in London to highlight Lucky Cat's menu. Hui, who was among those in attendance, was not too impressed and criticized the atmosphere in multiple Instagram stories, which she included in a scathing piece she wrote for Eater London the following day.
According to Hui, Ramsay and Orpwood held the pop-up dinner in a "futuristic-looking, plain, white event space called Ice Tank in Soho, which felt more seedy nightclub than Asian eating house." She was reportedly the only East Asian person in a room of up to 40 journalists and chefs. In one of her stories, she is seen drinking a glass of wine with a sarcastic caption underneath.
"I can only drink thru the pain that [this is] an 'asian' event," she wrote.
In another story, Orpwood is seen explaining one of the courses at the event — smoked duck breast with plumb — and, according to Hui, says that he and his staff cooked the duck "super slowly on the barbecue grill," used "the classic Chinese combination of plums and duck," and created a plum sauce made from "a Japanese variety and a sour plum called umeboshi."
Unimpressed, Hui wrote, "Japanese? Chinese? It's all asian who cares."
In his own post, Ramsay alleged that Hui also took shots at Orpwood's partner by calling her a "token Asian wife."
"Gordon Ramsay Restaurants do not discriminate based on gender, race or beliefs and we don't expect anyone else to," he wrote. "I may not agree with all reviews, but if someone is going to be critical, then I expect them to be professional and have some integrity."
Ramsay's post drew mixed responses from fellow Instagram users, many of whom accused him and his new restaurant of cultural appropriation.
"And here we are, an astounding example of a person in power silencing a [woman of color's] lived experience of racism," one wrote in response. "To disregard her uncomfortable-ness at the othering she felt at the event, not top mention the absolute lack of care the menu showed to the multiplicity in Asian cooking."
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Others accused Ramsay of being hypocritical, given his tendency to lash out at others on-air.
"Hilarious that someone who spends all day trashing other people's cooking and restaurants cannot take an actual fair critique," one user posted. "I didn't even have to be there to tell your concept has major flaws, but sure go ahead and cry some more Gordon."
Still, Ramsay had several supporters who called Hui out for not properly critiquing the food and, instead, harping on about the event space.
"Her job is to review the food not the [chef's] family," one woman wrote. "I hope your chef and his wife aren't too distressed by her complete inability to act as a respectful human being."
Lucky Cat will replace Ramsay's old restaurant, Maze, which served French and Asian cuisine.