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Gordon Ramsay to expand restaurant empire to Asia

by AFP/RelaxNews

AFP/RelaxNews - 16 June 2014 10:40 AM | Updated 10 Sep 2014

Gordon Ramsay to expand restaurant empire to Asia

Gordon Ramsay cooking hawker food at the Hawker Heroes Challenge in 2013 | Photo: HungryGoWhere

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has announced major expansion plans into Asia that will begin with the opening of his first restaurant in Hong Kong by this quarter.

The entry into Asia will mark a major expansion for the Gordon Ramsay Group, which already counts 24 restaurants across Europe, the US and the Middle East and collectively boast seven Michelin stars.

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Gordon Ramsay serving a bowl of laksa for the 2013 HungryGoWhere-backed cook-off | Photo

Ramsay will plant his first restaurant flag in Hong Kong with an outpost of his British European-themed eatery Bread Street Kitchen that will mirror its London counterpart. Scheduled to open in September 2014, the Hong Kong site will feature a warehouse-style design that mixes vintage and contemporary furnishings.

The food philosophy at Bread Street Kitchen is to use seasonal, local produce in dishes such as roasted cod with crushed potatoes, artichoke and salted capers, and spiced braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes, baby onions and orange gremolata.

The Masterchef chef will be opening in Singapore in 2015. Talks are also in the works to open in Macau.

When Ramsay opens his restaurant in Hong Kong, he'll expand the British culinary footprint in the region and compete against Jamie Oliver, who already has a restaurant in Singapore and is poised to open his Hong Kong outpost of Jamie's Italian this summer.

Ramsay was in Singapore in July 2013 to compete in a cook-off with Singapore's top hawkers. Ramsay lost the challenge.