It apparently took two years of negotiations, but Gordon Ramsay has finally secured the site of the former Aubergine, the Chelsea restaurant where the then 20-something chef won his first two Michelin stars. The London Evening Standard reports that the British chef plans to rename the restaurant — currently called 11 Park Walk — when it reopens in August. The overtly nostalgic move seems to be the chef's latest display of a softer side: In the last year, we've seen him working with kids, cooking with kids' television characters, telling awful holiday jokes, and even tapping into his emotional wellspring by shedding some tears.
Ramsay purists should be comforted, however, by the fact that the chef plans to enshrine Aubergine's famous reservations book — which the chef himself stole as part of a notorious PR stunt designed to derail the career of mentor Marco Pierre White — in a prominent glass display case. Thank goodness for that.
Gordon Ramsay forks out £1.2million for Chelsea restaurant where his career started [London Evening Standard]