Article by Sophie Cockerham
He’s one of the country’s most famed chefs, with an army of fans across the world thanks to his straight-talking style.
But even the most loyal of Gordon Ramsay’s followers may raise an eyebrow at the foul-mouthed Hell’s Kitchen star after learning he is charging an eye-watering sum for Christmas dinner at one of his restaurants.
Gordon, 56, is asking punters to fork out a whopping £275 for the seven-course menu, which will be available in his eatery at London’s Savoy Hotel – and that doesn’t even include a drink.
After scanning the wine menu, the total bill per head after one small glass of white wine could amount to a staggering £330.
But while the food may be pricey at the restaurant – which counts Winston Churchill, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe as past customers – it certainly sounds delicious… and very fancy.
Diners will firstly tuck into a selection of canapés, followed by Jerusalem artichoke velouté with périgord truffle, and then lobster and shellfish cocktail with Bois Boudran and smoked avocado.
After a round of chicken liver and foie gras parfait, they will next get a choice of roast turkey, beef wellington, Dover sole or wild mushroom linguine.
If their belts aren’t straining too much, guests will then be offered Port soaked Cashel Blue cheese with cherry sourdough bread, “Kir royale”, and finish off with Traditional Christmas pudding or chestnut Mont Blanc for dessert.
If £275 is a bit out of your budget, then have no fear – for Gordon is also offering another festive feast for a measly £150 at another of his restaurants.
At Bar & Grill, which is situated in swanky London neighbourhood Mayfair, diners can enjoy a four-course menu, which includes offerings such as goats cheese sable and spiced pear canapes, and a smoked salmon and crab roulade starter with watercress mayonnaise and Keta “Caviar”.
They can then tuck into courses like roast and braised venison, accompanied by red cabbage, parsnip puree, chestnuts and red wine; and a dessert of chocolate marquis, After Eight mints and mint choc chip sorbet.
Gordon’s reputation obviously speaks for itself, and there are plenty of people who will pay the big bucks to sample his food.
But the Kitchen Nightmares presenter has already ruffled a few feathers this year by setting the price at a gobsmacking £400 per person for his New Year’s Eve menu at his three-Michelin starred establishment Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which is located in Chelsea, London.
Again, this doesn’t include drinks, and the inclusion of a wine pairing will set customers back almost £700 per head.
As they spotted the price on Facebook, one person wrote: “I’d rather have a home cooked Christmas dinner charging that amount of money per head is way too steep.
“People are struggling to pay their bills yet he wants to charge that amount of money.”
While we’re sure the food will be sure to guarantee a Christmas you’ll never forget, we wouldn’t blame those who want to avoid the hefty price tags – even if it means facing the washing up…