(MONTREAL) — The tables have turned on the notorious Hell’s Kitchen chef Gordon Ramsay, who is embroiled in a lawsuit with his former restaurant after he was removed as business partner.
Ramsay is suing Montreal restaurant Laurier 1936, formerly Laurier Gordon Ramsay, after co-owner David Lavy changed the venture’s name and removed him as business partner.
Ramsay is claiming $2 million for potential revenue losses, $500,000 for defamation, $160,000 for the rights fees and $23,425 for travel expenses, plus interest.
Lavy claims that the London-based Ramsay was too busy to travel to the restaurant and his team didn’t offer any additional help with the operation.
“I actually like Gordon and have nothing against him,” Lavy told the Montreal Gazette.
Ramsay, 45, believes his role was to provide his name and recipes, and doesn’t believe he was required to make regular appearances.
His first restaurant presence in Canada, Ramsay became co-owner in 2010 and then closed it down and added his name to it last year.
This is one of many legal troubles for the chef, from being sued by his mother-in-law last year to suing his former publicist for selling his private information.
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Joshua Berlinger, CNN Newswire
Frank Pallotta, CNN Newswire