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Ramsay's Father-in-Law Steps Down as CEO of Restaurant Business

Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, has stepped down as chief executive officer of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd., the TV chef’s main restaurant business.

“We can confirm that Chris Hutcheson has left his position as CEO of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd.,” the company said today in an e-mailed statement sent exclusively to Bloomberg. “He retains an interest in the business as a shareholder,” it said. “Interim management will be put in place while the search begins for a full-time replacement. It continues to be business as normal for all GRH operations.”

Hutcheson, 62, is the father of Ramsay’s wife Tana. The statement gave no reason for Hutcheson’s departure from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, which was incorporated on Oct. 29, 1997, according to Companies House. A filing for the period ended Oct. 29, 2008, showed Ramsay held 69,300 ordinary shares and Hutcheson 29,700. The filing lists one other shareholder, Carla Pastorino with 1,000 shares.

“We would like to thank him for all his efforts and support in helping to build and grow GRH over the last 12 years,” the statement said.

Ramsay, 43, has restaurants in the U.K., U.S., Australia, Doha, Dubai, France, Ireland, Italy and Tokyo. He holds a total of 11 Michelin stars, behind Joel Robuchon, who has 26, and Alain Ducasse, with 18.

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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