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Ramsay’s Father-in-Law Takes Control of Petrus

Gordon Ramsay speaks at his new restaurant
Gordon Ramsay speaks during an interview at his new restaurant, ''Gordon Ramsay au Trianon'' in Versailles on March 20, 2008. Photographer: Alastair Miller/Bloomberg News

Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law has removed Petrus restaurant from the chef’s company fold, switching its address to his home in London’s Mayfair and appointing his son Adam as a fellow director.

Chris Hutcheson made the changes on Nov. 3, Companies House filings show, two weeks after he was fired as chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings. Ramsay said in an open letter -- published in the Evening Standard on Nov. 9 -- that he ousted Hutcheson after hiring a private detective to investigate him.

Ramsay’s restaurants are separate companies within Gordon Ramsay Holdings. In the case of Petrus (Kinnerton Street) Ltd., the shares are under the control of the directors, who as of Nov. 3 include Adam Hutcheson, his wife Tana’s brother. An April 9 filing listed Chris Hutcheson as sole shareholder.

“The company structure is complicated but Petrus is owned equally by Gordon and Chris,” a spokeswoman for Ramsay said.

Hutcheson didn’t respond to a message on his mobile phone seeking comment. Petrus reservations are handled by Gordon Ramsay Holdings. The restaurant’s manager, Jean Philippe Susilovic, had no comment on the dispute or on whether Hutcheson had been to Petrus to say the staff now worked for him.

“I’m just running the restaurant and looking after my customers and trying to make them feel happy,” he said. “People come here to have a good time, not to read the press.”

Ramsay Dispute

Adam Hutcheson formerly worked for his father at Gordon Ramsay Holdings. The dispute between Ramsay and Hutcheson has escalated since it was first reported on Oct. 19.

In an interview published in the Mail on Sunday on Oct. 31, Hutcheson was quoted as saying Ramsay suffered from mood swings and was warped by the world of celebrity.

Ramsay hit back in the letter published in the Evening Standard, accusing Hutcheson of driving away his best chefs.

“Removing my father-in-law from my business has been the hardest and most important decision in my entire life,” Ramsay said in the letter to Hutcheson’s wife, Greta.

Ramsay is scheduled to open the Savoy Grill later this year and another restaurant, at New Change, in the City of London, in the first quarter of 2011.

(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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