Saturday, 30 October 2010

Gordon Ramsay (in Dubai) - The C-word


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No, it's not that C-word, in case you were wondering. But neither is it 'cooking', 'cuisine' or 'caramelised sugar'. It's cars, of course. Because what else would Gordon Ramsay do on his first visit to his Dubai restaurant in two years but screech around the local race-track in a fast sports car? 


The restaurateur, star of The F Word, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, ex-Glasgow Rangers trialist and occasional cook was in the UAE for a mere 24-hours, in which time he managed to fend off the press, gee up his staff and launch his chef's table concept at Verre by Gordon Ramsay. As a special surprise for Gordon, his team had arranged for him to spend the afternoon driving fast Audis (Audi happens to be one of Ramsay's sponsorship partners, so that was a stroke of luck). "Driving a fast car around a track is a chef's dream," he told me. 


After interviews at the restaurant, esteemed members of Dubai's press, and me, were whisked off to the Autodrome to watch Ramsay go through his paces on the track. I had the dubious honour of accompanying Ramsay in his car as he did his time trial, which obviously gave him a weight advantage. The above video shows what happened...