Gordon Ramsay hasÂ done it again, not only hasÂ he topped anotherÂ top chef list,Â he has won theÂ Best Chef in London for the 11th year running.Â In the acclaimed Harden’s London Restaurants 2007 Guide that came out yesterday,Â the Scottish chef again claimed the title of top chef.Â
Ramsay’s self-named restaurant was voted “Top Gastronomic Experience” by a panel of 8,000 diners for the 2007 guide.Â Five of celebrity chef Ramsay’s restaurants are in the top 10 of that category, with the number of diners boosted by his celebrity status.
According to the Harden’s Guide, the celebrity status is just a part of the dining experience.
“In some cases this reflects the intrinsic merits of the restaurants, but in others it is just a function of the power of the Ramsay PR machine,” the guide stated.
“It is no criticism of Gordon – or his vaulting international ambitions – to say that for one man, or brand, to achieve such dominance over London’s top-end restaurant scene risks becoming stifling.”
Interestingly, 39-year-old Ramsay used to be a professional footballer (soccer player) with the Scottish giants the Rangers.Â He is also one of only three chefs in the UK that has been able to maintain three coveted Michelin stars for his restaurant.
While in London, try these recommendations on for size:
Top Gastronomic Experience:
1.Â Gordon Ramsay
2. Chez Bruce
3. Le Gavroche
4. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
5. Tom Aikens
Favorite Restaurant:1. Chez Bruce
2. The Ivy
3. J Sheekey
4. The Wolseley
5. Le Caprice