Gordon Ramsay accused of cultural appropriation over ‘Asian’ restaurant – The Telegraph

Gordon Ramsay accused of cultural appropriation over ‘Asian’ restaurant – The Telegraph

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He has described his latest venture as inspired by the “culture, flavours and the incredible cooking” of Asia. But Gordon Ramsay has now found himself caught up in a row over cultural appropriation after his new restaurant was accused of tokenism and lazy stereotyping. The award-winning chef is opening Lucky Cat, which he calls “an Asian eating house” inspired by 1930s Tokyo, describing it as part of his “long time vision”. During one of the venue’s preview nights last week diners were treated to dishes such as mini wagyu pastrami burger with ‘Asian’ chilli jam, English asparagus with a smoked ponzu emulsion and smoked duck breast with plum and Japanese nashi pear. Ramsay said on the night: “I’ve toured and worked in much of Asia over the years and the culture, the flavours, and the incredible cooking never fail to inspire me. We’ve got a great team behind this project and we’re ready to bring something really special to London this summer.” However, critics have been quick to point out that the restaurant, which will open in Mayfair, does not appear to have any Asian chefs and seems to mangle together Chinese and Japanese cooking with little ....

Apart from all these issues around Lucky Cat... surely Pan Asian-fusion is really out-of-date?” Kimberly Yam, an Asian-American journalist, wrote: “Many people aren’t exactly happy with the chef’s claim to deliver ‘authentic’ Asian cuisine at the restaurant, especially without an Asian chef at the helm.” But Ramsay, whose restaurants hold seven Michelin stars, has defended his new venture, saying that head chef Ben Orpwood has spent several months in south Asia studying the region’s cooking. “He’s done the research, ” he said. View this post on Instagram This week Gordon Ramsay Restaurants hosted a preview night for our new concept Lucky Cat, an Asian Eating House, set to launch in the heart of Mayfair. It was a warm, buzzing and brilliant night to celebrate what has been a long-time vision for me. Despite the very positive feedback from guests, there was, regrettably, one offensive response from the night which I have to call out. In the 21 years that I have been running restaurants I have had my fair share of reviews - good and bad. .

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