BATTLE OF POTS AND PANS; Famous chefs to go head to head as Ramsay comes north.
Byline: BOB SHIELDS
THE KNIVES are out ... steak knives that is. And the gloves are off ... oven gloves of course.
Top chef Top Chef is an American reality competition show that airs on the cable television network Bravo, in which chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or Gordon Ramsay Gordon James Ramsay OBE (born November 8, 1966 in Johnstone, Scotland) is a Scottish celebrity chef and currently one of only three chefs in the UK whose restaurant is rated at three Michelin stars. He has been awarded a total of twelve Michelin stars. confirmed Scotland's worst cooked culinary secret yesterday by announcing he's coming north.
And he's opening in the same city as the chef he loves to hate - telly favourite Nick Nairn Nick Nairn, celebrity chef, born (January 12 1959) in Stirling, Scotland.
Nairn has been a regular chef on BBC's popular Ready Steady Cook since the first series in 1994 and in 1990, he became the youngest chef to win a Michelin star in Scotland. .
Ramsay, 34, is to take over the kitchen at posh Glasgow hotel One Devonshire Gardens One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury hotel located in the West End of Glasgow, in Scotland. It is well known for its wealthy guests, including Neil Diamond, George Clooney, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, and Robbie Williams . to open a new restaurant, Amaryllis amaryllis (ăm'ərĭl`ĭs), common name for some members of the Amaryllidaceae, a family of mostly perennial plants with narrow, flat leaves and with lilylike flowers borne on separate, leafless stalks. .
And just to stir some extra spice into the recipe, Gordon has revealed that he has handed the job of general manager to Nick Nairn's former wife, Fiona.
But the former Ranger, famous for his kitchen tantrums, claims he's not just pouring his oil on Nick's boiling water out of spite.
He said: "I've known Fiona for many years and she's the best in the business.
"She knows the Scottish scene well and will be a great asset to the restaurant."
And is her ex-husband pleased about her new appointment by his rival?
"I am sure he will be pleased but I have not spoken to him," she said diplomatically.
However, the dreaded Nairn name won't be heard echoing around the Ramsay kitchen. Fiona, who helped Nick build the popular Braeval restaurant in the Trossachs, is getting married this weekend to a BBC BBC
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But yesterday Ramsay was playing down the rivalry he normally encourages with cheeky remarks about his competitor.
Asked the difference between them recently, Ramsay said he'd rather stay in his kitchen and prepare food than travel around the country setting fire to it for television.
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Adding to the tension in the kitchen is the fact that the head chef at Amaryllis is Celtic-daft Glaswegian David Dempsey, while Ramsay's allegiance to Rangers is legendary.
He once said that the only people guaranteed a seat at his normally fully booked restaurant in Chelsea were Rangers chairman David Murray and former Ibrox striker Ally McCoist.
Both will be able to afford Ramsay's menus when he opens for business on April 24.
He said: "I want to cook quality and affordable dishes here. I'm planning a lunch menu at around pounds 18 and dinner at around pounds 25.
"I don't want this to be a place people visit once a year as a treat. I want to be busy every night.
"A measure of a good restaurant is whether it's fully booked on a Monday."
And Michelin three-star rated Ramsay hopes to add to the one star already awarded to the west end hotel, which is popular with film and pop stars.
Nick Nairn's city centre restaurant has yet to achieve a Michelin accolade.
Ramsay's publicity people say he'll be spending at least two days a week in Glasgow.
But Ramsay says it will probably be more, especially in the build-up to opening night.
And will his Glasgow nights coincide with any sporting events in the Ibrox area of Glasgow?
He grinned: "It's a possibility... "
BORN in Stirlingshire, Nick joined the Navy aged 17 and stayed on the high seas high seas
In maritime law, the waters lying outside the territorial waters of any and all states. In the Middle Ages, a number of maritime states asserted sovereignty over large portions of the high seas. until he was 25, then built his own restaurant, the Braeval Old Mill in Aberfoyle, in 1986.
Five years later the restaurant gained a Michelin star, making Nick the youngest chef to attain the award.
He split from wife Fiona in 1997 and she sold the Braeval in 1999. Nick's Glasgow eaterie is yet to win any Michelin stars.
GLASGOW-BORN Gordon's first break came at 15 when he was signed up by Rangers.
But after three years he turned his back on football and went into hotel management.
He joined Marco Pierre White Marco Pierre White (born 11 December 1961) is an English chef and restaurateur. He is renowned by patrons and peers alike for having provided a highly creative and innovative impetus into contemporary international cuisine, in London then moved to the Le Gavroche restaurant to work alongside Albert Roux.
In 1993 he became part owner of London eaterie Aubergine (jargon) aubergine - A secret term used to refer to computers in the presence of computerphobic third parties. and is the first Scot to have three stars in the Michelin Guide.