DON'T GO THE WAY OF Amaryllis; Ramsay's advice to restaurant boss.Byline: By Bob Shields
FIERY superchef 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. had to eat humble pie See under Humble.
to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humilitation; - a phrase derived from a pie made of the entrails or humbles - when he told Scots restaurant staff about his own kitchen nightmare.
In his new series,Ramsay - famous for his bust-ups - flies north to help an Inverness hotel kitchen.
But instead of a roasting, he told them: 'Don't make the mistakes I made in Glasgow. Closing my first restaurant in my home country still hurts.'
He was referring to 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. in Glasgow's west end which shut after running up losses of more than pounds 400,000 in three years Ramsay's TV troubleshooting took him to the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness where owner Barry Larsen wanted advice on his La Riviera restaurant. And last night, Gordon said: 'I had to bare my soul and tell him where I got it wrong.
'In Glasgow, I made the mistake of going for a market that just wasn't there. You can't survive in this business by being busy only on a Friday and Saturday.
'At Glenmoriston, their French chef was trying to take a big chunk of his homeland and transport it over to Scotland.
'But they were heading the same way I was in Glasgow.
'I had to tell a few home truths and it wasn't easy. Amaryllis was very special to me and it hurt - and I don't mean only on the financial side. The whole point of this show is that I pass on my knowledge and experience.
'So that's what I have to do, even if the experiences aren't pleasant ones.'
In the Channel 4 show, to be screened next month,Ramsay tries to persuade chef Loic Lefebvre to find his inspiration a little closer to home.
Ramsay said: 'I took him out into Inverness to meet the kind of people he needs to attract, get a feel for the place.'
And he added:'F ****** hell, I even took him to an Inverness Caley game. Did the pies and the whole bit. That was a f ****** experience and a half.'
But the new menu still isn't exactly simple fare - on offer are seared foie gras foie gras (fwä grä) [Fr.,=fat liver], livers of artificially fattened geese. Ducks and chickens are also sometimes used in the making of foie gras. with a warm panache of peas and grapefruit, carrot and muscat Muscat, Maskat, or Masqat (all: mŭs`kăt, mŭs`kət), city (1993 pop. 533,774), capital of Oman, SE Arabia, on the Gulf of Oman. It is flanked by rugged mountains. emulsion. Or how about a roast roe deer tenderloin, winter vegetable saltimbanque, truffled cream and truffled Porto jus.
Ramsay didn't want to give too much away about the episode.
But he said: 'I think they listened and reacted to my comments. I told them I wanted them to think Scottish - and there's a nice Scottish twist at the end which everyone will enjoy'.
Asked for a comment last night, hotel owner Barry would only say: 'With Gordon's help we won the Scottish Hotel Restaurant of the Year Award.'
Ramsay was in America where his US version of 'Hell's Kitchen' will be released this week
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