Here's an interesting move from Gordon Ramsay: Bloomberg critic Richard Vines reports that the shouty chef has applied for the UK trademark rights to the name The Spotted Pig. Which, of course, would be the name of Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's New York restaurant of which Mario Batali is also an owner. Gordon Ramsay Holdings filed for the trademark on October 2, according to the UK Intellectual Property Office, and reportedly told Scotland's Sunday Mail that "it regularly seeks trademarks and there were no current plans beyond that."
The Spotted Pig team has two months to object to the UK application and spike whatever plans may or may not be in the works. Of course, Ramsay has a ton of projects already in the works, including a ton of new television shows and continued expansion in the US. He's got yet another couple of concepts on the way to Las Vegas and recently opened the Fat Cow in Los Angeles to a not-so-favorable review from LA Weekly critic Besha Rodell.
Anyway, Bloomberg also points out that Ramsay has previously expressed an interest in opening a restaurant in New York similar to the Spotted Pig and that he and Batali have not so much always gotten along. That was, of course, during a great period of feuding in which Ramsay continually referred to Batali as "Fanta Pants" in the press and Batali retaliated by banning Ramsay from his restaurants. That said, Batali defended Ramsay back in August, telling Eric Ripert, "He's like playing the bad guy in Macbeth. That's just the role he's got. I don't think he's like that honestly." No one from The Spotted Pig camp has issued any statements yet, but stay tuned.
· Ramsay Seeks U.K. Rights to Batali Name Spotted Pig [Bloomberg]
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