Another day, another Gordon Ramsay lawsuit: New York Daily News reports that the shouty British chef has been sued for $10 million by his business partner Rowen Seibel. Seibel alleges that Ramsay "deliberately mishandled a trademark problem for their LA eatery The Fat Cow" and then "formed a new company with new partners and then secretly negotiated a deal with his Los Angeles landlord" to create a new restaurant in The Fat Cow's space. Seibel claims this new restaurant will be called GR Roast and that it will appear on Ramsay's show Hell's Kitchen.
Ramsay closed The Fat Cow at the end of March and has announced plans to transform it into a brand new restaurant. Since opening The Fat Cow in 2012, Ramsay has faced multiple lawsuits. Last year a contractor sued for over $45,000 in unpaid bills and then employees filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the restaurant failed to pay them minimum wage, made them skip meals and breaks without compensation, did not pay them overtime wages, and more.
Eater LA received the following statement from Ramsay's spokesperson:
"We're surprised that Mr. Seibel has the audacity to file this ridiculous suit when he and his team were responsible for the day to day running of The Fat Cow and spectacularly mismanaged it resulting in a string of financial and legal issues. Gordon Ramsay and his team immediately stepped in and tried to resolve these issues, but Seibel refused to engage in any meaningful conversations, rendering the restaurant unsustainable. Throughout, Ramsay was very forthcoming with Seibel that any future plan for another restaurant partnership in Los Angeles was impossible due to Seibel's refusal to operate and fund the restaurant properly, sadly including Seibel diverting funds from the business."
More details on the lawsuit as they become available.