- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2019

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is firing back after an Asian food critic accused his new London restaurant of cultural appropriation.

Mr. Ramsay accused food writer Angela Hui of issuing a “slew of derogatory and offensive social media posts” about his new Asian restaurant Lucky Cat, which hosted a small-scale preview dinner in central London on Wednesday.

Writing about the event for Eater, Ms. Hui complained that she was the “only east Asian person in a room full of 30-40 journalists and chefs.” On Instagram, she wrote that she could only “drink through the pain that this is an ‘Asian’ event” and characterized the restaurant’s theme as “Japanese? Chinese? It’s all Asian, who cares,” The Guardian reported.

In his response, Mr. Ramsay said that one post on Ms. Hui’s feed referred to the wife of his head chef, Ben Orpwood, as a “token Asian wife.”

“[T]he slew of derogatory and offensive social media posts that appeared on Angela Hui’s social channels, were not professional,” Mr. Ramsay wrote, in part. “It is fine to not like my food, but prejudice and insults are not welcome, and Ms Hui’s comments around my Executive Chef and his wife, calling her a ‘token Asian wife,’ were personal and hugely disrespectful.

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants do not discriminate based on gender, race or beliefs and we don’t expect anyone else to,” he said. “I may not agree with all reviews, but if someone is going to be critical, then I expect them to be professional and have some integrity.”

Lucky Cat is set to open this June in the location of Mr. Ramsay’s old restaurant Maze, in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. Mr. Orpwood is the former head chef of Maze and the Japanese restaurant Zuma, The Guardian reported.

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