Gordon Ramsay Clapped Back On Twitter About Basic Restaurants

Posted: Feb 23, 2022

On February 21, British food journalist Josh Barrie tweeted a list of restaurants that are expected to be part of the Battersea Power Station lineup, including Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen. Another British food journalist, the restaurant critic Marina O'Loughlin, responded with the metaphorical side-eye. "What phoning-it-in consultant did they pay to come up with this lot??" O'Loughlin asked, in due course adding that while she feels "Le Bab and WTPA are good at what they do," the lineup is, on the whole, rather "BASIC" – in all caps. 

Well, that just wouldn't do, apparently, not for Gordon Ramsay. However, Ramsay wasn't thinking only of himself. When he clapped back, he did so with a bit of pro-hospitality industry righteous indignation on behalf of ALL the so-called "BASIC" restaurants of Battersea Power Station. Including his own. "Does BASIC stand for: Bash All (food) Service Industry (until) Closed ???" Ramsay tweeted in response to O'Loughlin. "We haven't even turned the lights on! Time to support hospitality coming out of these times."

As admirable as Ramsay's aforementioned virtue-signifying tweet may be, Twitter did not necessarily engage with it as such. Rather, some of the replies to Ramsay's tweet chose to dwell on its indeterminate ratio of sincerity versus hypocrisy (Ramsay infamously fired a lot of staff during lockdown). Others seemed more interested in what else "BASIC" might stand for. But only GenX will know what BASIC really stands for.

By Lauren Cahn
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