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Ramsay Reaches Settlement With Father-in-Law, Dropping Claims

February 02, 2012

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Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Gordon Ramsay and his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson have reached a settlement and dropped all claims against each other, ending a dispute that broke out in October 2010 when the chef ousted Hutcheson from his company.

“We can confirm that Gordon Ramsay and Gordon Ramsay Holdings have reached a settlement with Chris Hutcheson and other members of the Hutcheson family,” Gordon Ramsay Holdings said today in an e-mailed statement via Freud Communications.

“The terms of the settlement are confidential,” the e- mail said, “but we can confirm that Chris Hutcheson is no longer a director or shareholder of Gordon Ramsay Holdings and all civil litigation and employment tribunal claims brought by each of the two parties and other family members have been withdrawn.”

Hutcheson, the father of Ramsay’s wife Tana, remained a shareholder in Gordon Ramsay Holdings after Ramsay fired him as chief executive. The chef said in an open letter -- published in the Evening Standard on Nov. 9, 2010 -- that he ousted Hutcheson after hiring a private detective to investigate him.

Hutcheson in a newspaper interview had accused Ramsay previously of being a monster who was subject to mood swings.

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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