Gordon Ramsey in talks to take over rival Rick Stein's Cornwall restaurant – despite angering locals throughout lockdown

Gordon Ramsey in talks to take over rival Rick Stein's Cornwall restaurant – despite angering locals throughout lockdown

GORDON Ramsay just loves ­winding up fellow chefs, with Rick Stein his latest victim.

The Scot is in talks to take over Rick’s harbourside restaurant in ­Porthleven, Cornwall, which has been forced to close due to the impact of Covid-19.


Gordon, who owns a number of homes in the South West, is keen to expand his restaurant empire.

A source said: “Gordon is very interested in taking it over, as he feels it has so much potential.

"It already has a certain gravitas due to Rick’s association but Gordon believes he can take it up a notch.

“It’s not a done deal but there’s a good chance he’ll seal the agreement.”

Gordon, whom The Sun revealed last month was returning to ITV for a new series of Hell’s Kitchen, irked Cornwall residents with his presence during lockdown.

Locals there took issue with the Michelin-starred chef after he relocated his family from London, with ­residents fearing the visitors could be ­coronavirus carriers.

But that has not put him off ­wanting to add the Cornwall eatery to his worldwide empire, with outlets in London, Las Vegas and Dubai.

Rick announced the closure of his Porthleven restaurant this month, saying: “We would like to thank all our customers who have supported us there over the years.

“We hope you will find your way to our other restaurants, where perhaps we can share fond memories of nights overlooking the romantic harbour in Porthleven.”

They might not need to if Gordon takes over.

Maya's a snake charmer

MAYA Jama attracted a lot of online comments about her revealing clothes when she co-hosted BBC1’s Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer.

And after vowing not to cover up, she stayed true to her word as she was spotted out yesterday in this outfit and funky, knee-high, snakeskin-print boots.

Good for her.

A serving of ace Serena

TENNIS fans missing Wimbledon will love what Amazon Prime has in store.

It is working on a Serena Williams series that would take viewers behind the scenes with arguably the greatest ­tennis player ever.

The Quest will chart the progress of the tennis pro, friend to the stars and busy mum as she tried to gain a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Serena has reached four Major finals since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in 2017 but failed to win any of them.

She remains one Major short of the record of 24 that Margaret Court notched up between 1960 and 1973.

I’d put my house on Serena not just equalling that but beating it.

bizbit

FLEABAG actor Ben Aldridge has come out as a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

The love interest of Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the show posted on Instagram: “The journey to pride was a long one for me.”

Tom was cheffin' scared

FORMER Apprentice contestant Thomas Skinner says his time on Celebrity MasterChef was just as terrifying as being grilled by Lord Sugar.

The Essex pillow salesman joked that he was worried about poisoning judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode.

He said: “The shows are so different but both are very scary. I could have killed John and Gregg with my food.

“I’ve been grafting since I was a kid, so I found The Apprentice more natural for me.

"I was more out of my comfort zone on MasterChef but The Apprentice was longer hours.

“Everyone was so lovely and kind on MasterChef but in The Apprentice everyone wanted to stab you in the back.”

As for the shelving of this year’s Apprentice due to Covid-19, Thomas said: “I’m gutted for everyone The Apprentice is cancelled. It changed my life.

"Since going on the show, I’m probably one of the biggest pillow suppliers in the UK at the moment. We’re unbelievably busy.”

Celebrity MasterChef starts tonight at 9pm on BBC1.

Matt's hopeful

MATT Goss might have a famous pop voice but he has a vivid imagination too.

The former Bros frontman, who has spent lockdown in Las Vegas having moved there to sing 11 years ago, wants to return to the UK next year to grill politicians on his own current affairs show.

Matt said: “I want to have a TV show where I can have conversations with politicians and pre-select 100 people and surprise a few of them.

“I am not afraid of any subject and I have an ability to make people comfortable.

“It is good to have that level of interest.”

I’m not sure it’s good to be that deluded, though.

must watch

  • WHAT? Talking Heads, BBC1, 7.30pm.
  • WHY? Alan Bennett’s monologue series sees a double billing with Lesley Manville as a lonely vicar’s partner and Tamsin Greig as a loveless housewife.

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