This summer, London will gain yet another Gordon Ramsay restaurant, but the chef’s newest concept isn’t exactly being welcomed with open arms. Per a press release obtained by Eater, Lucky Cat will open on the site of Gordon’s shuttered restaurant Maze, in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. The chef’s restaurant group described it as this:
A revolutionary new venture and concept for the group, the restaurant is set to be an authentic Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East.
In a statement, Gordon elaborated:
“I can’t wait to open the doors at Lucky Cat and bring a new flavor of Asian food and culture to Mayfair. I can honestly say there will not be a bad seat in the house-every table will have a unique view and each guest will come away having experienced something sensational-whether it be the phenomenal menu, the amazing service or the stunning look and feel.”
And now, cue hoards of people on the internet freaking out at the fact that Gordon-a caucasian man-and his group are calling his new Asian venture “authentic.”
At the same time, others are defending Gordon’s right, as a professional chef, to churn out high-quality Asian dishes using recipes inspired by ones you’d find there. Some state their thoughts more eloquently than others, but the sentiment is all the same.
Gordon recently came under fire when his new National Geographic show Uncharted was announced, the synopsis of which described how Gordon would travel to different countries teaching those who live there how to cook their own food.
Just a whole bunch of yikes all around.