Gordon Ramsay Holdings owns and operates seven restaurants in London, all but one sited in top hotels. They hold a total of eight Michelin stars between them.
The restaurants offer a varied mix of French, British, European, American and Asian cuisine.
The group was set up by high-profile chef Gordon Ramsay, who holds a 69% stake in the business, and his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson. Many of the restaurants are headed up by Ramsay protégés, including Marcus Wareing, Angela Hartnett and Jason Atherton.
Gordon Ramsay Holdings also holds two overseas consultancies for restaurants at the Dubai Hilton Creek and the Conrad Tokyo hotels, where it is responsible for menus, staffing and restaurant control.
Ramsay first came to prominence in 1993 when he headed up London’s Aubergine restaurant, which he co-owned with A-Z Restaurants. He won Aubergine two Michelin stars within three years of opening.
In 1996 he installed Marcus Wareing as head chef of L’Oranger, which he and Wareing co-owned with A-Z and which won a Michelin star in 1997.
A row over contracts and future direction led to Ramsay’s resignation and Wareing’s dismissal in 1998. Half the staff that walked out of Aubergine and L’Oranger in protest joined Ramsay at his first independent venture in Chelsea.
Turnover: £28.4m (2004: £27.5m)
Pre-tax profit: £3.7m (2004: £2.7m)
Financial year end: 31 August 2005
* 2005 figures are unaudited
Total number of restaurants: seven
Total number of staff: more than 900 in London
Gordon Ramsay at Hospital Road, Chelsea (three Michelin stars)
Savoy hotel (Wareing): The Savoy Grill (one Michelin star), Banquette
Berkeley hotel (Wareing/Ramsay): Petrus (one Michelin star), Boxwood Café
Connaught hotel (Hartnett): Menu and The Grill Room (one Michelin star)
Claridge’s hotel (Ramsay): Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s (one Michelin star)
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square: Maze (one Michelin star)
Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel: La Noisette
Overseas restaurant consultancies
Dubai Hilton Creek hotel: Verre
Conrad Tokyo: Gordon Ramsay at the Conrad Tokyo
Operating data for the year to August 2005
2005 figures are unaudited
Royal Hospital Road: £2.9m (2004: £2.7m)
Claridge’s: £6.9m (2004: £6.7m)
Connaught: £5.96m (2004: £5.8m)
Savoy: £6.1m (2004: £5.6m)
Boxwood: £3.2m (2004: £3.5m)
Petrus: £3.3m (2004: £3.2m)
Royal Hospital Road: £484,201 (2004: £421,892)
Claridge’s: £1.7m (2004: £1.4m)
Connaught: £391,624 (2004: £159,901)
Savoy: £597,333 (2004: £432,931)
Boxwood: -£27,125 (-£55,465)
Petrus: £515,789 (2004: £289,842)
“The core interest of Gordon Ramsay Holdings revolves around its seven main London restaurants. The intent is to showcase the group as a world-class centre of cuisine and service with each member restaurant displaying its own identity and character.
“Holdings also handles the brand 'Gordon Ramsay' and will concentrate on publishing, TV presence, luxury goods, corporate consultancies and global restaurant outlets with the current target of reaching a £100m turnover by 2008.”
Source: chief executive, November 2005
After spreading its wings overseas with consultancies in Dubai and Tokyo, Gordon Ramsay Holdings is now looking to operate two new restaurants in the US which it will own on long leases.
The first will open at the Marriott Righa Royal hotel in New York in April 2006 under chef Neil Ferguson and a second site is planned for Los Angeles in 2007.
In May 2006, Ramsay signalled a new direction when he signed a deal with BAA to run the fine-dining restaurant at Heathrow Aiport's new Terminal 5 which opens in 2008.