Gordon Ramsay family feud boils over in public

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British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was embroiled in a very public kitchen nightmare Wednesday after writing an emotional open letter to his wife's mother over a simmering family feud.

The letter, published in London's Evening Standard newspaper, was the latest salvo in a row that began when Ramsay sacked his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson last month as chief executive of his company after 12 years.

"This has to be one of the most painful letters I've ever had to write," the Michelin-starred restaurateur said in the appeal, which was made on his 44th birthday.

Ramsay, known for his foul-mouthed rants on television hits "Hell's Kitchen" and "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares," begged mother-in-law Greta Hutcheson to "stop punishing" his wife Tana Ramsay and their children.

"Listening to Tana in floods of tears reading your letter from you asking that she stays away from her family is so awfully wrong," he wrote.

Ramsay said removing Chris Hutcheson as chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings was the "hardest and most important decision in my entire life" -- and accused his father-in-law of running the business like "a dictator".

The chef has an award-winning restaurant in Versailles near Paris and branches in County Wicklow in Ireland, in Tuscany, Sardinia, Dubai, Tokyo, Cape Town, New York, Florida and Los Angeles.

He also wrote that his father-in-law had suggested that Ramsay was involved with drugs, adding: "My god did that hurt. How dare he ever suggest this on the back of my frustration and dealings with my younger brother and his addiction."

Ramsay's brother Ronnie has fought a battle with heroin addiction.

There was no immediate comment from the Hutchesons, but in a Sunday newspaper interview Chris Hutcheson said that Ramsay had become a "monster".

© 2010 AFP

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