Celebrity Portrait

Hell’s Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay has an ear-to-ear Cheshire cat grin. He’s working the room, greeting guests with handshakes and hugs, telling stories and taking selfies. The diners here tonight are not all VIPs, but fans of his food and fame—just lucky enough to have booked a reservation on opening weekend.

HELL’S KITCHEN soft-opened two weeks earlier, but this is the evening it gets real for the chefs donning the show’s signature uniforms—those red or blue jackets with coordinating bandanas.

Tonight, Ramsay is in the room. But this isn’t the fiery guy seen on television. This is the real man behind the multimillion dollar media and restaurant empire he created. And he just opened the crown jewel of his kingdom in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

“This is not a competition. This is the real deal,” he says.

Once inside, past the talking, life-sized Ramsay video wall, diners will feel as if they’ve stepped foot on the very stage of the show, where all the Hell’s Kitchen winners gained their fame. Paying tribute to Ramsay’s Fox Network Hell’s Kitchen television show, the 8,000-square-foot restaurant sports a showcase kitchen and some retail space. But even the overhead lighting carries the HK insignia, with brass rods resembling pitchforks.

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