Irving—Based on his reality TV persona, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay seems fiery and often short-tempered. However, the Scottish-born Ramsay is an accomplished restauranteur with his name attached to 34 eateries in Europe and 13 in the United States.
Gordon Ramsay North America recently established local ties when its headquarters relocated to Las Colinas.
The move to Irving puts the conglomerate alongside other restaurants already headquartered in Las Colinas like Chuck E. Cheese, Cici’s Pizza, Fuzzy’s Taco Shops, Genghis Grill, I Fratelli Pizza, Medieval Times, MiCocina, On the Border, Taco Bueno, and Uncle Julio’s.
“[The move to Las Colinas] represents a dramatic acceleration of his North American expansion plans for his restaurant empire,”Beth Bowman, President and CEO of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, said.
Texas native Norman Abdallah, formerly CEO of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, is CEO of Gordon Ramsay North America (GRNA). The group settled into its new home in late 2021 and plans to open 75 restaurants across America over the next two years.
Abdallah is not the only higher-up in GRNA with local ties. Oak Cliff native Michelle Tribble, who attended El Centro College and Texas Woman’s University, was recently named GRNA’s executive chef of culinary development.
Tribble was twice a contestant on ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ the Fox reality show where young chefs vie for a grand prize of being a head chef at one of Ramsay’s restaurants. In Season 14, Tribble finished third and won Season 17, earning a head chef position paying $250,000 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Tribble is one of many chefs from the Metroplex who have competed on ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’
Currently, the closest restaurant in the Ramsay family to Dallas-Fort Worth is Gordon Ramsay Steak in North Kansas City, Missouri, over 500 miles from the Metroplex.
However, the organization’s ambitious expansion plans over the next few years include several eateries in DFW, but area diners should not expect to see any of these new restaurants open in the Metroplex until late 2022 or 2023.
Among the candidates to join the already-vibrant Metroplex dining scene are Street Pizza, which currently has four locations in London and prides itself on offering “pizza without rules.”
Lucky Cat, an Asian-inspired eatery which has its lone location in London, is another candidate to open in DFW along with Gordon Ramsay Fish and Chips, a British staple which Ramsay considers very important because that dish was a big part of his upbringing.
DFW could also be selected as home to the next Ramsay Kitchen, a new concept which debuted in Boston in January 2022, which takes diners on a tour of Ramsay’s greatest culinary experiences.
Of course, opening the latest location of Gordon Ramsay Steak in DFW also makes sense,because if there’s one type of eatery the Metroplex can never have too many of, it’s a steakhouse.
“Irving-Las Colinas is known as a destination for outstanding dining, and we’re confident the Gordon Ramsay restaurant group will want to bring their innovative cuisine to our city,” Bowman said.
One reason Ramsay has been so successful as a restauranteur is that he and the higher-ups in his organization have a great eye for talent, which explains why the group recently relocated its headquarters from California to Las Colinas and has a test kitchen inside Dallas College’s Culinary, Pastryand Hospitality facility which trains young chefs to work in fine dining restaurants.
“They made the commitment to relocate here for all the same reasons that have made Irving-Las Colinas the ‘Headquarters of Headquarters’ in Texas, access to an abundance of great talent,” Bowman said. “Irving-Las Colinas is home to eight Fortune 500 global headquarters, four Fortune 1,000 companies,and more than 150 foreign-owned companies. Eleven percent of Fortune 500 companies have a presence in Irving-Las Colinas (55 of 500). Irving-Las Colinas has a growing reputation as a culinary center, and we’re delighted to welcome the Gordon Ramsay restaurant group to their new home in Irving-Las Colinas.”