Gordon Ramsay & Marcus Wareing ; 'not best friends anymore'

When chefs go to war, diners in the ringside seats are guaranteed the nastiest, filthiest food fight ever - and that's exactly what Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay are giving punters at the moment.

Gordon's ex BFF forever Marcus Wareing has effectively 'broken up with Gord' over a spat involving their joint run restaurant 'Petrus' at the Berkeley Hotel London. Wareing has been head chef in the Michelin starred kitchen for the last 9 years but now the owners want to deal exclusively with him instead of going through middle man and original 'backer' of the enterprise, Gordon Ramsay. Gordon is disgusted by his friend's latent empire building and has since launched a legal battle against the restaurant, and Marcus.

Wareing on the other hand refuses to 'be denied his slice of the cake' and or 'overshadowed by 'sad bastard' Gordon anymore. (The two have worked together, and racked up 15 Michelin stars between them since Gordon appointed Wareing sous chef at his restaurant Aubergine in 1993.)

'If I never speak to that guy again for the rest of my life, it wouldn't bother me one bit. Wouldn't give a f***. I admire Gordon. But would I lose sleep knowing he wouldn't be there? No chance. When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and all you see is a man who is constrained, confined and trapped, then you've got to change. My level of desire to expand has been reined in from time to time" says Wareing of his ex mentor. Wareing also described Ramsay as a 'celebrity chef' who is 'no longer really part of the industry' and who's been riding the wave of being the only man in Britain to have 3 Michelin stars for far too long.

Fare dos to Wareing, it's a dog eat dog world, and if he hadn't taken bites out of Gordon first, Ramsay would have sliced him up on a bed of rocket and washed him down with a nice claret for breakfast. No room for politeness in the kitchen!

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