TV chef Gordon Ramsay has sacked his wife’s dad after 12 years working together.
The ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ star has reportedly given Chris Hutcheson the chop as CEO of his company Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) – meaning he no longer has a say in the day-to-day running of the business.
However, Chris, aged 62, will remain a shareholder in the business.
The hot-headed chef’s wife Tana is said to be “distraught” at the split between her father and 43-year-old Ramsay, and is terrified it will tear the family apart.
One insider told the Daily Mail newspaper: “It’s no secret that Gordon and Chris have had a very fiery relationship over the years.
“It’s incredibly difficult for Tana as she is right in the middle of it.”
Gordon linked up with Chris when he was a 27-year-old chef and said their meeting was his “first real break”.
Chris became his mentor and business partner and for the past 12 years the pair have had a well-known “fiery” relationship.
Insiders claim the last 18 months has added pressure to their relationship, because the multi-million-pound enterprise suffered badly during the UK’s credit crunch.
At one point the firm was on the brink of bankruptcy but is now said to be on the straight and narrow after Ramsay’s restaurants doubled profits in the 11 months to the end of August to £4.2m (€4.7m).
While some insiders claim there are “no hard feelings” between the pair, other sources claim the split came after a series of rows.
A source told the Daily Mirror: “It’s been a rough 18 months. The firm has been through the wars and just about emerged on the other side – but not without taking its toll on the pair’s friendship.”
A spokesperson last night confirmed the split saying: “We would like to thank Chris for all his efforts and support in helping to build and grow GRH over the last 12 years.”