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Gordon Ramsay to open his new restaurant in Melbourne's Crown Casino by December and it will all be on film.



Celebrity spotting in Melbourne

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The Crown of Melbourne is well on the path to turn out to be a world-famous gastro-temple, as Gordon Ramsay, the celebrity chef, is getting ready to start a signature restaurant at the vibrant casino complex, and make a reality TV series on the experience.

The TV series, set to air later this year, will focus on the hunt for a chef to operate the top-end location in Australia.

Gordon Ramsay is expected to be in Melbourne in the month of June to establish his new location at the grand Crown Complex. The new restaurant, which is supposed to open in the month of December this year, will be Ramsay's first in Australia and 13th outside the United Kingdom. To find out more, you can visit www.gordonramsay.com.

Nicholas Cage is once again in Melbourne for the shooting of Knowing-a science-fiction drama where the character of the Oscar-winning actor is in a hurry to block a time capsule full of frightening insights from coming to life.

The actor had spent the first half of the year 2005 in Melbourne filming 'Ghost Rider' and shortly after purchased a comfortable apartment at the favourite Eureka Tower.

He is reported to have been interested in coming back to the city, appreciating the nice, sophisticated Melbournians; over the past few weeks.

The project, which according to Cage is an 'apocalyptic kind of story', will feature a stunning plane crash, filmed on the Geelong ring road. Among other sites used in the shooting are the Melbourne Museum, Collins Street and Mount Macedon.

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nothing concrete i believe?

if it is happening - its only a casual dining - Maze - not a fine dining one

i heard it wont be in Crown...:nuts:
 

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**** **** ****!

I love Gordon Ramsey - can't get enough of him atm.

That will wear off over time, no doubt. Then he will just become annoying - like Jamie Oliver.
 

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Gordon Ramsay to open first Aussie restaurant in Melbourne

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23905577-2862,00.html

GORDON Ramsay has decided to open his first Australian restaurant in "hard-ass" Melbourne, rather than Sydney, because of its finicky foodies and deep food culture.

"I don't think you open in Sydney before opening in Melbourne," he said.

"Melbourne is like New York. It has that culture of foodies that are finicky, hard-ass and very possessive about their city.

"Sydney's a lot more relaxed. A lot more cosmopolitan and flashier."

He said he had already identified two or three potential sites for his restaurant in Melbourne.

The decision, which will involve Ramsay's company investing millions of dollars in planning and construction of a new restaurant, follows years of speculation over when the Scottish-born chef would add an Australian venture to his expanding international empire.

He estimates his first Australian restaurant will be open within 18 months and he will appoint a local chef to run it daily.

"It's about the chef. That's the fundamental key ingredient. I'd be stupid not to employ a local Aussie," Ramsay said.

He said there were significant differences in food style between the two cities and "you only have to look at the wine lists in terms of who orders what and the integrity that goes into it".

The Scottish-born chef had hoped to return to Melbourne today to visit prospective sites, but ran out of time because of his tight schedule over the past four days at the Sydney food and wine festival.

Ramsay, whose frequent coarse language has triggered calls from politicians and community groups for tighter television censorship rules, said he would be setting up an independent operation in Melbourne that was not part of a casino or hotel group.

"I don't want to do a lower ground floor or basement or a casino," he said.

"I'd rather be independently set up. It's something we'd invest in heavily."


Ramsay was feted in Sydney during his visit for the food and wine festival, and was constantly mobbed at book signings and other public appearances.

He spent each night dining in Sydney's finest restaurants and praised the quality and standards.

"Australia is really up there," he said.

"Extraordinary stuff. Elegant. Simple, delicious."

More than 1700 copies of his latest book, Healthy Appetite, sold at the food show, but Ramsay still remains perplexed over the current celebrity chef culture.

"Are they buying the books because it seems glamorous? There's f----all glamour in cooking, I'll tell you. It's a s---fight.

"I still think I'm not a TV chef. I'm a chef who just happens to appear on TV.

"For me, honesty is the key. There's no bulls---. Christ, there's no agenda.

"Viewers aren't stupid. They don't even have to scratch the surface to figure out what's fake. They can smell when something's fake big time."
 

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As I've said in another thread-- the guy looks like he's done some serious drugs. He has that ice-crazed look about him. Is that harsh? Just how he looks. ..
 

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Yeah Alphie, makes Huey look like a good block.

Is Huey's Cooking Adventures still being filmed?
 

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Pick of city for TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23912031-2862,00.html

OUTSPOKEN chef Gordon Ramsay could virtually have the pick of Melbourne to set up his planned city restaurant.

Ramsay has declared he would choose Melbourne over Sydney to open his first Australian dining establishment.

The foul-mouthed TV star would be spoilt for choice from a menu of possible locations.

Sites for an Aussie Ramsay's kitchen could include Docklands, Southbank or even nestled in one of the CBD's famed laneways.

The Flinders St station ballroom, neglected for years by the State Government, is another option.


Even though most of Ramsay's 25 restaurants around the world were based in hotels, he said he did not want to be part of a hotel or casino this time.

"I'd rather be independently set up," he said.

His first Australian restaurant would be open within 18 months and a local chef would be found to run it, he said.

Restaurant and Catering Victoria chief executive Todd Blake said the restaurant business was similar to the property business.

"It's all about location, location, location," he said.

"It could become a destination restaurant. That's where we are different to Sydney. Melbourne restaurant goers will find a good restaurant."
 

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gordons a classic. at least he has balls.
 

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http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23925025-661,00.html

Melbourne could be showcased at Disney World food fair

Hamish Heard
June 26, 2008 11:15am

MELBOURNE will be put on show as one of the world's top food destinations if a bid to recreate the city at Disney World is successful.

Tourism Victoria told Melbourne Leader the city is vying for the right to be featured as one of the world's four great food cities at the Florida themepark when the biggest food festival on the planet kicks off in September.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival attracts more than 1.3 million visitors to Florida's Walt Disney World Resort each year.

Tourism Victoria marketing director Don Richter said Disney had invited Victoria to bid because of its reputation as a food and wine destination.

"This is a great way to showcase Melbourne and Victoria to the world," he said.

The bid includes a plan to recreate Melbourne's laneways at the festival, according to a report to Melbourne councillors.

The laneways would lead visitors past displays of street art and into a main exhibition area where a food and wine tasting area would give visitors a Queen Victoria Market experience.

While the final four great food cities of the world would not be known until the end of this month, the report to council said frontrunners included New Orleans, Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro.
 
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