Gordon Ramsay’s new Asian restaurant

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(CNN) — Gordon Ramsay’s newest London restaurant has become embroiled in a row over alleged cultural appropriation after an Asian food critic accused the celebrity chef of tokenism.

Ramsey’s restaurant group is preparing to launch Lucky Cat, which promotional material describes as “an authentic Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East” later this summer.

But at a preview night last week, food writer Angela Hui claimed “it was nothing if not a real life Ramsay kitchen nightmare.”

Writing on Eater website, Hui said said she was “the only east Asian person in a room full of 30-40 journalists and chefs” and that the setting was “more seedy nightclub than Asian eating house.”

In a series of scathing accompanying posts made to Instagram, the screengrabs of which were embedded in the review, Hui she could only “drink thru the pain that is this an “Asian’ event.”

In another she added, “Japanese? Chinese? It’s all Asian who cares.”

At the event, according to Hui, Ramsay remarked that the restaurant’s head chef, Ben Orpwood was “more qualified and experienced than me in this field,” and that “he’s done the research, having traveled back and forth to south Asia for many months.”

Critics have pointed out that the restaurant, which will replace Ramsey’s Maze in the city’s Mayfair area, does not appear to have any Asian chefs.

Ramsay hit back at the review in an Instagram post, saying that “despite the very positive…



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