Just in case you were under any other illusion, when Gordon Ramsay touched down in Dubai last week, he proved that he is a celebrity chef with rock star status. The British Michelin-awarded chef was in town for the official launch of his new Dubai restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen.
Taking place on Thursday October 22, the vast 450-seat restaurant was packed to the rafters with around 1,300 guests. Anyone who arrived (uncharacteristically early for Dubai) at 8pm on the dot was forced to queue for entry. Once inside, the swelling number of guests, crammed in nightclub-style, made this one of Dubai’s most buzzing launches to date. Each corner of the restaurant was turned into a food or drink station. An ice-cream counter churned out unique flavours such as bread and butter, the raw bar served chilled savoury canapés and the open kitchen at the back turned out endless sliders, breaded oysters, battered fish, lamb cutlets, and signature tamarind-spiced chicken.
Each time Ramsay appeared, he was stalked and swarmed by fans demanding selfies. Has Dubai ever seen such a frenzy of celebrity mania over a chef? Absolutely not.
Cricketer Kevin Pietersen and his wife (and former Liberty X band member) Jessica Taylor were spotted in the crowd, after popstar Ronan Keating earlier tweeted his apologies to Ramsay that he wouldn’t be able to make it. Ramsay’s (BAFTA-nominated) TV cook daughter Tilly and wife Tana were also both in attendance, but after spending time chatting to foodies and fans, the whole Ramsay bunch bowed out of the party and headed for dinner at Nobu, also at Atlantis The Palm.
Bread Street Kitchen opens for reservations from Sunday November 1. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
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Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7399).