Gordon Ramsay shares devastation of lockdown as he cancelled 22,500 reservations

Television chef Gordon Ramsay, 54, has revealed on The Graham Norton Show the impact on his restaurant business due to the Covid-19 national lockdowns

Gordon Ramsay has revealed he had to cancel 22,500 restaurant reservations due to the national lockdown.

The Hell’s Kitchen icon, 54, has been speaking about the impact of the Covid-19 national lockdowns on his restaurants.

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show which will air on Friday, Gordon discusses these difficult times with host Graham Norton, according to the Mail Online.

Gordon says: “It’s devastating. When you think about breaking bread and having fun with friends and family, it’s just tragic not to have that.”

He also reveals how the brief reopening last summer made such a difference before the more recent lockdown hit.

The TV chef adds: “When we reopened last July, the atmosphere was monumental and electrifying, we didn’t even need music, so to be shut backdown was tough.

“In December, our most important month, we cancelled 22 and a half thousand reservations, but I have always been optimistic.”

Saying he believes we will come out the other side of the crisis, Gordon adds that the new elements of reinvention will see the venues open up as “new restaurants.”

He also notes that he hopes they will get to re-open the sites at Easter.

The fiery chef also discussed his latest television venture, BBC series Bank Balance.

The “really exciting” series is a quiz show that Gordon became involved in during its development in the previous national lockdown.

Gordon explains that the series was developed over Zoom across the country last year.

He says: “I was in Cornwall with my beloved neighbours and we got this high-pressured game to an amazing place.

Gordon describes the set as “spectacular and intimidating” and confirms that he will be the quiz master.

Other stars who will be joining Graham on Friday include Hollywood star Rosamund Pike as she talks her new film I Care A Lot, Loose Women star and comedian Judi Love, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville talks his role in Roald Dahl biopic To Olivia, and Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas discusses his new book.

Music on the show will be provided by former X Factor winner Ella Henderson and singer-songwriter Tom Grennan.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Friday at 10.46pm and is available after on catch-up.

Source: mirror.co.uk