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Gordon Ramsay splits from Montreal BBQ

Stick a fork in it — the barbecue chicken venture of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has come to an end in Montreal.

Celebrity British chef parts ways with Laurier BBQ chicken landmark

Chef Gordon Ramsay, right, passes out some food during a cooking demonstration in August 2011, when Montreal restaurant 'Laurier Gordon Ramsay' launched to great fanfare. Head chef Guillermo Russo looks on. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Stick a fork in it — the barbecue chicken venture of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has come to an end in Montreal.

A restaurant has cut ties with the British chef, claiming frustration over what it described as his limited contribution.

A longtime local institution, the Laurier BBQ had been renovated and rechristened with Ramsay's name last summer.

As Ramsay's name was removed from the outdoor sign, the restaurant announced on its Twitter page Thursday that it would be known, from now on, as Laurier 1936.

The restaurant owner told the Montreal Gazette that Ramsay hadn't been there since last August, when a splashy reopening attracted droves of media coverage.

A statement from Ramsay expressed disappointment with the turn of events and said he more than fulfilled his contractual obligations.

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