Gordon Ramsay takes over Montreal restaurant

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is setting up shop in Canada and is taking over Montreal's family institution, the Rôtisserie Laurier BBQ.
Celebrity TV chef Gordon Ramsay, shown here in a 2009 photo, is taking over the Rôtisserie Laurier BBQ in Montreal. ((Associated Press))
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is setting up shop in Canada, where he will take over a longstanding institution in Montreal, the Rôtisserie Laurier BBQ.

The Montreal Gazette first reported that Ramsay – the enfant terrible of celebrity chefdom – has become one of four partners in the iconic family-style restaurant, located on chic Laurier Avenue West in the city's tony Outremont neighbourhood.

Ramsay already has restaurants across the United States, including in New York, Florida and Los Angeles.

The Michelin star chef has honed a reputation as a tough-talking chef on reality cooking shows, including Hell's Kitchen and The F Word.

He made headlines more recently after a bitter public row with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, who worked for many years as chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

Ramsay fired Hutcheson this fall, then published an open letter pleading with his mother-in-law to not sever all ties with his family.

The Rôtisserie Laurier BBQ has been open for 75 years, serving simple home-style cooking including barbecued chicken.

The Rôtisserie Laurier BBQ first opened in 1936. ((Google Street View))