Ramsay to return after legal beef


Eight months after chronically ill Napier girl Matisse Reid received a $100,000 donation stemming from a dispute between celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and a New Zealand promoter, the chef has announced he will return to headline an Auckland dinner on April 26.

The donation to the Reids came as part of a mutually agreed out-of-court settlement in March 2012 between the Hell's Kitchen star and Auckland's Duco Events.

Duco filed a $2.1 million lawsuit after Mr Ramsay's last-minute cancellation to participate in charity dinners in 2010.

The sold-out Auckland and Wellington events were to raise money for an organ transplant for Matisse, 12, who has since received the transplant in the United States. She returned to Hawke's Bay with her family to live last week.

Ramsay was to speak in June 2010 at dinners in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but withdrew claiming his mother was ill. The chef flew to Auckland in March 2012 to negotiate a settlement, which included paying $100,000 to the Chance2Eat Trust for Matisse.

Earlier reports said Ramsay, who had won 11 Michelin stars for his various restaurants across the world, would write the menu for the dinner and was "delighted to be returning to Auckland for this event which will be a lot of fun".

The dinner, organised by Duco, would raise funds for the South Auckland-based Rising Foundation which helps at-risk youth.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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