AceShowbiz - Gordon Ramsay has launched a Twitter tirade at a restaurant critic who denounced his decision to lay off 500 staff due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Reports earlier this week, end March 29, revealed that the celebrity chef was terminating the employment of around 500 staff from his restaurant group after shuttering his eateries due to lockdown restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
Former staff complained angrily about the move on social media, and The Sunday Times journalist Marina O'Loughlin slammed the star tweeting that he was one of several "multi-millionaires" who " won't put hands in pockets while the little guys doing everything they can for their staff."
Ramsay hit back in typically abrasive fashion, quoting her tweet and raging: "You've clearly have never run a business, and yet across these very difficult times for all,you hide behind your pathetic tweets, get a grip will you !!! Cheap shots again and again from a bitter egotistical critic yawn !."
He continued his tirade by adding: "You complain about food for a living ! Closed restaurants with your poison pen because they didn't kiss your a**e, ever thought about giving back across these difficult times???? I've done nothing BUT put my hands in my pockets for years !"
Marina was amused by the restaurateur's irate response, tweeting: "Levity apart (and it is vv (crying laughing emoji)), if you're going to respond to criticism re looking after your people, surely there's a better way to do it..."
According to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, the "Hell's Kitchen" star is seeing out the coronavirus crisis at a property in Cornwall, England - a move that hasn't gone down too well with neighbours who worry second home owners may drain the local hospital's resources.
"We only have one hospital. At the moment there a low number of cases (of coronavirus) here," one local said. "We live in a spacious area, so second home owners have decided to come here even though MPs have asked them to stay away."