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Ramsay in High Court victory over father-in-law as judge throws out demand to shut down his empire
Christopher Hutcheson reignited war with Ramsay by lodging petition to 'wind up' Gordon Ramsay HoldingsJudge rejected bid as possible stunt to put 'undue pressure' on Ramsay
01:05 GMT, 7 December 2012
Gordon Ramsay scored a victory over his father-in-law yesterday when the High Court threw out a demand to shut down the celebrity chef's global empire
Gordon Ramsay scored a victory over his father-in-law yesterday when the High Court threw out a demand to shut down the celebrity chef’s global empire.
Christopher Hutcheson had reignited the war with Ramsay by lodging a petition to ‘wind up’ Gordon Ramsay Holdings, which owns all his restaurants and media ventures.
But a judge rejected the bid as a possible stunt designed to put ‘undue pressure’ on Ramsay.
Hutcheson has been chasing his son-in-law for 600,000, part of a reported 2million truce settlement to end the two-year war that has torn apart their family and business.
Ramsay claims there were ‘valid reasons’ why the money had not been paid.
His lawyers told the court the winding-up petition was a ‘malicious’ move by Hutcheson.
A judge is understood to have ruled he suspected Hutcheson’s claim was an ‘improper’ ruse to put public pressure on Ramsay to pay up.
Although the petition was thrown out, it is understood the pair have now made a fresh pact to settle their differences.
Ramsay, 46, and Hutcheson, 63, fell out in 2010 when the chef sacked his father-in-law as chief executive of his restaurant empire.
He accused him of hacking into private emails and plundering 1.4million to finance his serial womanising.
Hutcheson denied the claims and called Ramsay a fame-obsessed ‘monster’.
Bitter row: Christopher Hutcheson reignited his bitter feud with son-in-law Gordon Ramsay
Ramsay’s wife Tana, 38, took her husband’s side and is now estranged from her parents.
She was aghast to discover during the tit-for-tat battles that her philandering father had kept a second family secret from her for 30 years.
In February this year, a truce was called and both sides withdrew civil litigation and employment tribunal claims.
Ramsay's wife Tana, pictured with Ramsay, took her husband's side and is now estranged from her parents
Ramsay is believed to have agreed to pay 2million to Hutcheson, which included a payment for a 30 per cent shareholding in Gordon Ramsay Holdings.
During their public battles, Ramsay sent an explosive public letter in which he revealed he had hired private detectives to investigate Hutcheson – his children’s grandfather – and savaging his ‘dictator’ father-in-law and his ‘complex life’.
It then emerged that Hutcheson had kept a second, secret family for more than three decades, after fathering two children by his mistress Frances Collins.
Tana was among the last to find out.