The cultural appropriation police are coming to claim another scalp. This time it’s celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who had the temerity to want to open an “authentic Asian restaurant.”
According to Fox News, Gordon Ramsey stoked the rage of SJWs on social media by announcing his plans to open an Asian restaurant in London this summer. The restaurant, Lucky Cat, would be opening on the site of his soon-to-be-closed restaurant Maze, which lost a reported £3.8 million last year.
“A revolutionary new venture and concept for the group, the restaurant is set to be an authentic Asian Eating House and a vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East,” said Ramsay’s restaurant group upon announcing the venture. “Just as these nocturnal clubs were once the playground of urban dwellers seeking all things spirited and rebellious, Lucky Cat has woven these notions into the fabric of Lucky Cat, as showcased in everything from the menu concept to the innovative interior design.”
The announcement continued, “The new restaurant highlights Gordon Ramsay Restaurants’ continued innovation and creativity and is set to become the go-to destination for exquisite, authentic Asian cuisine and culture in the heart of Mayfair, thriving on an ethos of respect and passion that is channeled into every dish.”
The name derives from an Asian cultural custom where the “‘lucky cat’ is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune.” In a statement to Eater, Ramsay said the restaurant will bring new flavors of Asian cuisine to Mayfair.
“I can’t wait to open the doors at Lucky Cat and bring a new flavour of Asian food and culture to Mayfair,” he said. “I can honestly say there will not be a bad seat in the house — every table will have a unique view and each guest will come away having experienced something sensational — whether it be the phenomenal menu, the amazing service or the stunning look and feel.”
Though Lucky Cat will feature “tofu freak” Ben Orpwood as one of the menu’s contributors, a man with “extensive experience in the realm of Asian cuisine,” SJWs on social media say Lucky Cat is just another example of a white man stealing from Asian culture.
One Twitter user said: “No!!! Another celeb making profits off Asian culture & food without Asians at the table! How authentic can that be?! Gordon Ramsay’s cooking up another restaurant, and some people are not quite sure how he’s going to pull this one off.”
Jeff Yang said: “I dig his shows but it‘s impossible to have an ‘authentic Asian restaurant’ because Asia is a *continent*, not a cuisine. It’s like if he said he was opening an ‘authentic European restaurant.’ He’d get laughed out of town and I hope this does.”
“I would love for @GordonRamsay to actually NOT join the ranks of the many white people that are capitalizing on Asian culture without putting equal effort into giving Asians seats at the table of equity,” another user said.
The outrage against Gordon Ramsay recalls what happened to two white women, Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly, of Portland, who had to close their burrito stand after leftists accused them of stealing when they explained to Willamette Week about how they became obsessed with tortilla-making after traveling to Mexico.
“I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did,” said Connelly. “They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins.”
“Because of Portland’s underlying racism, the people who rightly own these traditions and cultures that exist are already treated poorly. These appropriating businesses are erasing and exploiting their already marginalized identities for the purpose of profit and praise,” accused The Portland Mercury.
Kooks Burritos eventually closed, which the papers called a “victory.”