After the spectacular meltdown of his restaurant empire four years ago, Gordon Ramsay is making a remarkable comeback. His holding company, Kavalake, posted its first profit for half a decade last week, making £2m (pre-tax) for the year to August 2012.
The business is making money again following aggressive restructuring across the whole business. Loss-making restuarants were swiftly closed. Headcount at the firm's head office has been cut by more than a fifth to 60 people. And food purchasing has been devolved to Ramsay's individual restaurants - chefs are now on extremely tight budgets.
'We took away the blasé-ness with ridiculous, overpriced ingredients [such as] Aberdeen Angus,' Ramsay tells The Sunday Times. 'How do you make a shin of beef just as tasty? How do you use an amazing, sustainable pollock or replace tuna with swordfish?'