Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants enjoy strong 2012 performance

There could be a host of chef recruitment opportunities on the horizon as part of Gordon Ramsay's restaurant group.

The celebrity chef's Gordon Ramsay Holdings company reported its most successful period in the year ending August 2012, bringing in a profit of £1.4 million, in stark contrast to the previous loss of £4.1 million.

Indeed, before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), GRH saw profits jump to an impressive £4.9 million during the period, which is a big climb from the £2.5 million seen previously.

What's more, after August things continued to improve for the company, with EBITDA between the month and November 30th up by ten per cent, like-for-like.

Also, while total sales dropped from £45.9 million to £43.1 million, the company's UK turnover was up.

Ramsay himself said he was extremely proud of the company's performance, especially given the recent tough times.

"It’s with great pride that we file these accounts which are our best year to date," he said.

"We have negotiated a difficult path over recent years and I’m delighted all our hard work has paid off in what is still a challenging climate. We now have an extremely robust business which is only going to go from strength to strength, nurturing some of the best talent in the industry."

During the period of growth up to the end of August, the group made a series of big purchases, including its largest site in the UK, Bread Street Kitchen.

It also opened Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas as well as two consultancies in Doha.

During the calendar year, the Fat Cow in Los Angeles, the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and the Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Las Vegas were all added the GRH's string of establishments.

Stuart Gillies, the managing director of the group, said: "Our success has been down to prudent planning and cost controls as well as strategic investment both in terms of systems and processes as well as new sites."

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