Mr. Ramsay Goes to Washington
According to Todd Kliman’s Washingtonian.com dining chat this morning, Gordon Ramsay is rumored to take over Fabio Trabocchi’s former kitchen at Maestro in the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton. It's been six months since Trabocchi left for New York's Fiamma Osteria, causing the city to shed buckets o' tears. The shoes seemed too big to fill, but apparently Maestro found big enough feet?
“The negotiation at this point is simply over money…Ramsay himself won't be coming, although he will have total control. A hand-picked protege (a woman, according to the well-placed source) will lead the revamped Maestro.”
Already this year, the city has made room for name brands Eric Ripert and Wolfgang Puck. You taking a nap, Mr. Keller? Start signing the paperwork and get over here! Maybe Mr. Ramsay started paying more attention to the city when his last season of Hell's Kitchen ended with D.C. chef Rock Harper (who we interviewed back in August) pronounced the winner.