Celebrity chef and reality TV personality Gordon Ramsay has taken a dramatic turn and opened his first casual dining restaurant in Los Angeles. This new farm-to-table eatery dubbed The Fat Cow focuses on American comfort foods made from fresh ingredients.
The Fat Cow is located in The Grove, which is a bustling mixed-use shopping mall. The property is tucked in between a movie theater and the city’s historic farmer’s market, which will provide the fresh produce needed for the restaurant’s dishes. At the restaurant opening, Ramsay described The Fat Cow as a neighborhood gathering place. If everything goes as planned, The Fat Cow will also be home to The Moo Bar. This ice cream shop and bakery will serve up homemade ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes and baked goods.
The restaurant’s “gastropub” menu includes familiar American favorites with a boutique twist. There’s a short rib and Kobe beef burger, lobster macaroni and cheese, wood-fired pizza, a selection of gourmet salads and a few kid’s meals. All of this is housed in a rustic yet chic mall storefront. Dishes at The Fat Cow will be prepared by head chef Mathew Woolf, who was the executive chef at the West Restaurant and Lounge.
Until now, Ramsay’s prestigious restaurants focused on fine dining. This commitment to excellence based on years of training under the world’s greatest chefs earned Ramsay an incredible number of Michelin stars. For several years, Ramsay guided the success of his L.A. restaurant The London West Hollywood, which has received excellent reviews. To date, Gordon Ramsay Holdings operates more than 25 restaurants. While most of these eateries are located in the United Kingdom, Ramsay is attacking the U.S. restaurant market. Earlier this fall, Ramsay opened a steakhouse in Las Vegas. A second pub and grill is expected to open in early 2013.