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26 March 2020 12:35

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Gordon Ramsay had called a meeting with his employees where he left them in tears Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has been facing the wrath ever since he axed 500 of his staff members while the world comes to a standstill amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The 53-year-old culinary expert had called a meeting with his employees where he left them in tears after announcing their contracts will be getting terminated. This was followed by them receiving an email from Ramsay who explained that the staff will be paid up until April 17, while also giving them a choice to appeal the decision. Ramsay, with a net worth of £140million, also did not provide any surety to the axed members that there would be a chance of them regaining their jobs after restrictions lift. His decision was blasted by chef Anca Torpuc who told MailOnline: "All of us have worked so hard for Gordon Ramsay and he has just got rid of us when we needed his support the most." "Many of the staff were left in tears at the way he has treated us.

We were summoned to a meeting and told our contracts were being terminated. She also lambasted Ramsay on her social media as she posted: "Such a shame to see how the company that you worked for and gave everything you had for 2 years throw you away like you are nothing but a little piece of [expletive] specially in difficult times like this even though they have absolutely nothing to lose by keeping you." "And I'm not taking about one person here, over 500 people lost their jobs yesterday so all I can say is thank you @gordongram @gordonramsayrestaurants I hope you sleep well at night knowing that so many people doesn't have a job in this difficult time because of you." He did, however, announce the closure of his restaurants on his Instagram, as he said: "To all our Gordon Ramsay family, friends and colleagues. "As the situation changes daily our focus has to be on the health and safety of our employees, guests and community and to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus, from Saturday 21 March 2020, all our restaurants will temporarily close," he added. "Whilst we don't know when we will re-open, what we do know is by supporting each other through this terribly challenging time, we will come through this stronger than ever! Huge love and thanks to our amazing staff across the restaurants for all their passion and support." Gordon Ramsay breaks silence to promote new YouTube episode after facing backlash over coronavirus cuts Gordon Ramsay was seen promoting the latest episode of his YouTube series, Scrambled, after facing backlash for laying off more than 500 staff.

Reports claimed the Hell's Kitchen star was forced to briefly shut down a number of his restaurants due to the coronavirus crisis, after new measures were put in place ordering pubs and restaurants to close. It's claimed Gordon summoned his staff to a meeting where they learned their contracts would be terminated and it hasn't been guaranteed that the staff affected would retain their jobs when the lockdown restrictions lift. Gordon has since faced backlash from those he's had to let go, but choosing to ignore the furore around the cutbacks, the celebrity chef was instead seen promoting a new episode of his Scrambled series. Taking to Instagram, Gordon shared a clip from the YouTube episode featuring WWE twins Nikki and Brie Bella, who are both currently pregnant at the same time. Gordon told fans: '#Scrambled is back!

In the clip, Nikki and Brie are seen arguing over who's a better cook, with Gordon jumping in and joking: 'Ladies, ladies, ladies, relax otherwise you'll be having an early pregnancy.' The spoiler clip comes after chef Anca Torpuc took to Twitter, revealing Gordon had let go of 500 staff without warning and blasted his decision to do so. Anca tweeted: 'Such a shame to see how the company that you worked for and gave everything you had for 2 years throw you away like you are nothing but a little piece of s***, specially in difficult times like this even though they have absolutely nothing to lose by keeping you. Gordon has faced backlash after laying off 500 of his staff due to coronavirus (Picture: Getty) 'And I'm not taking about one person here, over 500 people lost their jobs yesterday so all I can say is thank you @gordongram @gordonramsayrestaurants I hope you sleep well at night knowing that so many people doesn't have a job in this difficult time because of you.' Gordon is yet to speak publicly over the claims, which come just hours after he confirmed his restaurant closures on Instagram, in a statement that heaped praise on his staff. It confirmed the temporary closure of all his restaurants will be put in place from 21 March and finished by saying: 'Whilst we don't know when we will re-open, what we do know is by supporting each other through this terribly challenging time, we will come through this stronger than ever! 'Huge love and thanks to our amazing staff across the restaurants for all their passion and support,' he concluded. If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. Scots superchef Gordon Ramsay has been criticised for laying off hundreds of staff members amid the coronavirus crisis. As the UK enters a lockdown, the former Rangers star turned celebrity chef has laid off more than 500 staff after being forced to briefly shut down a string of his restaurants. The 53-year-old summoned his staff to a meeting where they learned their contracts would be terminated – reportedly leaving many in tears. They were later sent an email explaining they would be paid up to April 17, giving them the option to appeal the decision. But the father-of-five, thought to be worth around £140million – was reportedly unable to guarantee they would retain their jobs when the restrictions lift. Chef Anca Torpuc criticised the decision on Twitter saying: "Such a shame to see how the company that you worked for and gave everything you had for 2 years throw you away like you are nothing but a little piece of s***, specially in difficult times like this even though they have absolutely nothing to lose by keeping you. "And I'm not taking about one person here, over 500 people lost their jobs yesterday so all I can say is thank you... I hope you sleep well at night knowing that so many people doesn't have a job in this difficult time because of you." Mr Ramsay said on Instagram, "As the situation changes daily our focus has to be on the health and safety of our employees, guests and community and to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus, from Saturday 21st March 2020, all our London restaurants will temporarily close," his post said on March 19. "Whilst we don't know when we will re-open, what we do know is by supporting each other through this terribly challenging time, we will come through this stronger than ever!" He added: "Huge love and thanks to our amazing staff across the restaurants for all their passion and support. A spokesman for Gordon Ramsay Restaurants added: "Gordon Ramsay Restaurants is continuing to work tirelessly in exceptional, unprecedented, global circumstances to ensure that as many employees as possible are being retained by the business. "We are no different from any other restaurant/retail business large and small in the UK and around the world responding to the current crisis. "We continue to work closely with our landlords, government agencies and all third party suppliers associated with the business through these very challenging times."