Rishi Sunak as been criticised after meeting with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to discuss the pandemic’s impact on the hospitality sector.
The conversation is part of Sunak’s new initiative to speak to business leaders to understand their response to the coronavirus crisis.
“It starts tomorrow with Gordon Ramsay who sat down with me to talk about the challenges facing hospitality and how he launched a TV show in lockdown,” Sunak tweeted.
Over the next few weeks I'm speaking to industry leaders and experts to hear how they've reacted to the pandemic.… https://t.co/DIGDM9sHEm— Rishi Sunak (@Rishi Sunak) 1613667733
People questioned the chancellor’s decision to approach a celebrity figure about the issue, with user questioning if Ramsay was a “true reflection” of an industry which has been “so seriously affected”:
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay Is he a true reflection of the pub and bar industry that has been so seriously affected??… https://t.co/ZD9cBqeXe6— Martin Wolstencroft (@Martin Wolstencroft) 1613669106
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay Gordon Ramsay, for all his strengths, is hardly representative of the millions of small b… https://t.co/epNdtgiZDq— Simon Hodder-Williams (@Simon Hodder-Williams) 1613687326
Some suggested other famous faces to be a part of Sunak’s new series:
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay Up next: Rishi talks to the Queen and Prince of Wales about challenges managing an allotm… https://t.co/xuYzu72xpO— Andy (@Andy) 1613694885
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay Up next - Rishi talks to Lewis Hamilton about the problems facing ordinary people working… https://t.co/ak0I2Lo0Cr— Colin Bradbury (@Colin Bradbury) 1613668682
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay Looking forward to the interview with spongebob squarepants about the impact of covid and… https://t.co/DitiJpVM3v— Stagandhounds (@Stagandhounds) 1613719996
Meanwhile, fellow hospitality workers called on the chancellor to speak to them, as well:
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay How about a talk with a hotelier in the Midlands who has been running his Hospitality bus… https://t.co/5FjTUKTeKQ— rick cressman (@rick cressman) 1613723997
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay Oh I wish I had that luxury of a tv show or 2nd income ! It’s great to liase with such es… https://t.co/9lD3E0yI7C— Adam Brooks (@Adam Brooks) 1613679007
@RishiSunak @GordonRamsay I'd love to speak to you about the challenges of hospitality and am waiting to speak to… https://t.co/ojADDWdZZ4— William Lees-Jones (@William Lees-Jones) 1613671854
The controversy is a rare occasion where Ramsay isn’t the one doing the roasting.
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