Archive:  August 9th, 2011

Gordon Ramsay Sues Father-in-Law

Gordon Ramsay took time out of his schedule to lay down a lawsuit against his father-in-law and former executive chef, Chris Hutcheson. In the 42-page court document, The Register reports, Ramsay accused Hutcheson of ” hiring IT expert Kevin Fung to use keylogging Trojans to steal passwords from several computers.”

Ramsay had fired Hutcheson last October. Ramsay alleges that Hutcheson added his wife and son to the payroll without approval, and withdrew a pile of money to fund a double-life with another partner and two children.

8BitDad got a hold of Ramsay’s schedule for the work-week, and here are the highlights:

  • Monday: Scream “This wellington is RAWWWWW.” Have editors create montage of me throwing food and yelling “RAW!”
  • Tuesday: Tell a chef that he/she is a donkey.
  • Wednesday: Sue in-laws.
  • Thursday: Shut down the Blue kitchen.
  • Friday: Let two chefs go instead of one, and tell everyone to get some rest because it’s going to be a long day tomorrow.

Family businesses are a difficult mix of, well, family and business. We’ve reported on the brighter side of family business, but as Ramsay and his in-laws illustrate, things don’t always end well.

The Register


Journalist, broadcaster and author, Cristina Odone, seems to think so. Odone says that since the rioters in London are primarily gang members, we can, as Harriet Sergeant had reported back in April, think of gang members as “youngsters without male role models.”

In that case, England is in trouble. One cannot simply just build a building or start a program that will end the threat. Fathers in England (and worldwide) need to involve themselves in their childrens’ lives if they aren’t already.

Is Odone right? Are these riots a byproduct of a lack of fathers?

The Telegraph


(Note: CNN says that Bryan & Braydon are from Kansas state, but all other articles on the internet are saying they’re from Kansas City, MO. We’re going with the rest of the internet on this one.)

A Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan over the weekend, and everyone keeps mentioning the 22 Navy SEALs killed in the tragedy. But Braydon Nichols, a 10 year old boy in Kansas, wants people to remember his father – the U.S. Army pilot of that helicopter.

The boy’s father, 31 year old Bryan Nichols, was a a chief warrant officer with Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 155th Aviation Regiment. The boy sent a picture of his father, along with a short note, to CNN’s iReport, and within 24 hours, Braydon’s post was viewed 20,000 times.

Our condolences go out to Braydon and his family.

Check out CNN for the rest of the story.

Sauce: CNN