Celebrity chef spotted at popular East Village eatery
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On Tuesday evening, Jenni Schwartz of Des Moines was celebrating her 34th birthday with her fiancé, Chris Gale, by having dinner at Alba in the East Village.
She and Gale had just ordered and were relaxing with their drinks when Gale asked, "Is that Gordon Ramsay about to walk in here?"
Jenni — a huge Ramsay fan — thought her fiancé was playing a cruel joke on her.
"Sure enough, it was," Schwartz said. "He came in with two other gentlemen and they were seated at the table next to us." Ramsay said hello to the stunned couple before being seated.
Between courses, Gale approached Ramsay's table, introduced himself and Schwartz and asked if they could have a picture taken with him. "Gordon Ramsay then turned to me, congratulated me on the engagement, and wished me a happy birthday." Schwartz said.
After dinner was finished, the couple posed for their picture with Ramsay. "Chris tried to stay out of it (the picture)," Schwartz said. "Gordon told him to get in there, so he joined us last-minute."
"Have a great birthday," Ramsay said to Schwartz as she departed with Gale.
He was extremely polite, attentive and — as all the ladies on his shows always say — "even more attractive in person," Schwartz said, laughing.
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Ramsay is an award-winning master chef from the United Kingdom. He owns or operates about 25 restaurants around the world that have earned him 16 total Michelin stars.
He's known for his expletive-laden short temper while demanding exacting standards of culinary excellence and technique from his contestants on his cooking competition shows, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, and Hotel Hell.
According to his social media pages, Ramsay was in Las Vegas for the weekend to promote the opening of his new venture, Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesar's Palace. He even surprised a lucky couple by showing up at their wedding. It is unclear why he was in Des Moines and for how long.
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