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Aspiring Chefs Burned -- Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay Scraps Scholarship

Oct. 7 2009, Published 2:37 p.m. ET

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Hell’s Kitchen chef Gordon Ramsay has been forced to scrap an $8000 scholarship bearing his name.

Despite the success of his American reality show on Fox Television the British  super-chef has been hit hard by the global recession with profits at his chain of restaurants and pubs down 87 per cent last year.

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The Gordon Ramsay Scholar Award, which is open to 18 to 25-year-olds and was last year funded by Gordon’s Gin, ‘is being rested’ his spokesperson told Caterer Magazine.

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The first prize included the chance to work in one of Ramsay’s restaurants in London, Paris or New York.

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Previous winners had established themselves in head chef roles including 2004 scholar winner Marcus Eaves, who is now at L’Autre Pied in Marlybone, London.

On Tuesday night’s Hell’s Kitchen millions of viewers watched Tennille Middleton, 28, being axed leaving Kevin Cottle, 35, Ariel Contreas, 27, and Dave Levey, 32, to battle it out as the final three chef’s on season six of the show.

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