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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Wife Banishes TV Chef Gordon Ramsay To Sleep In Wine Cellar, Claims Ex-Mistress


Nov. 5 2010, Published 8:50 a.m. ET

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It's another kitchen nightmare!

Foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay -- whose food empire is more than $30 million in debt and just axed 1,000 staffers -- is facing fresh embarrassment from his scorned ex-mistress, the woman who claims she had on-and-off fling with him for seven years.

Sarah Symonds, 40, poked fun at the celebrity chef, after it emerged he was having a $400,000 wine cellar installed in his London mansion, as part of a lavish extension.

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"When I read about the wine cellar I laughed out loud as it was so poignant to me, since the first few times we met, Gordon told me he was being made to sleep in it as his wife, Tana, was p*ssed off at him," Symonds told, in an exclusive interview.

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The celebrity chef has fled Britain to Los Angeles after he sacked his wife's dad as CEO of his business.

When asked to comment about the new cellar, which is part of a two-storey kitchen extension at his seven-bedroom house, Chris Hutcheson, 62, said: "He seems to have become warped by the celebrity lifestyle."

Symonds, who previously wrote Having An Affair? A Handbook For The Other Woman, first hinted how the world-famous TV chef was banished to the cellar, in the 2007 book, referring to herself a 'friend of a friend' in an attempt to protect their romance from scrutiny.

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"He complained to my friend that things weren't going well between him and his wife and that he was being made to sleep in the basement of his mansion, amidst the wine cellar," she wrote.

Speaking from London, Symonds told "I am thrilled to see Gordon spending so much money on a new wine cellar at the family home, as based on what I'm hearing and reading, it looks like he will be back sleeping in it again soon, forced by his wife to do so, as he first lamented to me was the case nine years ago when I met him.



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