New York neighbors teed off at 'Hell's Kitchen' chef Gordon Ramsay
UPI News Service, 09/29/2007
British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is having trouble with neighbors of his New York restaurant who complain of smells and noise.
Residents of an apartment building say the large fan and air-conditioning unit for Gordon Ramsay at the London on West 54th Street makes more noise than a rock concert, The Daily Mail reported.
"The fan is this giant contraption that looks like a praying mantis, almost two stories tall, and the smells from it at times are horrifying," Shirley Lemmon, head of the building's residents association, told the British newspaper. "First thing in the morning on the weekend the smell of bacon permeates the air and we can't open our windows."
Lemmon said the noise has been recorded at 57 decibels, which is above the level permitted in New York.
"His air conditioning unit sounds like you are riding on the back of a plane and it can be on 24/7," she said.
Ramsay, known for his television appearances in Britain and the United States, runs a number of restaurants and pubs in London and abroad.
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