Gordon Ramsay Takes a Gamble on Vegas

| by Michael Allen

MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay is working on a deal with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to revive his struggling restaurant empire. 

The outrageous TV cook had to shut down several restaurants to avoid a bankruptcy after his company reportedly breached terms of a $17 million loan in 2008.

The New York Post reports that Ramsey is working on a trio of eateries with Caesars and quotes a source as saying, "Ramsay and Caesars will brand a minimum of three restaurants including a pub/bar and grill. The project will be fully managed and run internally by Caesars. Ramsay will have creative involvement, but not creative control, and make regular celebrity appearances."

There's more drama cooking. The foul-mouthed chef is suing his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson, whom he fired as CEO of his empire, for millions.

The suit alleges that Hutcheson took money and hacked into e-mails at Gordon Ramsay Holdings, which he strongly denies. Ramsay is also suing four more Hutcheson family members and his father-in-law's alleged mistress.