UK Chancellor found himself on the receiving end of mounting criticism over a Twitter post about his plans to speak to hospitality industry leaders “to hear how they've reacted to the pandemic.”
The series of talks will sets off with British chef, restaurateur and TV personality Gordon Ramsay.
Ramsay, who owns 35 restaurants across the UK and stars in TV shows including Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef, was listed by Forbes in 2020 as the only chef on the Celebrity 100 list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.
Comments poured on Twitter, suggesting Ramsay was not a good choice when it comes to exposing the economic struggle faced by UK hospitality.
What some considered to be a PR stunt of poor taste, featured a discussion between Sunak and Ramsay. In the first of a series of 'In Conversation' meetings with industry leaders, the celebrity chef has heaped pressure on Sunak to extend the VAT holiday and furlough for struggling hospitality businesses at his Budget.
Sunak was condemned for overlooking the “real people” of UK business in favour of celebrities.