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Saturday 17 September 2022

Snoop Dogg to link with Gordon Ramsay

Collaborations are a dime a dozen in the food, booze and music industries, but one announced today defies belief.

Think celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and rapper Snoop Dogg.

The Scottish newspaper The Daily Record reported today that Snoop Dogg plans to open a Glasgow restaurant with shouty chef Ramsay.

I checked and the date is not April 1. But I remain sceptical. 

Apparently Snoop Dogg, 50, has known failed goalkeeper Ramsay for several years. 

Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jnr, released his first cook book From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from That Boss Dogg’s Kitchen in 2018 and has sought advice from the grumpy one. 

Ramsay, 55, has interests in 35 restaurants around the world. He closed his Glasgow eaterie, the Amaryllis, in 2004 after only three years because of the death of head chef David Dempsey. 

The newspaper quoted the rapper as saying: “I have been speaking with my boy Gordon for a while about opening a restaurant together - but the pandemic slowed things right down.

“Gordon has got a few places in Vegas and Vegas is Snoop’s city - so I kind of figured that we would open a place there - but I know Gordon is from Scotland and people know my love for Scotland and for Glasgow as a city so - why not there?” 

Mr Dogg said he hoped the restaurant would offer personal favourites like fried chicken as well as traditional Scottish dishes like haggis. [This is getting silly now, isn't it?]
Snoop does have some culinary cred. 

He teamed up with American celebrity chef Martha Stewart for three series of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party which saw them cooking for celebrities.

Snoop was also in the news this week with the release of his first sparkling wine collab with Treasury Wine Estates-owned wine label 19 Crimes in the US (top image). 

Following Snoop Cali Rosé and Snoop Cali Red comes Snoop Cali Gold, the first 19 Crimes bubbly. 

The theme of the launch centred around partying and celebrations, or as Snoop Dogg himself put it, an “OG party vibe”. 

OG apparently means Original Gangster, my rap correspondent tells me. 

I don't think it is a wine I will be rushing out to buy. 

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