A newlywed couple have slammed Gordon Ramsay and his production team for ruining their wedding day.
Charlie Willis, 35, and his wife Laura, 29, tied the knot on a private beach in Newquay, Cornwall, last month, but were left devastated when the beach was ‘gatecrashed’ by film crew as they shot celebrity chef Gordon’s new TV series Future Food Stars.
As Gordon and his team took over the beach at Lusty Glaze, the bride and groom described their day – which they had paid £1,300 for – as a ‘nightmare’. However, it is understood that the wedding party had not secured ‘exclusive use’ of the beach.
Horror wedding: A newlywed couple have slammed chef Gordon Ramsay and his production team for ruining their wedding day after they took over the same beach in Newquay (pictured: Gordon filming on Lusty Glaze beach in June)
According to The Sun, Charlie, a plumbing merchant from Kettering, said he and his wife ‘felt like extras’ during their wedding.
‘The whole thing was a complete kitchen nightmare,’ Charlie said. ‘We had both worked so hard to save for that day and we felt like extras on a gameshow.’
The couple had paid £1,300 to host a private ceremony on the beach and a gourmet dinner for six people – costing £50 a head – after their nuptials.
Gordon and his team, however, had taken over the kitchen due to filming, with Charlie claiming the couple’s wedding dinner ended up being ‘cheap and nasty’.
Upset: Gordon had been filming for his new show, with married couple Charlie and Laura left fuming and ‘feeling like extras’ as their wedding was taken over by film crew (pictured: Gordon and film crew on Lusty Glaze beach in June)
A spokesperson for Lusty Glaze told the publication that the wedding party hadn’t secured exclusive use of the beach, meaning Gordon and his team were allowed to continue with production in ‘very unusual’ circumstances.
After hearing the newlyweds were unhappy, Gordon is said to have paid the couple their wedding costs in full as a kind gesture.
His producer at Studio Ramsay, Sharon Powers, also sent the pair a letter apologising for any upset they had caused and insisting the team were ‘mortified’ they had affected their special day.
It read: ‘Dear Mr and Mrs Willis, I am writing to apologise for the upset our filming caused you on your wedding day at Lusty Glaze beach.
‘I am mortified that we affected your special day and I can assure you that it was never our intention to upset you or your guests.
Kind gesture: Gordon has paid the couple their £1300 wedding costs in full after hearing they were unhappy with the crew impacting on their big day
Sending their apologies: Gordon’s team reached out to the couple and wrote a letter of apology, stating they were ‘mortified’ to have ruined their wedding (pictured: Gordon in cooking tutorial on his YouTube channel)
‘As you are aware, we have now paid for your wedding in full, which I hope goes some way towards making amends and acknowledging how sorry I am that your special day was affected, albeit unintentionally, by us.
‘I do hope you can accept my apologies and I wish you well for the future.’
A rep for Gordon told MailOnline: ‘There was no gate crashing, Studio Ramsay were booked to film on the beach the same day as various weddings and events were taking place.
‘It’s a real shame this couple are still complaining, their bill was generously covered, they happily chatted with Gordon on the day, they didn’t have exclusive use of the beach and all the other beach goers had a really great time joining in on & off camera.’
News Gordon had secured a new show with the BBC, titled Future Food Stars, was revealed in April, with reports revealing the show will follow a similar format to The Apprentice.
It involves 12 entrepreneurs hoping to receive a life-changing restaurant investment.
A nod to Gordon’s potty mouth, the show’s acronym FFS is a play on words after the star’s iconic series The F Word which helped his rise to fame.
A TV source revealed at the time that filming was supposed to get underway in 2020, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for this summer instead.
It comes after fans saw Gordon make his presenting debut as he hosted BBC gameshow Bank Balance, following the temporary closure of his restaurants as a result of lockdown restrictions.
However, reports claimed the primetime show was allegedly facing the axe after just two weeks on air amid poor ratings.
Bank Balance premiered on BBC in February, earlier this year, with two million viewers tuning in to its launch.
As numbers dropped to 1.6million in two days, BBC bosses were reportedly considering ‘pulling the plug’ on the show, with its ‘future hanging in the balance’.
At the time, a BBC spokesperson said ‘no decision’ had been made while the show was still on air.
New project: Gordon’s new show Future Food Stars was confirmed by BBC in April (pictured: Gordon in Youtube cooking tutorial)