Gordon Ramsay could face the closure of two of his restaurants over unpaid tax debts.
HM Revenue and Customs applied to the High Court for winding-up petitions for three of the TV chef's London restaurants and a fourth at Heathrow airport — two of which were subsequently thrown out.
Ramsay (43) was handed a two-week reprieve to pay debts on his Plane Food airport restaurant while he waited for a cheque to clear and 63 days on his Maze restaurant in Mayfair.
The judge earlier dismissed two of the petitions, against The Narrow in Limehouse and The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, because debts had already been paid.
It has been a turbulent business year for Ramsay. In July it was announced profits from Ramsay's UK restaurants plunged by nearly 90%. Company accounts showed his restaurant empire came close to the brink as debt and tax bills mounted up.