Estranged father-in-law of Gordon Ramsay pleads guilty to computer hack

  • 12/04/2017
Christopher Hutcheson charged with conspiracy
Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law along with three of his children are charged with hacking the celebrity chef's computer. (Getty)

Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law has pleaded guilty to hacking the celebrity chef's computer after a long legal battle.

Christopher Hutcheson, 68, was charged under Operation Tuletta with conspiring to cause a computer to access programs and data without authority.

Hutcheson admitted the offence when he appeared in London's Old Bailey court on Wednesday morning (local time).

Estranged from the notoriously foul-mouthed chef, and his son and daughter, Hutcheson co-ran Ramsay’s business empire for 12 years until October 2010.

Ramsay spent NZ$3,592,482 in a legal settlement two years later to sever all professional ties with the father of his wife, Tana.

Married to the chef for 21 years, it is thought Tana Ramsay, has not spoken to her family since.

Three of his children - Adam Hutcheson, 46, Orlanda Butland, 45, and Chris Hutcheson Jnr, 37 - also faced the same charge.

Adam Hutcheson was also the managing director of Ramsay's holdings.

The defendants, each on bail, pleaded guilty apart from Ms Butland, who denied the charge.

The charges follow an alleged plot to hack the computer system at Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd between October 23, 2010 and March 31, 2011.

A police spokesman said the family conspired to cause a computer to access programs and data held in any computer without authority.

Sentencing will take place on June 2.