Gordon Ramsay has been hit with an odd lawsuit from a man who claims he can't taste food after cutting his tongue at the celebrity chef's New York City restaurant.
German chef Markus Barthel visited the Brit's eatery at The London hotel last March, but claims he got much more than he bargained for when his meal arrived.
In the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Barthel alleges he ate a hard piece of plastic or ceramic that was hidden in his hamburger, and was left with "serious, severe and permanent injuries in his mouth, including... deep cuts in his tongue".
The documents also state that Barthel had to undergo surgery in order to repair the damage, but is "unable to perform the duties of a chef any longer."
His lawyer, Florian Bruno, told the New York Daily News that his client was unable to work for several weeks because of the incident, explaining: "A chef needs his tongue like a pianist needs his fingers. They have to taste everything and he says there continues to be a loss of taste in his tongue.
"The doctor said tongues are difficult to heal because people have to eat and they keep reinjuring themselves."
Barthel is seeking unspecified damages and compensation