Gordon Ramsay’s hands are looking for something to do. He taps and drums them on the tabletop. He puts them in his pockets. He sits on them a few times. Restless hands would seem an advantage for a chef. But Ramsay, who shot to fame 20 years ago as one of the best — and sweariest — young chefs.
Here are 14 surprising facts you didn’t know about Gordon Ramsay:
He’s a black belt in karate
In an interview with Playboy, Gordon talked about his experience with a Hell’s Kitchen contestant who tried to hit him and said, “I have a black belt in karate. I love boxing. I can look out for myself.”
He’s been asking Bobby Flay to compete against him on Iron Chef for five years.
In response to a Quora question asking which chef he would want to compete against on Iron Chef, he said, “I’ve been asking Bobby Flay for the last five years for that opportunity to go up head-to-head, and he still won’t sign that damn contract.”
He doesn’t watch his own TV shows.
During an interview with Playboy, Gordon talked about his decision to not watch his own shows and said, “I don’t want to get self-obsessed and start thinking about putting makeup on and watching the way I walk. “Oh, did I really say that?” Fuck it. It is what it is. I’d rather watch Deadliest Catch or go out for dinner.”
His restaurants have a total of seven Michelin stars.
Multi-Michelin starred chef and star of the small screen, Gordon Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe.
There’s one thing he will always order if it’s on a menu
In a recent Reddit takeover, Gordon said that beef Wellington is his go-to order at restaurants “whether it’s in the middle of Milan or the middle of Paris or the middle of New York.”
And one thing that he refuses to eat: frozen dinners.
In an interview with Bon Appétit, Gordon talks about how much he hates frozen meals and says, “It’s so easy to prepare a quick meal using fresh produce, such as a simple stir-fry, but people still resort to ready meals that all taste exactly the same.”
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is the longest-running restaurant in London to hold three Michelin stars.
He is one of three chefs in the UK to ever be awarded three stars (the highest ranking a restaurant can get).
He thinks he can last 60 minutes without swearing.
In response to a Reddit user asking if he thought he could go a full 60 minutes without swearing, he said, “It’s fucking hard, but I’ll have a good go.” (Oh, and his favourite curse word is “fuckos.”)
His last meal would be sea bass with a “light sorrel sauce.”
In an interview with Bon Appétit, Gordon said, “Sea bass is the king of fish, so my idea of the perfect last meal would be a beautiful fillet, pan-fried with a light sorrel sauce, or served roasted with artichokes and a chive crème fraîche.”
He’s a workaholic.
In a recent Reddit takeover, Gordon talked about his hectic work schedule and said, “I work incredibly hard. I have about three to four hours a day off and I work my freakin’ ass off because I get so excited about projects!”
If he wasn’t a chef, he would be a Navy SEAL.
In response to a Quora question asking what he would be if he wasn’t a chef, he answered, “I would probably be a Navy SEAL. They are disciplined.”
He is NOT a fan of dinner parties.
In an interview with Playboy, Gordon shared his thoughts on attending dinner parties and said, “I really try not to go—mostly because I can’t sit there and pretend everything’s delicious when it’s not. The food is so often shit. It’s just too hard to be diplomatic.”
If he could cook for just one celebrity, it would be Hillary Clinton.
Gordon even planned his menu with Bon Appétit and said, “I would say something authentic, rich, and a sauce that had been doused with lots of red wine. Like a braised short rib, because she’s of that era—of that age—that she understands fine food.”