I like Tana Ramsay, I love her calm demeanour, admire her style of parenting and I love her cook books.

Her potty-mouthed husband is another story altogether and I couldn’t help but have a frisson of schadenfreude when I read about the string of misfortunes that have befallen him. In late 2008, it emerged that he’d been enjoying a 7-year-long side dish; an affair with some publicity-hungry piece of crumpet.

7 years is a long time and can’t be written of as an ill-conceived roll in the hay,
but our Tana weathered the storm and the story quietly went away. (That rhymes!)

The incident is glossed over in just one sentence in an expletive-riddled, 8 page feature on the chef in the August edition of Woolworths Taste magazine, which focuses more on his financial misadventures, mentions past cosmetic surgery, (in the past to his chin and in the future on his scrotum) and puts an unconvincing spin on Gordon going forward as “a slightly kinder man, and a slightly humbled one, which will be accurate depictions.” Says Angela Hartnett, who has worked with Ramsay for 15 years: “People don’t like the aggression so much. They no longer want to see him or Simon Cowell make people cry.”

We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we watch his past behaviour on currently airing shows and witness a crass bully in action; a nasty man without respect for either his staff or his audience; an ogre with the vocabulary of a sewer rat.

I can’t say I’m holding my breath.


37 Comments Add yours

  1. sonsothunder says:

    Sheesh…though I’ll admit the Gordo was lookin a little ragged in the cheeks during his last 2008 show that I saw… He’s still kicken butt, and changing QuAZanes>>>He’s de Man…just my I-pinion…and I’m sticken to it…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Many people – and chef’s aren’t gods – get angry and manage to control their language. If someone can’t string a sentence together without cursing … well, that’s just rude. I’m sticking to that 🙂

  2. Stephanie Hill says:

    My daughter and I also love the Tana Ramsay cook books. WE just bought one. They seem to have lovely kids too but I don’t think I could live with Gordon for 30 minutes.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I wouldn’t want to either Steph. (I own only one Tana book, and it is great, would love to have more.)

      1. MissChris says:

        30 minutes? That pompous pratt of an a-hole would not last 2 minutes with me!!
        His wife is a damn saint!!

      2. theonlycin says:

        lol Chris, I would imagine you’d give as good as you got with Gordy 🙂

  3. sonsothunder says:

    I do agree however, that he would be much more received with much less “Bleeping” … Still, he’s earned the overall “top chef” acclimation in my cook book, and, once seen through reality clear lenses, rather than holly-weird rose colored ones…has a heart as big as France.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll take your word for it my friend.

  4. Tandy says:

    I have not read the article yet – but he is a potty mouthed, inspiring chef. I love the way he cooks even if he is not a brilliant businessman. Have a super day 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too Tandy, I hope your computer gets sorted.

  5. Ditto Cin and I am of the belief that his f-ing and blinding permeates his food … food cooked under stress!!!! Nah – not good and as for his wife – surely she must be up for some “Noble” award or something. have a great day Cin xxx jan

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank heavens we’re spoiled for choice Jan, and can choose to watch other – calmer – chefs in action.

  6. buttercup600 says:

    I am a collector of cookbooks….and have to say that I have all of Ramsay’s cookbooks (and Tana’s) but also cannot agree with his fowl mouth and mannerisms…I do love his recipes though. It’s a sad senario IMHO. oxoxox Have a good day girlfriend oxox

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was a collector, a rabid collector, but I ran out of space for the books, so I made myself stop buying. Luckily my husband doesn’t know this and still surprises me with new ones often 🙂

  7. nina says:

    I did a post not so long ago….

    My husband asked me on Sunday if I am happy he failed here in CT or am I glad his bad temper finaaly caught up to him….
    I’m sad, because some of the people in his restaurant were breadwinners and maybe they are without jobs now

    I do’nt know how he could teach other restauranteurs about being good businessmen…..kitchen nightmare if you ask me…!

  8. Rosemary says:

    Stand up for decency, compassion and respect, is the Lead SA motto – I certainly don’t think Gordon Ramsay has stood up for these values. I want to make a difference in the world –
    I don’t want to have him as a role model for my business, my life, my cooking or my children. Success is more than money and fame.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well said Rosemary!

  9. Supa says:

    I don’t like the man, he gets on too well with himself!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lol, excellent comment!

  10. Paula says:

    Having never enjoyed the whole idea of the (un)-“reality programs,” I can’t say I know anything about him except what I have read – and usually I stop reading as soon as I get to that subject. . .I couldn’t care less (which is zero)! On TV ads promoting these types of shows, I see a lot of rude behavior – by all participants, but usually the “host.” (Wow – is that a misnomer!) My youngest son’s comment (he’s 31) on these types of shows, is that they supposedly are “preparing young people, or fresh-starters” for absolutely nothing. The world does not behave episodically, nor is it divided into winners and losers. I cannot imagine why anyone, unless it was purely for their 15 minutes of fame would expose themselves to that sort of abuse.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also find it quite fascinating that people would willingly open themselves to public humiliation like that, Paula.

    2. theonlycin says:

      I also find it quite fascinating that people would willingly open themselves to public humiliation like that, Paula.

  11. LOL @ Supa – I am not overly keen on his bad language, but the food he prepares is amazing…

    1. theonlycin says:

      So are many other chefs, MTM, but they don’t behave like that.

  12. nrhatch says:

    I refuse to watch Hell’s Kitchen.

    I don’t want to spend my free time watching a rooster with an overblown sense of importance strutting around bullying underlings just be he can.

    1. nrhatch says:

      oops . . . just because he can

      1. theonlycin says:

        lol, got it, was going to fix it in my dashboard 🙂

        The rooster is a good description.

      2. Paula says:

        More like “cock!”

  13. Berwick says:

    Hi, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      BERWICK 🙂 🙂 🙂

  14. izziedarling says:

    He scares me. He is mean, foul-mouthed, rude and his face looks like plastic. You’d have to put a gun to my head to make me watch one minute of his show. Just sayin’….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems a widespread opinion about him, wonder how he got this far?

    2. theonlycin says:

      Seems a widespread opinion about him, wonder how he got this far?

  15. adeeyoyo says:

    Well, you guys won’t believe me, but I’ve never seen the show and it seems from the above I haven’t missed much! 😀

  16. Explorer says:

    He is crass but his methods work in kitchens. Sometimes things become a bit too complacent in there and need to be sorted out. But I agree, there are better ways of getting your message across

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