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.