Shouty chef Gordon Ramsay is up to his usual Gordon Ramsay shenanigans in a profile for Men's Journal's April issue, talking shit on fellow chefs and his estranged father-in-law. In the wide-ranging interview — in which Ramsay says gross revenues from his new Las Vegas restaurants are $55 million — the chef manages to talk some shit on Bobby Flay, Frank Bruni, Cat Cora, his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson, and Marco Pierre White. Here now, a look at the latest shit that Ramsay's been talking — and perhaps more shitlists upon which he's going to find himself:
On Cat Cora: Ramsay says that he once asked Cat Cora to compete against an amateur chef on his show MasterChef. But, he claims, "she and her agents insisted that, even if her dish wasn't the best, she win. 'Damage limitation: She needs to know she's going to win.'" Unsurprisingly, a rep for Cat Cora tells Men's Journal that the claim isn't true, saying, "Cat has competed for 12 seasons on Iron Chef against the best in the world and clearly isn't afraid of competition. Simple as that."
On Bobby Flay: "...I can still look at a box of raw ingredients and put together the best fucking dish you'll ever eat. That's why I laugh when they say, 'Let's see if he's a real chef. Let's get him up against Bobby Flay on 'Iron Chef.'' I'm like, 'Fucking do me a favor...come on. I've forgotten more than he's known!'"
On Frank Bruni's two-star review of Gordon Ramsay at the London: "Frank Bruni fucked me sideways, but the fascinating thing about that, I knew he had the hots for my French maître d'. But I mean, what's Frank Bruni doing now? Tweeting about the government? I piss myself. I wish him the very best."
On his father-in-law and former business partner Chris Hutcheson (with whom he has a well-noted terrible history) and his own abusive father: "In a sense, I've had two shit dads. I mean, Tana's mother would be on the phone with Chris, and he was saying to her, 'Oh, my God, the snow in France is ridiculous, and I won't be back for a few days,' while literally at the same time the detective was on the other line saying to me, 'Right, he just landed at Heathrow, and he's being picked up by a blonde, who's driving his car.'"
On that time he false accused former mentor Marco Pierre White of stealing his restaurant's reservations book: "Well, OK, I blamed the guy who was about to screw me and get my job ... and so if it took an ounce of pressure off of that, it was worth it."
On why other chefs hate him: "I've achieved everything I've ever wanted to achieve in cooking. You can't win more than three Michelin stars, and there's three stars in New York, three stars in Paris, three stars in London. And now I've got a second career in TV. And I've set up my own production company. I think all that pisses them off."
Oh Ramsay. As the writer notes, "He can be just so happily and irredeemably nasty. It's sometimes like he can't say anything without also shoehorning in some out-of-nowhere sideways dig." Go read the whole thing, seriously.
· Gordon Ramsay & the Damage Done [Men's Journal]
· All Gordon Ramsay Coverage on Eater [-E-]