Kitchen nightmares spill over into reality
Can celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay distinguish the real man from his monstrous TV alter ego, wonders Carol Hunt
Published 14/11/2010 | 05:00
In June 2009, Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd called British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay "a new form of low-life".
The previous weekend -- in front of several thousand people in Melbourne -- Ramsay had produced a doctored picture of a naked woman on all fours, with multiple breasts and a pig's face, and told the assembled audience that it was a picture of the journalist Tracey Grimshaw. And he didn't stop there: he also accused her of being a lesbian and suggested that she visit Simon Cowell's botox doctor. This gross over-reaction to what (allegedly) was a perceived sleight by Grimshaw of Ramsay was nasty and abusive, yes (he later apologised), but also rather sad and pathetic.
It's hard to deny that the super-chef is a man frequently driven to despair by inner demons. Paradoxically, he also displays great charm, loyalty and affection to both friends and employees, but it's the temper he is famous for.