Kitchen nightmares spill over into reality
Can celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay distinguish the real man from his monstrous TV alter ego, wonders Carol Hunt
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.