THE GORDON RAMSAY TAKEOVER
Cue the best Beef Wellington served with a potty mouth.
KNIVES OUT AS THE ACCLAIMED BRITISH CHEF DISHES ON HIS INDUSTRY, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE PRESSURE-COOKER ENVIRONMENT HE LIVES AND BREATHES EVERY DAY.
Gordon Ramsay takes no prisoners. You’re either an idiot sandwich (google it), or you’re the full meat with two veg. There’s no in-between. If he’s not in one of his 20-plus global restaurants, he’s filming one of six television series, launching his own app, appearing on Facebook Live, writing volumes of books and punching out triathlons. And he’s even learnt to come up for air and spend time with his family. An average week could see Ramsay – the acclaimed, and animated, celebrity cook best known for his candour and peppering sentences with a certain word that rhymes with ‘pluck’ – on four different continents and back home in time to take his daughters to sports day. Put simply, the man doesn’t rest. “I’ve managed, or learnt, to pace myself a bit – I’m older now. But I’m also at the top of my fucking game, so you can’t rest.” Sporting a moon boot (thanks to recent surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon),
“FOR DINNER WITH MATES, YOU WANT SOMETHING EASY THAT CAN BE DONE AHEAD OF TIME SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR COMPANY AND A COLD BEER. FOR ME, THAT’S A BEEF WELLINGTON, ONE I’D PREP THE DAY BEFORE AND THEN THROW IN THE OVEN WHEN MY MATES COME OVER. IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK AND YOU’LL LOOK LIKE A PRO.”
the 49-year-old compares his injury to a triathlon that went all wrong in 2015. “Better than I did in fucking Hawaii!” he exclaims with a smile. What happened in Hawaii? “I collapsed during the marathon, didn’t I? Fucking disaster,” he says, laughing. “I’ve never been so fit in all my bloody life and never been so prepped for a race, but I took on too much salt water. The sea was rough.” Following the swim leg, he grabbed his bike and snacked on a fruit bar. The next minute, he projectile vomited. It wasn’t long before he woke up in the back of a medical tent. In a sense it exemplifies Ramsay’s long-held life ethos – you have to fall to learn how to conquer, even if he perhaps pushes a man a little too far. “That’s what gets the best out of anyone,” he says. “A right fucking bollocking. Because no one becomes thick-skinned without getting hammered – you need to get dragged through the hedge backwards.” Now that’s the full meat and two veg.
The latest collaboration between Ramsay and historical British tableware and collectibles outfit, Royal Doulton, embodies the same ethos of his down-to-earth London restaurant, Union Street Cafe. “I’ve been with Royal Doulton for more than a decade because they deliver the best,” says Ramsay. “Right from the start, with my Maze range, through to Bread Street Kitchen and now this casual, ‘at home with your family’ Union Street Cafe set, they’re unbeatable.” It’s based on how Ramsay himself would dine and serve at home with friends. With a ‘less is more’ approach, the new ceramic collection also emphasises sharing – encompassing plates, cereal and pasta bowls, mugs, serving platters and bowls with a speckled glaze in either cream or blue. Built to last, each piece is also microwave and dishwasher safe. royaldoulton.com