Chef opens up can of worms

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CELEBRITY chef Gor­don Ram­say has taken aim at Bri­tain’s jail sys­tem, in­sist­ing pris­on­ers are given an ‘‘easy’’ life be­hind bars.

The cook’s lat­est Bri­tish TV show, Gor­don Ram­say Be­hind Bars, shows the chef set­ting up a kitchen in Lon­don’s Brix­ton pri­son to teach in­mates do­mes­tic skills. T star ad­mits he was stunned at the ‘‘com­fort’’ in which the crim­i­nals live.

He tells Bri­tain’s Guardian Week­end mag­a­zine: ‘‘What I wasn’t pre­pared for was how easy it was for them in there. I was as­tounded at the com­fort zone they carve out for them­selves.

‘‘Five meal choices a night – that was the one I re­ally strug­gled with. I just thought it was a bit of a joke, to be hon­est,’’ he says.

‘‘Cou­pled with 24-hour tele­vi­sion, Xbox, DVDs, gym. We can’t watch tele­vi­sion un­til four o’clock in the morn­ing. I’d like to have a gym (ses­sion) seven days a week, by the way.

‘‘(I was) an­gry, yes, clearly – but quite em­bar­rassed, re­ally. I thought we were a na­tion of grafters (work­ers); I thought we had the spirit of work­ing harder than any­one.’’

Speak­ing about his ex­pe­ri­ence in the pri­son sys­tem, he says: ‘‘From day one, just sat in that f--king wait­ing room, try­ing to get in, with no phone, and then be­ing treated like a piece of shit.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing was go­ing against me; the sys­tem was com­pletely screwed, the gov­er­nor was treat­ing me like one of his bitches . I was bang­ing my head against a brick wall.’’

The star was also less than im­pressed with the work ethic of some pris­on­ers.

‘‘Why would they want to come and bust their arse for 10 hours a day when it was easy for them to do noth­ing? I find that hard to come to terms with,’’ he says.

Com­ing soon.

Gor­don Ram­say.

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