Chef wars Jamie and Gordon’s feud simmers over
It’s getting heated in the kitchen as the top chefs’ long-running feud reaches boiling point
From taking swipes at each other’s appearance to making digs about their skills in the kitchen, the feud between British chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay has been simmering for as long as we can remember – eight years to be exact.
But now the rivalry between the pair has hit boiling point, with Gordon declaring he’ll never speak to Jamie again after the Naked Chef star appeared to cross the line by making a hurtful and inappropriate remark about Gordon’s family.
Gordon, 50, said both he and his wife Tana were “mortified” after Jamie, 42, compared how many children they both had – a year after the couple lost their fifth baby when Tana miscarried.
“Jamie said, ‘I’ve got five kids, he’s got four kids.’ To judge someone else’s family on the amount of kids you have, that’s… Boys will always fight and butt heads but Tana was mortified. I mean really mortified,” seethed Gordon, adding he had thought their spat was just “a bit of fun”.
It certainly seemed a cruel jibe but Jamie’s comments – made when he was asked to address the pair’s longstanding rivalry – may have been taken out of context by the Hell’s Kitchen star.
“I was doing TV years before him, so maybe five years ago it would have bothered me and I may have responded,” Jamie said. “But he’s got four kids and I’ve got five kids, and I don’t want to be slagging off some kids’ dad on telly. It’s not nice.”
Earlier this year, Jamie also insisted he was done with squabbling, telling Woman’s Day he was ready to draw a line under his and Gordon’s bust-ups.
“Gordon has been fairly horrible to me over the years and I did used to bite. But then I realised I was being a twat. Our kids are around the same age and they don’t need to see their dads slagging each other off. It’s pathetic,” Jamie said.
But Gordon says he wants nothing more to do with Jamie – who welcomed his fifth child, River Rocket, with wife Jools last year – unless he gets an apology.
Over the years, the celeb chefs have come to verbal blows on a number of occasions, including Gordon branding Jamie a “one-pot wonder” and claiming the “fat” chef fancied his wife. He even went so far as to say Jamie needed a “good wash”.
Jamie later retaliated to Gordon’s jibes by likening him to a dementia sufferer. “It’s a bit like going to see someone you love who has dementia who
‘I used to bite… But then I realised I was being a twat’
keeps forgetting, and then doesn’t remember what they’ve said,” Jamie joked.
Then, in 2015, he claimed Gordon was “deeply jealous” of his success.
“Gordon will do anything to try and take the piss out of me because he’s deeply jealous and d can’t quite work out why I do what I do and why he can’t do that,” Jamie said.
“He’s too busy shouting and screaming and making our industry look like a bunch of shouters and screamers.
“He’s just a ranter, he’s paid to rant. He’s paid to shower negativity and all his proteges don’t talk to him because he’s like that and it’s a shame.”
It may come as no surprise that Jamie and Gordon are at loggerheads – as two of the UK’S top culinary masters, they’re constantly in competition with one another. They’ve both had success on TV, have released more than 20 cookbooks each and are proud owners of their respective restaurant chains.
While Jamie is believed to be worth around $500 million, Gordon’s net worth is estimated to be significantly less, at $220 million. Still, while Jamie is yet to receive a Michelin star, Gordon has been awarded three for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay since 2001.
Perhaps it’s time to call a truce, boys?