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

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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?

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