My dad is the real Kitchen Night­mare ...says TV chef Gor­don Ram­say’s wife and kids


HE made his name beast­ing staff about mess but Gor­don Ram­say’s wife re­veals HE is the one who turns their kitchen up­side-down.

Tana says the celeb chef is the real Kitchen Night­mare when he knocks up Christ­mas din­ner: “On the ac­tual day he makes a huge amount of mess with lots of oil spray­ing ev­ery­where, and with a flour­ish puts it all to­gether and takes all the credit.”

In an ex­clu­sive mother-and-daugh­ter in­ter­view Tilly, 16, agrees her dad takes all the glory for cook­ing – even when she has done the hard work with her brother and sis­ters.

Tilly, who has a food show on CBBC, says: “It’s all of us, re­ally, we all help Dad.

“So the night be­fore Christ­mas, we help him with the veg prep, get every­thing ready so it’s quick and easy.”

Tilly is the youngest of Gor­don and Tana’s four chil­dren, with Me­gan, 20, and 18-year-old twins Jack and Holly away at univer­sity. This week Gor­don, 51, ad­mit­ted he felt “lost and heart­bro­ken” when his older kids moved out – and even wore his son’s pants and socks around the house to help him cope with empty nest syn­drome.

He also said he hoped teenager Tilly would stay at home un­til she was 25.


But she reck­ons that is not go­ing to hap­pen as she def­i­nitely wants to go to uni after fin­ish­ing her A-lev­els in bi­ol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy and PE.

Tilly de­scribes her fam­ily as busy, adding that celeb life and hav­ing pals such as the Beck­hams is just nor­mal to her. Tana, who has been mar­ried to Gor­don for more than 20 years and also has a range of best­selling cook­ery books, says she tries to keep the kids grounded.

“I have a de­light­fully nor­mal life,” she says. “I use the tube or buses – that’s how the kids get around. I think it’s im­por­tant that they all see Mum work­ing hard, Dad work­ing hard, and they al­ways put their best ef­forts in.

“Teach­ing in­de­pen­dence early on is re­ally im­por­tant and the only thing I’m strict about is hol­i­day time. In sum­mer there are al­ways two weeks where no one does any­thing apart from be­ing with fam­ily so we are to­gether.”

Tal­ented Tilly has just fin­ished film­ing sea­son five of her show Matilda and The Ram­say Bunch, due out in spring.

Cam­eras fol­low the Ram­say fam­ily in their LA home, with Tilly mak­ing recipes such as messy mud pies, freak­shakes and scary pep­per goblin heads.

She says: “I re­ally en­joy what I do be­cause I know it in­spires peo­ple, and cook­ing’s a skill you def­i­nitely need.

“You can ex­pect a lot of fun and good cook­ing tips. I love cook­ing – and sport too.” Tilly has in­her­ited her love of fit­ness from her par­ents, who run marathons and take part in iron­man com­pe­ti­tions.

And she is des­per­ate to fol­low in their foot­steps and do a marathon when she turns 18.

She says: “We’re def­i­nitely very com­pet­i­tive as a fam­ily. We love spend­ing time to­gether – we have three dogs so we love dog walks, go­ing for lunch or run­ning as a fam­ily.”

Tilly and Tana have also teamed up with Boots UK to urge par­ents to take kids over 10 years old for free flu jabs this au­tumn.

Tana says: “Older teenagers are the su­per-spread­ers. They’re at school and par­ties and spread­ing it within fam­i­lies, where there are vul­ner­a­ble elderly rel­a­tives. The males in our fam­ily al­ways tend to say a cold is flu – but ac­tual proper flu is also easy to catch.”


MESSY BUNCH Back from left Holly, Me­gan, Gor­don and Tana, with Jack and Tilly at the front

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