Gordon Ramsay is known for his loud-mouth cooking antics but apparently it’s his parenting skills that have other people riled up.
After it was revealed that Gordon and his wife Tana fly first class while his four kids sit in economy, slumming it with the rest of us, some online commentators didn’t miss an opportunity to criticise Ramsay.
But, true to form, the self-made TV chef has hit back.
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Speaking after the broadcast of his show The F Word, he said:
I got shit last week from a major newspaper for not sitting my kids in first class. I did not fly on a fucking plane until I was 19 years of age. And when I sat on the plane cramped for eight hours with food that was cooked three weeks ago I was just happy to take off and be in a plane.
The fact that I am going to sit a six year old in a first class seat for £15,000 to fly from LA to London…Fifteen thousand pounds. You can buy a fucking car for that.
Gordon defended his parenting skills once more to the Mirror, saying:
No. I have got to keep it real with the kids, and also I think just getting kids at the age of five, six and seven, used to first class and those big seats, they do not need the space, they get entertainment on their iPads.
So I like to think about what you can do with the money when you land, rather than paying out thousands of dollars for eight, nine, ten-year-olds to sit in first class.
I do not want them sat there with a 10 course fucking menu with champagne. I am not embarrassed. It is my wife and I’s choice to discipline them and to keep them real.
When you put it like that, Gordon, who recently revealed his kids wouldn’t be left a fortune in his will but would give them a 25% deposit on a flat, certainly has a point.
After all, plenty of us survive childhood without handouts from parents and I think we all turned out okay.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.