11 things you've always wanted to know about Gordon Ramsay


Gordon Ramsay has revealed all sorts of weird and wonderful secrets as part of the launch of his new mobile game Gordon Ramsay DASH.

The chef hosted his very own Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, inviting fans to grill him on everything from his favourite TV venture to the food trend he'd wish would disappear.

Here are 11 things you've always wanted to know about the potty-mouthed food connoisseur we just can't help but love.

1. There are five dishes everyone needs to be able to cook.

A great juicy burger takes the top spot followed by a healthy breakfast - be it smashed avocado or an amazing omelette.

The third would be a braising dish, while the fourth a chicken dish.

And the fifth all-important meal? "An amazing cake".

2. NEVER ask Gordon what his last meal would be if he were on death row...

"That's a really good question, because for the last 10 years I've been asked that about 2,000 f*****g times. I'm never gonna answer that question.

"a) I'm not that bad to be on death row, and b) If it was my last supper, ask me that question in 40 years' time when I'm 90 years of age."

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3. Red Leicester is the best cheese for toasties apparently... "Big fan of toasties, big fan of cheese. Red Leicester is a really beautiful cheese; it's a very strong, mature cheddar that gets sort of caramelized and bubbly."

4. Of all his TV show over the years, his personal favourite may surprise you. Forget Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen and the US Masterchef, Gordon's favourite TV programme was Sharkbait. "Every time we do something really high-end, costly, and shiny, I need to go do something really raw and cutting edge. "So, Sharkbait was an amazing documentary where I went off to Taiwan, got on a boat, hijacked it, and, you know, tried to stop finning -shark fins and the decimation of sharks and the population."

5. Despite Gordon's apparent hate of microwaves, he actually does use the appliance occasionally. There's no secret Gordon isn't a fan of "Chef Mike" yet he does enlist its help to dry herbs. FYI - we don't advise putting foil in the microwave. At all. "You get a plate, plastic wrap, and then rub a whole basil leaf in just a touch of olive oil and then lay it on the tin foil. Press for 45 seconds in the microwave. They come out crispy! " Masterchef GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

6. If there's one dish Gordon can't resist off a menu, it's a beef wellington.

"Whether it's in the middle of Milan or the middle of Paris or the middle of New York, I grew up with beef Wellingtons. So if I see a Wellington on some other chef's menu, that's the first thing I'll go to."

7. He loves to eat out even if restaurants are suspicious he's brought a camera crew with him.

"You know I love going to restaurants and I love going to enjoy myself without having to work at them. The first thing they look at when they see me standing in reception, a) is there a camera crew behind him? b) did you book? and if you did book, did you book under your f*****g name?!"

8. The proudest aspect of his career is the team at his flagship restaurant.

"(I have) the same team that opened up Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 1998 with me today, the same chef, the same maître d', 18 years later. Retaining the 3 Michelin stars that we've done now, for 14 years, being London's longest restaurant serving with that recipient of 3 Michelin stars."

9. The dish that could easily be turned from delicious to a disaster is steak.

"Serving a New York strip, for instance, for me the most important thing is taking it out of the fridge 15 minutes before you actually use it, so it gets to room temperature. Season it properly, and then cook it once it's up to room temperature. And then the biggest mistake that people make once they've cooked a steak, instantly, is they cut into the middle of it. You've got to let the steak rest for as long as you cook it. The difference is night and day. So, great sear, but let it rest."

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10. Gordon's not a fan of foam on food.

"I think foam should be used for shaving, not go on top of food. Because when a foam hits a plate, unless you've eaten it within 3 or 4 seconds, at the end it looks like sort of toxic scum on a stagnant pool."

11. And last but not least, how many fellow citizens has Gordon screamed at after the Brexit results?

"I screamed at the whole government, because the difference in staying or exiting was 1.7 million people, and I don't think, you know, this whole catastrophic scenario should be based on just 1.7 million votes, in terms of the difference between staying and going."