Gordon Ramsay is known for his tell-it-like-it-is attitude. His expletive-laden bluntness has not only made him famous, it has made him rich too. Forbes estimates that he made $54 million in 2016 - exactly the same amount as Beyonce. Ramsay's wealth is not only a product of his cooking, but also flows from the media empire he has built, as the magazine explains.
"He couldn't rely on his cooking chops alone--although he did earn double-digit millions from his 25 restaurants, which, between them, have seven Michelin stars. Ramsay had to create a different type of empire: a television one.
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"As the producer and star of three hit shows on Fox -Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior-Ramsay has managed to parlay his chops at the stove to chops in front of the camera."
Telling it like it is pays! Not only is Ramsay said to command a salary of over $400,000 an episode for his Fox shows, he also licenses cookbooks, kitchen utensils and even recently released a mobile game called Gordon Ramsay Dash. The latest addition to Gordon's food empire is a new season of The F Word.
The show is set to premiere in the US on Fox on May 31 at 9pm (or 8pm central). This show will feature "foodie families" from across the US, which should prove interesting since Ramsay is well-known for his potty mouth. We'll see if he can keep his language PG, given the seemingly family-friendly slant his new show will be taking.
With all of this experience behind him, and so signs that his career will be slowing down anytime soon, Ramsay is certainly an authority on food and the restaurant business. While making the media rounds in order to promote his upcoming show, he had a few pearls of wisdom to share about what to look out for in restaurants, who to ask for recommendations and when not to visit them at all.
1. Don't be afraid to ask your waiter what they would recommend.
I know I do this a lot, mainly because I am terrible at making decisions when it comes to restaurant menus. I usually want to try everything! Well, according to the man himself, this is perfectly acceptable, as he has personally had great meals thanks to good recommendations.
"It really depends on the restaurants, but servers tend to taste most of the dishes on the menu and can give you insight into what the chef has added or what locals love. Being on the road, I’ve gotten a lot of great recommendations from servers."
2. NEVER order the "soup of the day".
This one is a bit worrying because, as I mentioned earlier, decision making at restaurants isn't my strong suit so I tend to order whatever the special is. I guess I just think there must be something "special" about it to be singled out by the chef. Perhaps, this isn't the right way to go and the chef above was doing George Costanza a huge favor.
"Ask what yesterday’s soup du jour was before today’s special. It may be the case that it’s the soup du month."
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3. Stay at home on Valentine's day.
Now, this is a tip I can totally get behind. A home-cooked meal can feel like such a blessing when it is offered by any loved one, let alone a significant other on Valentine's day. It just screams romance to me so thank you Gordon for validating my requests for breakfast in bed!
"Valentine’s day is the worst day of the year to go out. Busy kitchens with tons of diners mean you don’t get the true feeling of the restaurant. You should be cooking on Valentine’s. What’s more romantic than a meal cooked for your partner with a good bottle of wine?"
4. Say no to well-done steaks.
To be honest, we should all know this by now. If you still choose to consume steak that has been cooked to its absolute rubbery limit, that is entirely your prerogative.
"The problem with overcooking meats is it diminishes the flavor and incredible texture, so listen to the chef's recommendation or always stick to cooking medium at most."
5. After your meal, give feedback - good or bad.
When we receive services, we tend to speak up more when we're unhappy with something. However, it is also important to recognize when those attending to you have done a good job. Ramsay sums it up perfectly below.
"The customer is king. You are going out for a special night, so if it’s an unsatisfactory experience, take the opportunity to let the staff know so that they can rectify it then and in the future. It’s also just as important to compliment great food and service, so don’t be shy either way."
Well, if it's good enough for Gordon Ramsey, then we shall certainly be implementing it in the future! Yes, chef!