Gordon Ramsay, known for his anger and no-bullsh*t attitude in the kitchen, has shown the same level of tough love in bringing up his kids. In various interviews over the years, he has revealed that he doesn’t treat his children to the high life, even though he has the dough to back it up. Growing up without much money, Ramsay is dedicated to bringing his children up with an awareness of what money and hard work is worth.
Speaking to the Telegraph in April, he revealed that he very rarely attends his own high-class restaurants with his children, remarking that the first time was for his daughter’s 16th birthday, while they had only visited before to serve pensioners for their Christmas lunch.
This even extends to his holidays with his family, as he explained:
“They don’t sit with us in first class. They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We’re really strict on that.
“I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, ‘Make sure those little f*****g don’t come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane’. I worked my f*****g arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you’ve grafted for it.”
While not everyone was on board with Ramsay’s particular brand of parenting, it does seem that it has resulted in children who are ambitious and charitable. Two of them, twins Jack and Holly, ran the London Marathon this year, hoping to raise money for their chosen charity: Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Their father agreed to pledge a stunning £26,200 ($36,000) to their cause, but only on one condition: if they beat his time.
Ramsay has completed the course a few times now and has a decent record for his twin children to best. They turned 18 recently, and Jack went to Instagram to try and drive his donations up. In the buildup to the run they tried to keep the rivalry strong, “Just two more days until Holly and I take on the London Marathon,” he wrote a few days before, also adding: “Best of luck @hollyramsayy, I’m coming for you!”
In one of his own Instagram posts, Gordon posted a shot of his two kids with a link for his followers to donate, along with the caption:
“Jack dads time to beat is 3hr 30 mins come on big boy you can do this £26,200 if you do this !!!! I know you can. I’m so proud of you both #smarttwins xxxx”
It’s worth mentioning that while Ramsay set his record of 3 hours and 30 minutes when he was in his 40s, it is a speedy time. The world record is around two hours, but under four hours is still a great time that won’t be easy for his children to beat. Hopefully, they make beat his time and help raise even more money for their chosen charity.