Ah, Gordon Ramsay. What can we say about him that hasn’t been said before? As a master chef and television personality who’s helmed a ton of legendary cooking shows, the 51-year-old is perhaps known for his level-headedness in the kitchen, gently encouraging his chefs and subordinates to improve.
Uh… just kidding.
Gordon Ramsay is best known for his ability to savage those around him that don’t quite meet his culinary standards. That’s either on Hell’s Kitchen or Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, though of course Ramsay sometimes feels the need to roast people on Twitter, taking probably too much pleasure in destroying the dreams of budding amateur cooks.
As such, it’s always pretty fun to find out what Gordon Ramsay thinks about the odd quirks that sometimes arise in the food community, like his views on pineapple pizza, or on the social media addicts who take pictures of their food on Instagram. Ramsay’s opinions are usually quite sweary, and they’re almost always outspoken.
So ahead of the opening of his new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Las Vegas, it was maybe no surprise that Ramsay was ready to talk about beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding, but most importantly, about the three food trends he wants to see dead this year… even if he has to do the deed himself. So, what food fads should you be avoiding, lest you incur the wrath of the world’s scariest, sweariest chef? Let’s find out, shall we?
With almost no prompting, Gordon Ramsay was able to get out his first pet hate through gritted teeth: foams. Making a foam out of any dish (especially savory ones), according to Mr Ramsay, is a no-no. “The latest one I had, I was in Saint Paul, and someone gave me a bone marrow foam. Now when I think about having bone marrow, I don’t think about it as a foam,” he said. “Sometimes they look like toxic scum in a stagnant pool. It was not very good,” he perhaps unnecessarily added. When it was pointed out to him that his own restaurant did indeed have a citrus foam on a pineapple dish, he was quick to reply: “That was a dessert foam. You can have a bit of fun with desserts.”
Well, okay then.
If you were to take a glance at the menu in any high-end steakhouse, you’d probably spot Wagyu; a high-quality beef cut that comes from specially-reared Japenese cows. It’s gained popularity all around the world for its delicious tenderness and marbling, and some say it’s the best cut of beef you’ll ever have. But Gordon Ramsay has absolutely no time for your Wagyu. “Because it’s a special cut. It needs to be treated with a little bit of respect,” Ramsay says. “Everywhere you go now, there’s f*cking Wagyu meatballs. Preserve it a little bit. Rest it. Allow it to become special.” Wagyu can also be found in Ramsay’s new restaurant, but I dare you to call him a hypocrite to his face.
3. Truffle oil
Finally, Gordon Ramsay has a ton of opinions on truffle oil, so maybe don’t eye up that truffle mac and cheese you see at the restaurant. He reserves the most venom (and curse words) for his dislike of truffle oil: “The worst thing, for me, is truffle oil. That thing needs to be let down. When [people] use it, they use the same f*cking top [as any other oil], so they pour it, and it comes out in abundance. This thing needs to be let out in tiny, tiny, little [amounts].” If you value your life whatsoever, do not order truffle oil at a restaurant. Gordon Ramsay will know, and he will find you.
So there you go, folks. Gordon Ramsay is perhaps the most famous cook in the world, but that will count for nothing when you violate one of his pet hates when it comes to food trends. He has the means to track you down, no matter how well you hide, and he owns a lot of knives. So… please don’t indulge any of these food trends. For your sake.