It’s no secret that Gordon Ramsay knows his way around the kitchen – usually, because shouting his way all over it. While he’s infamous for his temper on TV shows like Masterchef, Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen, in person. he’s just a delightful as we always suspected.
Catching him on one of his good moods, he was more than willing to share some of his best cooking tips and tricks. He shared everything, from cooking gadgets to meal time. He even shared the one thing there’s “no f***ing way” he’d ever eat.
When it comes to kitchen gadgets, Chef Ramsay swears by four. First, an “amazing” medallion slicer. He uses this to make quick, raw salads. Ramsay suggests you use it to make ribbons of carrots tossed in olive oil and lemon juice with “a little touch of hummus” as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Ramsay also loves his Airfrier to come up with recipes. It allows him to fry food at home with less fuss and less oil than a deep fryer, even allowing his kids to use it when he’s not around. His oldest daughter Megan could even be using one she took to college to run a small business with.
He also loves his immersion blender for making soups, as well as his bullet blender for smoothies. Ramsay reveals that during the week smoothies are a common breakfast for the whole family. “We make the most amazing smoothies to take in the car on the way to school in the morning because [the kids] are always bloody late. ”
During the week, Ramsay is usually at one of his restaurants at dinner time. On the weekends, however, it’s a family affair. Not only do the kids pitch in with the cooking (who now think “they’re getting better than their dad”, Ramsay says), but they’re testing out recipes and the youngest, Matilda, even has her own cookbook.
If the kids are not taste-testing, Ramsay says they’ll make a lasagna or Indian butter chicken. On Sundays, the Ramsays whip up an easy brunch, like eggs and smoked salmon, with an easy, picnic-style late lunch.
When it comes to travel, Ramsay has a leg up on the rest of us, being able to eat at his own restaurant. Plane Food in London’s Heathrow Airport is in Terminal Five and it’s an absolute marvel. If he’s not flying out of that particular part of the airport, he tries to keep it light without skipping on flavors, with a delicious pre-flight snack at an Italian bar.
“A nice selection of Italian meats, a little glass of red wines, some sliced apples or pears with some parmesan cheese, I’m like a pig in shit,” Ramsay says. When it comes to take-off, however: “There’s no f***ing way I eat on planes.”
Ramsay says: “I worked for airlines for ten years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board.” The same applies to business and first class, so it might be a good idea to start eating before you get on the plane. Or, bring a cheeseburger or fried chicken onboard. I’m sure no one will mind that much on a long-haul flight.