Why you should never trust a fat chef; why Michelin is the most feared and respected among chefs; and what’s the best piece of advice for a young aspiring chef…
The expletive riddled Ramsay is definitely a Marmite chef – you either love him or hate him. Either way, he attracted a whole lot of attention and plenty of questions on the community content site Reddit, when he partook in their regular Q&A session: ‘Ask Me Anything.’ And they did. Ramsay answered questions ranging from: “what’s your guilty pleasure?” (In-N-Out burgers) to: “is there any food you won’t try?” (over-cooked brussel sprouts).
The light-hearted Q&As shifted when a struggling chef, working in a Michelin kitchen reached out to Ramsay, asking for advice on burnout, disillusionment and a disastrous home-life. The heart-wrenching question painted a vivid picture of a determined chef “toiling away, hours after hours, days after days,” stating that: “My hopes and dreams are nowhere to be found as I scale and portion salmon after salmon, shelling pods after pods of broad beans.” Details of his loneliness and daily struggles followed, before the chef pleaded: “how do you do it? […] Whatever you tell me, I’ll listen.”
The top TV chef admitted to having, “been in his shoes” and offered words of wisdom, including taking a well-earned break and undergoing work to travel, such as an on-board chef, before he offered him a direct helping hand: “Listen – if you send me your resume, I could look at putting you into one of the restaurants as a work experience, if you want to see something different, in order to make sure you don’t come off the rails, to see something different, to create that level of interest.”
We hope to hear what the future holds for this mystery chef. In the mean time, here are a few of Ramsay’s Reddit answers…
How does Gordon Ramsay like his eggs?
“I have to say, scrambled. Over a slice of sourdough bread that has been grilled, and then sort of doused with Worcestershire sauce. Now scrambled eggs, I did a video a few years back with my youngest, Tilly, showing how to make scrambled eggs, and I think it has 10-11 million hits?
And the nice thing about scrambled eggs is that they don’t have to just be breakfast – you can have them in the evening, with some nice mushrooms, some tomatoes. You can have them as a snack at midnight, or at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.”
What’s Ramsay’s opinion on Michelin rating system?
“So, you know, if there’s one thing I’ve come to admire with the Michelin is that it’s consistent. It’s a guy who is judging you incognito. We have a lot of guys in this country, and Europe, who are a bit too familiar, too chummy with chefs, and they overindulge – food editors, they’ll know, and tip off the chef. With a Michelin guide, you have no idea when they’ll be in, or when they’ll review you. And that’s why they’re the most feared and respected by chefs.”
What advice does he have for aspiring chefs?
“Cooking is about character. It’s about different cuisines. And I think sometimes we go into it a little bit blinkered-vision. Learn a second vision – I thought I really knew how to cook when I worked for Marco and then when I went to France, it really opened my eyes. So learn a second language, and travel. It’s really important to travel. That is fundamental, because you pick up so many different techniques, and learning a second language gives you so much more confidence in the kitchen.”
What Ramsay said to someone who said: ‘You should never trust a skinny chef.’
I said: “never trust a fat chef.” And she said “Why?” And I said “Because they’ve eaten all the good bits.”
You can read the full Q&A on Reddit here.