Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay proves it’s not bad being a perfectionist sometimes and being misunderstood as he revealed Monday, “I am the biggest pain in the ass in the world, because I want the best.”
The British cook also revealed he was a stress junkie who needs to master every single detail of whatever he does; be it in getting seven Michelin stars for his haute cuisine or sorting out failing restaurants in his television show “Hell’s Kitchen”.
Speaking with the MIPCOM television industry gathering at Cannes on the French Riviera, the chef said, as per a story shared by GMA: “I need to be at the coalface, I need to be where the heartbeat is, where there is that level of trepidation.”
Famous for his use of the four-letter epithet that one of his shows was called “The F Word”, the chef considers being under pressure as being ‘healthy’.
But with the entire tough image he’s had, Ramsay seems to have a heart to almost un-tackle issues regarding the abusive use of cocaine.
His new documentary “Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine”, which airs in Britain Thursday discusses how rampant the use of the substance is around the place.
He narrated how he had to be at the center of the action when he was dropped into the Colombian jungle just to shoot this new documentary. He said: “They told me they could shoot it all from above but I wanted to go right down onto the ground to understand how big the problem is.” He added: “I don’t do cocaine. I have a brother who is an addict and I lost an amazing young chef to cocaine.”
He made a surprising revelation about how the drug has become the restaurant industry’s “dirty little secret”, and that he was once asked by customers to dust cocaine on top of soufflés like icing sugar.
For the documentary, the chef tested bathrooms in some of his own 31 restaurants to see if cocaine was snorted in them; and they came up positive – ‘not just the customer toilets but the staff ones too.’ He expressed his extreme disapproval on the use of the drug.
The chef once aspired to be a professional footballer, before becoming a global broadcasting phenomenon with his shows like “Kitchen Nightmares” and “MasterChef” covering 2,000 hours of screen time in the US alone last year.
Ramsay shared he never thought that he would end up on TV when he first came to Cannes 25 years ago as the cook on Australian media tycoon Reg Grundy’s yacht.
The makers behind “Wheel of Fortune” and “Neighbors” tried to encourage the then 25-year-old “spotty and anemic chef” to try presenting. But the chef said he wanted to strive for three Michelin stars, and that the foundations had to be set absorbing from the very best French chefs to understand the level of haute cuisine.
“For me the challenge has always been to bring things to their absolute best,” the superstar chef said.