Whether here’s cursing out a sous chef for burning bechamel sauce or getting in a 5-year-old’s face about her sub-par cupcakes, Gordon Ramsay has no problem holding people accountable with his high expectations. And, in a recent interview with The Telegraph, the chef revealed his standards are equally high for his kids. The Master Chef host and father of four has no interest in spoiling his children. He doesn’t fly them first class, give them lavish birthday presents or take them to fancy restaurants (not even his own). And, while Ramsay’s worth an estimated $140 million, his kids won’t be seeing any of it. Why? Because, in his mind, they simply haven’t earned it.
“It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them,” Ramsay said. “The only thing I’ve agreed with [my wife] Tana is they get a 25 percent deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat.”
It’s a tough stance, but we respect it. Ramsay, who worked his way up from the dish-room to dinner service by the string of his apron is, admittedly, a supreme asshole. But that’s just another way of saying that he demands respect more than anything and holds people accountable. Is he gruff and belligerent? Of course. But he’s earned the right to hold people to the flame — and why it’s no surprise he refuses to coddle his kids. Money often breeds laziness, so why would Ramsay hand over his massive fortune to his kids? Or let them fly first class?
When he heads to the Great kitchen in the Sky, Ramsay will leave behind a philanthropic legacy — and children who earn their own way. Unless God isn’t a fan of swearing. In that case, Ramsay may land a job as head chef in Hell’s Literal Kitchen.