Chef Gordon Ramsay is a mean dude, at least on TV. He berates various contestants on his reality show, and instead of building people up, he often breaks them down. In his personal life, he has been embroiled in various disputes with members of his family.
It doesn't look like Ramsay is going to turn into Mr. Nice Guy anytime soon though, at least based on a recent profile of the chef in Men's Journal. Ramsay goes after an eclectic cast of characters, from former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni to fellow bad boy chef Marco Pierre White.
He doesn't seem to have much love for the Food Network or its chefs (Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen," "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Hotel Hell" all air on Fox).
On fellow TV chef Bobby Flay, Ramsay quips, "...That's why I laugh when they say, 'Let's see if he's a real chef. Let's get him up against Bobby Flay on 'Iron Chef.'' I'm like, 'F*cking do me a favor...come on. I've forgotten more than he's known!'"
And on Cat Cora, "I mean, I once asked Cat Cora from the Food Network to appear on 'MasterChef,' which sometimes pits amateur chefs against pros. They were to prepare a Cat Cora dish, and obviously she was never going to lose, but she and her agents insisted that, even if her dish wasn't the best, she win. 'Damage limitation: She needs to know she's going to win.' I said, 'Look, there's no fucking way I'm ever going to allow that. No way. Over my dead body.' I was so pissed off."
Cora's reps denied any such incident.
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