While celebrity chefs are renowned for their egos, as well as their delicious food, unlike many in Hollywood they seldom allow the pot boil over and usually keep any rivalries they have under wraps.
However, according to reports in the media today, everyone’s favorite British chefs, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay are having a little tiff. But what is the basis of this tiff?
Well, as is always the case, it depends who you ask, but it seems Jamie is convinced that Gordon is “deeply jealous” of him and his culinary success.
It all seems a little catty, as Jamie only hit out against Gordon because Gordon critisized him for not attending the opening of his own new restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, in Hong Kong.
Jamie said his comments about his culinary rival during a recent visit to open a new restaurant in Sydney, Australia, claiming Gordon was jealous.
As he told reporters, “Gordon will do anything to try and take the p**s out of me because he is deeply jealous and can’t quite work out why I do what I do and why he can’t do that. He is too busy shouting and screaming and making our industry look like a bunch of shouters and screamers.”
While most people think Jamie wouldn’t dare say it to Gordon’s face, he was clearly upset that Ramsay had spoken out about him not attending the restaurant opening in Hong Kong.
When it comes to book sales, indeed Jamie has the upper hand on Gordon, as his latest book netted around $50 million, while all of Ramsay’s books combined only garnered $3 million.
As Jamie claimed, “I think that really, really annoys him. Book sales are about having a deep trusted relationship with the public. I really write my books. I don’t just turn up for the front cover. I write every word, every letter and I oversee every bit of design. You can sell a few books by luck or a moment… but not 15 years and 37 million books. That’s not luck.”
In a famous rant against Jamie, Gordon Ramsay called him a “one-pot wonder” in 2009, saying, “Everything kind of gets mixed in — hands in. It’s a very different style to me. He sticks it in the oven, comes back three hours later and it’s done. We cook differently. I use basic ingredients taken up with a lot more excitement.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the long-running celebrity chef feud between Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver will continue, and if it does, what twists and turns are to be expected?
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