Gordon Ramsay Defends Flying First Class While His Kids Sit Economy: ‘You Can Buy A Car For That!’

Gordon Ramsay is reportedly furious after several criticized his choice to fly first class on an airplane, while his four children sit back in the economy section. The celebrity chef insisted that he was just only teaching his kids the importance of discipline and being frugal.

Speaking after the broadcast of his show, The F Word, via Radar Online, Gordon Ramsay shared that he got “s**t” from a major newspaper for not sitting his kids in first class. Last week, Ramsay, together with his wife Tana, flew from L.A. to London on first class while their kids flew economy. Ramsay pointed out that he would never spend £15.000 (roughly about $19,000) to fly a kid first class.

“You can buy a f***ing car for that. Why does my sixteen year old need a big f***ing seat, a 10 course menu with caviar and champagne in first class?”

Ramsay also recalled that he was 19 when he first boarded a plane. Although he also flew economy at that time, the chef pointed out that he was just thrilled to be on his first plane ride.

“When I sat on the plane cramped for eight hours with food that was cooked three weeks ago I was just happy to take off and be in a plane,” he shared.

Not only was he saving money, Ramsay explained that he was just teaching his kids discipline.

“What are they going to be like when they are 18? They are f***d,” he added.


In April, Gordon Ramsay told Telegraph that he has never been “turned on” by money, why is reflected in the way he is his raising his kids. Even when they go on holidays, Ramsay said that he’s not the type of father who spoils his kids rotten.

“They don’t sit with us in first class. They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We’re really strict on that,” he shared.

Ramsay said that he goes far as to tell the chief stewardess to make sure that their kids do not come anywhere near them during their flight. He explained that he worked hard for this luxury and the kids should be able to understand that.

“I worked my f**king arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you’ve grafted for it,” he said.


Although Gordon Ramsay reportedly made $54 million last year, the same amount as Beyonce, he said that his kids are still living on a budget. His oldest Meg, 18, has a budget of £100 a week while Matilda, 15, Jack and Holly, 17, have £50 a week, each. If they wanted something, like a new pair of jeans or trainers, Ramsay said that they needed to work for it.

In the interview, Ramsay also revealed that he will not be leaving his fortune to his kids in his will. He explained that he just wanted to teach them the value of hard work. Although he has built this empire of his own, Ramsay said that he wanted his kids to earn their keep, pointing out that they will appreciate it even more. He, however, will at least help the kids when they plan to move out.

“It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them. The only thing I’ve agreed with Tana is they get a 25 per cent deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat,” he shared.

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