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Gordon Ramsay & Marco Pierre White

I went from watching the latest ep of Hell’s Kitchen (U.S.) to a pair of articles on these two chefs. I’m not sure how. They’re old, but good (and I hadn’t read them).

The first is about Gordon Ramsay and his initial foray into the American market, as well as his history and quest to get 3 Michelin stars. There’s an interesting section about how he totally screwed over Marco Pierre White.

Look at that cute lamb waiting to be eaten.

“Tell me again about the reservation book,” I said. Ramsay and I were at Soho House, the bar full of pink light, on a cold December evening, the sun setting on the Hudson. It was the first time I’d been with him out of the kitchen, and he was more relaxed and forthcoming. I was starting to understand why he was so liked. He hid nothing. “Who took it? One of the partners?”

“It was me,” Ramsay said. “I nicked it. I blamed Marco. Because I knew that would fuck him and that it would call off the dogs.”

“You got a biker to steal it?”

“Yeah. You’re the first person I ever told. I still have the book in a safe at home.”

“Marco had nothing to do with it?”

“Fuck all. But it hurt him. It was my one stroke of genius, fucking someone over without his knowing that I was the one who done it. And the Italians cutting Marco off and wanting to get closer to me, kissing my ass—‘What do you suggest? Can we sit down and start negotiating again?’ You always eat that fucking revenge when it’s cold, don’t you? Trust me, this was stone cold. Oooh . . . even now it sends a chill down my spine. Because it would have been all over if I’d been caught. But that’s the risk you take, isn’t it?” He paused and seemed to reflect on where he was. “The risks just keep getting bigger.”

Despite the lack of ethics, I can’t help but smile after reading that. I definitely would not like to be on the receiving end of that.

And the second article is about Marco Pierre White.

And who is he? Apparently another crazy chef that Ramsay trained under. He, too, has a ferocious temper. I wonder if Ramsay got it from White? In fact, supposedly in one of White’s books there’s a picture of a young Ramsay crying after receiving a shout fest from White. I tried scouring the internet for said picture, but I couldn’t find it. The internet has failed me! How can someone not have scanned the picture?

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