Chef Gordon Ramsay Despises These 3 Popular Food Trends
For every popular food trend, there’s at least one gourmet chef who’s rolling their eyes in derision. And British chef Gordon Ramsay is one of the most outspoken critics of them all.
Over the years, the Hell’s Kitchen host has earned quite the reputation for his brash, in-your-face style that always involves lots of yelling and foul language. The people who know him best swear that Ramsay is a decent, kind man when the cameras aren’t rolling. But contestants on his show cower in fear hoping they won’t become victims of his wrath.
It’s not just people that annoy Chef Ramsay. There are also certain foods he won’t eat and ingredients he won’t use. He’s also not a huge fan of trendy foods in general, especially these three popular items.
Ramsay had harsh words for foams
Culinary foams became all the rage in fancy restaurants several years ago. In the cooking world, foam is formed by trapping gas bubbles inside a liquid or solid to create something called a colloid. Average foams include whipped cream and mousse. But back in their heyday, chefs started transforming all different sorts of foods into foams.
Ramsay was not a fan of the practice. “Sometimes they look like toxic scum in a stagnant pool,” he said.
He claims Wagyu beef is overrated
The most expensive, highly treasured cut of meat you can buy comes from Japanese Wagyu beef. These steaks quickly gained popularity thanks to their unique marbled appearance and fatty composition that makes the meat melt in your mouth.
Plenty of gourmet chefs are obsessed with Wagyu. Ramsay says it’s just a little too overhyped. “It needs to be treated with a little bit of respect,” Ramsay told PopSugar. “Everywhere you go now, there’s f–king Wagyu meatballs.”
Ramsay can’t stand truffle oil
The Kitchen Nightmares host has a real problem with truffle oil, too. This gourmet ingredient began popping up in every type of dish, from macaroni and cheese to hamburgers. Gradually, it’s become synonymous with gourmet fare.
But to Ramsay, it’s just another unnecessary food trend. When a MasterChef finalist used truffle oil in one of their creations, Ramsay called it, “one of the most pungent, ridiculous ingredients ever known to [a] chef.”
He said of truffle oil, “That thing needs to be let down.”
He’s not afraid to share unpopular food opinions
It’s not just fancy ingredients that Ramsay despises. He’s also open to dissing popular foods people enjoy, such as pizza toppings.
For example, Chef Ramsay’s hatred of Hawaiian pizza is well documented. “Pineapple is a fruit that deserves to be roasted with vanilla and served with the most amazing coconut ice cream,” he insisted.
In 2017, Ramsay agreed to eat the offensive pizza to raise money for a children’s charity he supports. But that doesn’t mean he enjoyed doing it. “Not good. This isn’t a pizza, this is a mistake,” he said after taking a bite. “This is an Italian tragedy. At least Romeo and Juliet had a happy ending. The only happy ending for me will be on the toilet tonight. This is gross!”
He finished with a diplomatic: “No offense to Canadians, but it’s like eating moose turds.”