The 1 Food Gordon Ramsay Refuses to Order at a Restaurant

Celebrity chef and swear word enthusiast Gordon Ramsay isn’t known for holding back his opinions. The British food critic has made a career out of sharing his harsh criticisms for what he considers sub-par foods. So it’s not too surprising that there are certain types of cuisine he avoids altogether.

When it comes to going out to eat, the Kitchen Nightmares host recommends asking servers for suggestions since there’s a good chance they’ve already tasted everything on the menu. But even if they suggest ordering this one thing, Ramsay says you better not listen.

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Gordon Ramsay doesn’t ever eat the soup of the day

There’s a disgusting reason why Ramsay avoids eating the soup of the day no matter where he’s dining. And it’s his background in the restaurant business that makes his opinion especially valid.

When asked what you should never order at a restaurant, Ramsay said, “Ask what yesterday’s soup du jour was before today’s special. It may be the case that it’s the soup du month.”

And if you get a bad meal or some nasty old soup? Ramsay fully supports speaking up about it. “The customer is king,” he said. “You are going out for a special night, so if it’s an unsatisfactory experience, take the opportunity to let the staff know so that they can rectify it then and in the future.”

There’s one day of the year he doesn’t go out

Speaking of dining out, Ramsay insists that going to a restaurant for dinner on Valentine’s Day is never a good idea. “Valentine’s day is the worst day of the year to go out,” he told Town & Country.

“Busy kitchens with tons of diners means you don’t get the true feeling of the restaurant. You should be cooking on Valentine’s. What’s more romantic than a meal cooked for your partner with good bottle of wine?”

He also hates airplane food

Being served a small meal on a plane sounds enticing, but in reality the food is usually underwhelming. That’s probably why Ramsay avoids it no matter what.

During a 2017 interview with Refinery 29, he said there’s “no f*cking way” he’d ever eat food provided on an airplane. Instead, he dines in the airport restaurants before the flight takes off.

“I worked for airlines for ten years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board,” Ramsay said.

One other type of food Ramsay would never eat

The opinionated chef has a very open mind when it comes to experimenting with different cuisines. But there is one place he draws the line.

“I’m an open book. Whether it’s a beating cobra heart from a snake in Cambodia, or a deep-fried tarantula, or a beef Wellington, I’ll eat absolutely anything,” he boasted.

But even though Ramsay has a very experimental palate, he does have limits. “The only thing I draw the line at is eating overcooked food. There is NOTHING worse than an overcooked Brussels sprout. The smell is disgusting,” he said.

He’s also not a fan of this one pizza topping. “You don’t put f**king pineapple on pizza,” he insisted.