The 1 Food That Even Gordon Ramsay Hates

After watching Gordon Ramsay on television for more than a decade, one might think that the experimental chef is down to eat anything. But even he has his limits.

In a recently resurfaced interview, the Hell’s Kitchen host revealed one food that you’ll never catch him eating — and it might surprise you.

Gordon Ramsay at an award show
Gordon Ramsay at an award show | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Ramsay would never eat this

In a 2017 interview with Refinery29, Ramsay said that “there’s no f*cking way” he’d ever eat airplane food. When traveling, he usually eats at his restaurant, Plane Food in London’s Heathrow airport. 

But if he’s not in the vicinity of it, he gets a snack from an Italian bar. “A nice selection of Italian meats, a little glass of red wine, some sliced apples or pears with some parmesan cheese, I’m like a pig in sh*t,” he said.

Why Ramsay hates airplane food

Apparently, his distaste for it comes from experience. 

“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,” he explained.

TIME notes that the MasterChef host has a point. In 2017, the outlet detailed several reasons why the food sometimes doesn’t taste so great, ranging from the way it’s made and stored to the environment in which it is served.

Charles Spence, an experimental psychology professor at the University of Oxford, told the publication that the food is usually cooked and frozen ahead of flights then unthawed while in the air.

“Meals are prepared in advance, so they are shelf-stable for a number of hours,” Spence explained. “Then it’s reheated in less than ideal conditions, which contributes to it not tasting great.”

Sources also told the publication that airlines tend to go to extreme lengths to keep the food from drying out, such as dousing it in sauces and gravy, which can also turn travelers off.

“Airlines came to understand that by the time you have served 250-plus passengers, the food would either get cold or dry,” Guillaume de Syon, a professor at Albright College in Pennsylvania, explained. “The solution? Douse whatever you are serving in a fluid.”

And that’s really just the brink of it. So, Ramsay’s aversion to in-flight meals seems understandable.

Ramsay sticks to a routine

During the week, Ramsay is likely making green smoothies at home or having dinner at one of his Michelin-starred restaurants.

But on the weekends, he whips up meals with his family. Ramsay has five children — Megan, Jack, Holly, Matilda, and Oscar — with his wife, Tana, whom he married in 1996.

He told Refinery29 that they sometimes experiment with recipes from Matilda’s cookbook. Other times, they’ll make staple dishes, including lasagna or Indian butter chicken.

But the magic really happens on Sundays when the family gets together for brunch, cooking foods such as eggs and smoked salmon.

“They think they’re getting better than their dad,” Ramsey teased.

Wow. Who needs airplane food when you’ve got it made like that?