Why ‘Masterchef’s’ Gordon Ramsay Has ‘Never Been Cooler’ to His Kids

Gordon Ramsay, world-renowned chef and host of a dozen shows, including Fox’s Masterchef and the new National Geographic series Uncharted, can now add ‘cool dad’ to his list of titles. The culinary king recently provided a cooking lesson to a record-breaking artist, scoring him some major points with his five kids.

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A little background

Earlier this month, Ramsay had tweeted that he hit an all-time personal high of subscribers for his YouTube channel. “Wow. I’m blown away that I’ve hit my 10 Millionth Subscriber on @YouTube !! Thanks to all of you who’ve been in my kitchen ! To celebrate I made an amazing #burger that maybe @seanseaevans will like ? Watch it now to see Gx: https://youtu.be/v191Y8AUk6w ,” he posted on Twitter.

This caught the eye of a famous rapper, who reached out to Ramsay – via Twitter, of course – asking for a cooking lesson with a simple, “teach me how to make paninis while i’m still london” post. The Twitter request came from none other than rap artist Lil Nas X, who had recently dropped a song entitled (what else) “Panini.”

Once Lil Nas X tweeted the inquiry to Ramsay, the chef jumped on it, simply replying, “Name the day.”

The two were able to make their culinary connection happen. Ramsay tweeted out a picture of the two in the kitchen, proudly holding the freshly made sandwiches with the caption, “Paninis. Done. @LilNasX enjoy @LuckyCatGR.”

Some serious street cred at home

Ramsay recently spoke to ABC News about the meeting between master chef and musician. “We were in London together for literally 24 hours. We broke bread. We had dinner. And what a guy,” Ramsay said. “I can’t sing for (expletive), so what I can do is make a great (expletive) panini.”

Apparently, the two got along quite well, with Ramsay singing the rapper’s praises (pardon the pun). “What a character. Y’know, to come out the way he did, at the age of 20, and to say in a very masculine way [that he’s gay] … it’s strong and it’s bravado for him to stand on his own two feet and announce what he did. Hats off,” Ramsay told ABC News of Lil Nas X. The chef was referring to the rapper revealing on Twitter in June during Pride Month that he is gay.

Ramsay has Lil Nas X to thank for his current status at home, where his five kids think he is the epitome of cool. “I’ve never been cooler in my household with three daughters right now, because they think I’m the dog’s (expletive), man, I’m telling you, because I’ve made panini for Little Nas,” Ramsay told ABC News. “He was great.”

Record breaker

What may have helped Ramsay’s status on the ‘coolness’ monitor at home is the fact that Lil Nas X is making history. On Monday, the rapper’s “Old Town Road” remix with Billy Ray Cyrus broke the record for the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. The hit song has been on top for 17 weeks, which is longer than any other song in the chart’s 60-year history, according to ABC News.

CNN reported that the former record-holders were 2017’s “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, and “One Sweet Day” by Carey and Boyz II Men in 1995-96. Carey posted a gracious congratulatory message to Lil Nas X, writing on Instagram, “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life!”

Hopefully Ramsay can maintain his high level of ‘cool’ at home for awhile!