Gordon Ramsay Shares The One Place Where He Refuses To Eat

Gordon Ramsay has revealed that he refuses to eat plane food and there's an important reason behind this.
Credit: Alamy

While he made his start in the world of fine dining, nowadays Gordon Ramsay is best known as a hilarious TV star. 

But the Hell’s Kitchen star has now sparked a fierce online debate after revealing the one place he refuses to eat.

After working in a selection of some of the biggest names in high-end food, and earning seventeen Michelin stars throughout his career, Ramsay rose to fame as a TV personality, with shows such as Channel 4’s Kitchen Nightmares making Ramsay a household name.

He’s known for telling it like it is, with an imitable harsh wit that has garnered a legion of fans. So when Ramsay warns people off of eating at a certain establishment, it’s in all of our best interests that we listen …

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Ramsay is still starring in a huge range of cookery shows filmed around the world, including the BBC’s Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars and Fox’s Next Level Chef. And all of this filming means Ramsay is forced to spend a lot of time travelling from place to place.

So, while Ramsay does get to enjoy some of the best food, cooked in the most famous restaurants by the most prestigious chefs, he also has many of his meals whilst on the road. 

This is something the world-famous chef has complained about – particularly the standards of food served on aeroplanes. In fact, he claims this is the one place he refuses to eat!

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Gordon Ramsay absolutely refuses to eat plane food. Credit: Alamy

In an interview with Refinery29 back in 2017, Ramsay said: “There’s no f***ing way I eat on planes.”

Ramsay also explained the reasons for his firm stance, citing his own experience working on aeroplane food.

“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. 

It seems freshness and quality are of paramount importance to Ramsay’s palate – and he appears to know the grisly secrets behind what is served up at high altitude.

Ramsay is so passionate about his stance that he makes sure he never has to touch plane food by never boarding a flight with an empty stomach.

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In the same interview, he shares some tips for travellers on what to eat before a plane journey.

The chef advises passengers to ‘keep it light’ before flying, recommending an Italian bar if there’s one available at the terminal. 

“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 s***,” Ramsay says.

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Gordon Ramsay says plane passengers should ‘keep it light’ before flying. Credit: Alamy

For Ramsay fans who truly wish to emulate the star’s pre-flight eating habits, Ramsay has even opened his own airport eatery. Plane Food, in Heathrow, was designed by Ramsay for the very purpose of lining the stomach before flying.

Ramsay explains in a YouTube video: “The idea behind Plane Food is simple: I’d like you to eat incredibly well before takeoff.”

With a menu including steamed seabream, a buffalo chicken burger, and lobster linguine, we have to admit it sounds vastly preferable to the fare available on board. Plane Food even boasts an impressive express menu, offering two courses in under twenty-five minutes for diners in a rush.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a freelance content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.