10 Facts About Gordon Ramsay


Of all the celebrity chefs and television personalities that feature on cooking shows, Gordon Ramsay is undoubtedly my favourite. I love his no-nonsense approach, his clear understanding of the restaurant business and his straight talking. Although he is known for his foul mouth, he also shows his softer and more caring side in may of his shows. I find him fascinating to watch and I am addicted to anything in which he appears. Here are 10 facts about Gordon Ramsay.

  • He was born in Renfrewshire in Scotland. This surprises many people as they associate this chef with England.
  • He had a career in football before injuring himself and switching career paths. 
  • His first head chef position was at La Tante Claire in Chelsea, England.
  • In 1998, he opened his first restaurant called Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
  • Ramsay was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2006 honour’s list. 
  • He was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • Ramsay married Cayetana ‘Tana’ Elizabeth Hutchence in 1996. The couple has four children together; Megan, Holly, Jack, and Matilda. 
  • He fell 26 feet off a cliff while filming in Iceland’s Westman Islands. Fortunately, he landed in the water and was unharmed. 
  • He caused controversy in 2009 when it was discovered that one of his restaurants, the Foxtrot Oscar in Chelsea, was using pre-prepared food. 
  • Ramsay currently owns 10 restaurants in England, eight in North America, four in France, two in Italy, one in Ireland, and eight further restaurants in various locations across the globe.

Introducing Pietro the Pasta Maker- The Fruity Tart’s New Assistant

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I am excited to introduce to you Pietro, my new pasta maker. In the style of Ainsley Harriet on ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’, I have decided to give it a name. For all of you who are not from the UK, ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ was a teatime cooking competition on TV that was presented by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriet. He would refer to the condiments as Susie Salt and Percy Pepper.

I am not entirely sure why I have decided to start naming my kitchen equipment. The only excuse I can make is that the children have been off school now for two weeks and I have had to look after them while still working from home and having building work done. Perhaps I am going a little deranged?

Anyway, you will now see Pietro appearing in quite a few blog posts now he has finally made it out of the cupboard. I actually got him as a gift from my mum for Christmas and I only got round to using him for the first time a few days ago. I made soft cheese and spinach ravioli with a garlic mushroom butter sauce and salad. Recipe coming soon!

7 Things You Might Not Know About Guy Fieri


Guy Fieri is best-known as a television host for programs on the Food Network, including ‘Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives’. His trademark platinum hair and bubbly personality make him stand out against other American food show hosts. In recent years, he has risen to prominence, so most people are aware of his existence. However, there are probably many things that you do not know about this television personality. Here are seven things you might not know about Guy Fieri.

  1. He Changed His Name

Guy Fieri was born as Guy Ferry. When he married his wife Lori in 1995, he changed his surname to the way his family traditionally spelled the name. It is pronounced ‘FEE-eddy’ as this is the Italian pronunciation.

  1. His Sister Died of Cancer

As a child, Fieri’s sister battled with cancer. Sadly, the cancer returned in her adulthood. At the age of 38, she was diagnosed with metastic melanoma and died within a year. Guy Fieri believes that his sister’s death has changed the way he thinks about life.

  1. He Was Passionate About Food from Childhood

Guy Fieri has always been passionate about food and began cooking as a child. He even had his own pretzel cart as a teen. While at high school, he studied in France for a year and stayed in a boarding house. The cook there was so terrible that it made him determined to get into the food industry and deliver decent food.

  1. He Didn’t Want Platinum Hair

Fieri’s platinum hairstyle was not the style of his choice. He always wore his hair long and this was distressing his hairdresser. In the end, he told her to do whatever she wanted. She chopped off his locks and dyed them platinum. Although he was shocked at first, he is now accustomed to the colour and this is now his signature look.

  1. His Favourite Snack His Apple Wrapped in Salami

The TV host has described his favourite snack as the poor man’s prosciutto and melon. As a child, he would slice a Granny Smith Apple thinly and wrap it in salami. This is still one of his favourite snacks to this day.

  1. He is a Restauranteur

Most people think that Guy Fieri is simply a television host. However, he is actually a restauranteur with a long history in the industry. He first opened Johnny Garlic’s in Santa Rosa California in 1999. He has gone on to own several more restaurants in various locations in the United States and licenses out his name to restaurants.

  1. He Collects Classic Cars

Other than food, his main passion is cars. He owns several American classic cars, including a 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS and a 1968 Pontiac Firebird.

TV Review: MasterChef- E1 S14


Of all the cooking competition series on the television, MasterChef is probably my favourite. I love the challenges in this show and all its spin-offs, including MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef, and Junior MasterChef. Finally, MasterChef has returned to TV screens across the UK for its 14th series. 

The first part of the challenge was for seven new contestants to use ingredients from the MasterChef larder to create a dish of their own choice. As always, there was a huge amount of variety between the dishes produced that demonstrated the kitchen skills and cooking styles of the different contestants. At the end of the round, Judges John Torode and Greg Wallace sampled each of the dishes and gave their critique. 

While they were extremely impressed by some of the dishes, they felt others were lacking. The three that impressed the judges the least left the competition. Terry had produced a Mushroom risotto topped with tempura vegetables. The latter had become soggy and it was this that led to his elimination from the competition. Also eliminated was Fiona who had left the skin on her cod and overused fennel in her dish. Joining the leaving party was Ashley. He had made a Venetian fish stew. The judges were initially impressed with his idea and were keen to taste the finished result. However, they said it was too dry and lacked flavour.

The remaining four contestants were then expected to produce their two best dishes and serve them to three former winners of the competition. Only the best three would win a place in the quarterfinals. The former judges were particularly delighted with the plate of food served by James, a wine retailer from Oxford. They described it as ‘restaurant standard’, despite his unusual use of purple ingredients.

Sadly, they were less impressed with the North African-inspired minced lamb dish produced by Louise. The main complaint was that she had not demonstrated enough skill in her chosen dishes. 

My one disappointment with the series, even in this early stage, is that the standard is so high even in the first rounds. A few years ago, the format of the show was changed so that they had already selected the best contestants prior to what is shown on television. In the previous years, I found it very entertaining watching people who believed they were good cooks turn up and create absolute disasters. With the new format, the judges have some negative comments to make about the contestants in the first round but this is nothing compared to the sheer atrocities that have been served in the past. 

Other than this one minor complaint about the show, I am looking forward to watching the contestants in the series facing some difficult challenges and producing quality dishes in their plight to win the MasterChef title. 

The Very Controversial English Breakfast


It has recently come to my attention that a traditional English breakfast is a dish that seems to cause a controversy. Everyone’s idea of the perfect English breakfast is very different and this is apparent from watching the popular television series ‘Four in a Bed’ and from a recent television advertisement.

For those who do not know, ‘Four in a Bed’ is a television competition where bed and breakfast owners stay in each other’s establishments and give each other marks for the facilities, the cleanliness, how they slept and the breakfast.

On this series, there is always huge discussion about the breakfasts served, especially the English breakfasts. One of the biggest issues, unbelievably, is beans. Some bed and breakfasts serve beans and others don’t and this is always an important topic of conversation around the table. A further issue if beans are served is whether they should be served on the plate or in a small bowl separately.

Eggs are another cause of debate. How they are cooked and the runniness of the yolks is a bone of contention amongst the B & B owners. Next on the list is the meat on the plate. Is it best to serve smoked or unsmoked bacon? Are the sausages thick enough? Do the sausages have a high enough meat content?

This type of debate is replicated in a recent television advert. A group of young men is sat around a table in a cafe eating an English breakfast. One says that dipping the sausage in the runny yolk of the egg is the most important part of the meal. Another says that it is the beans that make the breakfast come together. Another argues that beans touching the egg is the worst thing that could possibly happen- personally, I agree. The final friend’s solution to this is that you should build a wall of crispy bacon. Again, I agree that crispy bacon is a must.

Who would have thought that a traditional English breakfast could cause so much controversy!

WATCH: Funniest Cooking Scenes from TV- ‘Friends’


One of my all-time favourite sitcoms is ‘Friends’. I have watched every single episode of this series over and over again. Of all the amazing episodes, one of the best is ‘The One Where Ross Got High’. Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, is not talented in the kitchen, by her own admission. In this episode, she decides to put in the effort and make a trifle for Thanksgiving. 


Rachel accidentally gets the pages of the recipe book stuck together and creates a dessert that is half an English trifle and half a cottage pie. Her friends are determined to appreciate her efforts and try the trifle anyway. She later realizes that beef is not an ingredient in this dessert. There are also a series of confessions from the friends in this episode. Here are three of the funniest clips from this episode for you to watch.





Gordon Ramsay to Open a New Atlantic City Restaurant


Although Gordon Ramsay already has one restaurant in Atlantic City, he is now set to open a second. His new restaurant is the Gordon Ramsay Steak and will be at Harrah’s Resort. This will replace The Steakhouse at the resort and will join Harrah’s other restaurants; a Spanish and Mexican restaurant called Veracruz and Martorano’s, an Italian. This will be a great addition to the food scene in Atlantic City, which already includes Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. He is partnered in this restaurant by Caesars Entertainment.

Ramsay already has two Gordon Ramsay Steak restaurants operating in the United States. The first was opened in 2012 and is located in Paris on the Las Vegas strip. The second restaurant, which opened in 2017, is in the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.

Customers who visit the new restaurant can expect chic décor and a fantastic ambiance for socializing and eating food of the highest standard. The menu is expected to include the finest cuts of meat, including American Kobe and 28-day-matured beef.

If the menus of the other Gordon Ramsay Steak restaurants are anything to go by, then it is also likely that there will be influences taken from Ramsay’s British roots. Beef Wellington is one British classic that diners are likely to see on the menu and it is possible that the dessert menu will include sticky toffee pudding.

This new restaurant is just the latest in Ramsay’s ventures as he already owns over 40 restaurants in various locations across the globe. Thirteen of these are in the United Kingdom and the United States is home to a further twelve.

Aside from these businesses, Gordon Ramsay has achieved success and fame on both sides of the Atlantic as a celebrity chef and appears in many television series. These include ‘Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Hotel Hell’, ‘The F Word’, the United States version of ‘Masterchef’, and ‘Hell’s Kitchen’.

Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/gordon-ramsay-steak-to-open-at-harrahs-in-atlantic-city-20180126.html

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