Gordon Ramsay is notorious for his zero bulls**t approach to business.
His bullish approach to life probably owes a lot to his tough upbringing with an alcoholic and violent father.
In a piece for CNN, Ramsay wrote, “Growing up, my father was less than a perfect role model. I watched how he battled alcoholism and how he became terribly violent with my mum, to the point where she feared for her life.
Every time he got violent, any present that my brother, sisters, or I had given my mum would be smashed, simply because he knew it belonged to her. There were instances when the police were called to take him away; mum was taken to the hospital while we kids were taken to a children’s home.”
On the worst of these violent, drunken occasions Gordon’s mom ended up needing 57 stitches to close the wounds on her face. It was this horrific homelife that
Gordon fought, sweated and hustled his way to the top with zero help from friends or family. And even though the celebrity chef is believed to be worth a cool $190 million, he’s keen to instill the same work-ethic into his children.
When asked if Gordon would consider giving his kids a leg-up by hiring them at one of his restaurants, his response was typically expletive.
“They should f**k off to another chef.”
“I don’t want the staff thinking: ‘F*** it’s Ramsay’s kid, we can’t tell them off. ‘You want to work in this business? You f*** off to another chef, learn something different and come back with something new to improve the business.”
The 52-year-old chef has homes in Wandsworth, south London, LA New York, and Cornwall, pulling in $55 million last year, according to Forbes.
Despite this huge salary, he is careful to keep his kids grounded and makes sure that they earn their own money, do charity work, and learn to budget.
Meg’s at uni and has a budget of £100 a week; the others get about £50 a week and they have to pay for their own phones, their bus fare.
The earlier you give them that responsibility to save for their own trainers and jeans, the better.
They all cook as a life skill as opposed to a career. I never want to put that onus on them. I don’t want them with a badge, going into a kitchen [with people] thinking that’s Ramsay’s daughter or that’s Ramsay’s son.
What’s your opinion on Ramsay’s hardline stance with his kids?