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Thursday
Mar072013

Gordon Ramsay Blasts Father-in-Law, Celeb Chefs

Bryan Steffy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gordon Ramsay, host of Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen, has had his share of disagreements.  The restaurateur didn’t hold back in his interview with Men’s Journal, where Ramsay lived up to his fiery image and went on the attack.

The Ferrari-racer and Forbes’ highest-paid chef goes after fellow chefs and critics, attacking celebrity chef Cat Cora for not coming on the show Master Chef unless she could be the winner and critic Frank Bruni for giving his NYC restaurant two stars.

Ramsay even tackles Iron Chef Bobby Flay.

“That’s why I laugh when they say, ‘Let’s see if he’s a real chef. Let’s get him up against Bobby Flay on Iron Chef.' I’m like, ‘F****** do me a favor…come on. I’ve forgotten more than he’s known!’” Ramsay told the magazine.

Flay could not be reached for comment.  Men’s Journal said Cat Cora’s rep denied the incident he described ever happened.

The chef turns to more personal matters when he addresses the firing of his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, who became his business partner after he married Hutcheson's daughter Tana in 1996.

“First my father let me down, and then my father-in-law let me down,” said the chef.  Ramsay said he hired a private investigator to keep tabs on his father-in-law after Hutcheson started taking out loans that seemed “excessive.”

Despite the family drama, the notoriously foul-mouthed chef doesn’t work on the weekends and says he doesn’t curse in front of his daughters.

“I think everyone should work their asses off five days a week,” he said, “but I am religious about not working weekends. I’m not even remotely interested in going in to shake hands with some Japanese god who wants to pay a fortune to say hello. Please. Not interested.”

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Thursday
Aug162012

Celeb Chefs Go Back in Time for New Cooking Competition

ABC/RON TOM(NEW YORK) -- Are you bored with endless TV cooking competition shows?  A one-off show airing Thursday night on ABC hopes to shake things up a little bit.

Called Time Machine Chefs, the show takes a few celebrity chefs -- Top Chef Masters vets Art Smith and Chris Cosentino, Top Chef season-two winner Ilan Hall and Next Iron Chef contestant Jill Davie -- and plunks them down in the "past," courtesy of a "time machine" that resembles a giant refrigerator.   

The chefs will visit China's Ming Dynasty, which was between 1368 and 1644 A.D., and the Tudor era of England, circa 1416 A.D., and be forced to compete in cooking challenges using only the tools available at the time.  That means no running water, no electricity, and bizarre food that nobody eats today.  The chefs will compete for the title of "The Greatest Chef in History."

Asked why he felt the need to appear in yet another cooking reality show, since he's currently on Top Chef Masters, Smith calls himself a "serial cooking competitor" and tells ABC News Radio, "I love a challenge...and it was such an amazing challenge when I heard about it.  The idea of actually cooking in a different time period and actually using the equipment of that era as well as the food."

Smith also feels that Time Machine Chefs, as crazy as it sounds, ups the game a bit on all these shows. "There is a need in the whole reality cooking show business for something more exciting, more fun, something more engaging," he explains. "And what I love about Time Machine is that it's entertaining. People see what the period was like,'cause it's very authentic, and I also believe, too, that it's educational."

Art says that the craziest thing he had to cook during the competition was something that would take modern-day Americans aback: a peacock.  "You know, I grew up on a farm," Art says, admitting he had a very hard time with that particular dish. "Everything had a name and we had peacocks and I love them -- the most beautiful, majestic bird -- and I'd rather have it as a pet than eat it."  But, ultimately, he admits, "It's very delicious.  It tastes like turkey!"

Time Machine Chefs airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

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