It’s almost impossible to go through this world without having at least heard of Gordon Ramsay. This British chef is a celebrity in more ways than one. Originally a chef and restaurateur, Gordon’s restaurant group hold an impressive 17 Michelin stars overall. His success in the food industry has translated into TV stardom. With shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Uncharted, Master Chef, and Next Level Chef under his belt, Gordon is one of the best-known celebrity chefs in the world.
But the television and restaurant scenes aren’t the only realms where Gordon’s fiery personality, impeccable standards, and foul language have found an audience. He has taken over even the internet, serving up 100-degree burns for all who dare to ask for his opinion on their cooking. Be it a tweet or a TikTok video, Gordon doesn’t mince words or hold back. True to his “chef from hell” persona on TV, Gordon knows how to turn honest feedback into a certified roast. Here are 35 of the best (or worst?) Gordon Ramsay roasts we found on the internet.
When You Know You’ve Been Institutionalized
First, we can’t proceed without pointing out the irony of the tweet. Did OP allude to being in school while spelling the word “parmesan” wrong? For your sake, Jenn, I hope you didn’t mention which school you go to. Why? Because not only did you get roasted by Gordon, but you might get roasted by your teachers for your horrendous spelling. It makes us wonder what they’re actually teaching there.
Now let’s move on to the viciousness of this tweet. Gordon, the master of the put-down, has pulled off a classic – sarcastically pointing out how the food looks like it could’ve been served in prison and asking how much jail time the person who tweeted is in for. Ouch! Talk about the pitfalls of being in an institution. It’s not like school lunches and prison fare these days aren’t that different from each other. I, for one, am convinced that serving terrible food isn’t where their similarities end.
Few things in life can be more embarrassing than premature celebration. However, celebrating prematurely on national TV while being called out by a world-renowned chef for having the worst dish in a competition has to be one of them. This particularly vicious roast happened on an episode of MasterChef when a contestant started gushing out a prolonged “Thank You” before being soundly dismissed by Gordon Ramsay. The latter, after saying Congratulations, made it clear to everyone that it wasn’t for a job well done.
Understandably, contestants on MasterChef, or any cooking show for that matter, especially the ones headlined by Gordon Ramsay, have to be prepared to take the bad along with the good. They are, after all, presenting their work voluntarily to be judged by a particularly foul-mouthed, no-holds-barred chef. But if there’s one thing this contestant must have learned, it is to pause before reacting to what Gordon has to say. Receiving a congratulatory remark from him won’t always have a happy ending.
Some people just can’t quit passing off other people’s work as their own. In an attempt to impress Gordon Ramsay, some people have tried to ask for the top chef’s opinion of food they bought, not made. But even on Twitter, Gordon is as sharp and eagle-eyed as he is on television, spotting the box that the chicken pot pie came in.
Dude, if you’re going to pass off a store-bought pot pie as your own, can’t you at least make sure that the box isn’t in the picture? A little bit of effort to keep the illusion of being a better-than-average chef as seamless as possible wouldn’t hurt your case.
My first thought was, Where’s the rest of it? It’s hard not to chuckle a little bit at Gordon’s reaction to this, uh, shall we call it half a cake? Or perhaps a naked cake? Maybe the poster just ran out of icing? Regardless of whether the rest of it is actually on the floor (as Gordon may be alluding to) or not, it’s hard to call that thing a cake when it looks more like a stack of pancakes with some chocolate syrup and strawberries on top.
If you love cake as I do, you don’t need to ask a chef for his opinion and expect rave reviews if you submit an entry missing the best parts: icing on the sides! Don’t tease me with all that chocolate and leave the rest of the cake naked. That just wouldn’t cut it. And look, even Gordon agrees. You may not have dropped the cake, but you definitely dropped the ball on this little baking experiment.
The last thing you would want your food to remind you of is an older man’s kneecaps, and yet, there they are, geriatric joints superimposed over what could have otherwise been a lovely breakfast. To be fair, it’s hard to judge food just by looking at it, especially when you only get a picture to go on. However, food does have to at least look appetizing. Otherwise, no one would even want to try your concoction, no matter how good it tastes.
But for someone whose expertise is cooking, Gordon Ramsay sure has a poet’s gift when it comes to describing food. Or at least a knack for making it look and sound worse than it actually is. I’d have to say that if those eggs look anything like Gordon’s gramps’ kneecaps. However, I wouldn’t want to see Chef Ramsay in anything shorter than a pair of pants.
If I’m dining out, the last thing I want is something that came out of the microwave because, of course, why would I pay for something I can do myself at home? So it’s no wonder this particular restaurant owner got a major burn from Gordon. Poor guy was in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, a show where the owners invite Gordon to spend a week at their failing restaurant in an attempt to revive it.
Apparently, you can’t go wrong with serving a salad. You can take care of the rest by the microwave, or so this restaurant owner thought. Gordon sure set him right, the way only Chef Ramsay can. He uses a few choice words and a carefully curated set of hand gestures. If the only thing in your restaurant that isn’t cooked in a microwave is a salad, could you even call yourself a chef? Are you even running a restaurant? Nope. Didn’t think so.
Grandmas are supposed to be the queens of the kitchen, and I’ve had plenty of people tell me stories about learning to cook from their grandmother or being handed down a special family recipe from the matriarch. Unfortunately, there may be some grandmas out there who don’t fit that image. Many, sad to say, are terrible cooks, and it looks like this poster’s grandma falls in the latter category.
It doesn’t take a discerning culinary eye like Gordon’s to figure out why this lasagna doesn’t pass any quality checks. It looks about as dry as the desert and about as appetizing as sand. It’s just unfortunate that Gordon has to drag his dead grandma into the mix just to put this particular OP in his/her place. Hey Gordon, let your grandma rest in peace!
Every once in a while, the food critic in Gordon Ramsay hops on to Twitter. Why? Just to serve up some juicy roasts. The micro-blogging site never fails to provide fodder for these epic one-liners. Take this guy, for example, who offered up a photo of this meal he made with the expectation that nobody, not even the great Gordon Ramsay, could possibly find fault in it.
Well, to the haters and doubters, I can only say to never underestimate Gordon Ramsay. There is always something he can nitpick about food, even ones he can’t even taste! To be fair to Chef Ramsay, though, that piece of meat looks about as appetizing as – you guessed it – a sliced-up baseball glove.
First, let’s be clear: color doesn’t always improve things. You can’t just throw in pinks and blues and greens and make it look like a rainbow, hoping, nay expecting, that a healthy dose of food coloring will somehow eclipse everything else wrong with your food. Are people doing this to be creative? Is it just an attempt to serve up something different? Attract attention towards an otherwise dull creation such as a bagel. Or is it hiding something more sinister? Is it actually a chew toy masquerading as a bagel?
Gordon doesn’t seem to be falling for it. The man is a world-renowned chef, and I’m pretty sure he’s seen enough extraordinary food failures to know exactly what good food is supposed to look like, and it doesn’t seem like this rainbow bagel is making the cut. Let’s hope it won’t go to waste and actually make a great chew toy.
When you need a morale boost in the kitchen, the last person you’d probably want to talk to is Gordon Ramsay. The chef may have a brilliant flair for cooking, but his drive for perfection and no-nonsense way of running the kitchen definitely doesn’t win him any points for the most inspiring leader of the year.
Just look at what happened to this aspiring chef in an episode of Hell’s Kitchen. With a lead-off like that, you’d think Gordon has to be preparing to lift up an obviously disheartened chef’s spirits. But nope, Gordon is the master of the “build-and-smash.” If there’s one thing his words are good for, it’s building you up only to tear you down. Way to go, Gordon! All that tough love may not be winning any hearts or lifting up any spirits. Nevertheless, I sure hope they’re making those apprentices so much better at cooking than getting bombarded by positivity. Whatever works, we’ll take it!
Gordon is definitely the epitome of tough love in the kitchen, but if he ever had a soft side, it was only ever on display during his turn at MasterChef Junior. It may be out of character, but this is the only entry on this list that isn’t actually a roast. Being a father of five children himself, I can see why he is a more patient and even-tempered version of himself in the show. While MasterChef is a competition, these contestants are just kids, most of whom are probably there not just to win but, more importantly, to have fun. They want to pursue their love of and talent in cooking as early as possible.
And honestly, it’s just not good for his image to be yelling and screaming at these kids on national TV anyway. Who wants to see kids crying over being bullied in the kitchen by a professional? Also, how cute is that little prayer? What a nice touch to keep the kids calm while remaining competitive.
I can almost see Gordon Ramsay in my head, palm to face, with a little shake of his head, calmly tweeting out this precious burn as he surveys the host of ill-advised food creations dotting the landscape of Twitter, just begging to be roasted by him. Ah, just another day in the life of an award-winning chef.
Though there are plenty of amateur chefs just begging to get Gordon’s attention, this particular one stands out because of the extraordinary presentation of his dish. The “crusted sausage” uncannily resembles dog poop. Gordon is right about that. And the meal itself looks nothing like French toast. And what’s up with the “infusion”? These wannabe chefs on Twitter seem to think using culinary words is enough to prop up their dishes, but Gordon knows better. I, for one, am not even remotely tempted to eat that sausage. Gordon’s choice of words to describe it makes sure of that.
If you’re a successful chef on the level of Gordon Ramsay, you can’t possibly have gotten there without whipping up a delightful meat dish or two. Every self-respecting chef should be able to cook every protein available. That includes steak, pork, lamb, chicken, veal – and cook it to perfection. Gordon wouldn’t be Gordon without his signature recipe, Beef Wellington, a dish made with a choice cut of beef wrapped in heavenly puff pastry and served with sauteed mushrooms and the most delectable combination of herbs and spices.
Beef Wellington was the dish that put him on the gastronomical map and continues to draw crowds to his many restaurants, so I seriously doubt he is particularly popular with vegans. I’m pretty sure they’re not the people he’s cooking for. Hence, the very dry, very British quip about being allergic to vegans. If that was an innocent question on Twitter, girl, I feel you, but Gordon’s got a point. Well played, Chef Ramsay, well played.
Nothing beats coming home to a hot and fresh meal cooked by our mamas. Or so most of us think. For those who were lucky enough to grow up in a home with a well-loved kitchen and a mother who knows how to use it to whip up meals that not just warm and fill up our stomachs but also make up the happiest memories of our childhood, home is the best place to be.
Unfortunately, this poster doesn’t look like he grew up in such a home. Mama may have the best intentions but isn’t gifted in the kitchen if Sunday dinner looks like boiled wieners swimming in a sauce out of a can. A+ for mama’s effort, and if the poster thinks this meal delightful, good for him! Not everyone could have grown up in a kitchen like Gordon’s and had daily gourmet meals.
You know you’re doing it wrong if your dish looks unrecognizable even to a trained chef’s eye. This is exactly the predicament this poster found himself in when Gordon picked out his churros entry to reply to, only to hear an alien reference.
We don’t know where this poster gets his churros from or if he’s actually ever seen one or tried one before attempting to make it himself. However, that does not look like churros. It begs the question: does the poster not have Google? A quick check there would have told him he was way off and that soliciting a review from Gordon would be a bad idea. Were there no pictures for reference when he followed the recipe? Or is it a family recipe handed down to him? Either way looks like OP has a long way to go before he can officially say that he’s made churros. Good luck, OP!
It doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to presume that Gordon’s grandma must have been a great cook. He is, after all, one of the best chefs in the world, and that kind of pedigree is something that is usually passed down or cultivated in the home. So when he brings her up in comparison to the aspiring chefs that he blasts in his kitchen on a regular basis, you either feel bad for the chef for not living up to a dead person’s standards (see what I did there?) or you feel good for him knowing he can’t possibly be better than someone who must’ve been a great influence in Gordon’s cooking.
Either way, you know it’s never a good thing when Chef Ramsay invokes the memory of his dead grandma to put a chef in his place. Good cook or not, it’s hard to compete with a dead person after all, and the best you can do is dust it off and hope Gordon doesn’t bring up dead grandma next time.
I doubt Gordon Ramsay has ever had to cook for a dog. However, that doesn’t stop people on Twitter from asking for his opinion on dishes meant for their furry friends. Take this poster, for example, who wanted to hear what Gordon had to say about the cake he presumably made for his dog, Colin. Should we cut him some slack on the presentation since it is, after all, a cake for dogs, who will still love their humans no matter the state or appearance of the food they’ve been given?
Gordon doesn’t seem to think so, roasting the poster for what appears to be a subpar cake, judging by the fact that Colin, the dog, wasn’t even able to finish it. Still, you have to give the poster some credit for the effort of baking a cake for his dog. Second, for trying to make it look as presentable as possible, and lastly, for at least getting Colin to eat most of it. Who knows, Colin might just come back for seconds.
It can’t be easy to be a chef, more so if you’re a chef in the kitchen of one of the world’s most discerning, demanding, and perfectionist chefs, Gordon Ramsay. No wonder his show is called Hell’s Kitchen. Keeping running around at Chef Ramsay’s every bark and call must be hellish. In this particular episode, it doesn’t take the foul-mouthed chef too long into the show to demonstrate his particular knack for being inspirational, opening the show with a few choice words to a visibly deflated kitchen crew.
The narrator must have been making an attempt at sarcasm. Why? Because nothing is encouraging about being called an idiot after working your butt off and getting your ear chewed after the fact. Nope, it doesn’t look like it’s in Gordon’s DNA to sugarcoat things. Sorry chefs! If you want to work with Gordon Ramsay, it seems like you’d have to swallow a lot of bitter pills.
Tomato, Tomato. Potatoe, Potato. Same thing, right? Nope! Not all pasta is the same! And if you’re trying to impress Gordon Ramsay, you should at least be able to tell the difference between spaghetti and penne, right? That doesn’t seem to be the case for this particular poster after he asked for Gordon’s opinion on a penne arrabbiata that is obviously not made with penne at all but with spaghetti.
I kind of feel bad for the poster. The pasta looks pretty good and is something I wouldn’t mind trying. It’s just too bad that he mixed up his pasta in the description. If he had picked up on that little detail, I doubt there’s much about his dish that even Gordon can find fault in. The seasoned chef in Gordon sure picked up on that mistake really quick.
The Way to a Woman’s Heart is Also Through Her Stomach
You love to see it when people try to prepare food for their partners. After all, what could be a sweeter and more loving gesture than preparing a meal for someone you love? Take this poster, for example, who is obviously very proud of himself for making what looks like breakfast for his wife. It would have remained a sweet gesture, too, if he hadn’t been so proud of what he’d done that he even dared to show this off to Gordon Ramsay.
Needless to say, it does not impress Chef Ramsay. Apart from the personalized charm of seeing your name spelled out in sausage, there is nothing impressive about the food OP prepared. The food looks like it came straight out of a can. There is a poor, solitary piece of broccoli in the middle that looks like it doesn’t know what it’s doing there. That egg just looks like the freaking eye of Mordor, bordered by sausages and fries like that. If the poster keeps spelling out Jojie’s name like that in sausage, I won’t be surprised if Gordon’s fearless forecast spelling out divorce won’t come too far in the future.
Being the best at something seems to naturally bring out the competitive edge in most people. Many of those on Twitter who follow Gordon Ramsay’s penchant for roasting people’s best efforts on the social media platform seems to take it upon themselves to challenge his authority and see how far those efforts go. Case in point? This guy egging on his friend in the caption of a picture of a wok as if to say that Gordon has finally met his match in the kitchen.
To be honest, it’s fair to wonder if people like these are delusional or if they merely post these things to get attention. Either way, Gordon doesn’t have it. Instead, he is delivering a decisive victory before the match even started. In the realm of roasts, that is, proving yet again that he is the master of the burn, but not even the slightest of details can escape him. Touche Chef Ramsay!
Unless you’re in a restaurant serving exotic dishes, the last thing you’ll expect to find in the kitchen is a pigeon. Especially, a live one. Yet that’s exactly what Gordon found in one struggling restaurant in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. The restaurant is in Harrison, NJ. Two brothers own it. They couldn’t seem to agree with each other, much less keep a decent restaurant up and running. In the episode, which aired in the show’s third season, Gordon found, among other things, various meats with no dates on them. That includes a dead lobster in the sauce. Plus, the pigeon flapping around in the kitchen as if she owns it.
I’m no restaurateur myself, but if that’s the kind of kitchen running the show, you best believe I’m going in the other direction. I don’t know how the episode ended, but I have to agree with Gordon on this one: if that’s the freshest thing in there, that restaurant is most certainly in trouble.
When the Food is Actually Sinful – But Not in a Good Way
When we describe food as sinful, it usually means that it is so delicious that it feels wrong to eat it. But there are a few instances when using the word sinful actually feels like we’re sinning. Why? Because they are serving food that is so bad nobody should eat it. Case in point: when Gordon tried out the dishes a barbecue joint in South Bend, IN, was serving to its diners, he knew the food just won’t fly – even for a group of priests who I’m sure would’ve had no trouble forgiving the kitchen staff for whipping up something that Gordon obviously knew would be a sin to serve the guests.
The priests, who happened to order the same thing Gordon just had a taste of, were saved from the culinary disaster that was the pulled pork sandwich. Gordon, who was there for an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, saved the kitchen staff from committing a sin no decent kitchen should be allowed to make: serving subpar food to paying customers.
It’s easy to see why this photo can make your stomach turn. You definitely don’t need Gordon Ramsay’s hot take on this one to know that whatever that thing is, it won’t sit well on your tongue, much less your stomach. So, when you’ve got Gordon concurring with an “I feel sick,” that dish might as well end up in the trash.
First of all, what even is that thing? Is it pork and beans or chicken tenders? Nuggets or fries? Is that sauce or gravy? If you ask me, it’s just a hot mess of a dish that seems to be going through an identity crisis. Whoever was brave enough to experiment with this combination and then post it on Twitter for Gordon to take a whack at must be a little confused himself.
If there’s one thing Gordon Ramsay is the expert on, it has to be how to cook a steak to perfection, so if your steak looks anything like the dead duck that this poster seems to have produced, you best believe Gordon is gonna come after you.
I’m sure the steak didn’t look like that when it was raw, and it’s just an unfortunate stroke of luck that it formed the shape of a duck when it finally cooked. Let’s at least hope it only looks like a duck but actually tastes the way steak is supposed to taste.
Now this one is just asking for it. The poster is obviously in it to get a rise out of Gordon because, of course, who would make a sandwich like that in real life and expect to get anything but a roast from a five-star chef?
True to the sarcastic master of the put-down personality that he has, Gordon, despite the obvious intent of the poster, wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to put the guy in his place. And if there’s one word that would have best described the poster’s attempt, idiot is about as perfect a word as Gordon could come up with.
Gordon usually takes a few minutes into an episode to dish out his signature roast. However, in a few rare instances, like this one particular episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon hadn’t even made it inside the restaurant yet, and he was already dropping bombs.
After taking a quick look at the restaurant’s signage, a big letter “S,” Gordon just couldn’t help but take a poke at the restaurant’s name. “Let’s hope that doesn’t stand for sh**. It seems like an ominous remark, especially when you’re on a show called Kitchen Nightmares.
Sure, it looks like food, but you normally want it to look like food before it’s eaten and not after. Unfortunately, Gordon has a point here. Poor OP might have had the best intentions of making this quinoa salad, but it obviously appears like the chef cooked it too long. That, or the vegetables, added too much water to the dish, making it look soggy and mushy – not unlike vomit.
Sorry OP, but it looks like Gordon is on point with this one. Once you point out that it seems like something somebody’s already thrown up, you can’t quite unsee it. That dish doesn’t look like anyone can salvage it. They might as well scrape it out of the bowl and into the trash can with Forky.
Looks like Gordon Ramsay isn’t just the master of the put-down. It seems like he can work with a pun or two. Take these nachos that this poster shared on Twitter. They do look the way nachos should. However, Gordon seems to have a beef the lettuce. Either the inclusion of the lettuce or the amount of lettuce in comparison to the rest of the ingredients on the dish. Hence, the use of lettuce in his 12-character mini-tirade.
In a nod to all the other instances when we’ve seen Gordon say a prayer before eating in an obviously comical attempt to ward off indigestion or even food poisoning, he says, “Lettuce Pray.” Perhaps he is trying to say that only a prayer can help OP in the kitchen now.
The birthday cake looks like a mess, and it would’ve been entirely possible for the poster’s sister to have bawled her eyes out at the sight of it. Nevertheless, his dish doesn’t seem as bad as the other food photos that Gordon Ramsay has roasted on Twitter.
Most people would agree that the poster still gets props for at least making an effort to bake a cake for her sister’s birthday. Although in the future, it looks like it would benefit everyone if they just bought a cake to celebrate instead of making one at home. Nevertheless, I hope the poster doesn’t get discouraged and keeps on trying to bake cakes. I’m sure she’ll get better if she keeps at it and elects to brush off Ramsay’s discouraging comment.
Most people who ask for Gordon’s opinion about their food on Twitter probably aren’t serious and are just in it for kicks. Take Tyler, for example, who dared to ask a Michelin-starred chef to review, yes, you guessed it, a burnt sandwich. It might have been a grilled cheese, or it might have been something else entirely, but the level of toast this sandwich got renders it virtually unrecognizable and, dare we say, even inedible.
Bless his heart, Gordon found time to pay this little stunt some attention. And, yes, it does look like Tyler needs glasses because if he thinks this burnt sandwich warrants a serious review, there must be something seriously wrong with his eyes.
First of all, Liz gets props for being a supportive girlfriend. Way to show your significant other that you believe in his skills. Unfortunately for Liz, it doesn’t seem like her boyfriend has a lot to offer in that department.
If Gordon thinks your noodles look like worms and deems your egg overcooked when it’s one of the simplest kinds of food to make, you know the answer to your question. No matter how much you love your boyfriend, you have to face the truth: he’s probably not going to make it through Hell’s Kitchen auditions.