Gordon Ramsay is highly critical of the dishes his contestants serve on “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Masterchef,” but at least he’s willing to taste them.
Airline food, on the other hand, is completely off-limits.
"There’s no f---ing way I eat on planes," Ramsay told Refinery 29 in a recent interview. "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."
It’s true that Ramsay is no stranger to airline cuisine. For a decade, the celebrity chef worked with Singapore Airlines to help develop their in-flight menu, which included a pan-seared salmon and a rib-eye dish with a red wine sauce.
In 2008, Ramsay also opened a restaurant in Terminal 5 of London’s Heathrow Airport — appropriately called Plane Food — where he serves soups, salads, sandwiches and Asian-inspired cuisine.
When it comes to eating on-the-go, however, Ramsay says prefers to chow down before he hits the skies.
If he has the time, and he’s departing from Heathrow, the restaurateur says he’ll have a pre-flight bite at his own restaurant. If not, Ramsay tells Refinery 29 that he’ll pull up a seat at an airport wine bar for a “light” snack.
"A nice selection of Italian meats, a little glass of red wines, some sliced apples or pears with some parmesan cheese, I’m like a pig in s---," said the chef and TV personality.
Ramsay’s newest series, “The F-Word,” premieres May 31 on Fox.