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Gordon Ramsay Explains Why His Kids Fly Economy But He Flies First Class

We all know Gordon Ramsay as the toughest, meanest guy on television when it comes to cooking. But recently he’s been getting a lot of attention on another topic: his parenting skills and apparently he’s just as tough on his own kids.  

According to Business Insider, Gordon caused a bit of a stir last month when he revealed that while he and his wife fly first class, his four young children sit behind in the economy section. Talk about some major tough love.

Ramsay was asked by the Mirror what he thought about the criticism he’s receiving. He told them “No, I’ve got to keep it real with the kids, I don’t want them sat there with a 10-course menu with champagne.”

He continued noting, “I’m not embarrassed. It is [our] choice to discipline them and to keep them real.”

According to Business Insider, Ramsay said: “They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that.”

Gordon also believes in common sense. Meaning, he would much rather spend money on things to do when you land.

Rather than splurging on a plane ride for kids who are perfectly content with sitting in coach and being entertained on their iPads, he would rather spend it in other fun activities once they land.

Ramsay is pretty well known for his incredibly serious and dedicated morals in the kitchen. I guess we shouldn’t be too shocked that he has this sort of attitude in raising his children.

He told The Telegraph: “I’ve never been really turned on about the money. That’s not my number one objective, and that’s reflected in the way the kids are brought up.”

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Ramsay also noted that he took his kids for the first time to one of his well-known restaurants for his daughter’s 16th birthday.


The kids had been there before, but not as VIP guests. They were once invited to the Chelsea Pensioners Christmas lunch, but other than that, they had never eaten there.

Gordon told The Telegraph: “I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, ‘make sure those little [expletives] don’t come anywhere near us.”

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He continues: “I want to sleep on this plane. I worked my arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you’ve grafted for it.”

But we gotta admit, we’re pretty impressed with the way Ramsay handles disciplining his kids. Despite all the fame and success, he keeps them grounded and appreciative.

Ramsay’s method of raising his kids is definitely a product of his own tough upbringing, according to The Telegraph.

Gordon was born in Glasgow and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. His father, Gordon James Senior, was an abusive, alcoholic womanizer.

His father took out his frustrations on his young wife, Helen. Being unable to deal with this life, Ramsay decided to move out of his family’s home at the age of 16.

He’s come a long way, having a beautiful family and owning homes in Wandsworth, South London, Los Angeles and Cornwall.

His business is being found more and more throughout the world. He is said to earn as much as Beyonce, both making $54 million last year according to Forbes.

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