If you ever get the chance to meet Gordon Ramsay in person, the one thing I would recommend not doing is trying to go toe-to-toe with him. Chef Ramsay isn't here for the BS, and will shut down anyone trying to stand up to him in a war of words.
Don't believe me? Just look at all the times folks on Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen have tried to do it through the years. Each time, Ramsay had them sitting down and being humble within minutes. We've compiled a few of the harshest fights and best clapbacks Gordon has offered up to cameras, and it's definitely the most savage montage of all time. Enjoy yourselves, and remember to breathe while laughing.
Contestant Tries To Defend Their 'Smart Idea'
On season 7 of Hell's Kitchen, oddball competitor Andrew Forster attempted to salvage his "mashed potato soup" by adding a thick pile of mash to the pot. Chef Ramsay immediately called him out on it, and Andrew stood his ground saying it was a "smart idea." That earned him a trip to the time-out box and a flurry of insults from Gordon that later caused Andrew to walk out of the competition that same night. Good riddance.
Customer Tries To Push Back Beef, Gets Called A Quail
Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen definitely had it's fair share of lowlights. This snarky contestant who couldn't tell what a medium-cooked steak looked like decided to get some extra camera time in. He tried to stand up to Gordon about the temperature of his beef, but retreated back to his seat pretty swiftly, all the while getting pelted with verbal barbs from Chef Ramsay. Calling him a "fucking quail" was probably the best of the whole bunch for trying to strut up to Gordon the way he did.
Chef Can't Cook A Mussel But Can Mock Gordon Ramsay
An early episode of the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares featured Chef Ramsay struggling with a chef who couldn't even cook a mussel properly. The chef got so offended at Ramsay's offer to teach him that he began to mock Gordon and insult him as his only way of retaliation. Needless to say, it didn't go very well.
"Yea, But I'm Not Dickface"
Fed-up chefs tend to give the "best" responses to Gordon Ramsay. Contestant Giovanni Filipponi from season 5 of Hell's Kitchen is a prime example. After getting called "Dickface" for screwing up an entree, Giovanni protested at his new nickname, leading to a close and personal scolding from Chef Ramsay that nobody wants to be on the opposite side of. Just accept the nickname next time, man.
Masterchef Contestant Tries To Clap Back
Even Masterchef contestants aren't free from Gordon Ramsay's harsh critiques. After one contestant made a delicious, perfectly seasoned risotto, Gordon asked fellow competitor Christian Collins, who served up a completely bland mashed potato dish, to taste it. Christian said it tasted good but that he had had better, forcing Chef Ramsay to put him in his place. If Christian had just shut his mouth after the first few words, his day would've been a lot better.
Gordon Offers To Shove A Go-Pro Into A Pretty Nasty Place
In a feeble attempt to defend his reasoning for delivering Gordon a pile of raw scallops, Hell's Kitchen season 16 contestant Matt Heam told the chef to "check the cameras" to prove what he was saying. Chef Ramsay, obviously, could care less, and proceeded to tear Matt a new one before threatening what he would do the next time someone mentioned a camera. Definitely didn't sound like the most pleasant offer.
So-called 'Head Chef' Tries To Square Off With Gordon Ramsay
If there's one thing Gordon Ramsay hates more than lying chefs, it's when those chefs are lying and accusing him of something at the same time. In the case of this so-called "head chef" of a fine dining bistro featured on Kitchen Nightmares, he had the audacity to compare himself to Gordon, calling himself "his twin" after being called things like "ignorant" and "defensive" by Chef Ramsay. This was after pretending that his "Catch of the Day" special wasn't frozen fish and putting fake garnishes on dishes that had already infuriated Chef Ramsay, turning this boiling confrontation into a full-on shouting match at one point. This guy just didn't know when to quit, and Gordon made him pay for it.
Amy's Baking Company
Do I even need to say anymore than that? We all know the story of this Arizona restaurant, their appearance on Kitchen Nightmares, and how they continually stood up to Gordon and refused to hear anything he had to say. Chef Ramsay may have dropped the greatest clap back of all time on them when he walked out and refused to help the restaurant anymore. One of the world's greatest chefs telling you your restaurant isn't salvageable? That's a pretty low blow.
Chef Actually Tries To Bitchslap Gordon Ramsay
After a chef on Ramsay's UK Kitchen Nightmares show shouted at her staff, Gordon asked to talk to her in private and asked if what she was doing was "showing off." The chef was so offended at this accusation that she tried to slap Gordon Ramsay in the face multiple times. However, Gordon suddenly morphed into Jackie Chan, blocking every single attempted blow while talking the chef down from her high horse. He did this all with the tranquility of a Zen Master, making his role in the entire debacle seem all the more badass.
Lying Chef Gets Caught Red-Handed, Then Threatens Gordon
After a brigade of cooks served Gordon some horrible food and insulted him behind his back, Ramsay called them out on some shady restaurant practices, like cooking their duck once a month and freezing it or serving frozen crab cakes. One of the chefs who had lied to him about that being the case was absolutely mortified, and decided to try and save face by challenging Gordon to a fight. You can bet that didn't go over well.
The Greatest Hell's Kitchen Insult Of All Time
Hell's Kitchen is no stranger to customers coming up and trying to get their free camera time with Gordon Ramsay, but this exchange takes the cake as one of the funniest ever. A man trying to score some extra pumpkin risotto under allegations there was no pumpkin in his almost-finished dish walked up to the pass and asked Gordon for some pumpkin. Ramsay responded with what is definitely the greatest insult to ever come out of his mouth. If you haven't heard it already, watch the video. It's that worth it.
Gordon's Finest Hour
In what is probably Gordon Ramsay's most iconic clip in television history, he nearly gets into a massive fight with Hell's Kitchen competitor and former Marine Joesph Tinnelly. Joseph had been badmouthing and ignoring Gordon's instructions through the entire elimination sequence at the end of an episode, and as Ramsay publicly dismantled him for that, Joseph lost it, tearing off his jacket and going after Gordon. Ramsay eventually proved that Joseph wasn't ready for prime time, though, and sent him packing. It's surprising Tinnelly even found a job in the restaurant industry after that.