Gordon Ramsay is as strict with his children as he is in the kitchen, recently claiming they won’t get a penny of his multi-million fortune.
The world-renown chef and TV star, 50, who earned an estimated £54 million alone last year, but despite his wealth said it won’t be going to his four kids – Matilda, 18, twins Jack and Holly, 17, and youngest daughter Matilda, 15.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the straight-talking Chef admitted: “It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them.
“The only thing I’ve agreed with Tana is they get a 25 per cent deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat.”
Ramsay, who was born in Scotland and grew up on a council estate Stratford-upon-Avon, referred his upbringing as “educated rough” and said the experience had profoundly influenced how he treated his own children.
The second of four children, Gordon described the abuse and neglect he suffered during his early years from his father a “hard-drinking womaniser” in his autobiography Humble Pie.
By age 16 he had already left home and embarked on a promising career as a footballer however, any dreams he had of playing top flight football were cut short by injury and it wasn’t long before his attention turned to cooking.
After learning his trade at a string of restaurants in the early 1980s, he met another temperamental chef, Marco Pierre White, who brought him to Harveys in London.
Ramsay went on to work for some of the most renowned restaurants in the world, before opening his first restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in 1998.
Since 2001 the Mayfair establishment has held three Michelin stars and has become the centre of the restauranteur’s growing empire.
It’s no surprise that the TV chef’s keen to inspire the same ambition and drive in his own children, revealing that he keeps them on a tight budget.
“Meg’s at uni and has a budget of £100 a week; the others get about £50 a week and they have to pay for their own phones, their bus fare. The earlier you give them that responsibility to save for their own trainers and jeans, the better,” he said.
His attitude extends to when they travel as a family, revealing that while he and wife Tana might enjoy the luxury of flying first class, his children don’t.
“They don’t sit with us in first class. They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We’re really strict on that,” he said.
While they might not be able to splash out on expensive flights just yet, it’s not exactly a bad life for the Ramsays.
The family is close friends of the Beckhams and recently celebrating New Year with David and Victoria in the Carribean. There were even rumours Holly was romantically involved with the eldest Beckham, Brooklyn but, according to Gordon, there’s little chance of that happening.
He admitted that Victoria and David were good friends to have, especially when it came to parenting.
“But the connection is our ambition to get all eight children through school, college, university, and then dust ourselves down, when the kids are in their 20s, as having been decent parents. That’s hard. We feed off each other,” he added.
Like the Beckhams, the Ramsays are currently based in London, but also have homes in Cornwall and Los Angeles, where the TV chef is a huge star.
Gordon’s fiery temper, expletive-filled rants. and enraged outbursts have gone down a storm with US audiences, who can’t get enough of the blunt-talking Brit.
Hells Kitchen US has been running for over a decade on Fox and there were also seven seasons of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though Ramsay’s insisted he doesn’t want any of his children to pursue a career as a Chef, it’s clear he’s a huge influence on their lives.
At just 15 Matilda has her own cooking show on CBBC in the UK Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, while eldest Megan recently followed in her father’s footsteps by completing the London Marathon in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
She’s got a long way to go before matching her father’s marathon running achievements though, he ran ten consecutive London Marathon’s completing the impressive feat in 2009.