Now that Gordon Ramsay has managed to piss off even more people with the revelation that he has applied for UK trademark rights to "The Spotted Pig," the same name as April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's New York restaurant, it's a good time to take a look at all the people Ramsay has been pissing off over the past couple of years. Some anger has been expressed formally via many, many lawsuits, while matters have been aired in the media or over Twitter. Here now, 10 people who count Gordon Ramsay on their shitlists, including his family members, business partners and fellow chefs.
1) Anthony Bourdain: In light of the news that Ramsay had applied for the UK trademark rights to April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's The Spotted Pig, Bourdain spoke up in defense of the New York restaurateurs. Bourdain called Ramsay's move "pathetic" and "shameless."
2) Jamie Oliver: Also related to the Spotted Pig debacle, Oliver concurred with Bourdain and added that "we like originals" in London. Oliver has feuded with Ramsay before, accusing him of being disrespectful of Indian chefs and just generally exchanging a whole ton of barbs throughout the years.
3) His Father-In-Law: Following a year and a half long drama-filled battle, Ramsay won a £250,000 lawsuit against his father-in-law Chris Hutcheson for wrongly withdrawing millions of dollars, hacking Ramsay's computer, bankrolling his mistress and many other accusations.
4) His Father-In-Law's Mistress: Hutcheson's former mistress Sara Stewart has filed a lawsuit against Ramsay for breach of privacy. Per the lawsuit, Ramsay allegedly hired a private detective to take "intimate" photos of Stewart and Hutcheson and sent a text message to her son threatening to go public with the shots.
5) His Former Business Partner: Ramsay is also suing his former business partner Danny Lavy to stop Lavy's company Sensio from distributing his "Everyday" line of kitchenware at Kmart stores. Lavy claims a letter of intent both parties signed last year is a binding agreement, while Ramsay disagrees. For more backstory to this feud, don't forget that Ramsay also sued Lavy's Montreal restaurant Laurier BBQ earlier this year for booting him from a consulting gig for reportedly never showing up.
6) Marcus Samuelsson: One of the juicy tidbits from Marcus Samuelsson's memor Yes, Chef involved this one time Gordon Ramsay called him a "fucking black bastard" for not naming Ramsay among his favorite British chefs. Ramsay's spokesman denies the account, accusing Samuelsson of writing it simply "in order to garner publicity" for his book.
7) A former News of the World Editor: Ramsay settled a lawsuit earlier this year against the British tabloid's former editor Phil Hall, who admitted to obtaining information about Ramsay by "illegitimate means." This, of course, relates to Ramsay's legal issues with his father-in-law.
8) A New Zealand Events Company: Ramsay settled a lawsuit with a New Zealand events company for $81,000 after the company claimed he failed to appear at a fundraiser.
9) Mario Batali: In late 2008, Ramsay and Batali had a great period of feuding in which Ramsay continually referred to Batali as "Fanta pants" and Batali banned the shouty chef from his restaurants. Though Ramsay once called stories of the feud "cow shit," he continues to make fat jokes and, well, The Spotted Pig is also one of Batali's investments.
10) A Whole Bunch of Other Chefs: Legendary French chef Jacques Pepin has expressed issues with Ramsay, saying "I wasn't crazy about Hell's Kitchen. ... When I saw a show like that where everyone is yelling, everyone gets terrorized, there is no way you can produce great food under that type of condition. You cannot give of yourself." Meanwhile, Eric Ripert has been famously critical of Ramsay's "racist" verbal abuse on Kitchen Nightmares — comments he has made more than once. Finally, José Andrés has also been famously embarrassed by the way Ramsay treated people on Hell's Kitchen.
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