Gordon Ramsay, 55, hit back at claims he ‘snuck’ onto the seafront to escape Covid in London
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Gordon Ramsay has said he is puzzled by the backlash he has received for spending the lockdown at his £4million second home in Cornwall.
The 55-year-old celebrity chef has defended his decision to travel to the estate from his south-west London mansion to isolate himself with his wife Tana, 47, and five children. Megan, 21, twins Holly and Jack, 22, Tilly, 20, and Oscar, two, at the height of the pandemic in 2020.
In conversation with the radio timesGordon hit back at claims that they “snuck down” to the coast and said he appreciated the time they spent together as a family.
“God knows why we took so much shit from the Cornish. We lived down there; we just haven’t been down there in a long time. We didn’t sneak there at all,” Gordon said.
“We got there at the right time and had an absolutely amazing time. And a time like this – we’ll never come back. When the kids left I didn’t want it to end – as a father not a chef.”
At the time, Gordon’s arrival sparked concern among neighbors, who feared more people would flock to the area.
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According to The Sun, locals even threatened to reveal Gordon’s address if he didn’t go.
They ranted in a Facebook group called You Shouldn’t Be Here, where angry Cornwall residents named and shamed celebrities and wealthy families who had moved to their second homes in the area to escape the coronavirus outbreak in busy cities.
One reportedly wrote of the Ramsays: “Big s*** should get himself and his family the hell out of Cornwall.”
Another claimed: “He’s strolling through the shops like nothing’s wrong. He has visiting pool engineers. There is no defense at all.”
Mirror Online contacted Gordon’s representative for comment at the time.
Elsewhere in the interview, Gordon said while the various lockdowns have been “devastating” for the hospitality industry, they have “wiped the slate clean” of s**tholes occupying prime locations.
He said: “The c**p’s gone now, just s**tholes in a prime position and taking advantage because they’re in a great location and they have the cadence.”
And while Gordon reflected on the fond memories he made in lockdown in Cornwall with his family, the TV previously joked “being stuck in my house with these five starving kids is a living nightmare”.
He told Capital FM: “Every single day is the same. I’m the kitchen porter and I work my fingers to the bone.
“I’ve honestly cooked more food in the last 10 days than in the last 10 years of my career.”
The full interview with Gordon is now available in the Radio Times.
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