London, Jan 24 (Calcutta Tube) A British celebrity chef known for his liberal use of the F-word on televisions shows has been criticised for dishing out his trademark ‘disrespectful’ treatment to Indians.
Gordon Ramsay was accused of being rude to Indian chefs during a recent series shot in India for Channel 4 network’s ‘Indian Winter’ season.
More than 100 viewers complained to Channel 4 about his behaviour on the three-part ‘Gordon’s Great Escape’ shown last week, the Mail on Sunday reported.
Ramsay called an Indian guru ‘Father Christmas’ and repeatedly used obscenities when speaking to locals for the series, aimed at showcasing Ramsay learning how to cook ‘real Indian’ food.
Ramsay – who claims never to have eaten a dish without meat – made fun of a guru’s belief in vegetarian food, saying: ‘When I first saw him I thought he was Father Christmas. But I don’t dig all the stuff about the food. I respect carrots, fine, but they’re not living to keep us happy.’
He told a tree climber in Kerala: ‘You little f*****, making me look like a t***.’
Channel 4 said it had received 116 complaints – more than double the average the network receives for Ramsay’s regular show, ‘The F Word’ – but said it had warned viewers about the chef’s language.
‘Gordon is a passionate character and viewers know what to expect when watching his programmes. The series was broadcast after the watershed and each episode was preceded by a clear language warning,’ a Channel 4 spokeswoman said.