Two celebrity chefs have become mired in a war of words, with one chef accusing the other of a racially tinged tirade, the New York Post reports.
“Harlem celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson claims fellow TV food master Gordon Ramsay hurled a racial slur at him during an odd, ego-fueled tirade,” the story reports. “Samuelsson, born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, was working as guest chef at London’s swanky Lanesborough Hotel in 2000 when Ramsay allegedly went nuts over the phone.”
Samuelsson, the 2012 winner of Food Network’s "Chopped All Stars: Judges Remix," has a new book out in which he recounts the incident. The account indicates Ramsay was upset because Samuelsson had failed to mention him in an interview in which Samuelsson was asked about his role models.
Samuelsson’s account, printed in the Daily Mail, includes this passage, reportedly quoting Ramsay: “‘I’m going to make sure you have a f–king miserable time here. This is my city, you hear? Good luck, you f–king black bastard.’ Then he hung up.”
The Post reports: “A spokesman for ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ master Ramsay said the episode never happened. ‘We’re shocked by these completely false and extremely offensive accusations,’ he said.”