Gordon Ramsays strict parenting rules to keep kids in check as he welcomes sixth child at 57
Gordon Ramsay, the celebrity chef known for his no-nonsense approach on shows like Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen, has just welcomed his sixth child.
He shared the happy news on Instagram, posting a picture of his wife Tana with their newborn son and writing: "What an amazing birthday present please welcome Jesse James Ramsay, 7lbs 10oz whopper!! One more bundle of love to the Ramsay brigade!! 3 boys, 3 girls…. Done."
However, just like his older siblings Megan, 25, twins Jack and Holly, 23, Strictly star Tilly, 22 and Oscar, who is now three years old, little Jesse James won't be allowed to live by his own rules. Gordon is known for being very strict with his children, maintaining order at home just as he does in kitchens around the world.
The famously outspoken chef has a surprising rule at home – no swearing. He explained to The Mirror: "Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change. You've got to be boisterous to get results – they know I've said bad words. I say it is an industry language. They don't swear. They don't walk around shouting the f-word."
Despite being worth a whopping £181million, Gordon isn't planning on leaving his fortune to his children. In a 2017 interview with the Telegraph, he revealed his kids will have to earn their own money. He said: "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 that they get a 25% deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat." He added that he's never really been "turned on about the money", and that has been reflective in the way he has raised his children.
Gordon's strict approach extends to pocket money too. He doesn't hand out cash freely, instead setting strict limits. He previously said: "Meg's at university and has a budget of £100 a week; the others get about £50 a week and they have to pay for their own phones and their bus fare.
"The earlier you give them that responsibility to save for their own trainers and jeans, the better." The kids also had to do housework for their pocket money, including making sure they tidy up after each dinner. He added: "It's important they help set and clear the tables, it's important they cook, it's important they do their homework."
Gordon is clear – he doesn't want his children to grow up spoilt, and that involves not giving them anything without them having to work for it. In fact, if they want to get into the industry, he'd rather they worked for another chef than him. He said on US radio: "I'm firm, I'm fair and I will give you everything I've got to get you to the very top. And that's it, no bulls**t."
"I take a lot of flak for being straight and honest, but I'm not worried about that f***ing snowflake generation. It's like not employing the kids. I don't want the staff thinking, 'F**k it's Ramsay's kid, we can't tell them off'. You want to work in this business? You f**k off to another chef, learn something different and come back with something new to improve the business."
Gordon also has some strict rules for his kids during holidays. He and his wife Tana fly first class while their children fly economy. He once told The Telegraph: "I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess: 'Make sure those little f***ers don't come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane' – I worked my f*****g a**e off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you've grafted for it."
Gordon is not a fan of vegetarians and he's made it clear that he wouldn't be happy if his kids became one. He once said: "My biggest nightmare would be if the kids ever came up to me and said, 'Dad, I'm a vegetarian.' Then I would sit them on the fence and electrocute them."
There are other rules in the Ramsay household too. Gordon and Tana limit how much time their kids can spend on their phones. He once told The Sun that their phones have to be left outside their doors at bedtime. He even decides who his children can date and the Beckhams are not allowed.
When his daughter Tilly was training for Strictly Come Dancing, Gordon revealed that he doesn't let his kids use personal trainers. He explained: "And when we trained for the marathon and enlisted a trainer, we didn't give them access – you don't need a PT when you're 18."
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