“I don’t want the staff thinking, ‘Fuck it’s Ramsay’s kid, we can’t tell them off.”
The Michelin-rated restaurateur and reality television personality, known for his volcanic temper, recently told a U.S. radio station that he doesn’t care for the softness of the “fucking snowflake generation.” And while he gets “a lot of flak” for his fiery outbursts, he’s just “being straight and honest.”
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Even when it comes to his four kids.
In a bid to keep his children – Megan, Holly, Jack and Matilda – from developing the sense of entitlement that plagues so many of their peers, Ramsay refuses to simply hand them a job.
“It’s like not employing the kids. I don’t want the staff thinking, ‘Fuck it’s Ramsay’s kid, we can’t tell them off,” he said. “You want to work in this business? You fuck off to another chef, learn something different and come back with something new to improve the business.”
It’s not the first time Ramsay’s expressed his distaste for coddled youngsters. During an appearance on food show “Hot Ones” in January, Ramsay delivered a message to “all those beautiful millennials and snowflakes out there”: toughen up.
“Trust me – the more you get pushed, the thicker your skin. The thicker your skin, the higher you go,” he told “Hot Ones” host Sean Evans.
The “Hell’s Kitchen” star sparked controversy two years ago when he revealed that while he flies first class with wife Tana, who is expecting the couple’s fifth baby, his kids sit in coach.
Ramsay’s stereotypical view of millennials has a basis in fact. Whether for economic of cultural reasons, millennials really are staying in school and living with and relying on their parents longer than previous generations did. They are sympathetic to socialism, and what work they deign to do, they expect to be meaningful – perhaps because they’re less likely to be religious.
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- Gordon Ramsay.: Wikimedia Commons