Hospitality Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
Gordon Ramsay has spoken out about the moment a customer asked one of his waiters for a plate off which to snort cocaine, as he pledges to rid the industry of the class A drug.
The celebrity chef has labelled cocaine the “hospitality industry’s dirty little secret”, claiming that a diner once requested the white powder be sprinkled over a souffle.
In a test of 31 restaurant toilets around the world as part of his ITV documentary Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine, he found traces of cocaine in all but one.
The chef revealed in an interview with the Radio Times how a diner at one of his restaurants asked for a plate to snort cocaine off in the toilet, before requesting a fresh one.
Describing the behavior of a couple in a separate incident, he added: “When dessert arrived the couple came to me and said, ‘Look, everyone on the table is happy you’re here, but can you make a soufflé like never before and combine icing sugar with coke and dust it?’”
Ramsay says he “laughed it off” and said there was “no way” he would use the drug in a dish, so prepared it in a way that the couple couldn’t tell if the drug was “on or off," Ramsay told the Radio Times.
“I set the soufflé down. Didn’t even say goodbye. I just left out the back door,” he added.
The culture of cocaine use in kitchen has personally affected Ramsay, as his late head chef David Dempsey died in 2003 after taking the stimulant.