Everyone likes a good contest. Today we are talking about two giants in the culinary field: Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay. We will try and figure out who is the better chef. Not an easy task! But, we will have you convinced by the end.
Both these top celebrity chefs have had a friendly feud going on for years. It started with Gordon Ramsay saying he had ‘forgotten more’ stuff than Bobby Flay even knew. Bobby Flay came back with a challenge. In 2006, Ramsay came to Flay’s restaurant to duel it out in the kitchen, but Flay did not show up. The feud still goes on with Ramsay taunting Flay and vice versa. This love-hate relationship provides a good copy for the hungry masses.
The cook-off between the two may never happen but would be a bestseller. Let us look at some facts about both celebrity chefs to see who could be the better chef. Read on to learn more
Who is Gordon Ramsay?
Chef Gordon Ramsay was born in Scotland on November 8, 1966. He grew up in Stratford-on-Avon since the age of 9. He was a keen soccer player until a serious injury forced him out of the game. So he concentrated on a career in the culinary field when he was 19.
After Gordon Ramsay got injured in a soccer game, he studied hotel management at North Oxfordshire Technical Institute. After graduating, he worked for some time with chef Marco Pierre White.
Barely over two years there, he decided to study French cuisine. His culinary adventures took him from Mayfair to the French Alps, and then Paris, Bermuda, and Sicily & Sardinia in Italy. All the while he continued learning and improving.
In 1983, he returned to London as head chef in a restaurant. However, the turning point was 1998 when Ramsay decided to start his own restaurant with the help of his father-in-law, the Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. His restaurant got its third Michelin Star in 2001.
After that Ramsay expanded his restaurant base rapidly. He has restaurants in Glasgow, Dubai, Tokyo, and New York. He is the first Scotsman to have got three Michelin Stars. His net worth is now estimated at $220 million.
Who is Bobby Flay?
Chef Bobby Flay was born on December 10, 1964, to Irish-American parents. He is a fourth-generation Irish American and was raised as a Catholic. At the age of 8, he asked his father for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas.
At 17, Bobby Flay dropped out of high school and worked at a Baskin-Robbins and a pizza parlor. He later worked as a salad maker at Joe Allen Restaurant where his father was a partner. Joe Allen was so impressed with his skills that he sponsored Bobby’s tuition fees at the French Culinary Institute. After graduating, Flay worked as a sous chef with Jonathan Waxman who taught him Cajun and southwestern cuisine which became his signature cuisine.
The turning point came in 1991. Bobby was offered the position of executive chef at Jerome Ketchmer’s Mesa Grill. Booby soon became a partner in the restaurant. In 2004 he started the Mesa Grill in Las Vegas. He now has restaurants in Manhattan, New Jersey, and the Bahamas. Besides this, he has a chain of Bobby’s Burger Palace in various locations all over the US. He earned one Michelin Star for his Las Vegas Mesa Grill, but that was taken away the next year. Bobby’s net worth is estimated at $30 million.
Who has won the most accolade?
As we’ve established, both chefs are not only incredible at what they do, they’ve changed the culinary industry forever. Both Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay have created multimillion-dollar careers for themselves, collected many prestigious awards, and of course, have established quite the reputation for themselves.
But in order to settle the friendly feud between Flay and Ramsay, we must first take a look at who has accomplished the most accolades in their career so far:
Michelin Stars: Gordon Ramsay – 7 stars; Bobby Flay – 1 star
Estimated net worth: Gordon Ramsay – $220 million; Bobby Flay – $30 million
International Reach: Gordon Ramsay has restaurants in Dubai, Tokyo, and the US; most of Bobby Flays restaurants are in the US
Winner in this round: Gordon Ramsay, on three counts: the gold standard Michelin Stars; net worth; and international reach.
Infamous TV Appearances
Besides having many restaurants, Gordon Ramsay is also known for his TV appearances and his foul mouth. He has appeared on the famous Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, and Hotel Hell, and many other TV series. Ramsay has appeared on other television shows and now has a show of his own. He is well known for his abusive language—that needs to be beeped out—and tossing badly cooked food in the trash bin.
Bobby Flay is best known for his appearances on Iron Chef. He has also appeared on many programs that pit him against other chefs and cooks: Throwdown! With Bobby Flay and Beat Bobby Flay. Besides this, he has also appeared on several TV shows: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, recurring appearances on Entourage, Portlandia, and Younger.
Gordon Ramsay vs Bobby Flay: Who Wins for Better Chef?
If you compare the number of Michelin Stars obtained, the estimated net worth, the international reach, and just pure celebrity status, without a doubt, Gordon Ramsay seems to come out as the winner.
Both celebrities are known to be quite obnoxious. Both of them are headstrong. Both are great chefs. Both of them are family men. Both are celebrities and TV personalities.
However, Gordon Ramsay just has that extra edge that puts him ahead in the best chef sweepstakes.
Now the only thing left to do is to have a face-off to decide who is the better chef. Both sides seem a bit reluctant to go in for a public showdown, though there has been tough talk from both of them.
Though the rivalry between Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay has been simmering for a long time, they have never been in a cook-off. If they did get into one, it would be a sell-out! But, in terms of sheer popularity, visibility, international celebrity status, and the number of Michelin Stars obtained, Gordon Ramsay is way ahead of Bobbly Flay. So, we feel Gordon Ramsay is the better chef overall, though we still await the long-overdue face-off between the two culinary giants.