Bubbling over a decade, it’s one of many longest operating feuds in showbusiness.
Chefs Jamie Oliver, 43, and Gordon Ramsay, 52, have been rivals out and in of the kitchen since 2009.
Now two extra components have been added to the combination: Jamie’s swanky new £6 million manor, which places Gordon’s country homes within the shade, and final week Gordon introduced he has a fifth child on the best way — to match Jamie’s brood.
SARAH RAINEY charges the winners and losers on this chilli-hot mixture.
Chefs Jamie Oliver (left), 43, and Gordon Ramsay (proper), 52, have been rivals out and in of the kitchen since 2009
COOKING UP A FORTUNE
Jamie has netted £240 million through the 20 years he’s been within the public eye. He has constructed his huge fortune on TV and publishing offers, restaurant chains and product endorsement — each within the UK and Australia, the place he fronts vitamin adverts for a grocery store.
According to Companies House, Jamie Oliver Holdings Ltd — the umbrella firm underneath which he runs his myriad companies — turned over £32 million final yr. That’s a staggering £87,670 a day.
With a mere £120 million to his identify, Gordon can’t sustain — regardless of a raft of eating places, ebook offers and a profitable TV profession that’s made him a celebrity in America. His firm, Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd, turned over £7.9 million — or £21,650 a day — final yr, 1 / 4 of Jamie’s turnover.
Gordon was born in Scotland however grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, the second baby of Helen, a nurse, and Gordon Sr, who labored as a welder and shopkeeper.
His childhood was robust, marred by years of abuse by his father, a violent alcoholic, who died in 1998.
Helen recalled how Gordon Sr used to ‘hit Gordon with his belt or his hands’. The chef, who describes his father as a ‘hard-drinking womaniser’, says he didn’t approve of his son’s ardour for cooking and taught him to swim by holding his head underwater.
Gordon was born in Scotland however grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon whereas Jamie was born to pub house owners Trevor and Sally Oliver in Clavering, Essex
Gordon has two sisters and a brother, Ronnie, who was imprisoned for heroin possession as a young person. Aged 16, Gordon moved out of the household house and right into a flat in Oxfordshire, the place damage put paid to a promising soccer profession. So he received a job as a lodge chef.
While Jamie has spoken about his rags-to-riches upbringing — ‘I was skint one minute and I became very wealthy the next’ — his was the extra privileged childhood.
Born to pub house owners Trevor and Sally Oliver in Clavering, Essex, he practised cooking within the kitchen together with his mother and father and sister. A extreme dyslexic, he left faculty at 16 with two GCSEs.
Jamie went on to attend Westminster Technical College, incomes a qualification in house economics, earlier than getting a job as a pastry chef on the London restaurant of Italian prepare dinner Antonio Carluccio.
They might earn extra in a yr than most of us in a lifetime, however that doesn’t imply it’s been clean crusing for the millionaire cooks. Reports launched final yr confirmed Jamie’s companies misplaced £20 million in 2017, forcing him to close 18 of his Italian eating places — resulting in the lack of 600 jobs.
This adopted the closure of his Union Jacks pizza restaurant, and his admission that he used £12.7 million of his private financial savings — in addition to a £37 million financial institution mortgage — to save lots of his upmarket restaurant chain Barbecoa simply hours earlier than it went bust.
Jamie’s companies misplaced £20 million in 2017, forcing him to close 18 of his Italian eating places (proper). Last yr, Gordon introduced the closure of Maze (pictured), his most high-profile London eatery
He blamed a ‘perfect storm’ of things, saying the agency had ‘simply run out of cash’.
Last yr, Gordon’s restaurant group was hit by a £three.eight million loss and he introduced the closure of Maze, his most high-profile London eatery, on account of shut its doorways this yr.
His £200-a-night lodge, the York & Albany, has additionally struggled with monetary losses and poor evaluations, with friends score it ‘under-achieving’ and ‘unbelievably bad’.
Gordon and Tana are good buddies with the Beckhams and the well-known households typically share lavish holidays, birthday events and cosy weekends within the country.
The Beckham youngsters are shut in age to the Ramsay kids, with Brooklyn, 19, and Jack typically noticed on the cinema or health club close to their neighbouring homes in LA.
Gordon and Tana are good buddies with the Beckhams and the well-known households typically share lavish holidays, birthday events and cosy weekends within the country
In 2013, David and Gordon have been reportedly on the verge of opening a London restaurant collectively, however three weeks earlier than it launched Becks pulled out.
Other associates of the household embrace Simon Cowell, Michael Bublé and Stevie Wonder, who lives within the mansion next-door.
Jamie’s life is not any much less A-list, with banquet friends through the years together with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jamie’s life is not any much less A-list, with ceremonial dinner visitors through the years together with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow
The Olivers are additionally buddies with actress Sienna Miller, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Usain Bolt, all of whom have appeared on his cookery exhibits.
However, of late the household has scaled again their movie star schmoozing. ‘Jools just found it all a bit too much,’ Jamie admitted.
FITNESS & WEIGHT
All that point within the kitchen could make for a fluctuating waistline, and each males have labored onerous to slim down and form up.
Jamie revealed final yr that he’d misplaced 3st by consuming seaweed, slicing out alcohol on weekdays and changing meat with nuts in his meals. The busy chef — who as soon as survived on three-and-a-half hours’ sleep — stated he’d additionally elevated his time spent in mattress.
His magnificence secret is slathering olive oil throughout his physique. ‘Why spend a fortune on creams when extra virgin olive oil is the purest thing?’ he stated lately.
‘My legs are all lovely softness.’
Gordon, in the meantime, has shunned pure cures to grant him everlasting youth, resorting to beauty chin fillers in 2009 and a £30,000 hair transplant in 2010.
Since then he’s sworn off surgical procedure and turned to train. He’s a daily ironman triathlete (an excessive endurance race comprising a 2.Four-mile swim, 112-mile bike experience and 26.2-mile marathon) and through coaching will get up at 4am to finish an eight-hour exercise.
He credit his 3½st weight reduction with portion management and says he prefers to ‘graze’ all through the day quite than eat meals.
THE BIGGEST MOUTH
While Gordon has a status for being foul-mouthed and quick-tempered, each have rubbed individuals up the incorrect means.
Among these Jamie has angered embrace animal rights group Peta (for slaughtering a stay lamb on TV in 2005), chef Marco Pierre White (for criticising his swearing in a 2010 interview) and Adele (for showing to pressurise new moms to breastfeed in 2016).
His meals has additionally attracted criticism: a ‘paella’ dish enraged Spanish followers in 2016 and, extra lately, his ‘jerk rice’ was blasted for culturally appropriating the Jamaican dish.
Gordon has constructed a profession on his expletive-loving kitchen persona, which critics have labelled ‘aggressive’, ‘violent’ and ‘bullying’
Gordon has constructed a profession on his expletive-loving kitchen persona, which critics have labelled ‘aggressive’, ‘violent’ and ‘bullying’.
Twice, he’s admitted to secretly feeding meat to vegetarians, he described an obese contestant on his Hell’s Kitchen present as a ‘chunky monkey’ (in 2007), and in 2009 he defended promoting pre-prepared meals — marked up by 586 per cent — to patrons at a London restaurant.
GONGS AND PLAUDITS
Gordon’s eating places have been awarded 16 Michelin stars for fantastic eating, and presently maintain a complete of seven. Jamie, in the meantime, has none.
While Jamie, recognized for his healthy-eating crusades in faculties, pipped Gordon to the publish by going to Buckingham Palace in 2003 to gather his MBE, Gordon went one higher in 2006 when he acquired an OBE for providers to the hospitality business, in addition to his in depth charity work.
PIPING HOT PROPERTIES
Jamie has simply splashed out £6 million on a 16th century Essex mansion, in a 70-acre property, full with ghost. He’s reportedly planning to transform outhouses right into a mega-kitchen from which he can movie exhibits and maintain his masterclasses.
He and Jools spent £eight.9 million on a Grade II-listed mansion close to Hampstead Heath, north London, in 2016, and spent two years renovating it.
It boasted seven bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen with cream Aga, a grand piano and a Louis XV-style mattress value £2,200, it’s definitely spectacular.
Jamie has simply splashed out £6 million on a 16th century Essex mansion, in a 70-acre property, full with ghost
Gordon additionally owns a £Four.three million residence in LA (pictured) and three in Cornwall: a £Four million beachfront villa in Rock, one other £Four million seashore house in Trebetherick and this summer time he purchased a £1.9 million seaside retreat in Fowey
The Olivers have fitted the house with some quirky options, together with a wood-fired pizza oven, a treehouse mattress and a vegetable patch for the youngsters.
Across the town in South London is the Ramsays’ palatial pad — or certainly one of them. The household have a £three million townhouse close to Wandsworth Common, which they purchased in 2002. The kitchen alone is value £500,000.
Gordon additionally owns a £Four.three million house in LA and three in Cornwall: a £Four million beachfront villa in Rock, one other £Four million seashore house in Trebetherick and this summer time he purchased a £1.9 million seaside retreat in Fowey.
All have roomy driveways, good for the chef’s assortment of automobiles, together with 9 Ferraris.
Jamie met his spouse, Juliette — referred to as Jools — at school in 1993 when the pair have been simply 18.
They married in Essex in June 2000 (left), with a low-key reception in Jamie’s mother and father’ backyard, to which the chef wore a pale blue Paul Smith go well with and snakeskin brogues.
Jools labored as a waitress earlier than turning into a TV assistant, mannequin and, briefly, her husband’s PA.
She has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a situation which may make conceiving troublesome, and their first youngster, Poppy Honey, was born with the assistance of IVF in 2002. Last yr, she revealed she had a miscarriage at three months.
Jamie met his spouse, Juliette (left)— referred to as Jools — at school in 1993 when the pair have been simply 18. Gordon and Tana (proper), 44, have additionally suffered a miscarriage — tragically dropping their son, whom that they had named Rocky, at 5 months in 2016
Gordon and Tana, 44, have additionally suffered a miscarriage — tragically dropping their son, whom that they had named Rocky, at 5 months in 2016.
Like Jools, Tana additionally has PCOS. The couple met in 1992 when Tana was 18 and Gordon, then a budding chef, was 26. At the time, Tana, a Montessori-trained instructor, was courting one other chef.
They married in 1996 (proper). Ten years in the past, Sarah Symonds alleged she’d had a seven-year affair with Gordon. He emphatically denied it.
There hasn’t been a whiff of scandal round Jamie and Jools — she says he ‘still makes my heart skip a beat’.
Jamie employed his brother-in-law, Paul Hunt, married to his sister Anna-Marie, to run Jamie Oliver Ltd in 2014 — and final yr Hunt assumed duty for the eating places, too.
But a few of his strategies — akin to making employees redundant over Christmas and chopping ties with Jamie’s pals and culinary mentors — have led to a fame for ruthlessness.
Last yr, an nameless insider described him as an ‘arrogant, incompetent failure’ who was ‘running the business into the ground’.
Jamie employed his brother-in-law, Paul Hunt (left), married to his sister Anna-Marie, to run Jamie Oliver Ltd in 2014. Gordon’s strife has been together with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson (proper), who was CEO of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd till 2010
Jamie rebutted the claims, saying the story was ‘nonsense’ and that Paul was ‘a loyal brother-in-law and loving father as well as a strong and capable CEO’.
Gordon’s strife has been together with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, who was CEO of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd till 2010.
Shortly after his departure, Gordon revealed a unprecedented net of deceit, delivered to mild by way of a personal detective, which confirmed Hutcheson had borrowed £1.5 million from the corporate and conspired — alongside together with his two sons — to hack the chef’s emails.
He was jailed for six months, however Tana insists the household has put the incident behind them.
Jamie is nicely forward with 6.7 million Instagram followers to Gordon’s 5.5 million.
Jools, in the meantime, boasts 547,000 followers to Tana’s 146,000 — however should you take into consideration the Ramsay youngsters (Tilly has 347,000, Jack 224,000, Holly 196,000 and Megan 143,000), that’s a whopping 6.5 million followers hanging on the Ramsays’s each phrase.
Neither chef misses a chance to submit soppy messages to their different halves, odes to their youngsters’s achievements —and, in fact, meals they’ve cooked.
Tana and Gordon introduced her being pregnant on Instagram, involving all six relations in an emotional New Year’s Eve video.
Tana and Gordon introduced her being pregnant on Instagram, involving all six relations in an emotional New Year’s Eve video
Underneath, Jools wrote: ‘Wohooo happy happiest news ever, congratulations . . . Big hugs from all of us.’
Jamie hasn’t but ‘liked’ the publish.
SHOWS & BOOKS
Jamie obtained his first TV present, The Naked Chef, in 1999 — and has since fronted 34 collection and seasonal specials, averaging three a yr. He has additionally appeared on Top Gear, Oprah and carried out a number of reside exhibits in Australia.
Gordon’s first collection, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, aired on C4 from 2004 to 2009, and since then he’s had 18 extra TV triumphs, together with Hell’s Kitchen, which has been on U.S. screens constantly since 2005.
Jamie obtained his first TV present, The Naked Chef, in 1999. Gordon’s first collection, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (proper), aired on C4 from 2004 to 2009
In the publishing stakes, Gordon has the higher hand, publishing 25 cookery books to Jamie’s 23.
WINNER: A DRAW
And the general winner within the battle of the cooks is . . .