Gordon Ramsay’s brutal parenting rules – from inheritance ban to kids flying economy

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Gordon Ramsay has strict rules in his kitchen – but they're nothing compared to what his kids have to deal with.

The millionaire chef is adamant that his children won't leach off him, which is fair enough, but some believe he may have gone way too far with his parenting style.

Gordon and wife Tana are parents to Megan, 23, 19-year-old twins Jack and Holly, Matilda, 17 and baby Oscar.

And if their brood wasn't big enough already, Gordon revealed this week that Tana is asking for a sixth baby in lockdowm.

The TV chef will be laying down the law new Channel 4 show Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell and Back tonight – and his kids know how ruthless he can be.

From forcing them to sit in economy seats on flights to banning them from inheriting his money, here's a look at Gordon's parenting techniques.

Refuses to hand out jobs

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There is no benefit to being the son of a famous restaurant owner, as Gordon has told his kids to 'f**k off and get a job'.

Many felt Gordon went too far with his comments, as he revealed he had expressly forbidden his children from asking him for a job.

Speaking on US radio, Gordon admitted: "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."

He added: "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." march 2019

No inheritance

The Ramsay kids have got to stand on their own two feet
(Image: Tana Ramsay/Instagram)

In one of his most controversial moves, Gordon stated that his kids won't be getting anything in his will.

That's right, when the celebrity chef dies he will not be handing over his vast fortune to his children

“It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them," he told the Telegraph.

"The only thing I’ve agreed with Tana is they get a 25% deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat."

Gordon is a massive supporter of charities, which seems a very worthy place for his money to go.

Economy flights only

Tana and Gordon are proud parents to their five children Matilda, Oscar, Jack, Megan and Holly
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Gordon likes a bit of luxury for himself, but the kids have to earn it.

The TV chef caused controversy in April 2017 when he revealed he forces the kids to sit in economy while he and Tana enjoy first class seats.

He justified the decision by claiming the kids had not worked anywhere near hard enough to afford it.

"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’," he said.

"I worked my f***ing arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you’ve grafted for it."

Gordon took a lot of stick for his comments, then hit back at criticism of the way he was bringing up his offspring, insisting he was not embarrassed and wanted to "keep them real".

"I have got to keep it real with the kids, and also I think just getting kids at the age of five, six and seven, used to first class and those big seats, they do not need the space, they get entertainment on their iPads," he told the Mirror at the time.

“So I like to think about what you can do with the money when you land, rather than paying out thousands of dollars for eight, nine ten-year-olds to sit in first class.

"I do not want them sat there with a 10 course f**king menu with champagne."

Vegetarian ban

Gordon pictured with daughter Tilly in 2015
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Gordon has made it clear he is certainly not a fan of vegetarians, once feeding meat to them on a TV show.

One of his worst fears is that one of them will announce they no longer eat meat, so he has a pretty harsh punishment in mind.

"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."

From an early age he educated the children on where their food comes from.

He even caused controversy in 2005 by making them say say goodbye to their turkeys – and Tilly was just a toddler.

"Bye bye turkeys," said Gordon, before adding: "See you in the oven!"

Swearing hypocrisy

Gordon is known for his foul-mouthed outbursts
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Perhaps the most shocking thing on the list, the famously foul-mouthed chef has banned his kids from swearing.

Gordon even had a show called The F-Word due to his notoriety for yelling out rude words.

But it's a case of 'do as I say not as I do' as his kids have got a much nicer vocabulary.

"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," explained Gordon.

"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."

Dating dilemma

The Ramsays and the Beckhams are close friends
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Gordon even has a say on who his children will date.

The Ramsay's are famously very good friends with David and Victoria Beckham, which means their kids have also bonded.

But he doesn't want their two families to be officially intertwined.

Gordon is adamant that none of his daughters will start dating the Beckham lads.

Laughing at the prospect during a chat with TV Magazine, he said: "If Holly said: ‘Yeah, Brooklyn and I…’ it would be: ‘No, Holly.’"

Pocket money

Gordon keeps the purse strings tight
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Gordon has admitted that he has never really been motivated by money, so tries to install that mentality in his kids.

Being wealthy is not his number one interest and he has tried to reflect that in the way he has brought up his children.

Ramsay, who grew up on a council estate in Glasgow, said: "They have a completely different life than I did growing up. I worked my arse off to get out of the sh** mess that I grew up in and they’re grateful, they’re not spoilt."

Back in 2017, Gordon revealed that his youngest were given £50 pocket money a week.

They had to pay for their own transport, clothes and mobile phones.

At the time, he 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."

Getting their hands dirty

Gordon makes the kids do all their chores
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The Ramsays have enough money to be waited on hand and foot.

But Gordon doesn't want his kids to be pampered, so makes them clean up after dinner.

"They tidy up after each and every dinner. It’s a system. It’s important they help set and clear the tables, it’s important they cook, it’s important they do their homework," he said.

While he's not forcing them to go into the family business, Gordon has made sure all his children know how to cook for a different reason.

He added: "They all cook as a life skill as opposed to a career. I never want to put that on us on them. I don’t want them with a badge, going into a kitchen with people thinking that’s Ramsay’s daughter or that’s Ramsay’s son."

*Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back airs tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm

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