If you think Gordon Ramsay eats airplane food like the rest of us, you know nothing about the celebrity chef.
In a recent interview with Refinery29, he was asked about his methods for eating on the go and he answered in the most Gordon Ramsay way possible.
If he’s not flying out of terminal five in Heathrow, where one of his own restaurants is located, Ramsay prefers to hit up an Italian bar to eat some meats, drink a glass of red wine and eat some sliced fruit with Parmesan cheese. “I’m like a pig in shit,” he tells the publication.
Gordon Ramsay in the Tag Team/Pop-Up Restaurant episode of Masterchef. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
But when it comes to eating on the plane, it’s a completely different story. Don’t even bother asking him if he’d like the salmon or the chicken, because “there’s no fucking way I eat on planes,” he says.
After a decade of working with Singapore Airlines developing their in-flight menus, Ramsay knows enough about airplane food to know that it does not meet his standards and he’s been adamant about not being a “ready meal” fan in the past.
This might not come to be a surprise to anyone who’s ever eaten a meal on an airplane, but most in-flight meals are prepared 10 hours before being eaten in catering facilities located near the airport, and heated in convection ovens on the plane, according to Thrillist. That’s why some flight attendants know to pack their own pre-made meals to bring with them.
"There’s no f*%king way I eat on planes."
But Ramsay isn’t the only celeb chef who can’t stand airplane food. In an interview with Bon Appetit last year, Anthony Bourdain also said he would never eat in-flight meals. “No one has ever felt better after eating plane food. I think people only eat it because they’re bored,” he said.
Bourdain is instead the type to either bring BBQ onto a flight and have everyone hate him, or, unsurprisingly, the guy who just orders cheese and a lot of wine.
Now if you, like Ramsay and Bourdain, refuse to eat airplane food, there are some healthier options for you to consider. Recently, INSIDER spoke with nutritionist Karen Hansel about the healthiest things to eat on a plane.
Some of the options she recommends require you to make them at home and bring them with you, such as a turkey or peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread, or to purchase items like a banana and Greek yogurt at the vendors at the airport while you wait for your flight.
We have to admit, Ramsay does have a knack for being upfront about things, and once again, he might be right about this one. Maybe next time when you’re packing for a trip, think about planning a little meal of your own for when you board the plane.
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