Gordon Ramsay is known for his tell-it-like-it-is attitude. His expletive-laden bluntness has not only made him famous, it has made him rich too. Forbes estimates that he made $54 million in 2016 – exactly the same amount as Beyonce. Ramsay’s wealth is not only a product of his cooking, but also flows from the media empire he has built, as the magazine explains.
“He couldn’t rely on his cooking chops alone–although he did earn double digit millions from his 25 restaurants, which, between them, have seven Michelin stars. Ramsay had to create a different type of empire: a television one.
“As the producer and star of three hit shows on Fox –Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior-Ramsay has managed to parlay his chops at the stove to chops in front of the camera.”
Telling it like it is pays! Not only is Ramsay said to command a salary of over $400,000 an episode for his Fox shows, he also licenses cookbooks, kitchen utensils and even recently released a mobile game called Gordon Ramsay Dash. The latest addition to Gordon’s food empire is a new season of The F Word. The show is set to premiere in the US on Fox on May 31 at 9pm (or 8pm central). This show will feature “foodie families” from across the US, which should prove interesting since Ramsay is well-known for his potty mouth. We’ll see if he can keep his language PG, given the seemingly family-friendly slant his new show will be taking.
With all of this experience behind him, and so signs that his career will be slowing down anytime soon, Ramsay is certainly an authority on food and the restaurant business. While making the media rounds in order to promote his upcoming show, he had a few pearls of wisdom to share about what to look out for in restaurants, who to ask for recommendations and when not to visit them at all.