“Greek cuisine is better than Italian cuisine”
News of Ramsay’s verdict reached Italy where it did not go well.
Gordon Ramsay, the famous British chef, has ruffled feathers in Italy by declaring that Greek cuisine is superior to Italian cuisine.
The Frankish chef made the remark on the TV show Gordon, Gino and Fred become Greek, in which he stars alongside London-based Italian chef Gino D’Acampo and French butler Fred Siriex.
The program aired in the UK last week, but Ramsay’s comments began to cause a stir in Italy after an article appeared in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Thursday.
Ramsay expressed his dissent as the show’s three protagonists sipped champagne on a luxury yacht in Greece.
He prefaced the remark by stating that “Greece never gets the look that France has, or the Italians” before dropping the bomb: “Honestly, I think Greek food is better than Italian food.”
D’Acampo is momentarily speechless but manages to say, “You’re not serious … you can’t … you can’t …” before pushing Siriex to “Say something!”
Siriex notes that Greece is “a place in the world where people live to be 90, 100, and that’s because of the food and the climate …”
But a furious D’Acampo won’t hear another word. “The Italian diet is one of the most famous diets in the world … (with) people who live for many years.”
Ramsay interrupts him and says “They live longer here in Greece”, to which D’Acampo insists that Greek cuisine “cannot be compared” to Italian cuisine.
Ramsay’s opinion was welcomed in Greece, but his verdict was not well received by Italians on social media.
This isn’t the first time the celebrity chef has been all the rage in Italy, after posting a photo of the ‘most amazing carbonara’ on his Twitter page last year.
Italians despised his gloopy creation, calling it a “plate of ‘yellow soup’, a ‘joke’ and even a ‘disgusting mess’.