- “Never trust a skinny chef” is a well-known expression, frequently seen emblazoned on aprons, tea towels, and mugs.
- But according to Gordon Ramsay, the saying is nonsense.
- In fact, the top chef said that if a restaurant cook is overweight, it implies they have “eaten all the good bits.”
“Never trust a skinny chef” is an often-heard saying, the thinking being that if a chef’s cooking were half decent, how could they possibly resist stuffing themselves silly on a daily basis?
However, according to Gordon Ramsay, the expression is “BS.”
Speaking in London last month at the reveal for 2019’s Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, the celebrity chef said he believes that in order to be consistently excellent, a chef must “stay fit.”
“Chefs, as you know, don’t have the world’s best eating habits,” Ramsay said. “Any chef will tell you that they’re lying if they say they sit down and eat dinner before cooking dinner. So, you stay nimble. You don’t eat before service and you taste everything.”
Ramsay pointed out that the role of a chef is different today from what it was 20 years ago – nowadays, chefs are public figures whose services are often rewarded with honours such as knighthoods.
“It’s BS when they say, ‘Never trust a skinny chef,'” Ramsay continued. “I always say, ‘Never trust a fat chef,’ because they have eaten all the good bits!
“Trust a skinny chef because you know they haven’t indulged and eaten everything. It’s the customers that should be eating, you should be tasting, staying fit and in front of your brigade, to set an example.”
He added, “Also, I love desserts, so if I was 25 stone, I don’t think it’s a great advert for my customers, [who would] say, ‘I’m not going to eat that dessert, look at the size of your stomach!'”
Eating little and often
Earlier this year, Ramsay revealed that he’d lost 56 pounds by changing his eating habits. Speaking on the “Today” show in June, he said he’d taken to eating little and often.
“I’m very good now at eating five times a day – but small amounts, as opposed to eating a big breakfast, big lunch, or a light lunch, and big dinner,” he said.
As a top chef, Ramsay isn’t able to sit down and eat his evening meal.
“There’s nothing worse than eating dinner at 5:30 and then having to get up and cook for 3 hours,” he wrote in a Reddit AMA in 2015.
“So I like to keep on my toes, and eat small bits. Almost like in Hong Kong – 4 or 5 times a day, small bowls of food.”