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Gordon Ramsay Calls Cocaine The Restaurant Industry’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’

Last Christmas, celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay was disturbed by an incident involving drugs that took place at one of his restaurants. A customer took a plate to the bathroom to snort some cocaine, then returned it to a waiter and asked to trade it for a clean plate. On the heels of that, Chef Ramsay had all of his restaurants’ toilets swabbed for the drug. Only one of his establishments turned up free of cocaine. He has since told outlets, including the Guardian, that cocaine is the restaurant industry’s “dirty little secret” that is widely done but scarcely discussed.

Following those events, Ramsay has been inspired to make a new two-part documentary about cocaine use in the restaurant industry. Called Gordon on Cocaine, the documentary will follow Chef Ramsay’s escapades to Colombia, where he witnesses the drug being cooked, meets with smugglers and assassins, and even joins an anti-narcotics team on a raid. Ramsay will then return to Britain to join up with police making various drug busts and stopping massive deals, along with discussing the ramifications of cocaine.

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For the celebrated chef, that part gets a little personal. He has a brother addicted to heroin that he hasn’t heard from in months following an incident at one of his restaurants. Additionally, he’s been asked personally by diners before to sprinkle the drug on top of their souffle. Nothing compares, however, to how Ramsay feels about having lost David Dempsey, a close friend and former head chef of his, to a bad reaction to coke.

In regards to the whole industry, cocaine use is nothing new. Both Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern have been very open about how drugs influenced their early careers and how prevalent it has been in the restaurant industry. It’s not necessarily a “dirty little secret” as a result, but Ramsay’s documentary should open up the conversation about drugs in the restaurant world once again.

Gordon on Cocaine will air over the course of two weeks on Britain’s ITV. The first episode airs on October 19th at 9 pm, and the second airs a week later. The episodes will also be available on ITV Hub.

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Gordon Ramsay May Have A Bounty On His Head, Here’s Why

Gordon Ramsay’s latest film venture may have put him into a spot of trouble.

The Michelin-star chef was recently spotted on the Wimbledon Common in southwest London filming a commercial for what appears to be a documentary about Colombian drug cartels. Ramsay had previously told UK newspaper Mail on Sunday earlier this year that he was going to Colombia to film “something pretty hostile” that he had to actually take a trauma test for in the event he was kidnapped or shot.

The two-part documentary is scheduled to air in the fall, according to the Telegraph, and aims to explore the impacts of drug trade in Colombia. Ramsay was spotted at one of Colombia’s top restaurants while filming for the documentary, but kept it secret from the public as to where exactly he was going.

As a result of his filming efforts, rumors have begun to spread via tabloid site RadarOnline that Chef Ramsay may have a bounty on his head. RadarOnline claims to have talked to insiders who told them that several Colombian drug cartels put a price on his head, which may account for why the commercial for the documentary was filmed in London and not Colombia. An unnamed source told the tabloid that the cartels go after anyone who tries to expose them, as well as their families, and that as a result, Chef Ramsay is afraid for both himself and his family.

While it’s yet to be confirmed whether the rumors RadarOnline published are truth or fiction, we do hope that Chef Ramsay stays safe nonetheless.