July 25, 2005 12:00 PM

Gordon Ramsay Like a culinary drill sergeant, British chef Gordon Ramsay vigorously chews out the apprentices cooking for him on FOX’s reality series Hell’s Kitchen. PEOPLE’S Bryan Alexander caught Ramsay, 38, in a mellower mood:

DID YOU EVER HAVE YOUR MOUTH WASHED OUT AS A CHILD?

I don’t swear in front of my mom, and I certainly don’t in front of my four young children. But you’ve clearly never spent a day in a kitchen, have you? Do you think when you [burn yourself], you say, “What a shame, I’ve just poured hot fat over my thumb!”

ARE PEOPLE AFRAID OF YOU?

I was at the [gas] station and there’s this lady on crutches. As I went over to open her door for her, she went, “Don’t hit me.” I said, “All I want to do is help you out of your car, you wombat.”

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE DONALD TRUMP ABOUT MANAGEMENT?

He doesn’t seem to really break a sweat. If you saw him actually punch the bloody desk and say, “Look, that was pathetic,” then I think you’d gain a lot more respect for him.

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