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Does Mario Have Beef With Gordon Ramsay?

It seems that Tyler Florence and Andrew Zimmern aren't the only ones to have a public feud. They're in the company of Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay, who reportedly aren't getting along. According to Page Six, Batali banned the Hell's Kitchen host from entering any of his restaurants after Ramsay began calling him "Fanta Pants" behind his back to make fun of the orange shorts that Batali often sports. The Italian chef told the Guardian, "I've banned him from my restaurants. Ramsay's people call, trying to book tables, and I say no. I won't have him in there." The feud allegedly goes back more than a year, when Batali first dissed Ramsay's food as dull and outdated and declared that the UK chef didn't get New York.

Here's the catch: New York magazine's Grub Street, skeptical of the feud, recently put Batali's claims to the test and discovered that Ramsay isn't exactly getting turned away from Batali's restaurants after all. A magazine intern, posing as an assistant for Ramsay, managed to get reservations for at least three of Batali's restaurants right away.

What do you think of this brouhaha? Are you on Team Mario or Team Gordon? And did Batali really ban Ramsay, or do you simply think this feud is one huge publicity stunt?


tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
I'm on Team Gordon! I actually don't watch Hell's Kitchen but I watch Kitchen Nightmares religiously (BBC and American version). He really wants the restaurant owners to be successful! He's harsh and an asshole but the people he's dealing with need some ass-whipping. Mario needs to get over it.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Hey...if the orange shorts fits.
merie33 merie33 8 years
oops I messed it up
merie33 merie33 8 years
"fanta pants" : R O T F L :
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Meow....sounds like a CCC...Celebrity Chef Catfight!
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
oh please - look at all the press that this "feud" has created. Who was it that said that bad press is better then no pres at all?
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Ramsay's an a-hole anyway. I'd ban him from my imaginary restaurant. :( Maybe that employee missed the memo?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that there's just a lot of competition out there with celebrity chefs and this is just another case of it happening. it's interesting that they take it to that level, but i guess there are egos in play.
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
I think that everybody has beef with Gordon Ramsey because every time I watch something with him in it somebody always have a problem with him.
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