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Gordon Ramsay’s Father-In-Law Called Him’ Monster’ after Chef Concealed the Secret Family from His Wife

Karabo Baloyi
Feb 18, 2022
07:40 A.M.
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Gordon Ramsey is one of the most famous chefs in the world. He owns an empire of restaurants and hosts various hit shows such as “Kitchen Nightmares.” He is well-known for his aggressive leadership style and extensive use of profanity. 


He has been married to his wife, Tana Ramsey, a former schoolteacher, for over 25 years. She has since left teaching, and although she has kept out of the limelight for most of his career, secrets about her family have been revealed in unexpected ways. 

Tana grew up on a farm in Kent, England with her parents and siblings. After leaving her teaching career, she wrote cookbooks, ran marathons and spent her time raising her children. although she tried to stay out of the spotlight, her family has been in the tabloids numerous times. 


Gordon met Tana in 1992 while she was working as a school teacher. At the time, she was dating his friend and fellow British chef, Tim. He wanted to ask her out, but he decided to step back and wait until they had broken up before making his move. 


Tana struggled to conceive at first due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. They conceived most of their children; Megan was born in 1998, and twins Jack and Holly were born 11 months later through IVF treatment. In 2002, Tana gave birth to Matilda without the aid of IVF. Her lastborn Oscar in 2019.

When Tana was asked how she felt about Gordon saying that women were a hassle in the kitchen, she revealed she had no problem with it. She added that his machismo attitude did not bother her and didn’t need a hands-on husband.

Gordon and Tana Ramsey at the Boodles Boodles Boxing Ball at The Grosvenor House Hotel on September 12, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images



In 2008, Sarah Symonds claimed that she had been in a seven-year-long affair with Gordon. Sarah, the author of “Having an Affair? A Handbook for the Other Woman,” detailed her alleged experience with Gordon in great detail. 

She alleged that she and Gordon had secret sex sessions between London and Los Angeles after meeting at London's Chinawhite nightclub in 2001. She also claimed that she met Tana at the opening of his Connaught Hotel restaurant in October 2002.

More scandal followed the Ramsey family after Gordon's father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, attacked Gordon, calling him a “monster.” Chris attacked Gordon soon after being fired from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, which they co-founded.


Chris Hutcheson attending court after his son-in-law and former co-founder Gordon Ramsey laid a civil claim against him in 2017 | Source: Getty Images

He claimed that Gordon hired people to prevent him from entering the company’s London Headquarters. He also said that Gordon was out shopping for a new sports car while being fired. Chris also claimed that he helped his daughter, Tana, get back with Gordon after the cheating allegations. 


In response to the news of Chris’s firing, Sarah said:

"The really sick thing is that when Gordon was finally caught out having an affair, Chris was instrumental in persuading Tana not to leave him. He must have known Gordon was guilty as hell, but he didn’t tell her that."

On the other hand, Gordon hid the truth about his father-in-law from his wife for over 18 months. But the family feud that ensued after Chris was fired for defrauding the company revealed secrets kept for years by Gordon and Chris. 

Adam Hutcheson (L) attends a court hearing after Gordon Ramsey included him in the civil claim on April 11, 2017 in London, England | Source: Getty Images



Gordon laid a civil suit against Chris for annual rent on a London pub bought while Chris led the company. Gordon claimed that Chris forged his signature on a document that made Gordon the sole guarantor for the pub’s rent. 

Gordon also laid a civil claim against his wife’s mother, sister, brother, brother's wife, and her father's alleged mistress. The civil lawsuit accused Chris of using their company’s money to fund a double life with a secret second wife and two sons who bear his surname. 

During the civil claim proceedings, it was revealed that Gordon had known about his father-in-law’s affair for over 18 months before he decided to tell the truth. Sarah, Gordon’s alleged mistress, revealed that Gordon only told Tana to protect himself and not his wife.


Tana Ramsey and Gordon Ramsey are seen leaving the Arts Club on April 27 2014 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

“The knowledge that my father and brother had been systematically defrauding my husband was extremely distressing to me,” said Tana during the civil claim in court. She added that her father was clever at only giving part of the information, but never all of it. 


Tana was also devastated by the revelation of her father’s secret family. Gordon once said she had a romantic view of her father before these secrets were revealed. Even worse, her mother sided with her father after revealing these secrets in court. 

Chris once described his son-in-law as a "monster" who flew into "schizophrenic’ rages." He said, “His mood swings are huge. Sometimes he is calm, and others he is absolutely manic.” The judge eventually sentenced Chris to six months in jail.



The Ramsey family scandals have not torn the family apart forever. After being released from prison, Chris met with Gordon, reconciling. Gordon said, “he's apologized to all of us, and I like to think there's a line in the sand now." 

The couple seems to be focusing on family life. Tana stays at home with the children, and in 2019, they welcomed their fifth child, Oscar. They also revealed some of the rules they have set up for their children. One of the rules they have is that they don't pressure their children on school.

Surprisingly, “no swearing” is of the most significant rules in the household, despite Gordon using very colorful language on most of his cooking shows. Gordon and Tana try not to spoil their children, who need to earn luxurious perks such as flying first-class when traveling.