Gordon Ramsay spent much of his career portraying the picture-perfect idea of a family man, but all that was thrown in disarray when a woman claimed they had been having an affair for years.
Superstar Chef and "Hell's Kitchen" star Gordon Ramsay is a big name in the world of celebrity chefs and restaurateurs. Even though the popular chef exhibits a feisty attitude on TV, he had been married to his wife Tana Ramsay for 25 years.
The pair who got hitched in the 90s look like they have a wonderful family. Even though Tana is not as popular as her husband, she has also done some work in the culinary world, authoring cookbooks and making some television appearances.
Tana Ramsay keeping a straight face in a photo [left] Gordon Ramsay at the special 2-hour Bear's Den Pizza" and "South Blvd season finale showing Tuesday, Feb. 25 [centre] Sarah Symonds in a youtube interview [right] | Source: youtube.com/Biography Getty images
The couple has also worked together on different occasions, and they look like a pretty formidable team. Take a look into their life.
HOW EVERYTHING STARTED
Tana Ramsay, born Cayetana Elizabeth Hutchenson, grew up on her family farm and moved to London as a young adult to become a Montessori teacher.
Gordon Ramsay on April 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia | Source: Getty Images
She met Gordon for the first time at a New Year's Eve party, and Tana, who was also engaged to another man at the time, was not impressed by the chef.
The pair met again when Gordon kept a motorcycle in an apartment she was living in with a friend. Meeting for the second time was the charm for the pair as they subsequently began a romantic relationship.
Gordon Ramsay in the set of "Hell's Kitchen" on November 5, 2014 | Source: Getty Images
Gordon's life working in a restaurant was a bit complicated as it required him to work very long hours, getting home very late or the following day, but Tana endured it and would most times end up waiting a long time to see him.
In December 1996, at the age of 21, Tana married Gordon, but the early stages of their marriage were a bit complicated because the pair struggled to have kids.
Tana was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which affected her fertility and ability to bear children.
Afterward, the couple tried In Vitro Fertilization. Thankfully, this worked to their advantage because they soon became parents to five children; eldest Megan, followed by twins Holly and Jack, then Matilda and Oscar.
Gordon Ramsey and Cayetana Hutcheson on October 5, 2009 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
GORDON'S AFFAIR SCANDAL
During the mid-2000s, Gordon was soaring in both his professional and personal life. His decade-old marriage to Tana had already provided three kids.
The chef whose restaurant business was growing had received a Michelin star and kick-started a television career.
However, all these looked to be in jeopardy when in 2008, Sarah Symonds claimed she had had a secret on-and-off relationship with Gordon for seven years.
Sarah, the author of "Having an Affair? A Handbook for the Other Woman," explained that between London and Los Angeles, she and the chef had enjoyed sexual relations on seven different occasions.
She explained they met at London's Chinawhite nightclub in 2001 and that Gordon complained to her friend that things were going badly in his marriage to Tana and that he was sleeping in their basement.
Sarah revealed that she was also surprised as to what the chef who claimed to be happily married was doing in a nightclub at 2 a.m. She alleged that one of the 18 occasions the pair met was in October 2002 at Gordon's Connaught Hotel restaurant opening, where the chef introduced her to Tana.
Gordan Ramsay and Tana Ramsay on October 12, 2009 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The self-professed Professional Mistress revealed she felt very awkward. At a particular time during the event when she called Gordon "big boy" because he is very well-endowed, the popular chef told her to keep her voice down.
Sarah also revealed the pair sexted multiple times, including when Gordon traveled on the Eurostar. The pair exchanged dirty sexual talks and pictures, and Sarah disclosed she thought doing it was risky because anyone could have overheard what he was saying.
Their final sexual encounter, according to her, happened in November 2008 at London's Marriott Hotel and Sarah claimed she brought a sex drug known that contained amyl nitrate, which heightens sexual pleasure.
Gordon Ramsay, Tana Ramsay, and their family on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California | Source: Getty Images
The chef was said to have arrived at the hotel just before 8 p.m and after chatting with the staff made his way to the first floor. He walked up and down for a while before knocking on Sarah's door and afterward spent about an hour and a half in her room before leaving in a silver BMW later.
Gordon vehemently denied these cheating allegations and defended himself that even if he were going to cheat, it would not be with someone like Sarah.
Even though he never sued Sarah over the allegations, the famous chef apologized to his wife for the humiliation the story caused.
Gordon Ramsay, Tana Ramsay, and their three daughters on August 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images
GORDON HAD A SECRET FROM HIS WIFE
Growing up in Tenterden, Kent, with her parents Chris Hutcheson Greta, Tana's siblings watched their father go on business trips every week.
Sometimes during the holidays, Chris would leave the house, saying he had a meeting with some associates. Unknown to Tana and her siblings, their father was driving just a few miles down the road to the house he had bought for his second family.
In addition to Tana and her three siblings, Chris is also a father to two children with his mistress, Frances Collins. So imprudent was their relationship that Frances even took his surname and so did his illegitimate kids.
Gordon Ramsay and Tana Ramsay attend the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019. | Source: Getty Images
However, all the family secrets were exposed during a county proceeding after Gordon had sacked his father-in-law over financial irregularities.
The pair had worked together to build the multiple restaurant empire Gordon Ramsay Holdings. Chris was the chief executive, while Gordon was the creative genius and frontman. At the court hearing, it was revealed that Gordon had known about his father-in-law's deceit for 18 months before he told Tana.
In his defense, the chef claimed he was only trying to protect his wife because of how much she adored her father, but most people did not buy the explanation, and one of them was Sarah, who claimed Gordon told her he had known for many years.
Gordon Ramsay on April 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images
She further explained that he was not protecting Tana but rather protecting himself. Gordon's former co-workers also revealed the chef and his father-in-law were as bad as each other.
RELATIONSHIP STILL STRONG WHILE "MISTRESS" FELT LONELY
Despite the ups and downs, Gordon and Tana are waxing strong in their relationship, and 25 years on from their marriage, the mother of five wore her wedding dress to mark the occasion. She posted a video of herself twirling in the satin short-sleeve gown on Instagram. Tana also captioned it:
"Clearing out our home and unearthed my wedding dress- 25 years and five pregnancies later and happy to say it still fits."
Gordon Ramsay on March 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas | Source: Getty Images
Afterward, her husband complimented her with a fire emoji before other family friends like David Beckham and fans alike filled her comments section with nice appraisals.
On the other hand, ex-mistress Sarah Symonds has come out to declare that the loneliness of being "the other woman" at Christmas has made her suicidal in the past.
Having lived as a mistress for 15 years and allegedly been involved with Tory Peer and Author Jeffrey Archer, Sarah explained she was taking full responsibility for her past.
Sarah also revealed that after Gordon, she had not been involved with any married man and never would be because she does not want to be in other similar situations.
The former mistress explained that being in love with a married man eats one to the core because they always have Christmas with someone else. She, after that, warned women to avoid such traps and not have an affair. Sarah disclosed:
"My advice is, don't have an affair. But if you're going to, know that he's using you and use him back. Mistresses should get something nice for Christmas – after all, he's buying his wife something."
She also advised suspicious wives that Christmas is a good time for finding out if their husbands are cheating, and whenever they feel something is not right, it is usually true. Sarah disclosed she wasted years of being a mistress but has finally emerged as a much stronger person.