Gordon Ramsay was last night embroiled in an extraordinary race row after allegedly calling a top chef a ‘f****** black b******’.
The stunning claim was made by Ethiopian-born Marcus Samuelsson in his new memoir Yes, Chef, published in America.
In his book Samuelsson, who has cooked for President Obama at the White House, alleged Ramsay rang him shortly after he arrived as a guest chef at London’s five-star Lanesborough Hotel in 2000.
Accused: Gordon Ramsay last night became embroiled in an extraordinary race row after allegedly calling a top chef a ‘f****** black b******’
He claims Ramsay was angry that Samuelsson had not named him when he was asked which chefs he admired.
‘On my second day I was cooking when a phone call came into the kitchen. The executive chef answered and with a puzzled look handed me the receiver.’
Samuelsson, 42, said he thought it was a call from a friend in New York, but added: ‘Instead, there was screaming. “How the f*** can you come to my f****** city and think you are going to be able to cook without even f****** referring to me?”
‘This went on for what seemed like five minutes. “I’m going to make sure you have a f****** miserable time here. This is my city, you hear? Good luck, you f****** black b******.” Then he hung up.
‘To be honest, though, only one phrase in his juvenile tirade unsettled me: When he called me a black b******. Actually, I didn’t give a f*** about the b****** part. But the black part p***** me off.’
The uncorroborated claim was strenuously denied by a furious Ramsay, who called it ‘a complete fabrication’, although Samuelsson – whose book was vetted by lawyers for publisher Random House – stuck by his story.
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