Gordon Ramsay explains cocaine is restaurant industry's 'dirty little secret'

Hannah Kramer

Gordon Ramsay has been in the restaurant industry since the 1980s, but if there's one thing he's still not accustomed to, it's the industry's "dirty little secret."

The cocaine epidemic is the subject of Ramsay's new ITV documentary "Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine," in which he travels to Colombia to explore the drug-making process. "I've cooked some serious s–t in my life but nothing quite on this level," he said while watching a farmer cook the drug.

In the series, he also meets with the drug smugglers responsible for transporting the problem.


According to Ramsay, the drug is so prevalent in the industry that he's found cocaine traces in 30 out of 31 of his restaurants around the world, said the Guardian.

He said, "This started the whole dilemma of how far this is going on and the pressure restaurants are up against from customers."

Not only are patrons taking the drug secretly -- in the bathroom -- but they've outright asked the celebrity chef to infuse cocaine in his recipes. Explained Ramsay in an interview with the Radio Times, "When dessert arrived the couple came to me and said, 'Look, everyone on the table is happy you're here, but can you make a soufflé like never before and combine icing sugar with coke and dust it?'"

While the series currently only airs on British television, many are hopeful it makes its way to the United States.

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