What 3 tips does Gordon Ramsay have for choosing restaurants?

Gordon Ramsay

In picture: Gordon Ramsay. Photo credit: Instagram/Gordon Ramsay

He is a world-renowned chef — possibly one of the world’s only ones to have three Michelin stars. So, when the mercurial and strict Gordon Ramsay shares tips for choosing a restaurant, we are all ears!

A Fox News journalist recently caught up with Ramsay — who has made a name for himself with numerous TV shows like Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen and Hotel Hell — and asked him how he judges whether a restaurant is good or not.

Ramsay laid out a simple three-step plan to know if a restaurant serves good food without tasting even a single morsel. Here they are:

1. Empty seats

He was seen saying in a Fox News video: “One thing that always alarms me… You walk into a restaurant and you get a table immediately.”

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Ramsay continued: “Any good restaurant in the neighbourhood should be 98 percent full. If you are walking in from the street and there’s tables available, there’s something not quite right with that restaurant.”

This is something that is evident on most episodes of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. The chef is usually quick to take note of how many people are coming in to eat.

2. Number of specials

The second issue Ramsay pointed out is a restaurant has a problem if it has something like “27 specials.”

“Why is it special? You need one or two specials,” he is heard saying in the video.

This, too, is something the chef is seen insisting upon when he gives restaurants a visit in shows like Kitchen Nightmares. He has often shortened the menu to quite an extent for eateries that have too many things on offer.

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3. Soup of the day

The third is to ask the waiter what the soup of the day is. He then related an exchange, with the waiter starting to speak.

“Oh, we have a beautiful wild asparagus with chanterelle mushrooms.”

“What was the soup of the day yesterday?”

“Wild asparagus with beautiful chanterelle mushrooms.”

In essence, the restaurant is repeating its soup, which means it could well be serving stale or frozen food. And in Ramsay’s book, anything stale, frozen, microwaved or store-bought is a strict no-no.

Watch the full video here.

Tell us in the comments if you agree or disagree with Ramsay, or if you have anything else to add.

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