14/01/2015 06:31 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Gordon Ramsay: 'Learning To Cook Is More Important Than Passing Exams'


Gordon Ramsay has told his four children that learning to cook is more important than exam results.

In an interview with America's David Letterman, the outspoken chef – who left school with few qualifications – said: "I'm fed up with kids getting blamed for this obesity epidemic and bad eating habits. It's not the kids, it's the parents.

"Cooking is now a proper life skill for the young kids. I look at my son Jack (who's 14) and he's stressing out over Latin.

"I'm saying to him 'Mate, if you're not going to use Latin for the rest of your life, don't worry about that exam, follow dad, let me show you how to make scrambled eggs'.

"The good news is that now, every Saturday or Sunday, our four kids cook for us. I've got them up to speed and they're bloody good cooks."

Gordon – who has three other children with his wife Tana: Megan, 16, Holly (Jack's twin) and Matilda, 13 - said the importance of cooking was instilled in him from an early age as his mother Helen Cosgrove worked as a chef in Stratford-upon-Avon while he was growing up.

He continued: "Mum worked in a little tea house called the Cobweb Tea Room - it was packed with Americans and she was cooking classic English food.

"She used to bring home what she didn't sell back home. It amazes me today how she just got on with it and never cursed.

"Back in those days it was rude to leave anything so you ate and washed up straight afterwards. Today you have issues with kids even loading the dishwasher."

Gordon is currently teaching children in the States to cook for the new series of Masterchef Junior and said the young contestants were better learners than adults.

Speaking on the Late Show this week, he said: "Some of the kids are eight years of age and can barely reach the stove but they are extraordinary.

"Working with them and getting a chance to teach them is great.

"They absorb far better than adults, they are less sensitive, we get straight to the point when we have an issue or a stumbling block.

"Those kind of life skills are important to give a bit of confidence,' he added. 'I don't scream at the kids but I scream at the parents."

His youngest daughter Matilda, is set to front her own cookery show called 'Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch', which will be shown on CBBC later this year.

The series will see the teenager travel to Los Angeles to creates dishes to accompany Bollywood themed parties, stunt lessons at a film studio, daredevil zip-wiring and surf days on the beach.

What do you think? Isn't it possible for kids to learn to cook and still revise for exams?

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