Gordon Ramsay has revealed he’s had knee surgery after injuring himself while on a run and been told he’s got arthritis.
The chef, 54, who often runs marathons and goes on long bike rides, admitted that his doctor told him he ‘needs to start slowing down’ in a new interview with The Sun.
As well as revealing his recent operation, Gordon also discussed his good pal David Beckham‘s impressive cooking skills, saying the former footballer is a ‘real foodie’ and declaring he’d win Great British Bake Off if he ever appeared on the show.
‘It was f*****g painful’: Gordon Ramsay has revealed he’s had knee surgery after injuring himself while on a run in London, with doctors telling him he’s got arthritis
Gordon told the publication he’d needed surgery after recently injured himself while out exercising in lockdown London.
He said: ‘I’ve just come off two weeks on crutches, as I had meniscus surgery. I did it running up the hill in Richmond Park, bolting up it. It was f***ing painful.
‘And when I got the X-rays back, the doctor said, “You’ve got arthritis in your knee”… I am slightly scared of stopping but do know I will have to slow down at some stage.’
The chef, who is notoriously active, added that he didn’t want to get lazy in lockdown and be angry at the world so made sure to keep training – calling it his ‘release’ amid a busy work life.
High praise: The chef, 54, also discussed his good pal David Beckham’s impressive cooking skills, saying the former footballer is a ‘real foodie’ in a new interview (pictured in 2019)
And as if he’s not busy enough, Gordon also revealed he’s talked about the idea of doing a food-based show with good pal David Beckham.
He said: ‘David’s a real foodie. The last thing he cooked me was a risotto. He picked up these skills in Milan, and now he’s a prolific baker and Harper’s a keen baker too.’
Singing his friend’s praises, Gordon added that if the former footballer went on the Great British Bake Off he’s certainly win the competition before adding that David has ‘incredible attention to detail’.
Gordon recalled one of their weekend trips to Napa in California saying that David often goes to a chocolate shop and spends hours meticulously decorating cakes.
Always on the go: Gordon is very active and often goes long bike rides, but said his doctor told him he ‘needs to start slowing down’ (pictured with youngest son Oscar last summer)
Busy man: As well as staying active in lockdown, Gordon has been preparing for the launch of his new game show Bank Balance (pictured after a dip in the sea last summer)
Elsewhere in his interview Gordon admitted he ‘studied’ presenters Bradley Walsh and Jeremy Clarkson while preparing to host his new game show Bank Balance.
And while he’s looking forward to the launch of the show, Gordon admitted the lockdowns of the last year have caused ‘devastation’ on his restaurant business.
Speaking candidly about the financial loss as well as the impact on his staff, the TV chef said he’s suffered his turnover being down £57.5m during the pandemic.
He also admitted he feels a great pressure to support his staff, and especially those starting out in their careers, as they all need to make a living.
Gordon has kept busy during lockdown, spending lots of time with his children and cycling around his London and Cornwall homes.
Friends: Singing his pal David’s cookery and baking praises, Gordon also revealed he’s talked about doing a food-based show with the former footballer (the Ramsay and Beckham broods are pictured together in 2018)
Chatting about his family, the doting dad said he wants to keep them all grounded and never buys his teenagers first class seats on airplanes.
He also revealed that for the past four years two of his children, although he did not reveal which, have been volunteering at Great Ormond Street hospital in London.
Gordon recently revealed he had to cancel over 22,000 bookings for his restaurants in December before England was plunged into its third lockdown.
The star, who owns 35 restaurants across the UK, said the effect Covid has had on the hospitality industry is ‘devastating,’ but he remains optimistic his business could re-open by Easter.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Gordon said he’s planning to open up even more restaurants when lockdown is eased, following reports the government plan to allow pubs and restaurants to re-open in May.
Family: Gordon is married to wife Tana and dad to twins Jack and Holly, Megan, Tilly and Oscar
Gordon admitted that thousands of bookings across his business were removed when Tier 3 restrictions in December forced many restaurants to close just weeks after re-opening following the second lockdown.
Weeks later the government placed the entire country in lockdown, with not set date as to when pubs and restaurants can re-open.
He told Graham: ‘It’s devastating. When you think about breaking bread and having fun with friends and family, it’s just tragic not to have that.’
The Hell’s Kitchen star added: ‘When we reopened last July, the atmosphere was monumental and electrifying, we didn’t even need music, so to be shut backdown was tough.
Looking ahead: The chef recently discussed the ‘devastating’ impact Covid has had on his restaurants and even said he’s planning to open up even more when lockdown is eased
‘In December, our most important month, we cancelled 22 and a half thousand reservations, but I have always been optimistic.
‘It is tough but we will come out of this – we’ve re-created, re-developed and researched new ideas so when we come out of this lockdown we will open up as new restaurants. We are hoping we will re-open at Easter. It would be a dream.’
Gordon also spoke to Graham about his new BBC quiz show Bank Balance, revealing the series was developed during the last lockdown.
He said: ‘It was developed via Zoom during lockdown this time last year, with the team spread out all over the country – I was in Cornwall with my beloved neighbours – and we got this high-pressured game to an amazing place.
‘The set is really spectacular and intimidating and then you’ve got me asking the questions! It’s really exciting.’
Coming soon: Gordon’s new show Bank Balance starts on Tuesday, with the chef recently revealing the series was developed during the last lockdown