When Tina Clarke, the kitchen manager of Edward Peake Middle School in Biggleswade, U.K., was left to feed hundreds of pupils alone because two of her workers were unwell, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay rushed to the rescue.
Last week, Ramsay was being interviewed on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show when an exasperated Clarke called in to seek for help. Ramsay is notorious for being rude on his famous television series such as Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef.
“I’m cooking here on my own. I’m working here in a school kitchen, and my chef has gone off sick. I’ve got another one off with COVID and just wondered if Gordon would help me today, give me a hand after his interview?” Clarke half-jokingly asked.
Despite the fact that Ramsay was unavailable, he volunteered to send one of his chefs to the school.
“When I phoned in, I really did not expect for him to send a chef,” Clarke told the BBC. “When I finally got a message saying, ‘Your chef will be with you in an hour,’ I thought, ‘Oh, my God. I’m going to have to fess up to the head [teacher], and I hope she doesn’t give me detention.”
Chef Rob Roy Cameron arrived in a cab from Ramsay’s Lucky Cat restaurant in London, and Clarke set him to work immediately cooking cauliflower cheese for the pupils.
“I’m sure he was terrified by having three menopausal women around him in the kitchen all day,” Clarke told the BBC.
The school took to social media and recorded messages to thank both chefs, one of which was played for Ramsay on the BBC’s The One Show the next day, with Clarke telling Ramsay, “It sent a huge buzz around the school. So, thank you.”
Ramsay replied, “Anytime, Tina.”