Gordon Ramsay Forgets Social Distancing With Restaurant Staff
Gordon Ramsay was pictured forgetting about social distancing as he posed with restaurant staff, with no one wearing face coverings.
The Michelin-starred chef, 53, was seen smiling as he stood with 10 other people after a seafood dinner at Esplanada Furnas in Ericeira, Portugal on Monday.
Restaurant owner Nuno Lourenco also claimed that Gordon, who enjoyed his “exceptional” food, asked staff to remove their masks before taking the picture.
Oops: Gordon Ramsay, 53, was pictured forgetting about social distancing as he posed with restaurant staff in Ericeira, Portugal on Monday with no one wearing face masks
Nuno revealed that Gordon was over for dinner on Monday when posting the snap on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
He wrote: “We have had the privilege of hosting one of the world’s most famous chefs.”
Describing his visit as a “big surprise”, Nuno told the Portuguese daily Observador: “I knew he had come to eat fish, but I still asked him what he liked best.
“All he said was ‘No, no, you’re going to choose my fish.’
Fast travel: the chef was reportedly in Portugal to film on a fishing boat in Peniche north of Lisbon (pictured in his own restaurant in Paris in 2009)
Surprise visit: the restaurant shared the snapshot on Facebook on Tuesday, with a message that translates to: “Yesterday we had the privilege of having one of the best chefs in the world”
Revealing that the father of five had feasted on clams, grilled grouper and a homemade apple pie, he added: “He then insisted on going to our grill to say it was exceptional, five stars . “
The TV chef, who had dinner with two men according to the Portuguese press, posed for a group photo at the restaurant door after his meal.
Some staff were pictured with their face masks in their hands, but none were wearing protection and Gordon’s face covering was nowhere to be found.
MailOnline has reached out to Gordon’s rep for comment.
Keeping busy: During lockdown with his family in Cornwall, Gordon admitted to ‘sneaking’ for 100km bike rides during lockdown, but insists he’s not breaking the rules
Portugal remains on Britain’s quarantine list after failing to be on the list of ‘safe’ countries from which people reaching the UK do not have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The holiday hotspot expressed fury at Britain as ministers refused to remove the country from its quarantine list.
It was first excluded from the list of ‘green’ countries three weeks ago after a spike in cases in and around Lisbon.
The rules quarantined Gordon after his trip, which the Observador said was work-related and involved a filming on a fishing boat in Peniche, north of Lisbon.
It is mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport in Portugal and visitors must also wear it in confined spaces, reports VisititPortugal.
Family time: The chef has spent a lot of time by the sea with his children, including his youngest son Oscar
The lack of face masks in the photo also raised questions from some locals who saw the snap on social media.
One of them said in a sarcastic social media comment: âIt looks like they’re at the restaurant door. We all know there are no issues at the door.
The restaurant pointed at Ramsey, responding to comments about the face masks saying, “He insisted that we take them off.”
The celebrity chef spent most of the lockdown with his family at their Â£ 4million mansion in Trebetherick in Cornwall before returning to London at the end of June.
Close family: Gordon moved to Cornwall with his family – daughter Megan, 22, twins Jack and Holly, 20, daughter Matilda, 18, and wife Tana, 45 (left to right) – during the pandemic
The move sparked an uproar among some residents, who were unimpressed by the family’s move to pass the seaside lockdown.
The star has been spotted on several occasions taking long excursions when outings were still limited to an hour a day, including one walk along the beach with all his family.
The spirited chef was accompanied by his wife Tana, 45, and three of their five children – Jack, 20, Matilda, 18 and Oscar – on a brisk walk on the sand.
The Hell’s Kitchen star also landed in hot water with the local coast guard, who reportedly issued him an official warning for his apparent disregard of the lockdown guidelines.
Sources say Gordon has been seen in Rock, Fowey, Port Isaac and Newquay – some distance from his Â£ 4million home in Trebetherick.
Gordon has since admitted to “sneaking” for 100km bike rides, but insisted he didn’t break any rules.
Responding to Coast Guard warnings in May for being too far from home, he recently told the Joe Wicks podcast: âThere was no law saying you had to ride your bike for just an hour and an hour.
âThey were encouraging you to ride a bike, so I snuck into some great 90 km and 100 km bike rides.
âThese hills between here and Newquay, Bude and Bodmin. Bodmin Moor at half past five in the morning in the middle of spring, there is no place more beautiful.
I did not do anything ! Gordon has since admitted to “sneaking” for 100km bike rides, but insisted he didn’t break any rules
He added: âSo what are the coast guards going to do? Think about it. Take care of the coastline, let me ride my bike.
“The Coast Guard shouldn’t tell me what to do in the middle of the forest on my fucking bike, right?” “
“There was nobody on the roads, so how the hell can you complain about me and my little bike when there is nobody on the f ****** roads.” Go on.’
Additionally, the TV personality hit another stumbling block when he was forced to deny “nearly causing an accident” after a resident accused him of jumping a red light during a 26.2 mile bike ride.
In a photo taken by the angry local and obtained by The Sun, he was seen wearing the same cycling gear he was wearing in a post shared with Instagram followers earlier today.
As the UK was under a severe lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, the government’s advice was to “stay local and use open spaces near your home where possible”.
While people with second homes were not allowed to go back and forth, choosing a home and getting stuck there was not against official advice.
A family friend told MailOnline: âThe family consider Cornwall their family home when the kids are back from college and Gordon back from filming across the world, this is where they spend all their time. family time together.
âThey’ve been there for 10 years and Jack also lives there full time. Most of their neighbors are very welcoming and enjoy being part of the community.
“They have been following the government’s advice with the rest of the country since their arrival on March 20 and the campaign against them is hurtful and unnecessary at a time when we should all come together and support each other.”
Drama: The TV star hit another stumbling block when he was forced to deny “almost causing an accident” after a resident accused him of jumping a red light during a 26.2 mile bike ride.