LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Gordon Ramsay attends the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2023 at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on April 5, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Gordon Ramsay Made One Of The Most Delicious Dishes Anthony Bourdain Ever Ate
Bourdain was filming an episode of his first series, "A Cook's Tour," when he had a meal at "the terrifying, the awesome, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant," as Bourdain said it.
Two of the most famously tough-to-impress chefs in culinary history, Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain, crossed paths in 2002, resulting in one memorable meal.
During the episode, the often-sardonic Bourdain's meal began with a ham hock terrine over celery root and a chilled consumé with caviar, which he called "superb."
The next course was Ramsay's signature dish, lobster ravioli over baby pea purée with truffles, white asparagus, and lobster vinaigrette. "You're doing God's work," Bourdain said.
Ramsay knew the main course would impress Bourdain. "Stunning," Ramsay said as he observed the shin of beef he had just prepared. "That should stuff him."
The beef was braised in the oven with red wine and mirepoix for three and a half to four hours, then served on a bed of new Caesar spinach with grated black truffles.
The dish was impeccably garnished with seared foie gras, and Bourdain stated in the episode, "This is one of the best things I've eaten. Ever."
Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay London boasts three Michelin stars, and, as Bourdain put it, "He's walking the tightrope between 'perfect' and 'overkill.' I like that."