When it comes to being father of the year, foul-mouthed TV chef Gordon Ramsay might not be the first name that springs to mind. But maybe it should be.
Ramsay sparked off a media frenzy earlier this year when he said he didn’t let his children fly first class with him. He shared that he made his four kids sit in economy, while he and wife Tana sat up front.
Now Ramsay has defended his comments, saying he has to “keep it real” with the kids.
“Also, I think just getting kids at the age of five, six and seven used to first class and those big seats, they do not need the space, they get entertainment on their iPads,” he tells The Mirror.
“So I like to think about what you can do with the money when you land, rather than paying out thousands of dollars for eight-, nine-, 10-year-olds to sit in first class.
“I do not want them sat there with a 10-course f—ing menu with champagne.”
Well, okay. So he’s going a bit far by suggesting five-year-olds should sit on their own while their parents glug champagne up the front. But the essence of what he’s saying is true.
Gourmet food and spacious seats are wasted on little kids, who would rather just eat biscuits from little packets and repeatedly flush the airplane toilet. And why get your kids used to luxury when they’re little? The rest of their lives could end up being a nasty shock.