Gordon Ramsay: I’ve Been Asked to Dust Soufflés with Cocaine

By Bryan Le 10/09/17

In his new documentary, Gordon Ramsay undertakes an in-depth investigation on cocaine use in the food industry.

Gordon Ramsay speaking to an audience.
Cocaine has a vice grip on his industry.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay says that his industry is so rife with cocaine use that he’s been asked by a few clients to dust souffles with the drug.

In his new documentary, Gordon Ramsay On Cocaine, Chef Ramsay describes times in which he has had to deal with customers who openly use the stuff.

"I saw cocaine quite early on in my career. I’ve been served it. I’ve been given it,” said the 50-year-old chef. “I’ve had my hand shaken and left with little wraps of foil in it. I’ve been asked to dust cocaine on top of soufflés, to put it on as icing sugar.”

In the new documentary, Ramsay seeks out the farmers who make his industry’s favorite drug. He watches on in horror as cocaine farmers add in cement powder, sulfuric acid, gasoline and battery acid.

“I’ve cooked some serious s— in my life and been to some extraordinary places, but nothing quite on this level,” Ramsay said about the farmers’ cocaine recipe.

Ramsay visited Colombia because it is the source of almost 80% of the cocaine in the UK, whose citizens consume about 30 tons of the stuff every year.

Cocaine use is especially rampant in the restaurant industry, where Ramsay has spent a considerable amount of time and made a name for himself. While he has found great success despite the drugs that percolate his industry, he’s watched fellow chefs lose their way, including his protege David Dempsey. Chef Dempsey suffered a bizarre death in 2003, falling to his death after attempting a jump from the ledge of a second floor window to another ledge.

"He was clearly out his skull on drugs," said the porter who found his body. "From everything I heard and saw, he looked like a classic victim of hallucinogenic drugs who thought he was Spiderman."

Such incidents are why Ramsay wants to see the trade for himself.

“With soaring cocaine deaths in Britain and along the coke supply chain, I’m determined to understand the criminal business behind this deadly drug,” he said.

Ramsay’s own brother has struggled with heroin addiction.

“Sometimes you have got to be a little bit stronger than the previous time and introduce tough love," Ramsay said of his brother. "They have got to hit rock bottom before they want to get out of that scenario so I think it is more painful from the outside for mum."

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