Tragedies That Have Plagued Hollywood’s Most Popular Chefs

Tragedies That Have Plagued Hollywood’s Most Popular Chefs

It might be hard to think of celebrities as
normal people with normal people problems. But behind their camera-ready smiles and perfectly
branded personas, lies the heartbreak and the struggle that makes them human. These are the tragic details that have come
out about these famous celebrity chefs. Gordon Ramsay might have a bit of a reputation
as a tyrant in the kitchen, but outside, he’s a pretty decent guy. He and his wife, Tana, do a ton of charity
work, and are endlessly devoted to their family, and beyond. But the Ramsays have experienced their share
of tragedy in recent years. In 2016, Gordon posted a heartbreaking message
on social media, announcing that his wife had suffered a miscarriage at five months. On a fortunate note, the family followed tragedy
with some happy news, announcing, via USA Today in 2019, that they were expecting again. In April, they announced they had welcomed
a healthy baby boy named Oscar, according to People magazine. But it appears Ramsay has always had a special
place in his heart for the welfare of children. “Yeah my childhood was tough. My father was a severe alcoholic, and my mom
worked as a cook, and a nurse at night.” In 2007, he and Tana partnered with Women’s
Aid, a UK-based charity that helps women and children who are the victims of domestic abuse. Revealing his personal connection to the cause,
Ramsay wrote for CNN, “Growing up, my father was less than a perfect
role model. I watched how he battled alcoholism and how
he became terribly violent with my mum, to the point where she feared for her life. […] There were instances when the police
were called to take him away; mum was taken to the hospital while we kids were taken to
a children’s home.” He later told CNN’s Talk Asia that growing
up in such an abusive environment is the reason for his hot temper, his rage, and his drive
to succeed. But he claims he has also broken the cycle. “What’s it like being the daughter to the
best chef in the world?” “But Jamie Oliver’s not my dad!” He says, “I could never see myself behaving the way
my father did when I was a child. I want to be a role model for my children
and have them look up to me.” “This is my Fieri fire roasted lasagna, I
made a special edition of this for my sister Morgan who was a vegetarian.” Guy Fieri released his cookbook called Guy
Fieri Food: Cookin’ It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It in 2011. The dedication was particularly personal to
him, and he had originally written it to his mother, father, and sister. But his sister Morgan passed away from cancer
just as the book was going to print, and Fieri changed the dedication to be to her. He told Travel, Food, and Drink, “It gave me the biggest sigh of relief because
what it does for me – and it does for my parents and my nephew – is that my sister lives on
forever. My sister lives on in the book shelves and
in the homes, with the families of people forever.” “My most important tattoo is in memory of
my sister Morgan. Then on the bottom it says her name and it
says namaste at the top.” Morgan lost her battle with melanoma when
she was 39. According to Delish, she was first diagnosed
when she was only 4 years old. Fieri was only 8 at the time, and he remembers
the family staying at the Ronald McDonald House as she underwent treatment, saying, “[…] We battled it for years as a family
and it was just the most devastating thing I had happen in my life.” Andrew Zimmern has been incredibly open about
his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, talking freely about how he turned to drugs
when he was a teen and continued down that path through his 20s. At one point, he was homeless in Manhattan
and stealing to pay for his drug habit – even attempting to drink himself to death. “Addiction and alcoholism is a progressive
disease. It does not get better, it only gets worse.” He remembered the incident that initially
set things in motion, telling People, “When I was 13, I came back from summer camp
– summer of ’74 – and my mother had had an accident during surgery.” He said his mother had fallen into a coma,
claiming, “It was like the seminal event of my life.”] Success magazine reported Zimmern was 30 when
friends handed him a one-way ticket to a rehab center 1,200 miles away. At the time, he said, “I was a terrible alcoholic. I was a heroin addict, I was an everything
addict. And for a long time, my addiction dominated
my life.” He has since cleaned up, and has been sober
for more than 25 years. “I don’t know that I’ve ever thought, oh I
need to cook to make myself feel better, but I certainly think cooking does make me feel
better.” Take Nigella Lawson at face value, and it’s
easy to assume she’s culinary royalty. But somewhere along the line, her life became
the stuff of tabloid scandal: there were drugs, abuse, a messy divorce, and court appearances,
according to The New York Times. In 2013, everything seemed to come to a head
when the media published photos of her then-husband, Charles Saatchi, grabbing her and seeming
to choke her. Then, it came out that abuse had first come
at the hands of Nigella’s mother, Vanessa Salmon. Lawson said via the Irish Independent, “[My mother] just didn’t like me. I never thought I could please her. […] She’d shout at all of us and say, ‘I’m
going to hit you till you cry,’ and so I never would cry. I still don’t.” In the end, Salmon was diagnosed with cancer
– and told her daughter she was relieved, because with her death would come peace. “It’s very good to remember whether it’s a
child, a husband, a wife, an aunt, somebody dear to you, it’s to suddenly bring it back
and think we were lucky to have them.” Mary Berry is a huge part of the success of
The Great British Bake Off, but her life hasn’t been all crumpets and perfect sponge. In the BBC2’s The Mary Berry Story, she opened
up about the day she received the news that every parent dreads. It was 1989, and her son, William, was just
19 years old. He was home from university for the weekend,
and she remembered that she had made his favorite for dinner – roast lamb. The next day, he took his parents’ car and
went for a drive. She recalled, “And it was […] one o’clock and he wasn’t
home. The doorbell rang and there was a policeman
[who] said there’s been an accident and I’m sorry to say your son is dead.” “Oh you see William’s got lots of snowdrops
around here.” In 2018, Berry was still helping others grieving
the loss of their children, according to Woman & Home. As the patron of Child Bereavement UK, Berry
participated in a campaign that asked parents what they would say to their child if they
just had one more minute. She said, “I would thank him. I would thank him for being a brilliant son.” When The Wall Street Journal talked to Alton
Brown about his childhood, he remembered growing up with his father, Alton Sr., who was an
account executive at NBC. “This is a 1964 Kinner Easy Bake Oven. When I was a really little kid I wanted one
of these. My parents wouldn’t let me have one.” But after buying a radio station and moving
to Georgia, in 1972, Alton Sr. was found dead, sitting at his desk with a plastic bag taped
over his head. Alton had just finished the sixth grade. According to The New York Times, officials
ruled that Alton Sr. had taken his own life. But Brown believes his father may have been
murdered. He wrote, “In addition to owning the radio station,
he owned a small newspaper in the next county and wound up pissing off the wrong people. […] It was a horrible shock for me and my
mom, who had been the editor of the paper and now had the burden of figuring out how
to make ends meet in a small town.” In 2013, 10 years had passed since Giada De
Laurentiis lost her younger brother, Dino, to skin cancer. “When he was diagnosed with melanoma, we were
in shock.” She marked the anniversary by partnering with
The Melanoma Research Alliance and recording a PSA for Stand Up to Cancer. The loss was devastating to her. She said, “Really, we felt like he was my older brother. He was the person I turned to for everything. When something great happened in my life,
when something bad happened – I would talk to him 2 to 3 times per day.” She elaborated on the impact Dino’s death
has had on her life, telling The Cut, “I realized that life is fleeting and it can
be taken away at any time. I feel like I only have a limited amount of
time on this planet. I have to get as much done as possible.” Everyone remembers where they were when they
heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center. But Michael Lomonaco knows that he should
have been at the restaurant where he worked as executive chef, Windows on the World, in
the North Tower. He would have been there, too, he told Reuters,
if he hadn’t taken a pre-work detour to order new reading glasses on that fateful day. Instead of making a left to go to the elevators,
I made a right and I went into the concourse, and I went to an optometrist shop, and I was
being fitted for reading glasses.” Seventy-nine of his fellow employees were
already at work when the attack happened, and every single one was lost in the devastation
that followed. According to The New Yorker, Lomonaco embarked
on a mission to not only raise money for their families – which he did, collecting $22 million
in donations – but to continue doing what they had all loved. He told the outlet, “I said to myself on September 12th that I
will continue to work in the restaurant business in New York because that’s what I want to
do and what my friends want me to do. It’s really a tribute to my colleagues, my
co-workers, my friends whom I lost that day.” “This is the work they were doing when they
lost their lives. And this is the work that I am fortunate enough
to be able to do. And I dedicate my work life to them.” The world was shocked when news broke that
Anthony Bourdain had taken his own life, in 2018. But in hindsight, some began to realize that
he had often talked about how unhappy he was, with many pointing to the Buenos Aires episode
of Parts Unknown. It was heavy stuff, and when it aired, Eater
even ran a piece asking if we needed to worry. Bourdain spoke often about depression, saying, “Suddenly I look at the hamburger and I find
myself in a spiral of depression that can last for days.” He also revealed how a certain philosophy
on humanity – and consequently, his job – impacted him, recalling, “George Orwell said something that really
upset me. He talked about how human beings are essentially
tubes into which we shove food.” He then added, “And this is my job. I travel around the world, and for a certain
period of time, my job is to shove food into my face.” Doctor John E. Richters compiled an even more
disturbing collection of quotes, and found that on at least 19 separate occasions, Bourdain
made comments about the act of taking his own life – in the way that he eventually would. One quote from an episode of No Reservations
was particularly chilling in hindsight, when he said, “Oh boy, just saved from a poisonous blowhole-inspired
bout of depression and self-loathing by the healing powers of pork.” And in a since-deleted follow up thought,
he said, “I determine not to hang myself in the shower
stall of my lonely hotel room.” If you or someone you know is having suicidal
thoughts, please call or chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8225).


  1. I very much appreciate the message about mental health and asking for help if you need it but it seems slightly insincere when your promoting help lines and they are covered up to the point of being indecipherable by annotations at the end of the video.

  2. Gordon is a great man, comes off as an ass, but is a humble, kind guy and great chef! Same for Anthony Bourdain, both come off as hotheads, but have good hearts and are gifted chefs!

  3. These things happen to "normal people" …. why do we care more when they are "celebrities" ? It is horse shit! I have lost COUNTLESS friends and family to suicide, opiate overdose, cancer, alcoholism, and murder…. and no one will ever know my name. At the end of the day… if you need help, there are resources out there…. dont do anything stupid, because someone somewhere loves you.

  4. If you're going to narrate, you should probably take the time to get to know the chef's names. Who is Guy Fieti !?!?

  5. If you watched It and don't like it shame on you the thumbs down is very disrespectful here show some respect please and thank you

  6. In all my years I have never heard of people hanging themselves from doorknobs until just a year or two ago and all of a sudden, several celebrities were doing it. Seems very suspect to me.

  7. The news of Bourdain really hit me at home when I heard. Not only was I a big fan but also because I lost my father to suicide due to manic depression, but also I share some parallels in both. I work in kitchens just barely making it by, sometimes having episodes of depression. My father before dying, suffered a major business failure from his car garage venture. But what pushes me further into that dark place is how my mother met someone new a couple years later, and that would lead us on a 25 year path to relationship hell ending with a 6 figure debt load that will eventually be mine because of this con artist. And the only thing I feel that keeps me from crossing certain points is remembering how hard it was growing up fatherless from the age of 4…and both my kids are past that threshold, I couldn't do that to them. And theres too much leftover problems to fix that I don't want them to be burdened with like the way it's all left on me.

  8. All these chefs and TV show hosts are evil.
    Gordon Ramsay and his foul mouth
    Guy Fieri and his blatant homophobia
    Andrew Zimmern apparently treats people poorly

  9. The tragedy is calling Fieri (Ferry) or Ramsey a chef. Bourdain did it right…..lmfao!!!…..yikes….

  10. Gordon – we also miscarried & know that pain. God blessed us ultimately w/ a son, so I get part of your pain. #GoodOnYouDad I'd love to privately cook w/ y'all, ZERO $$$ or TV involved – just 2 dads who've been there, having fun, ignoring the media

  11. We are all human, most people wear masks. Life is a struggle, that's why babies cry after they're born. Surrender yr life to Jesus, He'll take care of everything. 🤲🇦🇺 don't walk alone!

  12. Gordon Ramsay is a horrible asshole…I'm surprised nobody has shot him yet! Nobody had a perfect childhood either. Most people have lost lived ones to cancer and other illnesses…it's a sad fact of life. These things seem like the same things the rest of the world suffers too. It's good to see these people have endured their hardships and risen above them to have successful lives.

  13. @11:00 The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Not 8225. I am a Veteran and have called it many times. Please make sure important information like that is corrected before publishing. It will save someone's life.

  14. Gordon Ramsay's not a nice guy,,, he's constantly saying and doing inappropriate sexusl innuendos to other female talkshow guests,,,,, and, Bourdain didn't give a damn about his 11 year old daughter when he " became bored" with life,,, he was selfish,,ptui!

  15. Didn't Nigella also have a husband who died. And what a difference between Guy and Giada both losing a sibling to skin cancer. Guy dedicates a book so she can live on forever. Giada….thinks about herself.

  16. RHEE DRummond, HANDS DOWN, FOLLOWED BY CHEF RAMSAY., BAREFOOT CONTESSA,THE KITCHEN, GUY FIERI, THE WOMAN/CHEF WHO LIVES IN UPSTATE NEW YORK.GIADA DE LAURENTIS, RACHEL RAY.and a few more that I happen to really LIKE , there's another woman whose name I just can't remember,.cant leave out Martha Stuart, but Mrs Drummond really does well overall in these situations, like I said ,"Hands Down".

  17. I often think of suicide, most of the time I'm sad I try to reach out to family BUT THEY tell me get over it or stop crying all the time, so I stay to myself and through my self in to work 13 days straight 1day off than sparrow in depression and the only thing keeps me going i have to work tomorrow night

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