Fern Britton defends Gordon Ramsay after he slammed Cornish people in an interview

Fern Britton has defended Gordon Ramsay after he bashed Cornwall in an interview this week. Former This Morning host Fern, who lives in the county, has addressed Ramsay’s recent comment saying he “can’t stand” Cornish people.

On Wednesday (March 23), the Kitchen Nightmares star hit out at his Cornish neighbors once again as he told Vernon Kay on BBC Radio 2 that he “can’t stand the Cornish”. Gordon started off by revealing that he loves spending time in Cornwall, with an impressive property portfolio across the county including a mansion in Rock.

But as the interview went on it was clear that the TV chef doesn’t hold the same affection towards the residents. Discussing his dream dish to make, Gordon said; “I would go down to the beautiful Cornish coast and get a little line-caught seabass and do that with a little light crushed potatoes. Trust me I absolutely love Cornwall, it’s just the Cornish I can’t stand.”

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Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall and Cornwall councilor for St Dennis & St Enoder, hit out at restaurateur and TV personality Ramsay on Twitter following his ‘divisive’ comments. He said: “I am really disappointed to hear Gordon Ramsay’s divisive comments and his lack of respect for the Cornish people. It is shocking that he deems it OK to make such a public statement that he would presumably not make about other national or ethnic groups. “

A Cornish writer named Elizabeth Dale quote-tweeted Cole’s message, and added: “Please read this thread. Frustrated. . .disappointed would be two words to describe my feelings, but others spring to mind. “

Britton, who narrated her own documentary exploring Cornwall on Channel 5, replied to Dale in front of her 108.1k followers, “But we know different! And this may have been GR joking…. Poorly! “

One of Fern’s followers responded recalling meeting Gordon and called him an “absolute gentleman”. “His off screen persona is totally different from his media image ..” he added. In support, Fern replied: “He is lovely isnt he!”

The interview with Kay came only days after Gordon defended being in Cornwall during the first Covid lockdown. He spent most of it at his Daymer Bay property with his family of him, rather than in his London pad of him.

Gordon and his family did arrive in Cornwall prior to the imposition of lockdown, but the celebrity chef angered locals who claimed they saw him in Rock, Fowey, Port Isaac and Newquay despite the strict restrictions in place at the time. The tv personality recently said to Radio Times, in an interview, that the family had an “amazing” time in Cornwall.

But he was perplexed by negative reaction from locals. “God knows why we took so much s *** from the Cornish,” he said. “We lived down there; we just hadn’t been down there for a long time. We didn’t sneak down there at all. We got there at an appropriate time and had an absolutely amazing time. “

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