GORDON Ramsay has reignited controversy over his lockdown stay in Cornwall, insisting he and his family “lived” in the coastal area.
The Sun revealed in April 2020 how locals tried to hunt him down – as well as wife Tana and their five children – after the family hoisted sticks from London to stay at their £4million holiday home in the early stages of the pandemic Life.
Gordon also caused outrage by going on 60-mile bike rides around the county – but hit back at the time: “There wasn’t a law that said you only had to bike an hour and an hour.”
The F-Word chef has now looked back at the backlash and told Radio Times he regrets taking it by the chin.
Kitchen Nightmares presenter Gordon said: “God knows why we took so much shit from the Cornish.
“We lived down there; We just haven’t been down there in a long time.
“We didn’t sneak there at all. We got there at a convenient time and had an absolutely amazing time.
“And such a time – we’re never coming back.
“When the kids went missing again, I didn’t want it to end — as a father, not as a chef.”
Gordon has been spending time between his London home and their “little hideaway in Cornwall” with Tana, 46, and children Megan, 22, Holly and Jack, both 21, Tilly, 19, and year-old Oscar since March 2020.
It was a far cry from his usual manic schedule, which includes running a production company, his own television career, and a chain of restaurants.
He told The Sun last year: “To have the chance to spend this time with family is unprecedented. We were very lucky to have all seven of us together. What we’re missing now is Jack, who’s on the road as a Royal Marine commando.
“I must have used about 150 diapers with Oscar. I can literally change a diaper with my eyes closed now and he’s become my best mate.”
Gordon was called “disgusting” by a local and accused of “breaking government rules,” though the star insisted he had done nothing wrong at the time.
They raged: “Don’t you realize that by doing so you may have brought the virus with you and as Cornwall is not your main residence you will put even more strain on an already fragile infrastructure if you and your family get sick.
“I’ll report you to the police. What you have done is against the law and I hope they force you back to London.”
Another bluntly wrote: “Get out of Cornwall you are not wanted.”
Gordon, who owns a total of three stunning seafront bases, had complained about life in isolation, saying in an interview that he “worked his fingers to the bone” when he compared himself to a “kitchen porter”.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/18025593/gordon-ramsay-coronavirus-lockdown-cornwall-rules/ I don’t know why we took so much shit from our Cornish neighbors, says Gordon Ramsay