Gordon Ramsay Made the Ultimate Sacrifice For Charity—He Took a Bite of Pineapple-Topped Pizza
The celebrity chef compared the texture to moose poop and called it “an Italian tragedy.”
For Gordon Ramsay, host of cooking competition shows like MasterChef Junior and The F Word, pineapple on a pizza is a “kitchen nightmare.”
A pizza piled with pineapple isn’t pizza at all, says celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. It’s a “mistake” and “an Italian tragedy.”
But Ramsay, who has expressed his disdain for the fruity topping in the past, sucked it up and tried a bite for charity recently. Not surprisingly, he still wasn’t impressed.
Ramsay tasted a pineapple-topped pizza on Facebook Live to raise money for the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation, his favorite nonprofit cause. Ramsay agreed to the challenge if an Omaze charity raffle garnered at least 500 donations.
Confronted with the pizza, Ramsay didn’t bother to hide his distaste from the get-go. “First of all, I’m going to apologize to every top chef out there,” he said. “Pineapple is a fruit that deserves to be roasted with vanilla and served with the most amazing coconut ice cream, not on a pizza with tomatoes.”
Once he dug into the pie, his disgust was plain to see. “Not good,” he muttered, sourly. “This isn’t pizza, this is a mistake.”
“This is an Italian tragedy,” Ramsay went on, in his trademark no-holds-barred style. “At least Romeo and Juliet had a happy ending. The only happy ending for me will be on the toilet tonight. This is gross!”
Before washing the bite down with a swig of Listerine, he noted that the texture of pineapple on a pizza was all wrong. “No offense to Canadians,” he said, “but it’s like eating moose turds. It’s like sh***y, deep and dark.”
Some leading pizza chefs see it differently. Bravo recently asked several pizzeria owners to weigh in on the controversy, and pineapple, as it turns out, has its share of defenders. “When it’s baked, the flavors concentrate, and its sweetness delivers a hit of tropical [flavor],” said Ken Forkish of Ken’s Artisan Pizza in Portland. Other pro-pineapplists included Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson of Pizzeria Locale and Matt Hyland of Emily and Emmy Squared.
But America’s reigning queen of baked foods and founder of the Nancy’s Fancy brand of gelatos, Nancy Silverton, is not a fan of the fruit as a pizza topping, although her son loves it. “Whenever we would go out, Ben would ask for pineapple on his pizza,” Silverton told Bravo. “I would kind of cringe. It was embarrassing.”