FIERY chef Gordon Ramsay claims he’s now an old soft tea.
He has always been known for his abusive outbursts on shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.
But the 56-year-old thinks he’s more compassionate now that he’s older and wiser.
And he said the contestants in his new program were more energetic than he was and taught him to be kinder.
The Next Level Chef, where hopefuls compete for a £100,000 cash prize and a year of mentorship, begins Wednesday on ITV.
Gordon said: My job is to bring out the best in my competitors.
“I’ve learned a level of vulnerability. When I move from job to job without a secure footing and struggling to pay my bills, I forget those insecurities.
“I’ve always been honest. Great when it’s great, shit when it’s shit.
One thing my mother always told me was to get straight to the point. They are fine, trust me.
Later in the series, father of five Gordon’s 21-year-old daughter Tilly, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2021, will join him as a guest judge.
“To see her suddenly grow up and meet this incredible 21-year-old mature college student.
“And she’s doing great. It’s really exciting for the contestants and they love it.”
Team GB Paralympian Callum Deboys, 25, is one of the participants in the show.
Originally from Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Callum was in a motorcycle accident in 2017 and woke up from a month-long coma before having his left leg amputated.
Currently a para-nordic skier.