With two former associates dead by their own hand and much of his once-sprawling restaurant empire in ashes, hot-tempered, foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay is leaving an impressive trail of death and destruction in his career’s wake. The celebrity chef came close to buying the farm himself in January when he ventured too close to a gang of shark-fin traffickers while filming a documentary in Costa Rica. The group doused him in gasoline and trained a rifle on him, but ultimately he escaped unscathed.
Not so Ramsay’s latest victim, Gavin Marshall, who became so stressed out over the prospect of auditioning for a job with the high-profile chef in London that he plunged a knife into his right hand on a busy street in Perth, Scotland. Passersby who witnessed the geyser of blood rising from the self-inflicted wound were so horrified that they summoned the police who arrested a dazed and bleeding 23-year-old Marshall.
In an interview with the Daily Record, the young chef confessed:
It all got on top of me. You don’t get offered a trial in one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants every day.
I couldn’t handle such a big opportunity landing at my feet, alongside the thought of a long trip to London, and did something really stupid.
Marshall, who is reported to be an up-and-coming chef in Ramsay’s own native Scotland, made it onto the TV chef’s radar after he won an award while working in the kitchen of the Tasting Room in Dundee. That coupled with the strength of a rave review was sufficient grounds to fly Marshall to London for a one-day trial in his restaurant fittingly named Maze.
But the thought of meeting Ramsay gave Marshall what might be called “kitchen nightmares”:
I was so worried about how big the opportunity was and the whole trip down south that I took the knife out of the kitchen drawer and walked up the street.
I also took a towel with me because I knew what I was going to do. I don’t really recall what happened next as I’d had a couple of drinks but the next thing I can remember is seeing the knife sticking through my right hand and police and paramedics everywhere.
Marshall was released from custody after Perth Sheriff Robert McCreadie declared:
There are fairly exceptional circumstances here. I am satisfied you had the knife to harm yourself and not to harm anyone else.
For Marhsall’s part, he has said:
I’d love to get another chance to impress Gordon Ramsay but I think I’ve probably blown it.
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