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The chef's latest trick has little to do with cooking, but a lot to do with heat.

Charlie Heller
January 29, 2018

Gordon Ramsay's latest trick may involve a classic kitchen item, but it doesn't involve cooking at all. The chef, TV host, and owner of eight Ferraris revealed today that when driving those Ferraris around the Los Angeles freeways in the wee morning hours, he's able to avoid tickets by wrapping his license plates in cling wrap.

“It’s a great thing for a chef when they get your own Ferrari," Ramsay told the Mirror. "Just wrap it with cling film." Because he drives too fast to be caught by traffic enforcement, speed cameras are the only way to ticket him. But with his trick, he says, "It won’t photograph, it reflects." Then he added, "Brilliant! It’s a great tip. I’m trying to help you…" 

Now, when you read Ramsay describe his hobby of speeding around at 2:30 a.m. in cars that cost at least a quarter million dollars, you might not feel it reflects (no pun intended) so well on the chef. But ego, he claims, is the opposite of what motivates his drives. "I’m embarrassed to go to work in a Ferrari," he says, "I’m embarrassed to drive them." It's only his admiration of the quality of the car, he claims, that drives him to own so many, and he's ashamed enough of their fanciness that he can only drive them when no one's there to watch.

Of course, it's been quite a few days for Ramsay For starters, the 51-year-old chef revealed yesterday that he underwent a "military style" health regime directed by a former army captain, due to fears his wife would leave him over how out of shape he was. He also just shared his three most hated food trends—foams, "un-respected" Wagyu (i.e. meatballs), and truffle oil—despite the fact that at least two of them are served at his own restaurants. And finally, Hell's Kitchen in Las Vegas made its grand opening last Friday, proving that yes, tens of thousands of people really want to eat at a restaurant that recreates the show. Hopefully, they'll all drive there responsibly.