Chef Gordon Ramsay is probably best known for it’s his heated, profanity-laced admonishments directed at aspiring chefs on television — that and his multiple Michelin stars. He both delights and horrifies audiences on a variety of cooking shows, constantly finding new and entertaining ways to tell someone that their food is horrible. And then some!
But believe it or not, Ramsay has a much softer side, which you won’t see if you’re binge-watching Hell’s Kitchen. The husband and father isn’t actually a fiery-tempered blowhard in real life — well, from the looks of it — when he’s just being a regular person with his family. That’s especially apparent when he’s appearing on television with his youngest daughter, Matilda "Tilly" Ramsay, who’s clearly following in his culinary footsteps.
So what else is there to know about the second youngest Ramsay child? Is she going to yell at chefs on television like her pops, or does she have a style all her own? And what are her hopes, dreams, and ambitions? Read on to learn all about Tilly Ramsay, who has truly grown up to be gorgeous.
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly is the second youngest of five children
In November 2001, Gordon Ramsay and wife Tana Ramsay welcomed their fourth child, Tilly, into the world, according to a post on Gordon’s Instagram page. Before she was born, they had their eldest daughter, Meghan, in 1999, and twins Jack and Holly in 2000. That’s quite the full household!
By all accounts, growing up in the Ramsay house was a warm and loving experience, although Tana, a former teacher, made sure there was plenty of structure and rules. "It’s a very disciplined household," Gordon explained in an interview with the Daily Mail. "Tana is a stick. Literally. Being an ex-school teacher. It’s not fair to say she’s got worse. She’s got firmer." There’s nothing wrong with making sure everything is running smoothly!
The Ramsay family has also enjoyed a close friendship with David and Victoria Beckham for years, which means Tilly is friends with the famous Beckham children, whom she refers to as "really good family friends."
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly grew up with pigs, lambs, and turkeys
You might be tempted to think that because Tilly Ramsay grew up with a famous, celebrity chef as a dad, she was totally spoiled and never had to do anything for herself. But in reality, her mother and father worked hard to make sure she understood how the world works and how precious natural resources are.
For example, in order to educate their children about the importance of food, the Ramsay family raised livestock in their backyard. "Tana and I were conscious about them understanding where the food comes from," Gordon Ramsay recalled in an interview with The One Show. "They grew up with, you know, pigs and lambs and turkeys in the garden. They appreciate it, and they, sort of, wasted less, I think." Talk about parenting done right!
Dad also made sure that all of the Ramsay kids learned how to cook, and not just so they could somehow cash in on it. "I think it’s a life skill," he continued, adding, "It’s not about money, because you don’t have to eat well and spend a lot of money." Rather, it’s about being a competent adult.
Tilly Ramsay started cooking to get noticed by Gordon Ramsay and the family at home
It can be hard getting individual, personalized attention when you have siblings, a dog, and parents who are super busy all the time. To that end, Tilly Ramsay learned early on that the best way to get her mom and dad to acknowledge her in a positive way was to develop her culinary skills. "When you are the youngest in a noisy family of six, you really have to shout to get noticed," she shared in an interview with Waitrose Weekend magazine (via Mirror). "Instead of shouting, I started cooking — it is easier to get attention by producing a tasty dinner for everyone than it is jumping up and down making a lot of noise all the time."
Of course, Gordon Ramsay’s daughter couldn’t help but be influenced by her celebrity chef father, too. "I definitely got into cooking from my dad," she revealed in an interview with BBC Breakfast. "He definitely inspired me because he’s been cooking around the house since I can remember. So I think it was bound to happen with one of us."
Tilly Ramsay also cites her mother as a culinary inspiration.
Gordon Ramsay says he taught his kids not to use bad language
If anyone has a sheer mastery of profane language, it’s Gordon Ramsay. The king of insults can berate anyone into a corner, no matter how big and tough they might appear on the outside.
Of course, that’s on reality television. In real life, he says he instilled a respect for language in his children at home. "I taught them very early on in life, you know, that those words were naughty," he recalled in an interview with The Project (via LAD Bible). "Never use them."
But that didn’t stop Tilly Ramsay from delivering a perfectly timed f-bomb when she was younger. "It was our twins’ 18th birthday party on Saturday just gone, and we had this amazing Great Gatsby party and we had Olly Murs sing," he continued. "At literally five past 12 AM, my youngest turned around and said, ‘Dad’ and I said, ‘Are you OK Matilda?’, and she said, ‘it’s time to f**k off now.’" The apple clearly doesn’t fall too far from the tree!
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly Ramsay says the family eats healthy at home
Despite her father’s high-profile profession, Tilly Ramsay and her family don’t sit down to beef Wellington and soufflé every night of the week for dinner. Rather, Ramsay’s mother makes sure that everyone in the home has a sensible and well-balanced diet. "Mum tries to keep us all healthy, but on a Friday night we are allowed some crisps and dips after school, before dinner," she shared in an interview with the Daily Mail. "That’s our weekly treat." Sounds totally reasonable.
However, dad Gordon Ramsay apparently has a bit of a sweet tooth, so sometimes he’ll bring home a bunch of sugary treats to share with everyone. "Dad definitely enjoys them more than Mum," Gordon Ramsay’s daughter continued. "He sometimes comes home with a couple of big packets of sweets and says, ‘There you go.’ Mum is like, ‘Oh God.’" Hey, all things in moderation, right?
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly has her own television show
In 2015, when Tilly Ramsay was just 14 years old, she officially launched her first television show, Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch. Together with her family, she breaks down cooking to its basics on the show, demystifying the cooking process for kids and young adults. "It’s just a really fun program to teach and inspire young people to cook and learn how to cook," Gordon Ramsay’s daughter revealed in an interview with BBC Breakfast. "It’s us, we’re cooking at home. It’s very relaxed, and we’re doing different adventures to like, mix in with it."
Given the big personalities in the Ramsay family, you can bet that they get up to all sorts of hijinx on the program, which honestly sounds like a lot of fun. "There’s a lot of competitiveness," she continued. "But it’s just friendly and we just have a laugh, really, while doing it, and tease each other all the time."
So if you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of the Ramsay home, this is your chance!
Tilly Ramsay’s food is simpler than her father Gordon Ramsay’s dishes
Just as Tilly Ramsay teaches the basics of cooking on her television show, as opposed to what her father does on his shows, so too is her style of cooking much simpler than Gordon Ramsay’s high-end culinary skills. "It’s a lot easier than his cause my recipes are, kind of like, if you don’t have one of the ingredients, it’s not a big deal," she explained in an interview with This Morning. "But with Dad’s, if you don’t have one of the ingredients, like, it doesn’t work as well. So, his [style] is a lot more fussy."
Additionally, Tilly’s palate differs from her dad’s, something she discussed as she prepared chili on This Morning. "See, dad just puts in so much chili powder," she continued, adding, "He’s a really fussy eater… well, with my food. With his spices, he’s fussy." She added that he’s tough on her cooking when she doesn’t use enough seasoning for his taste, but also that she gives it right back to him. Who knew there would be someone who could stand up to the king of strict standards?
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter wrote a cookbook for beginners
Just as Tilly Ramsay’s style of cooking is simple and easy, so too is the cookbook that she wrote and published in 2015, specifically by design. That’s because her audience is comprised mostly of kids and young adults who are just learning how to cook and need to start from the beginning. "Not everyone knows the basics, and without them you can’t do as well," she shared in an interview with This Morning. "It’s easier so that they can see as well."
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly did get a little bit of help from her father on her cookbook, which makes sense given that this is her first book and he’s such an accomplished chef with tons of experience. "He wasn’t overly involved, he just helped me with a few things," she revealed in an interview with the Daily Record. "There were a few recipes I couldn’t nail, and I said, ‘What would you do? How would you improve this?’ He really helped me there but he wasn’t pushing me to do any of his stuff." Talk about a father-daughter dream team!
Gordon Ramsays’ daughter Tilly is happy she’s inspiring people
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly may be quite young, given that she was born in 2001, but she’s already been extremely successful in several aspects of her life. On top of getting good grades on her GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), Ramsay has already hosted a successful television show, been nominated for a BAFTA award, and written a cookbook, to name just a few. That’s a lot for someone of any age, let alone a young person!
Given her accomplishments, Tilly is looked up to by a lot of young people, many of whom have taken up cooking because of her example. "It’s really nice to know that I’ve inspired young people [to] cook, and taught them in different ways, and that they’ve actually really enjoyed it as well," she gushed in an interview with BBC Breakfast. "It’s a passion that they can have as well, so it is very nice to see that." Keep up the good work, Tilly!
Tilly Ramsay says she’s open to working with dad Gordon Ramsay in the future
In addition to collaborating on her cookbook and working on her television show with her father, Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly has also partnered with him at his restaurant. "Great day [at Bread Street Kitchen] launching the new Tilly menu," she wrote in a 2017 post on her Instagram page. "Make sure you go check it out across all [Gordon Ramsay Restaurants]."
And although Tilly has her own style and ambitions, she’s very open to working with her dad again in the future on a new project. "I love working with my dad, we have so much fun although sometimes he gets bossy and annoying!" she joked in a 2018 interview with Hello! magazine. "The children we worked with for This Morning were lovely, I really hope we helped them with their cooking. We’ve just finished filming the new series of Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch and that will be back on the BBC early next year." We can’t wait to see what they cook up next!
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly supports vaccine advocacy
In addition to cooking and parenting, there’s something very important that Tilly Ramsay’s mother is passionate about, especially when it comes to her children: vaccination. "So far Tilly is the only one to have had the flu vaccination but once the kids are home from university I’m making sure they get one too," she explained in a 2018 interview with Hello! magazine. "I’m not sure they’re eating properly or getting enough sleep so probably need all the help they can get to stay healthy!"
While Tilly is usually a chip off her father’s block given her profession, she’s been public about her support for vaccination, something she no doubt picked up from her mother. "I’ve just started my first year of A-levels so really can’t afford the risk of coming down with flu during such an important time of my education," Gordon Ramsay’s daughter wrote in a post on her Instagram page in 2018, adding, "I’d really encourage other school-aged children to go and get vaccinated this half-term. It’s a good time to help prevent yourself from falling ill over winter."
Is Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly dating Gino D’Acampo’s son?
Now that Gordon Ramsey’s daughter Tilly is all grown up, naturally she’s ready to start dating. Interestingly enough, according to her father, she’s gotten quite cozy with fellow chef Gino D’Acampo’s son, Luciano. "We were driving through San Francisco and FaceTiming Luciano, and all of a sudden Tilly pops up behind them, and they are out having lunch," he revealed in an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show (via The Sun) in October 2019. "I think they are friends." And to that, Ross quipped, "I have heard they are more than friends!" Wouldn’t that be something?
But whether or not the romance is real is up for debate, thanks to a post on Tilly Ramsay’s Instagram page that shows her getting pretty close to a fellow who’s definitely not D’Acampo — which has her family and followers in quite the tizzy. "Someone tell Luci," her sister Holly commented. And in typical Gordon Ramsay fashion, he commented simply, "Wtf." We need answers, Tilly!
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly finally became a big sister in 2019
The year 2019 was a big one for the Ramsays, as they welcomed a new addition into their already large family. "After 3 baftas and one Emmy…finally we have won an Oscar," Gordon Ramsay wrote in a post on his Instagram page. "Please welcome Oscar James Ramsay, who touched down at 12:58 today for some lunch!" Congrats on finally becoming a big sister, Tilly!
While the family is nothing but joyful about their newest member, they all endured a tragic loss in 2016 when Tana miscarried at five months — which was both devastating and sobering. "It has brought us all so much closer," Gordon confessed in an interview with the Daily Mail. "You realize how lucky you are and you reflect on what you have, how fortunate you are with your remaining children and you remind yourself of what you’ve got. It’s made the family unit even tighter." That’s a beautiful way for a family to deal with heartbreaking grief.
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly won’t inherit millions from her father
Although the Ramsay family is very wealthy, thanks to Gordon Ramsay’s success, he didn’t turn around and spoil his children with riches. "I’ve never been really turned on about the money," he explained in an interview with The Telegraph. "That’s not my number one objective, and that’s reflected in the way the kids are brought up." That means the children don’t fly first class with their parents, and they all have budgets that they need to stick to.
To that end, Gordon says his vast wealth won’t be willed to his children when he passes away, which honestly is quite surprising. But he has his reasons for the decision. "It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them," he continued. He added, "I’ve been super lucky, having that career for the last 15 years in the US. Seriously, it has earned a fortune and I’ve been very lucky, so I respect everything I’ve got."
Fortunately for Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly, her career looks like it will be all that she needs in order to support herself just fine.