|Jamie Oliver & Gordon Ramsay|
That is, if the rumors are true. The shadiness that is Gordon Ramsay rears its ugly face again. But then Jamie Oliver gets caught alongside him? The two celebrity chefs, who were recently featured in the British documentary, “Big Fish Fight”, were accused of serving European eel in their restaurants, by The Sunday Times, a popular British newspaper.
The European eel is a critically endangered species that has seen a population decline of up to 98% since the 1970’s, much of which has been attributed to over fishing. And while reports are clear that Jamie Oliver’s London restaurant was specifically offering European eel on their menu, reports state that two of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants listed eel on their menus, but did not specify the exact type of eel that was being sold. It could have been fresh water eel for all we know.
Both Ramsay and Oliver have been aggressive advocates on behalf the endangered fish and shark movement for the past month and a half and are now being labeled as hypocrites.
I’ve searched for copies of the menus, the actual news article by The Sunday Times, and any other information that would add legitimacy to this story, only to come up empty handed. Not that I think Ramsay or Oliver incapable of serving up a critically endangered species, but we all know that Jamie Oliver is currently in Los Angeles filming his current season of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”. And, to my knowledge, the Hell’s Kitchen celebrity chef has been making the rounds here in the states, spending quite a bit of time in California and New York. If the European eel was being sold at either of their restaurants, they probably weren’t aware of it.
Hugh’s Fish Fight has now accumulated 422,000 signatures because of the support that Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver have provided. If these chefs are actually careless enough to knowingly sell an endangered species in their restaurants after so publicly advocating the protection of endangered sea life, then they deserve to be crucified and destroyed. But neither of them seems that stupid.