Gordon Ramsay's children do not live the lavish lifestyle one would expect when your father is a famous chef.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the 50-year-old restaurateur reveals that he's deliberately not leaving his fortune to his four kids -- Holly, Matilda, Megan and Jack. “It’s definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them,” he explains. “The only thing I’ve agreed with Tana is they get a 25% deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat."
In fact, Ramsay -- who has been married to Tana, 42, since 1996 -- says his children aren't even currently treated to the perks of having a wealthy parent. "They don’t sit with us in first class. They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that," he notes. "At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We’re really strict on that."
He quips, “I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, ‘Make sure those little f**kers don’t come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane.' I worked my f**king arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you’ve grafted for it.”
"They have a completely different life than I did growing up," Ramsay adds. "I worked my arse off to get out of the s**t mess that I grew up in and they’re grateful, they’re not spoiled."
While Ramsay is adamant about not spoiling his children, he does still provide for them. "Meg’s at uni and has a budget of £100 a week; the others get about £50 a week and they have to pay for their own phones, their bus fare," he says. "The earlier you give them that responsibility to save for their own trainers and jeans, the better."
While Ramsay is renowned for his way around the kitchen, he shares that his children “cook as a life skill as opposed to a career."
"I never want to put that onus on them," he continues. "I don’t want them with a badge, going into a kitchen [with people] thinking that’s Ramsay’s daughter or that’s Ramsay’s son.”
In July 2014, ET talked to Tana about her husband and revealed that the chef definitely has a softer side. "When it comes to the kids, he's a total pushover, especially now that they're teenagers," she said. "Anything I say isn't suitable."