Is Gordon Ramsay autistic?

Much of what we know about Ramsay is based on the role he plays in Hell’s Kitchen. Since the show is all about getting good ratings, who knows what Ramsay really is like off the cameras. Much of his behavior and the language that goes flying from his mouth is done on purpose to get a reaction. Autistic individuals aren’t looking for reactions.

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    1. Sarah, what exactly makes you believe Gordon Ramsey is autistic?
      I would be intrigued since not only do I have a 6 year autistic child but on looking at the traits of Gordon Ramsey, he does appear to conduct himself in that manner.

      1. Me: His appearance on hot ones christmas specials, where he just kept going “no”, reminded me very much of my autistic self. Then looking back on everything from HK to Kitchen nightmares to Hotel hell to interviews and so on… I dunno, he seems a little TOO out of place, yet he succeeds… Kinda like the good doctor…

  1. Ramsey acts exactly like many aspies. Normal people often fail at logic, which can result in confusion and/or passive aggressive behavior. Therefore when someone asks for his help then balks when he tells them what to do, it is a moment of extreme frustration to an aspie whose first line of thought is “Then why are you here wasting my time when I could be helping someone who will actually take advantage of this situation?” In other circumstances, such as his cooking shows, he again becomes annoyed when simple logic is not employed. Examples might be someone choosing to work on a food item they know nothing about on a team challenge, or never tasting an item, checking to see if an item is raw, etc. Patience is not a strong suit for highly intelligent Aspies. However you see a much softer side when he deals with children because there is less expectation.
    It is an amazing thing about reality television in that so very many people seem to go onto shows quite clueless regarding the level of difficulty or even what to expect. This leads to exasperation for GR who simply expects you to be better prepared (“You never cooked a hard boiled egg before…?!”) or at least compliant when asking for assistance. Then again Aspies are rather idealistic, which is why they often appear at the top of their game. Only an aspie can truly appreciate the job he’s doing and the great deal of control he likely has.

  2. I’d say he shows some traits too, I’m not going to repeat what l. C. Taylor said since that would be redundant and I agree with them.

    But I would like to add that in his recipe videos on youtube he certainly does a lot with his hands, there’s lots of finger fluttering when he’s excited or happy with what he’s making, lots of hand motions when explaining things and he tends to bounce around quite a lot.

    Overall he shows a lot of traits but I don’t think we’ll know for certain

    1. We’ll likely never know because most celebrities don’t want that label, considering it “bad”. However I like it because it explains so much about such individuals. In Ramsey’s case, aspies like and want to be helpful, but to most people this seems at odds with his reactions. However when you consider that aspies get so frustrated at the duplicity and nonsense of “normals” anyway…the strong reactions he has then make sense. It also makes sense that he gets along more easily with kids who are more straight forward, or that at shows end he is going around hugging the people he’s been trying to help despite themselves (like on Hotel Hell). Frankly, being in the spectrum is hard as hell, but it carries with it great potential for insight and personal evolution for both the aspies and those around them. The major problem being lack of proper health care and what is available not covered by jack, leaving one to self diagnose and self treat. I still see both young and old adults who are clueless that they are in the spectrum or similar issues…the older ones sometimes homeless.

    2. I would agree. My son is Asperger’s, and not only is there the finger flutters, but there is a bit of hand flapping and jumping (You mentioned the jumping.) To me, I can see it’s completely involuntary (he’s not cognizant of it) and it happens when he’s most excited. My son still does this at nearly fourteen years of age. There’s the absolute honesty, no matter how much it hurts, I see as well. He’s clearly brilliant, as many Aspies are. That being said, if we look at his attention for detail, it’s iconic Aspie behavior. Everything must be done a certain way every time. They are most certainly looking for perfection and repetition. I agree there are many other traits, and though we may never know for sure, I’m personally convinced he is. He is most definitely a great role model for other Aspies. This shows that despite their involuntary movements, statements, and actions, they CAN lead to great things. Society certainly can make it hard on them.

  3. He is using basic Military code – Break the person down and then bring them up again – I would go into detail but look it up yourselves. He does show signs of a disorder only at the end of the shows with the tell tale signs – Looking sheepishly away while talking, kinda a tick sort of thing. What disorder? email me at rbcinc@hotmail.com with your thoughts!

  4. I think so too. I’d like to add he has the obsession cooking. So his hyperfocus area can be considered cooking.

  5. From what I can gather from many of his videos he shows some autistic traits. Of course, every autistic person is an individual, but I am autistic myself and I have grown up around autism and autistic people (my father and brother are too). As for Gordon, he’s:
    – Hyperfocused on his work and his cooking (as well as his other interests such as football). Autistics often EXCEL in areas that they love
    – VERY repetitive in his phrases – some being “Stop it!” “Seriously?” “Really?” “Come on!” “Beautiful.”
    – Often unwittingly very repetitive in his gestures and facial expressions
    – Doesn’t always get social cues (sometimes on talk shows he’s very awkward for someone whose whole TV image is ‘domineering’)
    – Maybe I’m stretching here but even the WAY in which he talks is repetitive – his emotion, pitch and register often seem somewhat ‘forced’ in a way..
    – A lot of autistic men who are ‘more able’, let’s say (since ‘high-functioning’ isn’t a thing), have a higher level of intelligence & curiosity, and so they are challenging. According to those who knew him, as a child he was challenging per se – particularly so in areas that did not interest him
    This isn’t a criticism by any means but a typical ‘aspie’ trait is a lack of patience – particularly when, to them, logic is disregarded – which often leads to outbursts of a more aggressive nature
    ORRR – maybe I’m just overthinking this and he’s a neurotypical and just a bit more unique than others.
    Lol

  6. I might as well put my two cents in (even though this comment likely won’t be approved anyway lol). I don’t know about y’all, but my own perspective is that we’ll never know for sure, as we don’t know him, and only know him through his television personality. From what we see he interacts well – demands attention, maintains eye-contact, possesses an extent of wit/sarcasm, etc etc – typically (stereotypically, even) more ‘neurotypical’ traits. However, what we do not know is how naturally these come to him. Maybe I’m overanalysing but I’ve found the more you surf his videos the more you come to see that he is excessively repetitive in his wit (which, of course, there is nothing wrong with). An example might be “Gandhi’s flip flop” – when I first heard it I thought “that was quick”, but over the course of other videos he has used this same one – i.e. when criticising fans’ dishes. The reason I even say this is due to the fact that I am autistic myself, but you would never know it if you had a conversation with me or if you only knew me externally. Only those who are close to me know the “real” me. I am a quintessential “masker”. That is not to say, however, that it is all an act; I am naturally quite quick – and yes, perhaps that may have to an extent been learned and nurtured (my family have a very dry & quick sense of humour, and I’ve grown up surrounded by that, so this might have had an impact on me) – and can conjure up witty and sarcastic responses, which can take my parents by surprise at any rate. This doesn’t mean that I am “not autistic” because I can do this – I am. Everybody is an individual case. Regarding Gordon – his shows are heavily edited and are deliberately dramatised (sometimes exploitatively) for an ‘nth’ amount of views etc. From what I can gather from many of his other videos he does show some autistic traits. I have grown up around other autistic people (my father and brother are too). My brother naturally demands a lot of attention, is excessively intelligent and is rather captivating to speak to. He’s my antithesis in certain ways and you can have any conversation with him, but you WOULD know when speaking to him that there was something up (this phrasing is not supposed to be impolite, degrading or derogatory; I just don’t know how else to put it)/that he wasn’t ‘neurotypical’. My father is more like me in that his difficulties would go undetected by most/those who didn’t know him well.

    In terms of ‘traits’, though, I’m just thinking now…

    As for Gordon, he’s:

    – Hyperfocused on his work and his cooking (as well as his other interests such as football). Autistics often EXCEL in areas that they love

    – VERY repetitive in his phrases – some being “Stop it!” “Seriously?” “Really?” “Come on!” “Beautiful.”

    – Often unwittingly very repetitive in his gestures and facial expressions

    – Doesn’t always get social cues (sometimes on talk shows he’s very awkward for someone whose whole TV image is ‘domineering’)

    – Maybe I’m stretching here but even the WAY in which he talks is repetitive – his emotion, pitch and register often seem somewhat ‘forced’ in a way..

    – A lot of autistic men who are ‘more able’, let’s say (since ‘high-functioning’ isn’t a thing), have a higher level of intelligence & curiosity, and so they are challenging. According to those who knew him, as a child he was challenging per se – particularly so in areas that did not interest him

    This isn’t a criticism by any means but a typical ‘aspie’ trait is a lack of patience – particularly when, to them, logic is disregarded – which often leads to outbursts of a more aggressive nature. They are also blatantly honest (my brother is bad for this lolll) – on one talk show there was a debacle where his brutal honestly (rather amusingly, though) dug him further and further into a hole lol

    ORRR – maybe I’m just overthinking this and he’s a neurotypical and just a bit more unique than others.

    Lol

    Actually, this comment might be kind of stupid as I feel like this quote-on-quote “analysis” is almost stretching, in a way, to fit a potential narrative. I do not know him personally so how am I to know? As I’ve made explicitly clear everybody has a story/is an individual and so we can only ever speculate.

    Cheers!

    (I have too much free time)

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