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Celebrity chef Ramsay says women 'can't cook'

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LONDON, Oct 24 (AFP) - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is risking the anger of some of his female fans by suggesting that "huge numbers" of British women "can't cook to save their lives".

Michelin-starred Ramsay, 38, said that while more men are learning to cook, many women are living on ready-made meals -- and are more likely to know how to prepare cocktails than dinner.

The chef, back on British television with a new show called "The F Word", said: "I've been visiting ladies' houses up and down the country with our film crew, and you would be amazed how little cooking the girls are doing.

"When they eat, they cheat. It is ready meals and pre-prepared meals all the way," he told Radio Times magazine.

"Seriously, there are huge numbers of young women out there who know how to mix cocktails but can't cook to save their lives, whereas men are finding their way into the kitchen in ever growing numbers."

"Trust me, I am only telling you what I have discovered."

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said Ramsay's characteristically outspoken views might come as a surprise to his wife Tana, who cooks for their four children in a separate kitchen at home.



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