Gordon Ramsay Is Just a Tragic Workaholic

He does it to himself.
He does it to himself. Photo: Getty Images

“His lucrative decline from culinary enfant terrible to apoplectic mass-market jester is rooted in the same quality that made him such a phenomenon—the same quality that he urges all of his victim-students to nurture in themselves: his insane, carnivorous notion of a work ethic. The man cannot stop working, and so he has taken what could have been an impeccable brand and worked it to death.” —Slate editor Jessica Winter argues Ramsay’s bizarro, ceaseless drive for excellence is what makes the mercurial chef interesting. [Slate, Related]