Celebrity Chef To Climb Everest?

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Both The Sun and The Mirror are reporting that Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is planning on climbing Everest next year.

Best known in the U.S. as the host of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, back in his native U.K., Ramsay is an even bigger celebrity. He owns several restaurants there and appears on television even more frequently. However, Ramsay is also a bit of a fitness nut who enjoys running marathons and he hopes to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii later this year as well.

The Chef has admitted that climbing Everest has been an ambition of his for some time, and if his business obligations and family allow him to pursue it, he plans on giving it a go. Ramsay joins other celebrity climbers such as Bono and David Beckham who are rumored to be climbing Kilimanjaro later this year for UNICEF.

One thing is for sure, should Ramsay elect to go for the climb in 2009, you can bet that his team will be the best fed on the mountain.

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4 thoughts on “Celebrity Chef To Climb Everest?”

  1. Often kitchen people really enjoy the great outdoors. As far as his team being the best fed I’m not sure or will he have a crew to carry portable stoves and pans?

    Anyway good for him – I hope he succeeds.

  2. Yes, well, good luck to him but I for one if given a chance to climb Everest would say no.
    I have a very bad taste in my mouth about the ‘summits’ on Everest these days.
    I wonder what the likes of Mallory, Irvine, Hillary and Tenzing are thinking (wherever they are!).
    As Inaki Ochoa once said “In years to come people will be going up Everest in cable cars before long, fortunately we won’t be around to see it.”

  3. I wish him luck too. It’s great that he’s in good physical condition and has the resources to make an attempt such as this one, but I hope he has time to learn some mountaineering skills before hand. Even when in excellent shape, there is more to climbing Everest.

    As for carrying the stoves and pans, the Sherpa’s in BC already do an amazing job of cooking for the teams. Just ask anyone who has been there or check out the episodes on cooking from The Rest of Everest video podcast. Chef Ramsay would have a well stocked kitchen, at least in Base Camp and I’m sure he’d have to put some of those skills to the test. 😉

    Jo: You’re right, climbing Everest is very different then it once was. It’s changed a lot just in the last 10-15 years really. The equipment alone has made it easier for people to go up the mountain, and all the guide services there now help to make it a very crowded place. The commercialization of Everest has certainly changed it.

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