Gordon Ramsay defends lockdown in Cornwall home after backlash: We didnt sneak down

Gordon Ramsay has defended his decision to take his whole family down to their second home in Cornwall for the duration of lockdown.

The 55 year old celebrity chef trekked with his wife Tana, 47, and their children Holly and Jack, 22, Megan, 21, Tilly, 20, and little Oscar, two, down from London to their lavish £4million property on the coast.

The family then spent a great proportion of 2020 enjoying family time together and the sea air as the world battled through the coronavirus pandemic.

But Gordon received a huge backlash for the choice, with many claiming the family had "snuck down" to their second home.

Speaking to Radio Times, the TV cook reflected: "God knows why we took so much s**t from the Cornish.

"We lived down there; we just hadn’t been down there for a long time.

"We didn't sneak down there at all," the star insisted.

Gordon went on to say that the family made sure to travel south west from their London home at an "appropriate time" ahead of the full lockdown and they ended up having an "absolutely amazing" time.

"And a time like that – we’ll never get back again," Gordon said, going on to share how much the return to living apart affected him.

The Hell's Kitchen star noted that when all his grown-up kids started "disappearing" again, he was sad it was all ending.

At the time of their move, the Ramsay family's Cornish neighbours were worried their arrival would spark an influx of more people to the area.

Some people even threatened to expose Gordon's address if they didn't return to London, according to reports from The Sun.

It was also said that locals ranted about celebrities and rich people departing London and other major cities to bring their families down to the coasts and small towns and villages on a Facebook group called You Shouldn't Be Here.

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While Gordon looks back on the time happily now, he joked during an interview with Capital FM at the time that the whole family were getting cabin fever.

"Every single day is the same. I'm the resident kitchen porter, working my fingers to the bone," he teased.

"I have honestly cooked more food in the past ten days than I have in the past ten years of my career."

The full interview with Gordon is in the Radio Times, out now.

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