Gordon Ramsay Slammed Over His ‘Puerto Rican Crispy Rice Dish’

Gordon Ramsay Slammed Over His ‘Puerto Rican Crispy Rice Dish’

Gordon Ramsay is catching heat from his Puerto Rican fans and fellow culinary experts.

The controversy started last 7 days, when the superstar chef posted an episode of his YouTube sequence “Scrambled: On the Highway.” The movie in concern highlighted Ramsay putting his own spin on “pegao,” which he referred to as a “beautiful” Puerto Rican rice dish.

“How do you elevate that? How do you raise that up to the following degree?” he asked in the episode in advance of continuing to produce a dish consisting of onions, garlic, seasoned chicken, spicy sausage, a fried egg, and rice. “… The beauty of this dish is that it’s a staple – nothing at all extravagant but the taste profile is exclusive.”

Nevertheless some viewers expressed disappointment more than Ramsay’s attempt to “elevate” a overseas dish, most critics were upset that the chef had mislabeled the foodstuff. The food Ramsay experienced prepared carefully resembled “arroz mamposteao,” relatively than “pegao,” which turns out isn’t truly a dish.

Twitter consumers pointed out that “pegao”—a colloquial term that translates to “stuck”—is just applied to describe the skinny layer of rice that sticks to the bottom of a pot when building conventional Puerto Rican fare. 

“Not a solitary Puerto Rican on this earth helps make that or phone calls it ‘pegao,’” one user wrote. “Pegao is just the crunchy rice that sticks to the bottom of the rice cooker or the pot when cooking fresh new rice. That’s it and each and every single puertorriqueño will convey to you that. This? This is blasphemy.”

“This is what happens when they really don’t trouble to find out even the primary vocabulary at the rear of the dishes they’re earning, allow by yourself the cultural principles,” a further commented. “I ponder if they will ever recognize that a culture’s cuisine isn’t just about ‘recipes.’”

Jessica van Dop, a Puerto Rican content creator dependent in D.C., questioned whether or not Ramsay or his workforce even bothered to talk to with Puerto Rican chefs prior to filming the episode. 

The self-proclaimed “food connoisseur” then posted a connection to her video clip on how to make arroz con gandules, a Puerto Rican dish that consists of rice and pigeon peas: “Bonus: you get pegao by default and you don’t have to crack out the solid iron & butter like @GordonRamsay,” she wrote.

Ramsay has however to deal with the controversy, but it is well worth noting that the episode’s title has adjusted in wake of the backlash. It was originally labeled: “Can Gordon Ramsay Elevate a Puerto Rican Rice Dish?,” but now reads: “Can Gordon Ramsay Make a Puerto Rican Crispy Rice Dish?”