'HELL' CHEF GORDON'S KNIGHT TO REMEMBER
By DON KAPLAN
July 8, 2006 -- SIR Lancelot may have had a sword - but Sir Gordon has a chef's knife and a temper.
Gordon Ramsay, the British devil-chef and star of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," has been knighted by England's Queen Elizabeth.
Ramsay, one of the world's best known gourmet chefs, is almost as well known for his foul mouth as he is for his exclusive restaurants and TV shows.
But he says that he was extremely well-mannered around the Queen. He told the BBC that he had "a nice chat" with the Queen, but "didn't rib her" about not being chosen to cook her 80th birthday meal.
Ramsay wore a black suit with a white shirt and tie for the ceremony, but ditched the tie as soon as it ended.
"I kept it on for the most important part and the shirt is a bit small, so I was holding my breath, going blue in the face," he says. "But I would never attempt addressing the Queen with no tie on."
The ceremony took place in Ramsay's native Scotland.