These days chefs seem to be almost like pop stars. Jamie here, Gordon there. Obviously unlike the average X factor output in our pop charts, these boys have paid their dues in a series of progressively better jobs until the blossomed into big name brands. However what are they like as people, once the camera stops rolling? Gordon Ramsey is one of the most controversial and his foul-mouthed public persona is used to denigrate his undoubted cooking skills and business acumen. Well, in my personal experience he is a very nice straight up guy. He cooked a meal for TFB and I at Petrus, when it was still on St James Street. In one of his breaks he was loitering near the door, where TFB was smoking a tab. He made sure she and her mate got lights et cetera and stopped to chat and asked insightful questions, our answers to which you felt he was cataloguing for later refinement of his "brand". He came over to the table later and had a quick chat again and was a thoroughly decent bloke. Over the past years he has got bigger and better and his books, programmes et cetera are the most useful for aspiring cooks. He recently cooked for a friend of mine and said he would send him an autographed copy of his latest tome to illustrate a cooking technique. Steve was gob-smacked when not only did the book appear, there was a note further explaining the cooking technique he had been interested. No charge. He is also pro-forces and has raised money for services charities with his marathon running. My verdict is Ramsey - sound lad. Anymore for anymore or any disputing big G's culinary saintliness?