James Corden tried not to go ‘full Gordon Ramsay’ in his new film amid restaurant ban

October this year saw Gavin and Stacey writer and star James Corden hit headlines around the world after the owner of New York restaurant Balthazar branded him "extremely nasty", when he complained about the food and service.

James was quick to apologise for his behaviour, admitting having “made a rude, rude comment” to a waiter.

But his critics were quick to point out he really should have better restaurant etiquette, being that James, 44, plays a chef in the new Amazon Prime comedy-drama, Mammals, during the filming of which he professed to resisting going "full Gordon Ramsay".

James stars as “complex” London chef Jamie Buckingham, a man whose life is blown apart following his wife’s tragic miscarriage – and the discovery that she’s been unfaithful.

Before filming the six-part series, the presenter and actor shadowed a real chef to learn the tricks of the trade and found it to be quite an eye-opener.

“I really loved working with this brilliant chef who actually ran the restaurant that we were filming in,” he says. “I spent some time with him and he was talking to me about how to move in the kitchen.”

If James was expecting to witness expletive ridden meltdowns while slaving over those hot stoves, he wasn’t disappointed. “There was one point where [the chef] said, ‘There’s nothing you can say that’s too insulting to any of the people here. There is nothing you can say,’” he revealed.

“The idea of being politically correct has not reached the kitchens yet, and I found that quite extraordinary and tried my best not to go full Gordon Ramsay!”

While his time in the kitchen didn’t help him avoid his faux-pas, the very fact James’ “ungracious” behaviour made headlines around the world is testament to his level of fame.

This isn't the only incidence that has seen The Late Late Show host James under fire in recent weeks.

Last week he was forced to eat humble pie after he was accused of copying a joke originally told by comic Ricky Gervais in 2018.

The host was publicly called out following Monday’s edition of The Late Late Show, where he told a gag relating to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. However fans quickly pointed out it was remarkably similar to one Ricky told in his 2018 stand-up show, Humanity, while Ricky himself tweeted that it was a “word for word” copy.

James later responded to the backlash, saying it was a mistake. “Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, obviously not knowing it came from him,” he tweeted. “It’s brilliant, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke.”


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