Masterchef Junior’s Ben Watkins tragically passed away this week after a battle with an extremely rare cancer.
But during Ben’s battle, chef Gordon Ramsay did more than just send well wishes… he quietly donated $50,000. Read on for this heartbreaking story…
The British cook is well known for his short temper and no-nonsense cooking style, and it’s safe to say that he’s pretty damn good at his job.
One of his most popular shows is Kitchen Nightmares, a show wherein Gordan helps restaurant owners to revamp their crumbling kitchens and transform them into the best places to eat in America.
But of course, Kitchen Nightmares never falls short in its bad language and temper tantrums. Let’s not even get started on Hell’s Kitchen…
When it comes to cooking amazing food, Gordon isn’t afraid to put people well and truly in their place!
His skills in the kitchen are renowned worldwide and he’s known for not being afraid of trying new things.
With his colorful language and explosive temper in the kitchen, Gordan is forever coming under fire for his behavior towards other chefs.
So people know not to get on the wrong side of this hot-headed chef.
Despite his foul-mouthed rants being the best selling point on his TV shows, many have labeled the chef as a “bully”, and have slammed him for giving actual chefs the wrong kind of reputation.
Is his cooking. Despite his fiery temper, it is undeniable that Gordon is an extremely talented cook.
And thanks to the thirty-five Gordon Ramsay restaurants located globally, many fans get the opportunity to experience this fine dining.
But particularly by young chefs who look up to the cooking veteran.
The teenager appeared in Masterchef Junior when he was just eleven and quickly became a fan favorite for his determination and positive attitude.
Even though he didn’t win the series, he definitely left his mark. And not just because of his cooking skills (though those were pretty good too!), but because of his perseverance in life.
When he was younger, his parents died during a domestic incident in which his father shot his mother and then also shot himself. It was ruled a murder-suicide.
But he didn’t let that affect his dreams. Instead, he was still motivated to becoming one of the best chefs in the world.
Ben was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma that only 6 people in the world have.
And his family confirmed his death earlier this week.
Alongside many others upon hearing the news, Gordon Ramsay took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late teen.
“We lost a Master of the @masterchefjunior kitchen today. Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man.”
“Your young life had so many tough turns but you always persevered. I adored our time cooking and laughing together on set. Heartbroken today losing my little mate, sending all my love to Ben Watkins’ family with this terrible loss Gx.”
Whilst Ben was fighting his battle with cancer, Gordon made a gesture of another kind.
TMZ reports that sources claim Gordon donated $50,000 to help cover the medical costs of Ben’s treatment.
The GoFundMe page now has over $200,000 in donations which is said to be used to support his family
Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.