Gordon Ramsay Quietly Donated $50k To 'Masterchef Junior' Alum Ben Watkins Before His Tragic Death | 22 Words

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...

For those of you that didn't know, Gordon Ramsay is one of the hottest chefs in the world.

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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.

Gordon is best known for his TV shows.

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...

Idiot Sandwich, anyone?

When it comes to cooking amazing food, Gordon isn't afraid to put people well and truly in their place!

He gets the job done...

His skills in the kitchen are renowned worldwide and he's known for not being afraid of trying new things.

He also isn't afraid of a little controversy...

With his colorful language and explosive temper in the kitchen, Gordan is forever coming under fire for his behavior towards other chefs.

Gordon's semi-regular melt-downs are quite renowned...

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So people know not to get on the wrong side of this hot-headed chef.

His temper is what Ramsay is criticized for the most...

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.

But the one thing Gordon is very rarely criticized for...

Is his cooking. Despite his fiery temper, it is undeniable that Gordon is an extremely talented cook.

Millions of people around the world are eager to try some of his dishes...

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And thanks to the thirty-five Gordon Ramsay restaurants located globally, many fans get the opportunity to experience this fine dining.

And his skills are admired by millions around the world...

But particularly by young chefs who look up to the cooking veteran.

Ben Watkins was one of them.

The teenager appeared in Masterchef Junior when he was just eleven and quickly became a fan favorite for his determination and positive attitude.

And Ramsay thought so too.

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.

Even though Ben was young, he had a difficult 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.

He lived with his grandmother and his uncle after the tragic event took place.

But he didn't let that affect his dreams. Instead, he was still motivated to becoming one of the best chefs in the world.

And after growing fond of him on the show, this terrible news hit hard...

Ben was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma that only 6 people in the world have.

The news came shortly after his thirteenth birthday...

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.

And quickly, other tributes also flowed in...

He wrote this:

"We lost a Master of the @masterchefjunior kitchen today. Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man."

He continued:

"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."

Here's the full post:

Incredibly sad.

But it turns out that Gordon didn't only send his condolences.

Whilst Ben was fighting his battle with cancer, Gordon made a gesture of another kind.

The chef tried to help Ben get the best care possible.

TMZ reports that sources claim Gordon donated $50,000 to help cover the medical costs of Ben's treatment.

In a prior video, Gordon had said they were "helping raise money with a GoFundMe."

The GoFundMe page now has over $200,000 in donations which is said to be used to support his family

Rest in Peace, Ben!

Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.