Gordon Ramsay is extremely tough on his Hell’s Kitchen contestants, but he showed a much friendlier side when he donated $ 50,000 to MasterChef junior candidate Ben Watkins when the 14-year-old was undergoing cancer treatment.
14-year-old Watkins died on November 16 at Lurie Chidren’s Hospital in Chicago. When he was eleven in the spring of 2018, he appeared in the cooking competition in which Ramsay is on the jury. About two years later, Watkins was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, a rare soft tissue tumor. He began chemotherapy for tumors in the shoulder, spine, and lungs on July 30, according to the Chicago Tribune.
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 14: Gordon Ramsay attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski / WireImage)
Many of the teen’s former co-stars and Ramsay himself sent him a video full of congratulations in August. They also asked people to donate to a GoFundMe page that had been set up for Watkins and his family. (The aspiring restaurateur lived with his grandmother and uncle because his parents died in a suicide in 2017.)
“If you can hit me [MasterChef Junior] Kitchen, trust me, you can beat this, ”said Ramsay. “God bless and lots of love, buddy.”
After Watkins’ death, Ramsay called him “an incredibly talented home cook and an even stronger young man”.
We lost a master of @ MasterChefJrFOX kitchen today. Ben, you were an incredibly talented home cook and an even stronger young man. Your young life had so many difficult twists and turns, but you always persevered. Send all the love to Ben Watkins’ family with this terrible loss Gx pic.twitter.com/RX81hP7lbw
– Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) November 17, 2020
Tributes to Watkins continued streaming on Friday. More than $ 206,000 has been deposited into this fund. TMZ also reported Friday that MasterChef Junior is “trying to find a way to honor him”.
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