(Almost) Every Chef Ramsay Frozen Meal, Ranked

Before we talk about the new line of Gordon Ramsay frozen food, let me just say that I really love Gordon Ramsay. A British guy who cooks well, screams at everyone, and calls people “donkeys?” Yes! Right up my alley, or whatever cute, quaint thing British people say instead. Anyway, I also happen to love frozen food, so being assigned our taste test of these new Chef Ramsay meals felt like kismet, even though I make the tasting assignments—be your own hero, ladies. 

We got our hands on (almost) all of the Gordon Ramsay frozen food that’s currently on the market, including the Gordon Ramsay chicken pot pie and the Gordon Ramsay shepherd’s pie (the mushroom risotto is the only thing we didn’t find). I cooked each one according to the instructions on the back of the box—if using the oven or air fryer was recommended, that’s what I went with. Otherwise, these went in the ol’ microwave to save time. 

If you were excited about these Chef Ramsay meals and appetizers as I was, there’s some harsh info ahead. But read on for the best (and worst) of what everyone’s favorite craggy-faced chef is slinging in the frozen aisle at Walmart.


chef ramsay crab cakes

Chef Ramsay!

Crab Cakes

I will admit that I am not an expert on frozen crab cakes, but I can’t imagine these would be considered “good” by frozen crab cakes connoisseurs (or Gordon Ramsay). The breading is nice because it’s crunchy and oily (but not overly so), but the crab is stringy and mushy. As the cakes cool, the filling starts to congeal into something even more unpleasant. You do get a little bit of flavor and sweetness from the diced bell peppers in the mix, but it isn’t enough to overcome the overall experience of eating these. I didn’t get any shell in the bites I took, but that’s about the nicest thing I can say about this Gordon Ramsay frozen food!

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

4.5/10

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chef ramsay shepherd's pie

Chef Ramsay!

Shepherd’s Pie

A lot of people search the internet for “Gordon Ramsay shepherd’s pie,” probably because they are looking for a recipe, which I assume is quite good. If a UK-bred chef is going to be good at making something, it should be shepherd’s pie, right? Well, if you’re up for making Gordo’s recipe from scratch, you should probably do that, because I seriously doubt this Chef Ramsay frozen version will hit the spot. It’s incredibly greasy. It’s more like an oily sauce than an actual meal. I wrote in my notes that it “looks like dog barf,” which I wasn’t going to actually publish, but, hey, Chef Ramsay doesn’t hold back, so why should I? If you’re intent on trying Gordon Ramsay frozen food, try something other than this. (Also, technically this is cottage pie because it’s made with beef rather than lamb.)

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

5/10

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chef ramsay beef wellington bites

Chef Ramsay!

Wellington Bites

These little beef-stuffed pastry bites come so close to actually being good. Yes, the puff pastry becomes one with your air fryer basket (it basically sinks into the grates as it cooks, making it impossible to get these out of the air fryer in one piece), but it tastes extremely good—buttery and flaky. I also love the moist, savory mushroom duxelles in the filling. Honestly, I wish the filling was made of mushrooms alone because the beef part of the beef wellington is pretty heinous. The bits of meat are gray, chewy, and gristly. I got an enormous piece of gristle in one of these—could have been bad luck, but it was only my second bite, which doesn’t bode well. Anyway, the flavor is good, but the overall eating experience is not. Bite-size beef wellington is such a fun concept, but the execution of this Gordon Ramsay frozen appetizer is off.

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

5.5/10

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chef ramsay stuffed pizza bites

Chef Ramsay!

Three Cheese Stuffed Pizza Bites

Gordon, I love ya, but I don’t know why you would make a less good version of Pizza Rolls. Pizza Rolls are so good! These do have a nice, crispy, light exterior, but they’re around twice the size of the Pizza Rolls you know and love and the filling doesn’t taste good enough to justify there being twice as much of it. And even though the exterior is nice upon first bite, it all turns a bit gluey in your mouth as you chew.

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

6.5/10

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chef ramsay fried chicken bites

Chef Ramsay!

Fried Chicken Bites

I really like the breading on these little fried chicken bites—it’s nice and oily but with that flaky, floury sort of quality you get from chicken karaage. These come with a packet of Korean-inspired sauce (you toss the chicken in the sauce after the chicken is cooked) and it’s good! It’s tangy, a little sweet, and has a good amount of heat. The problem with this Gordon Ramsay frozen appetizer is that the chicken itself is just not very good. It emerged from our air fryer dry and almost completely flavorless. Plus, some of the chicken morsels are so small it’s impossible to tell if they are chicken or just breading. The breading, delicate and pleasant as it is, just doesn’t really hold up to the sauce either.

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

6.5/10

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gordon ramsay four cheese macaroni

Chef Ramsay!

Four Cheese Macaroni

This Chef Ramsay frozen meal isn’t bad, it’s just so mediocre. I know from good frozen mac and cheese and this just ain’t it. It’s bland. The sauce separates and tastes a little bit floury, but all in all this certainly benefits from being pasta covered with cheese. But I think we all expected more from Gordon Ramsay frozen food.  

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

7/10

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gordon ramsay fish and chips

Chef Ramsay!

Fish & Chips

As soon as I looked at the breaded, fried fish in this Gordon Ramsay frozen meal I could tell the breading was too thick. I was right, and I don’t think that’s just a matter of taste. Not only is the breading thick, it also comes out so dry in the air fryer (the recommended cooking method). I almost never say this, but both the fish and the chips in this meal could use some damn grease—it’s part of what makes fish and chips good. When I wipe my hands on my pants like an animal after taking a bite, I want to see stains! The fish hidden in all that breading is pretty good—flaky and well seasoned—but I didn’t particularly care for the french fries, which are fat and potatoey and not terribly flavorful. This Gordon Ramsay frozen dinner would definitely be better if it were doused in malt vinegar, but it just doesn’t have that luscious, oily quality that makes fish and chips so satisfying. 

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

7/10

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gordon ramsay slow roasted beef

Chef Ramsay!

Slow Roasted Beef in a Red Wine Sauce

Now we’re getting to the good (or at least much better) stuff. This slow-roasted beef entree is swimming in a gravy that tastes very good and savory, with a nice beef bourguignon sort of flavor. One criticism I have is that there are a lot of mushrooms in the image on the box but almost no mushrooms in the meal. The little pearl onions are a nice touch and make up for the lack of mushrooms to an extent—at least they add some moisture, which the beef itself sorely needs. I microwaved this Chef Ramsay meal for five and a half minutes, which was the low end of the suggested timing, and the beef was very done. I genuinely like stew beef and wouldn’t hate eating this again, but my colleague Jordan Myrick suggested this Gordon Ramsay frozen dinner may have been more delicious if it were made with chicken thighs instead of beef, and I think they’re onto something.  

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

7.5/10

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chef ramsay cheese bites

Chef Ramsay!

Cheese Bites

This was the best of the Gordon Ramsay frozen appetizers we tried. The breading is light and flaky and has a nice, freshly fried flavor, like it came from the kitchen of a pretty good sports bar. The cheese is salty and squeaky. We’ve had some pretty disappointing fried cheese in our taste tests, but these little guys are totally adequate. We’ll take it! 

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

8/10

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chef ramsay lemon caper chicken

Chef Ramsay!

Lemon Caper Chicken

If you see this box and you’re like, “Yes, chicken piccata, got it,” you might be surprised to discover that this Gordon Ramsay frozen meal is actually made with a very fat-ass chicken breast rather than something resembling scaloppine. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a piece of chicken this fat in a microwavable meal, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work. We cooked this in the microwave and although that meant the breading didn’t really crisp up all that well, the chicken turned out nice and juicy. The lemon-caper sauce is gloopy, but tastes good with the chicken. The broccoli, unfortunately, is practically pulverized and turns to mush once it’s cooked. Still, if you cut this all up and mix it all together, it tastes pretty good.

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

8.5/10

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chef ramsay lasagna

Chef Ramsay!

Lasagna with Bolognese Meat Sauce

If you’re coming to this Gordon Ramsay frozen food for the bolognese, turn back now. There’s some meat in the sauce, but calling it bolognese feels like a stretch. But if you’re picking up this Chef Ramsay meal at Walmart because you like a tasty ricotta filling, this lasagna will hit the spot. It’s rich and packed with herbs and, best of all, there’s a lot of it. Frozen lasagna can be so dry. Gordon Ramsay’s frozen lasagna is not. Thanks, chef. 

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

8.5/10

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gordon ramsay chicken pot pie

Chef Ramsay!

Chicken Pot Pie

“Gordon Ramsay chicken pot pie” is another recipe a lot of people seek out online. I’m sure that chicken pot pie is exquisite, because this frozen version is very good, which is saying a lot for a frozen meal. We cooked this one in the oven and the crust came out crispy, flaky, golden brown, and very buttery tasting. The filling is salty but good. You get a lot of nice, white meat chicken in a very creamy, rich gravy, along with peas and carrots. It’s all very buttery, very simple, and very satisfying. Of all the Gordon Ramsay frozen food we tried, this was the standout. Buy this or Gordon Ramsay will come to your house and call you a donkey.

Credit: Merc / Chef Ramsay

Rating:

9.5/10

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Gwynedd Stuart

Gwynedd Stuart, Sporked’s managing editor, is an L.A.-based writer and editor who spends way, way too much time at the grocery store. She’s never met an Old El Paso taco or mozzarella stick she didn’t like.

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  • Chef Ramsay – Chicken Pot Pie. The crispy, flaky, golden brown came out of the microwave more like a fiberboard, terrible.

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  • Purchased the shepherds pie . I wish I could say something good but it was awful . Soupy horrible looking . Taste was bland and fatty tasting . Just terrible . I think Ramsey would be embarrassed to put his name on this !

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  • He should be embarrassed at how bad these frozen meals are!!

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  • Gordon Ramsey’s frozen dinners are mostly awful. I got the pot pie, the top crust was by no means flakey, more like a cracker; the shepherds pie was almost inedible. BUT…the beef bits with potatoes and gravy was ok! These dinners were not good….andrew zimmern’s dinners are much better! Sorry Gordon

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  • I tried the fish and chips. I cooked it in my air fryer oven. The quality of the fish pieces was poor and musty tasting. The fries also had a irony taste. Did not enjoy. Did not finish. Cut all the fish pieces open to look at the quality but didn’t eat them all. I would like a coupon and I’ll try a different entrée. I have also purchased the Lasagna but haven’t had yet. Thanks

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  • You didnt review the risotto. It tasted good but looked like dog shit.

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  • I bought the Wellington Nites for kicks—retched! And I took a look at the package under ingredient; biochemical ingredient? Shameful way to make a buck.

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  • Just had the Shepherd’s Pie. It was way better than 5 sporks, come on!…

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  • Universally pretty lousy. Rated very poorly many places. Dint easte your miney.

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  • Interesting and probably very accurate ratings. Of all of these, the only ones we seem to have (so far) at our Wal-Mart is the Slow Roasted beef in red wine sauce and the Mushroom Risotto you mentioned was not available for you. DO NOT GO OUT OF YOUR WAY to find one and try it. It will likely be at the bottom of the list. Perhaps I’m just not ‘wise’ to the delight called ‘Risotto’ but this was, to me, basically undercooked rice in a very ‘weird’ tasting mushroom soup kind of sauce. Not a hit for anyone in my household. We like the Slow roasted beef one and would like to try others.. but the risotto is a big risNONO. ‘Disgusting’ I wish I could have taken a video of me making an ugly face and spitting it out in the can to send to Gordon. Did not like.

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  • Chef Ramsey’s Chicken Potpie was yuck

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    • Absolutely true!
      Notice th Ramsey write the review above.
      He obviously has never eaten his own pot pie.

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  • I will have to agree with you about the Shepard Pie, I approached the meal with extremely high hopes, only to be extremely extremely extremely dissapointed. It was more live a serving of instant potatoes, with a smattering of grease, that was drained from ground beef. I also agree that it was a very poor attempt at a cottage pie……I am a “Yank” and I know the difference, I have prepared Cottage Pie for friends over from England, and they stated it tasted just like their mums. After trying this dish and then reading your reviews, I will not be purchasing anymore of these Chef Ramsey endorsed frozen foods.

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  • Bought lasagna, lemon caper chicken and pot pie based on this review for my family to test drive. Lasagna as described: moist ricotta filling, generous, but no flavor at all. Lemon caper chicken was also without much flavor and the texture of the chicken was meh. Nothing to distinguish it from other similarly styled frozen entrees. The chicken pot pie was a surprise and not in the best of ways. A large disc of crust with the merest layer of filling beneath it. Flip it over and you had a chicken pot pie flavored pizza of sorts. Had more flavor but really salty. Barely resembled what most people would expect of a pot pie. I was super excited by Chef Ramsay’s foray into frozen food–given his high standards, I really expected a lot. There are better choices for sure. I hope someone tips him off and he revamps these products. It is not often I make a face with every bite of food as, for example, with the pot pie…

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  • Well I’ve tried three of these and they all pretty much sucked. I was very disappointed. The cheese bites were ok, the pizza bites tasted like mush and the fried chicken bites were just odd in a chemical way. At 7 dollars a box it really is not worth it. I was so looking forward to trying them out. But I won’t be trying anymore.

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  • I wonder if Gordon Ramsey tasted these meals. Extremely disappointed with the meals. Bland and no flavor. Stay away from the mushroom risotto. I was sick for 3days after I ate it. “Cmon Gordon do something this is not you or your food”, I hoped you hadn’t turned into a corporate sell out but these meals make it sure seem like that… Disappointed

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    • Oh god.. I just tried the risotto today. Not a fan. Just… yuck. Undercooked rice in a spoiled mushroom soup sauce. I hope I don’t regret it. lol

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  • I tried the Mushroom Risjotto. The rice was very mushy and extremely salty. Not a pleasant taste. Gordon, do Quality Control on your frozen meals. After all, YOUR NAME is on it.

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    • I can’t even believe he lowered himself to push out frozen meals. He’s always saying frozen stuff sux. So why then sell frozen crap in the first place?

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  • I wonder if the wellington would work on a piece of foil in the air fryer

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    • Try parchment paper. I’ve had things stick to foil

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  • Totally overrated these meals. The Chicken Pot Pie is a smeared filing covered by a crispy crust. It’s like eating a great chip in dip. Not a meal. Not cost effective. Cheaper to buy a can of stew and crackers.
    I was very disappointed.

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  • I just had the Mushroom Risotto for lunch… SO GOOD!!!!

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    • Wow… I’m amazed ppl can say that’s good. It was the worst mushroom soup and undercooked rice glop I’ve ever forced myself to eat.

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  • I got two words for ya, Whane Dang.

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