'MasterChef' judge Aarón Sánchez shares what it's like to work with Gordon Ramsay on the show

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Gordon Ramsay (left) and Aarón Sánchez (right) on "MasterChef." FOX Image Collection via Getty Images
  • "MasterChef" season 11 premiered on June 2 with returning judges Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, and Joe Bastianich.

  • In an interview with Insider, Sánchez told us what it's like to with Ramsay.

  • Ramsay has a reputation for yelling and getting angry, but Sánchez says that's just a small part of his personality.

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Celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez has appeared as a judge on Fox's "MasterChef" alongside Gordon Ramsay since 2016.

The newest season of the show, "MasterChef: Legends," premiered on June 2 and features guest judges including Emeril Lagasse and Roy Choi each week. The point, Sánchez told Insider, is to "raise the stakes" for competitors by putting some of the most legendary names in the culinary world on the judges' panel for the day, even though he and Ramsay are already legendary chefs themselves.

Ramsay is "probably one of the best chefs in the world," Sánchez told Insider.

The Scottish-born judge and producer has become known for his shouting at and berating of contestants on the numerous cooking competitions he hosts, including "MasterChef" and "Hell's Kitchen." He's even made a name for himself on TikTok by roasting home cooks and calling them names like "doughnut" and "idiot sandwich."

But his cohost, Sánchez, says there's a lot more to him than that.

"For all those people who are detractors and think that he's an a-hole for screaming or being crude, he's only doing that to get you better," Sánchez told Insider. "He grew up in Europe, and people in Europe don't give awards to second and third place, baby. If you ain't first you're last. I think here in this country we're a little too gentle and coddle too much sometimes. And I think that's not how he is. He's influenced me in that way to be a little more direct in my own life."

"He's a blessing," the chef added, explaining how Ramsay is his colleague, but also his mentor. "He has a very vested interest in my career and in what I'm doing, and is always asking questions and helping me along the way, so I have a really special bond with him."

Ramsay is a famed TV personality, but he's also an award-winning chef, restaurateur, producer, and father of five with a very strong opinion on microwave ovens (he hates them).

"He's full of energy," Sánchez said. "He doesn't get tired, you can understand why he's so busy and has his hands in so many different things. He's extremely focused."

Ramsay "doesn't come from really anything" in terms of family money, according to Sánchez, but he's developed quite expensive taste over the years. He once raved about a $777 hamburger in Las Vegas, and has a $106 burger on the menu at his London restaurant.

"They don't make many like [him]," Sánchez said about his friend. "And I know a lot of cool people, but he's one of a kind."

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