Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has condemned airline meals despite spending a decade helping to create them.

The restaurateur and TV chef claims that in-flight food is unhygienic and says that he is careful always to eat a snack before he boards.

Ramsay used to be on a panel of international culinary experts that advised Singapore Airlines on its in-flight catering.

But he says that the experience has put him off eating airline meals for life.

He told online fashion and lifestyle magazine Refinery29: “There’s no f***ing way I eat on planes. I worked for airlines for ten years, so I know where this food’s been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board.”

Ramsay did not say whether his attack applied to the food on SIA, which has not responded to his comments, according to The Times.

The chef, who owns a restaurant at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, said that his favourite pre-flight option was a light snack, in particular “a nice selection of Italian meats, a little glass of red wine, some sliced apples or pears with some parmesan cheese”.