Women the UK over would have queued around the block to give famed chef Raymond Blanc a piece of their minds after his comments about 2013’s all-female The Great British Bake Off finalists and their equally 'female tears'.
But one chef beat them to it with such cracking force, he shattered Blanc’s jaw years ago.
Blanc described his slow – and somewhat cocky – ascent from glass cleaner to waiter at a restaurant he used to work at during a recent interview. But one day his arrogance got the better of him.
"I used to make the mistake of tasting the sauce and telling the chef: ‘How about a bit of paprika or lemon juice?’ He hated me but I didn’t know that. I was just so enthusiastic," he told the Metro. It seems the chef didn’t see it that way.
"One day, he took a copper pan and broke my jaw – I lost my job and was exiled to England, where I finally became a chef.
"I now owe a huge debt of gratitude to my English friends for making me a better Frenchman. You’ve taught me to laugh at myself, to listen when other people speak – no Frenchman does that, ha ha!"
And least of all… Mr Raymond Blanc.
Of course, he went on to become an internationally famed two-Michelin-starred patron of Oxfordshire restaurant Manoir aux Quat'Saisons with the three letters ‘OBE’ after his name.
He also became a public figure of feminist scorn after he suggested The Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh was too thin to appreciate good food. And then there was the bit about female tears, too.
"The Great British Bake Off. Not much skills, female tears and a winner so thin who makes me doubt of her love for great cooking, baking," he tweeted back in October.
Tandoh fired back, saying: "'female tears'?! And what has anyone's size got to do with it? I don’t care if you're a patisserie king – don't be an idiot."
Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood stood up for Tandoh, tweeting back: "Wow Raymond have you seen the winner already???"
Blanc later apologised, saying: “It seems my tweet was not written how it was meant to. Frenchman writing English! I'm sorry I do not know who the winner is,” adding: “Sorry guys, I was a grumpy Frenchman this morning.”
But he did not apologise, it seems, for the ‘female tears’.
The top 10 Twitter gaffes of 2013
The top 10 Twitter gaffes of 2013
1/10 In at number 10: After an interview with the MP Rachel Reeves, Newsnight producer Ian Katz thought she was ‘snoring boring’. Unfortunately, he published this opinion to the world on Twitter
2/10 David Cameron was embarrassed by revelations that his official Twitter account followed news from a high class escorts agency – he quickly stressed that he did not manage the list of accounts personally
3/10 The Tory MP Gavin Barwell objected to an internet advert to ‘date Arab girls’ that he thought was included in a Labour press release. It was actually popping up via Google based on his own ‘interests’
4/10 Burger King’s official Twitter account was hacked earlier this year, and a series of embarrassing posts followed (such as this one). The issue was not fixed for several hours
5/10 It emerged this year that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, followed the account of a 'library for hot sex books in the Persian language'
6/10 The designer Kenneth Cole, not a stranger to controversy, decided to cash in on the Syrian crisis by making a joke about getting troops into the country. He tweeted: “Boots on the ground' or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers. #Footwear”
7/10 Cereal brand Kelloggs was forced to apologise this year after it seemed to want to turn a crisis of vulnerable children into an opportunity to increase its social media reach
8/10 Cricket Australia was accused of ‘casual racism’ after tweeting this photograph of four Sikh men dressed as Teletubbies with the message: “Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?!”
9/10 The 9-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” actress Quvenzhané Wallis was universally adored at the Oscars at the start of this year – prompting the satirical news website The Onion to tweet that she was ‘kind of a c***’. It later apologised and promised to review its social media policy
10/10 The most shocking Twitter gaffe of the year was surely this series of tweets from the recipe and cooking advice website Epicurious. It tried to use the Boston Bombing as a marketing hook to get people to read about cranberry scones – and later apologised only for ‘seeming’ offensive.