A sheriff sentencing a chef who attacked his neighbour in a rage compared him to Gordon Ramsay, famed for his foul-mouthed tirades in the kitchen.
Dylan Pinder, 33, punched the resident after becoming incensed by a removal man he’d hired who repeatedly rang the door buzzer to the wrong Edinburgh flat.
His lawyer told the city's sheriff court on Friday that Pinder only carried out the assault as he was “so irate” about the disturbance.
Afterwards Sheriff Frank Crowe told Pinder as he stood in the dock: “We need more chefs. We don’t need more Gordon Ramsay-type chefs.
“We want nice and calm people.”
Sheriff Crowe said Pinder had become “irritated” and “lashed out” but fortunately the victim wasn’t injured in the incident.
Scots chef Ramsay, 55, is known for his fiery nature on cooking shows, such as Hell’s Kitchen and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, where he often leaves contestants quaking during expletive-laden outbursts.
Pinder pled guilty to a charge of punching David Smith to the head on October 20 last year.
Fiscal depute Janet MacDonald said a removal man attended at David’s address at 2.30pm.
Ms MacDonald said the worker buzzed David’s flat but it was Pinder who appeared at the front door “shouting and swearing at him”.
She said another resident appeared and let the removal man into the stairwell and Pinder followed him up to David’s flat.
The prosecutor said: “At the time (Pinder) was irate and continued shouting.”
Ms MacDonald said Pinder “swung a punch at Mr Smith which connected with his cheek and caused no injury”.
She added the men were separated and police were called.
Defence agent Nicola Haston said her client had been at home with his child and his partner who had finished a night-shift.
Ms Haston said the buzzer system had a “problem with its wiring” which meant the removal man was “constantly pressing” Pinder’s buzzer instead.
The solicitor said the noise was waking up Pinder’s partner and child and he “became agitated”.
Ms Haston said the assault only happened because “he was so irate” and there had been no other incident involving the neighbour.
Sheriff Crowe said Pinder, of the city’s Gilmerton area, had a “limited record” and fined him £90.