GORDON Ramsay forgot about social distancing rules as he posed for a holiday snap in Portugal after feasting on fresh fish.
The TV chef – who angered Cornwall locals during the lockdown – ditched his face mask despite being surrounded by restaurant staff for the keepsake pic after his evening meal.
And today the famous eaterie in the popular surfing spot of Ericeira near Lisbon claimed the Scot had allegedly insisted staff remove their face coverings too before the photo was taken.
Restaurant owner Nuno Lourenco revealed the Michelin-starred chef had dropped in for dinner on Monday by posting the snap on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
He wrote: “We had the privilege of receiving one of the most famous chefs in the world.”
Describing his visit as a “great surprise”, he told Portuguese daily Observador: “I knew he had come to eat fish yet I still asked him what he preferred.
“All he said was ’No, no, you’re going to choose my fish.”
Revealing the dad-of-five had feasted on clams, grilled grouper fish and a home-made apple pie, he added: “He made a point afterwards of going over to our grill to say it was exceptional, five star.”
The TV chef, who dined with “two foreign men” according to Portuguese press, posed for a group pic at the door of the restaurant after his meal.
Some of the staff at the eaterie were pictured with their face masks in their hands, but none were wearing any protection and Ramsay’s face covering was nowhere to be seen.
Portugal remains on Britain’s quarantine list after failing to make the list of ‘safe’ countries where people reaching the UK from do not have to self-isolate for 14 days.
It sets Ramsay up for a period of forced quarantine following his Portugal trip. which Observador said was work-related and involved filming on board a fishing boat in Peniche north of Lisbon.
The absence of any face masks in the photo raised questions from some locals.
One said in a sarcastic comment on social media: “It appears they’re at the door of the restaurant. “We all know there’s no problems by the door.”
The restaurant pointed the finger at Ramsay, replying to comments about the face masks by saying: “He insisted we take them off.”
The celeb chef spent most of lockdown with his family at their POUNDS four million mansion in Trebetherick near Daymer Bay in Cornwall before returning to London at the end of June.
The move sparked an outcry among some locals.He admitted to “sneaking off” for 100km bike rides but insisted he broke no rules.
Responding to coastguard warnings in May for being too far from his house, he told the Joe Wicks podcast recently: “There was no law to say you had to cycle for an hour and an hour only.
“They were encouraging you to cycle so I did sneak off on some massive 90km and 100km bike rides.
“Those rolling hills between here and Newquay, Bude, and Bodmin. Bodmin Moor at half past five in the morning in the middle of Spring, there’s nowhere more beautiful.”
He added: “’So what are the coastguard going to do? Think about it. Look after the coastline, let me ride my bike.
“The coastguard should not be telling me what to do in the middle of the forest on my fricking bike should they?”
“There was no one on the roads so how the f*** can you complain about me and my little bike when there’s no one on the f****** roads. Come on.”
Portugal vented its fury at Britain on Friday as ministers refused to remove the country from its quarantine list.
It was first left off the list of ‘green’ countries three weeks ago after a spike of cases in and around Lisbon.
The Sun reached out to Gordon’s rep.