Celebrity Chefs: Gordon Ramsay

The world is blessed with chefs who are able to create the most amazing dishes from basic ingredients. Some of these chefs prefer to work under anonymity or prefer to be famous among their peers. Others seek fame and fortune on the radio or television. Gordon Ramsay comes under the latter category.

Ramsay was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland on November 8, 1966, lthough from the age of five he was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He is the second of four children and has an older sister along with a younger brother and sister. Until he discovered a penchant for cooking, Ramsay was a talented football / soccer player. Unfortunately for Ramsay, his career never got off the ground after he suffered a string of injuries during his teenage years. Ramsay did have a trial with Glasgow Rangers when he was 15, but he suffered a knee cartilage injury during training and he never recovered enough to be able to pursue a career in the game.

Aged 19, Ramsay began taking his culinary eduction seriously and enrolled at the North Oxfordshire Technical College where he studied hotel management. By the early 1980s, Ramsay worked as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel before running the kitchen and 60-seat dining room at the Wickham Arms. Ramsay then moved to London where he worked in several restaurants before being inspired to work for the famous and temperamental Marco Pierre White at Harveys. Ramsay went on to study French cuisine, first working for Albert Roux in Mayfair before jetting off to Hotel Diva, a ski resort in the French Alps . He then lived and studied in Paris for three years before taking a job as a personal chef on a private yacht based in Bermuda. Working on this boat allowed Ramsay to travel to Sicilly and Sardinia in Italy where he naturally learned about Italian cuisine.

Fast forward to 1998 and Ramsay opened his own restaurant in Chelsea named Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Since his first foray into the restaurant business, Ramsay’s empire has expanded rapidly and he now has venues around the world. The outspoken and often crude Ramsay first ventured into the world of television in 1998 when he featured in a fly on the wall documentary called Boiling Point. Two years later, Ramsay starred in Beyond Boiling Point.

Now with a taste for television, and producers loving Ramsay’s hard hitting style, Ramsay went on to appear in Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, which saw him troubleshoot failing restaurants and Hell’s Kitchen, which was a reality show where he attempted to train 10 British celebrities to be chefs. Ramsay has also appeared on a US version of Hell’s Kitchen and a US version of Kitchen Nightmares where his infamously short temper and use of profanity have made him a cult hero. More recently, Ramsay was the star of Hotel Hell, a series similar to Kitchen Nightmares except it focuses on struggling hotels in the U.S.A. Ramsay has made guest appearances in more than two dozen television programs and even appeared as Baker Smurf in the 2017 feature film Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Away from the limelight, Ramsay has been married to Cayetana Elizabeth Hutcheson since 1996 and they have four children together; three girls and one boy.

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