Gordon Ramsay the Scottish chef and restaurateur known for his highly acclaimed restaurants and cookbooks. But perhaps best known in the 21st century for the profanity and fiery temper; that he freely displays on TV cooking shows.
Gordon Ramsay: Football Starter
As a young boy, Gordon moved with his family from Scotland to England, where he was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. He played association football (soccer) for the Oxford United youth team; and at age 15 he was courted by the Scottish Premier league Glasgow Rangers.
A knee injury ultimately prevented him from pursuing a career in football. Ramsay went back to college to complete a course in hotel management. His dedication and natural talent led him to train with some of the world’s leading chefs, including; Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France.
Michelin Starred Restaurants
In 1993, Ramsay became head chef of Aubergine in London, and within three years Aubergine was awarded two Michelin stars.
At the age of 35, Gordon branched out on his own; to set up his first wholly owned and namesake restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Restaurant Ramsay opened in 1998, and quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world – three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this award; and Gordon is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars. He also holds a Michelin star at his other London restaurant Pétrus in Knightsbridge.
In addition to his stars in the UK; Gordon holds two stars at Le Pressoir d’Argent in Bordeaux and one star at Au Trianon in Versailles.
Now internationally renowned and holding a number of Michelin stars; Gordon has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from Italy to the United States. These restaurants include:
Two restaurants in Bordeaux
- Le Pressoir D’argent
- Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay
Five restaurants in Las Vegas
- Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace
- Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The Linq
- Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris
- Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace
- Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood
- Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill in Atlantic City
Two ventures in Versailles
- Au Trianon
- La Veranda
Bread Street Kitchen in Dubai, Two ventures in Doha, Qatar Bread Street Kitchen, London House in Hong Kong; and Bread Street Kitchen in Singapore.
Gordon’s UK Restaurants
In the UK, the Gordon Ramsay Group has locations across London, including:
- Union Street Café
- London House
- Maze Grill
- Bread Street Kitchen
- Heddon Street Kitchen
- Two further maze Grills, one of which is located on the former Aubergine site on Park Walk, Chelsea.
Gordon Ramsay: TV Credits
Gordon has also become a star of the small screen both in the US and internationally. As a TV chef, with four top-rated FOX shows that air in more than 200 territories worldwide. These critically-acclaimed shows include HELL’S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JR., and THE F-WORD. As well as UK shows; GORDON RAMSAY ON COCAINE, CULINARY GENIUS, GORDON BEHIND BARS, ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE, GORDON’S GREAT ESCAPES and SHARK BAIT.
In 2016, Ramsay launched his own independent next-generation production company, Studio Ramsey. That develops shows and formats for the UK, US and digital properties.
While best known as a celebrity chef, Ramsay is successful in a variety of other ventures outside of TV food. Most notably as a published author; he has released a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around the world; including his autobiography, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen. Aside from this, Ramsay has a global partnership with WWRD (Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton). Which offers quality home and lifestyle products as well a Glu Mobile. Where his mobile game Restaurant DASH with him has been an international success.
In 2006, in recognition of all that Ramsay has contributed to the industry; he received an OBE (Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II). Since then Ramsay and his wife Tana, set up the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation in 2014; to make a meaningful difference to the charities that are important to them.
Gordon Ramsay Now
Now, Ramsay splits his time between Los Angeles and South London. Where he resides with his wife, Tana and four children, along with their dogs, cats and tortoise.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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