Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is the ultimate celebrity chef, famous for opening restaurants around the world and hosting popular TV programmes such as Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - where he is notorious for his fiery temper!

Perhaps more amazing than his ability to turn around ailing restaurants is the fact he made a successful transition from being a promising footballer to a chef, after an injury in 1985 caused him to re-think his life.

Gordon Ramsey

Early life and career

Born on 8th November 1966 in Glasgow, Ramsay's first love was football and as a youth, his ambition was a sporting career. He was a promising teenager who was monitored by professional club Rangers when he attended their youth scheme, playing a number of non-league matches. A knee injury was to end his fledgling career.

He returned to education to earn a degree in hotel management in 1987 and served apprenticeships with Marco Pierre White at Harvey's of London and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche, before serving under chefs Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon in France.

First restaurant

Ramsay's career prospered after he became head chef at Aubergine in 1993, earning the restaurant a prestigious two-star Michelin rating over the next three years and winning Newcomer of the Year award at the restaurant trade's "Oscars", the Catey Awards, in 1995.

However, Ramsay resigned in 1998 following a disagreement over contracts and the business's future direction. He went on to open his first independent restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, in London's Royal Hospital Road. He launched a number of new restaurants, including Petrus in London in 1999 and Verre in Dubai in 2001.

In 2010, he took over the prestigious Savoy Grill on The Strand in London, offering a fine dining experience with French and British cuisine. In 2014, Ramsay bought the site of his former workplace, Aubergine restaurant, at Park Walk in Chelsea and has since expanded his global brand to South Africa, Canada and Australia.

Savoy Grill London

TV shows

Ramsay's television career began in 1996, when he was a judge on BBC's MasterChef. A documentary mini-series chartering his progress after buying his first restaurant, Boiling Point followed in 1999.

He soon became renowned for his fiery temper, in particular when he was commissioned to host two programmes in 2004, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in which he turned around struggling restaurants and Hell’s Kitchen, a cooking competition for would-be chefs. The Hell's Kitchen format was taken up by Fox in the United States and American audiences had their first taste of Ramsay's unique management style.

He launched another culinary series in the UK, The F Word and the US version of Kitchen Nightmares followed in 2007. He also led the judges in the American productions of MasterChef in 2010 and MasterChef Junior in 2013. Meanwhile, in 2012 his Hotel Hell series was launched - a variation on the restaurant format in which he saved failing hotels.

Ramsay was awarded the OBE in 2006 for his remarkable contribution to the hospitality industry. Today, he remains one of the UK's most notable chefs, with his brand known across the globe and a highly successful career both on television and as a restaurateur.

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