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Gordon Ramsay Biography

Scottish celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has opened restaurants around the world and hosted popular television programs such as Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef.


Gordon Ramsay was born in Scotland in 1966 and left an early athletic career to become a renowned chef in London. In the early 2000s, he made a name for himself on British television as the spirited presenter of Ramsay's kitchen nightmares and Hell's kitchen, shows that the transition to the American audience has been successful. The award-winning chef has since expanded his celebrity brand through programs like Master chef and Hotel Hell and open more restaurants around the world.

Early life

Gordon James Ramsay was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 8, 1966 and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, having moved there with his family at the age of 5's, his first love was football, and he aspired to a professional sports career. At the age of 15, the talented Ramsay joined the Glasgow Rangers, a pro club.

His time with the team lasted three years until 1985 when a knee injury ended his career prematurely. Ramsay had to start over and returned to school in 1987 where he graduated with a degree in hotel management.

Top chef and entrepreneur

After completing his studies, Gordon Ramsay placed himself under the guidance of some of Europe's top chefs. He completed an apprenticeship with Marco Pierre White at Harvey's in London, worked for Albert Roux in Le Gavroche and then under the master chefs Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy in France.

In 1993, Ramsay went self-employed as head chef at the newly opened Aubergine in London, where he earned the restaurant a two-star Michelin rating over the course of three years. Another personal prestige followed in 1995 when Ramsay was named Newcomer of the Year at the prestigious Catey Awards, an Oscar-like event for the restaurant and hotel industry.

At Restaurant'Ramsay, Aubergine left and opened his own restaurant, the Gordon Ramsay, in London in 1998. Hailed as a top food destination, the restaurant eventually received a three-star rating from Michelin.

The next few years turned out to be a whirlwind for the ambitious, driving and spirited Ramsay. He opened several new restaurants including Petrus and a second Gordon Ramsay in London and finally Verre in Dubai.

Named Chef of the Year at the 2000 Catey Awards and Independent Restorer of the Year 2006, Ramsay brought his restaurant business to the United States in 2006 with the opening of two establishments at The London NYC. Since then, the celebrity chef has expanded his reach around the world, launching his brand in countries like South Africa, Australia and Canada.

TV star

Gordon Ramsay'S migration to television began in 1996 when he appeared as a judge on the BBC cooking competition show Master chef. In 1999 he was the focus of a British documentary mini-series, boiling point, that followed his professional life when he opened his first restaurant. The success of this documentary spawned a follow-up miniseries Beyond the boiling point, in 2000.

Ramsey was recruited to host two programs in spring 2004: Ramsay's kitchen nightmares, he tried to turn around when restaurants failed, and in Hell's kitchen, He hosted a 10 celebrity cooking contest with the audience voting out the candidates.

With reality television in full bloom in the United States, the time was right for Ramsay to move across the Atlantic. In May 2005 an American version of Hell's kitchen, which put aspiring restaurateurs under the intense eye of the show's host, debuted on FOX. Like their British counterparts, American audiences learned to love and hate the aggressive chef when he narrowed the field to one final winner. Meanwhile, he's started another culinary series in the UK., The F word.

Ramsay's good reviews on US screens opened the door to an adaptation of Kitchen nightmareswhich debuted in September 2007. This in turn led to the American productions of Master chef (2010) and MasterChef Junior (2013) with Ramsay at the head of the jury. In 2012 he added another show to his program, a variation on his Save a Failing Establishment program, Save a Failing Establishment. Subject with Hotel Hell.

In front of the kitchen

In addition to working on television and in his restaurants, Ramsay has written more than 20 books. Its various businesses have been consolidated into Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited.

Honored for his impressive achievement, Ramsay was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2006. In 2013 he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

Ramsay married the school teacher Cayetana Elizabeth "Tana" Hutcheson in 1996. They have four children: Megan, twins Holly and Jack and Matilda. In 2014, the couple formed the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation to support the children's charity at Great Ormond Street Hospital.