Gordon Ramsay is an internationally renowned chef, being one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three Michelin stars. He has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from the UK and France to Singapore and Hong Kong, to the United States and has also become a T.V star with shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell and Master Chef US.
Born in Scotland, as kid his passion lay in soccer; which he deemed to be his career. However, a knee injury put an end to that dream and he had to return to school wherein he earned a graduate degree in hotel management.
Thereafter, he trained himself under some of the world’s leading chefs, such as Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, and Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France. He became chef of Aubergine in London, which within three years, was awarded two Michelin stars. Then, he set up his first wholly owned and namesake restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world – three Michelin stars.
The next several years proved to be a whirlwind for the ambitious, hard-driving and temperamental Ramsay. He opened several new restaurants, was named chef of the year at the 2000 Catey Awards and Independent Restaurateur of the Year in 2006 and also started making appearance on several T.V. shows (Master Chef US – as a judge, Boiling point – a documentary trailing his working life, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares – he sought to turn around failing restaurants, Hell’s Kitchen – he ran a cooking competition among 10 celebrities, with audiences voting off contestants). He has also written numerous books, the bestselling of which is his autobiography, ‘Roasting in hell’s kitchen’.
Ramsay is known for his fiery temper, strict demeanor and use of expletives. He often makes blunt and controversial comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their cooking abilities. He combines activities in the television, film, hospitality and food industries and has promoted and hired various chefs that have apprenticed under his wing.
“The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.” He says.
Trivia – This celebrated British chef once told Forbes.com in an interview that he’d want to have roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and red wine gravy as his last meal.