Gordon Ramsay is the Scottish celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality. Gordon James Ramsay was born November 8, 1966, in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland. When he was five his family moved to England and he was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon.
He is the second of four children. His family moved constantly when he was a child due to the aspirations and professional setbacks of his father. His father was a sometimes violent alcoholic and womanizer.
Gordon Ramsay personal life
Gordon Ramsay is a British chef, restaurateur, writer, television personality, and food critic. He was born on November 8th, 1966 in Scotland to a Scottish mother and a father who was a professional footballer. Because of his grandfather’s military background, they moved around quite frequently during Gordon’s childhood. This meant that he attended 21 primary schools by the time he turned 17 years old.
During his teen years, Gordon worked as a butcher with aspirations of attending culinary school. In 1982 at the age of 15-years-old, he landed his first job as an apprentice cook within Stratford upon Avon. Three years later in 1985 he opened up Aubergine restaurant which eventually won a Michelin star. In 1998 he left as head chef and moved to London. He still owns Aubergine which is now called the Ramsay Restaurant at Royal Hospital Road.
In 2005, Ramsay married Tana Ramsay with whom he has four children: Matilda, Jack, Megan and Holly. He also has two teenage children from his previous marriage to Cayetana Elizabeth Hutcheson: Jack and Holly.
Over the years he has suffered from depression and eating disorders which led him to use cocaine during his early 20s while working at Aubergine restaurant. He had counselling for this problem and believes it was partly due to losing both of his parents during childhood which made him feel saddened and alone.
Start of career
At age 17, Ramsay began spending all his free time at London’s gourmet restaurants while working for BMSC, an international catering company. After three years with that company, he found work as head chef at Aubergine in London at age 19 that boosted his confidence and led to the offer of a partnership with celebrated French restaurateur Guy Savoy.
Death of Ramsay father
In 1993, Ramsay’s father died at age 48. Ramsay gave control of his life over to God and credits the experience as changing him into a better man. His father had been heavily involved with gangs and violence during Ramsay’s childhood so it was hard for Ramsay to remain unaffected by his death. Ramsay has said he doesn’t think about it often but when he does, “it hits really hard.”
First television appearance
Ramsay began working with Albert Roux among others, eventually becoming the first Scottish chef to run a three-Michelin star restaurant (1998). In 1998, aged 31, he became head chef of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea which earned three Michelin stars in 1999.
His first television appearance was in the UK series Hell’s Kitchen, which he co-presented with Davina McCall from 2005 to 2007 and soon earned his own show entitled Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares which ran until 2014.
Gordon’s television career started in 1997 when he was invited by Granada Productions to host a new show about cocktails; however, instead of making cocktails on-screen he decided to throw plates and insult contestants.
Fame because of television
This led him to start hosting the popular British cookery series: Hell’s Kitchen in 2005 which has since been adapted into an American version for Fox Broadcasting Company called: “Kitchen Nightmares”. It wasn’t until 2010 that Gordon created his own TV production company with one of his business partners David Nicholls. Their first project was another version of “Kitchen Nightmares” for the USA called: “The F Word”.
In 2007, Gordon began serving as a consultant to struggling restaurants on the show: “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares”. In 2011 he decided to start a new reality television series highlighting his career since filming Hell’s Kitchen.
He titled it: “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and was aired by Channel 4 in London. However, American TV Network FOX adapted this idea and released it under the name: “Ultimate Recipe Showdown”.
Dispute of Gordon Ramsay
Gordon made headlines in September 2010 when he got into a physical altercation with fellow celebrity chef Marco Pierre White during taping for an episode of The Big Food Fight which was eventually pulled from airing on ITV1 that same year. Gordon is infamous for his temper which has caused him to dismiss contestants on Hell’s Kitchen.
He holds nothing back when it comes to criticism, but he always tries to give them a chance at redemption in the next round by offering suggestions for four-letter words they can use during their task.
First legal battle
In 2006, Ramsay became involved in a legal battle with his former protégé and personal chef Clare Smyth. This case was named: ‘Clare Smyth v Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd’ and centered around unfair dismissal and unlawful wage deductions from her final months of employment with the company. In 2011, the case was resolved with Ramsay agreeing to pay over £2 million pounds to Smyth.
In 2010 during a routine inspection by Westminster Council, Gordon’s restaurant The Savoy Grill was found in violation for having too many staff members working and not enough customers. His restaurant Maze also received warnings that it needed to improve its hygiene standards and fire safety procedures. Gordon has never been afraid of negative criticism as he just relocates his restaurants if they don’t meet his high standards within a few weeks or months.
Gordon Ramsay has received various awards for his culinary skills throughout his career including: Catey Awards for “Outstanding Contribution to British Tourism” (2013) and “Chef of The Year” (1998). He was also recognized by the London based Restaurant Magazine for winning three consecutive awards between the years 1996 to 1998 for “Top Chef”.
As of September 2017, Gordon has opened up over 70 different businesses including: restaurants, pubs, hotels and gastropubs around the globe such as: Union Street Cafe (San Francisco), Heddon Street Kitchen (London), Bread Street Kitchen (London) and a special edition of the Savoy Grill in Las Vegas. Gordon’s international food empire has allowed him to employ around 1000 different chefs on his payroll.
Overall, Gordon Ramsey net worth has grown significantly over time due to his expanding TV empire and international restaurant ventures. He has been ranked as one of the wealthiest celebrity chefs with a net worth of $220 million. Gordon Ramsay is one of the world’s most decorated chefs, earning a total of 16 Michelin Stars as well as numerous other awards.
Books written by Ramsay
Gordon has worked with many companies to endorse their products including: Dior, Jenn-Air, Breville, Sharp, Siemens and Coca-Cola. He is also an author releasing several bestselling cookery books such as: Gordon Ramsay’s Fast Food which reached number one on the bestseller list in 2008.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why Gordon Ramsay fought with his partner?
The exact reason of dispute is unknown. But Gordon Ramsay is a short tempered human. So, he often made problem for himself because of his attitude.
- When Gordon Ramsay get fame?
From the television casting the Gordon Ramsay get much fame and started his career there.