Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay, OBE was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. With an injury prematurely cutting short a promising career in professional football with the Glasgow Rangers, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management.
Ramsay’s first years in the kitchen were spent training under culinary luminaries such as Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux in London. He then moved to France to work in the kitchens of Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon and enhanced his expertise in classic French cooking. In 1993, Gordon became chef of the newly opened Aubergine and earned two Michelin stars after just three years.
In 1998, at the age of 31, Gordon set up his first wholly owned restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, in London’s Chelsea area. A year later he opened Pétrus with his protegé, Marcus Wareing, in London’s St. James’s Street. Within seven months it too had won a Michelin star. This success was repeated when Gordon opened Gordon Ramsay in Claridge’s in October 2001 and it gained a Michelin star in 2003. By 2003 Gordon’s award-winning food was being served in another famous London hotel, The Savoy. Set inside the art-deco splendor of the hotel, Banquette followed the earlier opening of The Savoy Grill, which gained another Michelin star in 2004.
May 2004 saw Gordon Ramsay star in “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares,” later to be awarded a BAFTA and an International Emmy. Shortly after, Gordon hosted the series “Hell’s Kitchen.” The year 2005 confirmed Gordon as one of the UK’s major television stars—a second series of “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares” was followed by the debut of “The F Word.” In 2006, Gordon was appointed to the Order of the British Empire “for services to the hospitality industry.” The third US series of “Hell’s Kitchen” was named the top rated show of Summer 2007, and a few months later, the American version of “Kitchen Nightmares” made its successful debut and ran for three seasons.
2010 was a busy year in which Gordon hosted “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant,” produced and served as judge on the US version of “MasterChef,” and shifted the focus to his own cooking adventures in the debut of “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape.” In 2011, “Great Escape” returned for a second season, and Gordon explored the controversy around shark fin soup in the special “Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait.”