Chef, Television Personality, Restaurateur
Gordon Ramsay, infamous chef, television personality, and restaurateur, was born in November 1966. The son of a welder/shopkeeper/swimming pool manager father and a nurse, Ramsay moved with his family to Stratford-upon-Avon in 1976 where he would stay until the age of 16. He would then move away from his family and into Banbury.
His early life is described in his autobiography, ‘Humble Pie’, as lonely and marked by neglect and abuse from his ‘hard-drinking womanizer’ father. However, at the age of 12, Ramsay was chosen to play for Warwickshire’s football team. During his football career, he would suffer plenty of injuries but would go on to play a trial with the Rangers.
At the age of 19, Ramsay diverted his attentions to cooking. He enrolled in a local college to study hotel management and defines his entrance into catering college as an accident. Accident or no, he became commis chef in the late 1980s at the Wroxton House Hotel and went on to run the kitchen and dining room at the Wickham Arms.
After studying French cuisine in Paris, he returned to London in 1993 to become the head chef at La Tante Claire in Chelsea. He went on to open Aubergine with a business partner and won a Michelin star just fourteen months later. Though he enjoyed much success, Ramsay decided to open his own eatery, Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, also in Chelsea, which would become critically acclaimed.
Ramsay’s restaurants feature a number of different cuisines and are spread across the globe. He has won a series of Michelin Stars and ranks third in the world for the number he has achieved. He is also known now as a television presenter for competitive cooking shows including ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘The F Word,’ and ‘Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.’