Birth Date: November 8, 1966 / Age: 51
Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Biography: Gordon Ramsay (born Glasgow, Scotland, November 8, 1966) is one of Britain's most famous chefs. He is one of only three chefs in the country to maintain three Michelin stars for their restaurant (the others being Heston Blumenthal and Alain Roux).
Gordon was brought up in England after his family moved to Stratford-upon-Avon. He played soccer as teenager for Oxford United F.C.'s youth side and was spotted by a scout for Rangers. He completed trials for the Scottish club and became a professional player at the age of 15. After suffering a knee injury that left him unable to regain full fitness he was released from the club.
At the age of 19 Ramsay now turned his hand to cookery. He worked under Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux in London and Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon in Paris before becoming head chef of the newly-opened Aubergine restaurant in 1993. By 1996, the restaurant had been awarded two Michelin stars. In 1998 Ramsay opened his own eponymous restaurant, in Chelsea. The restaurant gained three Michelin stars in 1999, making Ramsay the first Scot to achieve the feat. From there his empire has expanded rapidly, first opening Petrus where six bankers famously spent over £44,000 on wine during a single meal in 2001, and then Amaryllis and later Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's. Restaurants at the Dubai Creek and Connaught Hotels followed, the later branded under his protégée, Angela Hartnett's, name. Ramsay's company, Gordon Ramsay Holdings, continued rapid expansion under Marcus Wareing as Chef Patron.
Ramsay has published six books on cooking and also appeared in two fly-on-the-kitchen-wall documentaries - Boiling Point in 1998 and Beyond Boiling Point in 2000. The series revealed that Ramsay is a hot-tempered man in the kitchen; he was seen yelling obscenities at his staff and throwing equipment around. Food critic A. A. Gill, who was famously ejected from Ramsay's Chelsea restaurant (along with his dining companion Joan Collins), has said that Ramsay is "a wonderful chef, just a really second-rate human being".
In 2004, Ramsay appeared in two British television series. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares aired on Channel 4, and saw the chef troubleshooting failing restaurants over a two-week period. Hell's Kitchen was a reality show, which aired on ITV, and saw Ramsay attempt to train 10 British celebrities to be chefs, as they ran a restaurant on Brick Lane which opened to the public for the two-week duration of the show.
In May of 2005, the FOX network introduced Ramsay to American audiences in an all-new edition of Hell's Kitchen produced by Granada Entertainment and A. Smith & Co. The show follows a similar premise as the original British series, showcasing Ramsay's perfectionism and infamous short temper. In August 2005, shortly following the season 1 finale, Hell's Kitchen was picked up for a second season.
In September 2005 he expressed an interest into moving into football again with the proposed takeover of Greenock Morton football club.
Ramsay also contributes to The Times' Saturday magazine in the form of a food and drink column.