You gotta love him or hate him, there's nothing in between.
Gordon James Ramsay
Known by the majority of the world as the blonde Brit chef who could yell louder than fans at an AC/DC concert and drops more F-bombs than a Tarantino flick, Gordon was born on November 8th, 1966, in Johnstone, Scotland.
But far deeper than the outer shell of a persona that TV shows like “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” have instilled in our brains, you’ll find a world renowned Michelin-starred chef who is highly respected in his industry.
His early life wasn’t easy
Gordon Ramsay’s childhood consisted of a lot of moving from place to place due to his father’s aspirations and failures. His father was also a violent alcoholic who abused and neglected his wife and children. By the age of 16, Gordon had left home in the hopes of starting a better life. After a failed attempt at becoming a pro footballer, Gordon found himself falling in love with the craft that is cooking.
He apprenticed under Marco Pierre White
If you don’t know who Marco Pierre White is, he’s one of the world’s first celebrity chefs. To put it bluntly- he was a rock star. Marco Pierre White was known for his wild temper and incredibly high standards when it came to putting out the most amazing culinary cuisine he possibly could. In fact, Marco Pierre White is known as the only man to have made Gordon Ramsay himself cry.
His stint with Marco, along with the other cut throat chefs he worked under is probably why he’s so aggressive in the kitchen. In fact, Marco himself stated that Gordon “realizes that the standards are the most important thing” and “he doesn’t let anything go out that doesn’t meet the standard which is required.”
He was awarded O.B.E in 2006
Gordon was awarded as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E) in 2006 for his excellence in the culinary world.
He’s a family man
Despite his reputation for hotheadedness, Gordon Ramsay is a very kind and loving husband to his wife and father to his 4 kids.
He even has his family featured in quite a few of his cooking shows. His daughter Matilda even has her own cooking show “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch.”
He has 13 TV shows
Without counting his parts in other chefs’ shows or documentaries, Gordon has personally starred in 13 individual TV programs.
He does have one guilty pleasure
Gordon admits that he loves In-N-Out Burger.
He worked hard to achieve his high status
I know, it sounds obvious that to get good at something you have to work hard. However, in the ‘Michelin Star Mad’ world of high end chefs, the way up to the top is a hell of a lot harder. Gordon worked for years over hot stoves with chefs screaming every bad word you can think of right into his ear until he only put out the most pristine dishes to be served to their high paying customers.
He keeps fit
With all that yelling, he better have some good cardio. Gordon actively participates in triathlons.
He will eat anything…almost
Gordon Ramsay believes that as a chef he needs to try everything when it comes to cuisine. He’s eaten everything from fried tarantula, to the still beating heart of a king cobra. However, he states that the only thing he absolutely refuses to eat is overcooked food.
He believes that everybody should know how to cook 5 dishes
1. A Great Burger
2. A Healthy Breakfast
3. A Braising Dish (something that can be cooked on a Monday but still eaten on a Friday).
4. A Chicken Dish
5. An amazing cake
If you’ve got these 5 things down, then you’ve got yourself some props from Gordon himself!
He was once held at gunpoint
Gordon was in Costa Rica filming “The Big Fish Fight” when he and his crew decided to have an episode dedicated to the investigation of fishermen illegally killing and selling sharks for shark fin soup. While swimming, Gordon found a sack of shark fins attached to a fishing boats hull. He threw it onto the deck and called the fishermen out. After a heated argument broke out, Gordon and his crew found themselves facing some rifles. The Costa Rican police urged them to leave, saying that “‘if you set foot in there, they’ll stab you.”
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has held 3 Michelin stars for 15 years
His first solo restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, has held 3 Michelin stars (the highest rating a restaurant can get) since 2001. Michelin sends out anonymous judges to restaurants to check if the high standards and pristine dining experience that earned the stars is maintained. If it hasn’t, you can be stripped of a star- this is why it’s so impressive that they have maintained 3 stars for so long. Not only that, he has had the same team running the show there since it opened in 1998.