Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. With an injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in football, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management. His dedication and natural talent led him to train with some of the world’s leading chefs, such as Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, and Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France.
In 1993, Ramsay became chef of Aubergine in London, which, within three years, was awarded two Michelin stars. In 1998, at the age of 31, Ramsay set up his first wholly-owned and namesake restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world – three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this award, and Ramsay is one of only four chefs in the U.K. to maintain three stars.
Now internationally renowned, Ramsay has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from Italy to the United States, and holds nine Michelin stars. The group continues to grow with two ventures in Doha, Qatar opened in 2012; a total of three restaurants in Las Vegas, including Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, GR Pub and Grill at Caesars Palace and GR BurGR at Planet Hollywood; and the imminent opening of Union Street Café in London’s borough market.
Ramsay received an OBE (Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II) in 2006 for services to the industry.
Ramsay has also become a star of the small screen both in the U.K. and internationally, with U.K. shows such as “Gordon Behind Bars,” “Ultimate Cookery Course,” “Gordon’s Great Escapes” and “Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait,” as well as four top-rated FOX shows that air in more than 200 countries worldwide: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, HELL’S KITCHEN, MASTERCHEF and HOTEL HELL. His newest show, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, will premiere on FOX in the fall. He is also a published author of a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around the world, most notably his autobiography, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen.
Ramsay has a global partnership with WWRD (Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), which offers quality home and lifestyle products.
He lives with his wife, Tana, and four children, along with their bulldog, Rumpole, and two cats. He divides his time between Los Angeles and South London.