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OverviewGordon James Ramsay was born November 8, 1966 in Johnstone, Scotland. He is a famous chef, television personality and world renowned restaurateur. He has been awarded 12 Michelin Stars and has become one of only three chefs in the U.K. to hold three Michelin stars at one time in 2007. He ranks 2nd in the world in terms of number of Michelin Stars, behind famous French chef Alain Ducasse.
Ramsay is known in the U.K. for his T.V. shows about competitive cooking, such as Hell's Kitchen and The F-Word. He is best known in the U.S. as the host of Hell's Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares on FOX.
Hell's Kitchen premiered in May 2005 and Kitchen Nightmares (based on the successful British show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares) in September 2007.
As a teen, Ramsay played football for Rangers and had aspirations of playing professionally. However, many injuries on the field stopped him from reaching his goal.
At the age of 19, he began to take his culinary education more seriously. He started out as a commis chef, or apprentice chef, at the Roxbury House Hotel. He then managed the kitchen and 60-person dining room at the Wickham Arms. After that, he moved to London where he worked in several restaurants before being inspired to work for Marco Pierre White at Harveys.
Ramsay worked at Harveys for nearly three years, before becoming tired of White's temperamental attitude and violence. He decided that the way to advance his career was to study French cuisine. He moved to Paris, France to work with Michelin-starred chefs, Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon. He trained there for 3 years before submitting to the physical and mental stress of the kitchen. He then took a year to work as a personal chef on a private yacht.
He returned to London in 1993 and was offered the position of head chef at La Tante Claire. Marco White re-entered his life afterward, offering him a head chef position at Rossmore as well as a 10% share in the restaurant. It was renamed Aubergine and later went on to win its first Michelin star, and a second in 1997.
In 1998 Ramsay left his partnership with the business owners of Aubergine, to open his own restaurant in Chelsea named Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. The restaurant gained three Michelin stars by 2001, making him the first Scot to achieve that milestone.
After his first restaurant, Ramsay's expanded his venture rapidly, with the opening of Petrus, where six bankers spent over £44,000 on wine in a single meal in 2001. He then opened Argan Cafe in Glasgow, and Gordon Ramsay at Claride's (a luxury hotel). He also opened restaurants in Dubai, Japan, Los Angeles, and one in New York City in 2006, called London. His most recent restaurant was opened in 2007 called Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt in Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. It was his first Irish restaurant.
Ramsay is one of only three chefs in the U.K. to have three Michelin stars. In 2006 he became only the third person to have won three Catey awards (the most significant award for the U.K. hospitality industry). In September 2006, he was named the most influential person in the U.K. hospitality industry by Caterer and Hotel keeper magazine.
His famous show, Hell's Kitchen is being made into a video game coming out September 9th, 2008.