Life Before Fame: 'Hell's Kitchen's' Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay is considered to be one of the best chefs and we couldn't agree more! But do you know what was his life was like before appearing on television and becoming famous? It seems that he actually wanted to pursue very different opportunities!
We bet you definitely would like to get some cooking tips from the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, but in case that happens just brace yourself. Apart from being considered one of the top chefs all over the world, it is also true that he has a very short temper and a lot of harsh comments, but it is actually why we love him!
Although his first documented role on television was in the documentaries Boiling Point (1998) and Beyond Boiling Point (2000), Gordon Ramsay came to prominence during the 2000s after starring in several television shows like Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, which revolved around his attempt to help failing restaurants. In Hell's Kitchen, he trained ten British celebrities to be chefs; and The F Word, which covered a wide variety of topics, mostly related to food preparation with some celebrities as guests. Recently, he also appeared in the 2018 show Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, a new series with a similar premise as his biggest hit Hell's Kitchen, as well as in 2019 show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay: His life before fame
Did you know that Gordon Ramsay was already quite successful before actually being famous? Originally from Johnstone, Scotland, it could be said that Gordon Ramsay's first approaches to the culinary world were when he was a young boy working at a local Indian restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon, where his sister was a waitress. But back in the day, he probably didn't realize that, since he was more focused on his football career, especially at the age of 12 when he was allowed to play with 14-year-old boys due to his outstanding skills.
It seems like he had a promising future in regards to football and he even played alongside several Scottish football stars back then, but everything changed when he got seriously injured and eventually had to quit sports and started to pursue other opportunities. The good news is that Gordon once said that he wouldn't be the chef he is now if he hadn't experienced difficulties playing football.
Gordon Ramsay has opened restaurants in Europe, North America and Asia
By the age of 19 Gordon actually started to pay more attention to his interest in cooking. After attending the North Oxfordshire Technical College, where he pursued his culinary education, he worked as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel; later on, he was in charge of running the kitchen and 60-seat dining room at the Wickham Arms, and in 1993 he was offered the position of head chef at the three-Michelin-starred La Tante Claire in Chelsea.
But finally, in 1998 he opened his own restaurant also in Chelsea, called Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and the rest is history. As of today, he operates 14 restaurants in England, 12 in North America, and 17 more in different countries around the world including Italy, Thailand, and Singapore. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total and currently holding a total of seven.
Five interesting facts about the Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay
- He has been married to English author Cayetana Hutcheson since 1996, together they have 4 children
- As of 2019, he is the 33rd-highest-earning celebrity in the world, with a net worth of 62 million dollars
- He is close friends with David and Victoria Beckham
- Gordon Ramsay loves reality television shows, especially American Idol
- Since 2017 he has been judging fans' food on social media, where he often posts recipes and food pics in general!