Gordon Ramsay

1967 -

Controversial chef and entrepreneur, known as a perfectionist in the kitchen. Born in Johnstone (Renfrewshire), to parents who came from Port Glasgow, Ramsay lived in the Dennistoun district of Glasgow before moving to England with his family at the age of ten. He had played as a junior for Rangers Football Club, but having suffered a leg injury, he turned to cooking with a passion for success. Following catering college, Ramsay worked in Harvey's and Le Gavroche, two of London's top restaurants. He became part-owner of another London restaurant Aubergine, which was awarded two coveted Michelin stars. However, Ramsay's fiery temper led to him leaving, together with his staff, and he set up his own restaurant Gordon Ramsay in the chic district of Chelsea. This became the only restaurant in London to get a three-star Michelin rating. He has subsequently opened a chain of prestigious restaurants including establishments at the Connaught, Claridge's, in Mayfair and the Amaryllis in Glasgow.

Ramsay appears regularly on television, including a Channel Four documentary, which filmed him abusing his kitchen staff using colourful language. His books include Passion for Flavour (2000) and A Chef For All Seasons (2000).

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