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Who Is Gordon Ramsay?
Gordon James Ramsay, popularly known as Gordon Ramsay is an accomplished British chef, restaurateur, media personality, and author. While he owns several restaurants around the world, Gordon Ramsay’s most popular restaurant is the London-based Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Collectively, his restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars.
As a media personality, Gordon Ramsay is known for directing and producing spellbinding reality television programs, which blend hospitality and entertainment.
|Full Name:||Gordon James Ramsay|
|Popular Name:||Gordon Ramsay|
|Birth Date:||November 8, 1966|
|Parents:||Gordon James Sr. and Helen James|
|Siblings:||Ronnie Ramsay, Yvonne Ramsay, and Dianne Ramsay|
|Birth Place:||Johnstone, Scotland|
|Education:||North Oxfordshire Technical College|
|Wife/Spouse:||Cayetana Elizabeth Hutcheson|
|Children:||Megan Ramsay, Holly Ramsay, Jack Ramsay, Matilda Ramsay, and Oscar Ramsay|
|Net Worth:||220 million (as of July 1st, 2020)|
|Source of Wealth:||Chef and Restaurant Business, Television Personality, Book Authorship, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||6′ 2″ (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||82 kg; In pounds: 180 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
Gordon Ramsay was born on November 8, 1966, in Johnstone, Scotland, to Gordon James Sr. and Helen James. Ramsay’s father held several jobs at various times, including swimming pool manager, shopkeeper, and welder, whereas his mother was a nurse.
In 1976, when he was nine years, the Ramsay family moved from Johnstone to Stratford-upon-Avon, in the Bishopton area. In his early teenage years, Ramsay worked as a pot washer at a local Indian restaurant. He also had his eyes set on football, though he was frequently ruled out due to injuries.
Gordon Ramsay kicked off his professional career as a chef in the mid-80s. At the time, he was working as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel. After a short stint at the Wroxton House Hotel, he landed a job at the Wickham Arms, where he managed a kitchen as well as a 60-set dining room.
Ramsay moved on from the Wickham Arms and worked in a couple of London-based restaurants, after which he was hired by Marco Pierre White at Harveys. But unable to put up with White’s temperamental and patronizing conduct, Ramsay resigned after working at Harveys for slightly under three years.
Following his disappointing stint at Harveys, Gordon Ramsay developed a keener interest in French cuisine. He took up a few jobs while pursuing his training in French cuisine.
In 1993, Gordon Ramsay returned to London, where he landed a job as the head chef at La Tante Claire in Chelsea. Ramsay continued to hone his culinary and restaurant management skills and in 1998, he started his own restaurant in Chelsea, known as Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. The restaurant’s fame grew fast and furious, largely due to Ramsay’s experience and passion for the industry.
In 2001, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay earned its third Michelin star, making Gordon Ramsay the first Scot to earn that prestigious achievement. In 2011, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was ranked by The Good Food Guide as UK’s second-best restaurant.
In addition to Gordon Ramsay’s signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, the following are some of his other famous restaurants around the world.
• Petrus in Belgravia, London,
• Savoy Grill in Savoy Hotel, London,
• Maze and Maze Grill in Mayfair, London,
• The Narrow in Limehouse, London,
• Gordon Ramsay au Trianon in France,
• La Veranda in France
• Gordon Ramsay at Castel Monastero in Siena, Tuscany, Italy
• Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, and
• Boxwood Café in West Hollywood, California
Away from his restaurant empire, Gordon Ramsay has also earned himself a name as one of the best television presenters and directors. He has featured in scores of films and reality television programs, including:
• Hell’s Kitchen UK,
• Hell’s Kitchen US,
• The F Word,
• The F Word UK,
• Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live,
• Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live US,
• Gordon Behind Bars,
• Hotel Hell,
• Hotel GB,
• Culinary Genius,
• Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and
• Gordon Ramsay, Uncharted
In terms of book authorship, Gordon Ramsay has since written 26 books. He also contributes to The Times’ Saturday magazine’s food-and-drink column.
Gordon Ramsay Net Worth
As of July 11st, 2020, Gordon Ramsay had a net worth of $220 Million. He has earned his wealth from his various endeavors, which include his chef and restaurant ventures, as well as television production and directing.
Gordon Ramsay is also an accomplished author, with scores of award-winning books to his titles. All of his business interests are consolidated in the company Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited, where he enjoys a majority stake.
Over the years, Gordon Ramsay has succeeded in building his personal and professional brand. Presently, he is estimated to be taking home an average of $225,000 per episode in every television show he presents. The renowned chef and restaurateur reportedly earns around $45 million annually from his media and restaurant ventures alone.
The following is a breakdown of Ramsay’s earnings over the past two years:
• Earned $60 million from June 2017 to June 2018 and
• Earned $65 million from June 2018 to June 2019
In addition to his restaurant and media empire, Gordon Ramsay has a significant real estate portfolio. The most notable one is his home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, acquired in 2012 at a cost of $6.75 million.
Life Lessons from Gordon Ramsay
1. You can make it despite your background
Gordon Ramsay wasn’t born into one of the wealthiest homes. His dad was a chronic, violent alcoholic who abandoned his role of providing for the family. It’s reassuring to note that Gordon Ramsay overcame all these odds to emerge as the celebrated restaurateur and media personality that he is today.
2. Nurture your dreams
Ramsay didn’t just magic himself into the accomplished chef he is today. Instead, he nurtured his dreams by taking any job that could get him closer to the kitchen.
3. Move on when things ain’t working
Gordon Ramsay always had his eyes set on the prize, and he was only keen to work in environments where he found satisfaction and fulfillment. So, when he could no longer put up with Marco Pierre White’s temperamental behavior, he didn’t hesitate to leave Harveys.
The following are some of the best quotes by Gordon Ramsay:
“The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over.”
“I’ve had a lot of success; I’ve had failures, so I learn from the failure.”
“Put your head down and work hard. Never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself through hard graft and not giving up.”
“If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that’s exactly what I did.”
“Swearing is industry language. For as long as we’re alive it’s not going to change. You’ve got to be boisterous to get results.”
Gordon Ramsay is undoubtedly one of the world’s most accomplished chefs and television personalities. It’s a feat that he has earned over the years, thanks to his hard work and relentless passion for his job.