Celebrity chef big break - how fame came to Gordon Ramsay
Plus two Gordon Ramsay recipes - an easy peach dessert and a tasty mango chicken salad
A young tearaway from Renfrewshire in Scotland, with a violent and alcoholic father, Gordon Ramsay moved around Britain a lot in his childhood and was eventually brought up in Stratford on Avon. He briefly was on trial with Rangers Football Club in Glasgow, but never really made the grade and left after an injury. He studied hotel management at North Oxfordshire Technical College, and found wor in the trade thereafter but he had to leave his first big job - running the kitchen at a pub called the Wickham Arms in Oxfordshire - after embarking on an affair with the boss wife. Eventually he worked under some top chefs such as Albert Roux, Marco Pierre White and Joel Robuchon.
Gordon Ramsay's big break
In 1993, after a couple of years abroad, he was offered the job of head chef at the Tante Claire Restaurant. Then Marco Pierre-White offered him the job of head chef at a restaurant which was to become Aubergine. It was here that he won his first Michelin star. Fourteen months later he was awarded two stars. In 1998, after disagreements with Marco Pierre White, he opened Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London. He was awarded three stars for the cuisine here. He also used his down to earth style and lack of pretentiousness to build a following in a variety of TV shows. People seemed to like the foul language and insulting behaviour that he demonstrated to his colleagues and co-workers. One of his shows was named The F word - although producers insisted that the F stood for food.
Gordon still runs a series of restaurants including the original Gordon Ramsay Restaurant. He also has restaurants in New York, Las Vegas and Qatar. He has stacks of cookbooks to his name. He does a lot of TV work: most of which still involves Gordon getting angry with people who are trying to cook, the latest being Hotel Hell. He had a messy break up with his business manager, Chris Hutcheson, who is also his father-in-law. After a series of court hearings, it was revealed that Hutcheson had a secret second family, which he financed with money borrowed from the business, and that he had been hacking into Ramsays private emails. Ramsay agreed to buy him out of the business for £2 million. To add to the family fun, Gordons brother is a heroin addict who keeps popping up in the press.