Born in 1966 in Scotland, Ramsay aspired to a life-long career as a professional footballer. He was, in fact, a very good soccer player and joined the Glasgow Rangers (Pro) at the age of 15. He played with the Rangers from 1982 until 1985 when a knee injury ended his career.
After a disappointing end to his soccer career, Ramsay turned to hotel management school. After graduating, he apprenticed with Marco Pierre White at Harveys in London. Two years later, he joined Albert Roux at Le Gavroche. He also worked for three years in France with master chefs Jöel Robuchon and Guy Savoy.
In 1993 Ramsay took the reins of the newly opened Aubergine. Within three years, he had earned two Michelin stars. After a breakup with the restaurants backers, Ramsay left Aubergine, taking his staff with him.
In 1998, Chef Ramsay opened his first wholly owned restaurant, Gordon Ramsays, at the age of 32. The London restaurant was quickly recognized as one of the best in the world and was awarded three stars by Michelin.
Gordon Ramsay has opened other critically acclaimed restaurants since then, including Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and Boxwood Café. Ramsay has ambitions of opening several more restaurants including one in America.
Chef Ramsays ferocious temper and foul language has made him a favorite of TV producers both here in America and in the UK. A delightful BBC program is Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares. Chef Ramsay travels around England visiting some of the worse run restaurants in the country and then spends the next two weeks trying to make them successful. If we can believe the BBC, Ramsay always succeeds in plucking the failing businesses from bankruptcy and putting them on firmer ground. A new series of episodes is slated to air in 2005.
Ramsays notoriety grew enormously with the release of Hells Kitchen. First airing in the UK, Ramsay has two weeks to turn British celebrities into professional chefs. The American version soon followed with a variety of candidates competing to win their own restaurant. Both versions highlight Ramsays quick temper, demeaning rants, and his obsession with perfection. Entertaining to be sure, but probably not an accurate portrayal of how he runs his own kitchens. If treated as cruelly, his own staff would probably have abandoned him long ago.