Scottish by birth, UK chef Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and initially aspired to be a professional footballer. However, when an injury prematurely put an end to any hopes of a promising career on the pitch, Ramsay went back to college to complete a course in hotel management. His dedication and natural talent led him to train with some of the world’s leading chefs, including Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White in London, and Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon in France.
As famous for his foul mouth and Tv shows as his culinary talent, Ramsay is one of the world’s most recognizable chefs. As a TV personality on both sides of the Atlantic, he divides opinion – surely at least part of the reason for his continued success. At the dinner table, however, there is no debate. The man can cook.
With a restaurant empire that includes over 30 highly-acclaimed restaurants throughout Europe, Asia, and the USA, Ramsay is one of the most influential and successful restauranteurs in the world.
Gordon Ramsay ranks highly among Michelin star chefs. He received his first Michelin star in 1994 and second star in 1997. His prestigious third Michelin star was earned at his eponymous Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 2001, making him the first-ever Scottish chef to win 3 Michelin stars, an accolade which he still holds.
Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this award, and Ramsay is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars. Gordon also holds a Michelin star at his other London restaurant Pétrus in Knightsbridge. In addition to his stars in the UK, Gordon holds two stars at Le Pressoir d'Argent in Bordeaux and one star at Gordon Ramsay au Trianon in Versailles.
Overall, Ramsay has been awarded 22 stars across 16 restaurants, considering both the ones owned and/or operated by him. Having seen nine of those restaurants close, however, he currently holds seven stars across four restaurants.
Nowadays, Ramsay currently runs 35 restaurants, down from a total of 57 over the course of his career.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London – Established in 1998, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay pairs unparalleled service and fine dining with an intimate ambience.
Le Pressoir d’Argent, Bordeaux – This Michelin-starred restaurant seduces by its special atmosphere and its delectable and creative cuisine. From his deep respect of authenticity, Ramsay has created a menu on which local produces take pride of place. Gironde black truffles, foie gras from Charente region or the iconic Brittany Lobster « A la Presse » pay tribute to the richness of French culinary heritage.
Gordon Ramsay au Trianon, Versailles – Experience one of France's leading luxury retreats at Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles. As a lush garden hideaway just steps from the Château de Versailles, we blend the ambience of this legendary palace with contemporary style and sophistication, offering a majestic setting.
Pétrus, London – Opened originally in 1999, Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay is a Michelin starred restaurant serving exceptional modern French cuisine. With a spectacular circular dining room boasting a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar at its heart, Pétrus offers exquisite wines from across the world, including vintages from its namesake Chateau Pétrus.
Aubergine, London – Not actually owned by Ramsay, Aubergine opened in 1993 with Ramsay as the head chef. He earned his second star in 1997, before famously falling out with the owners in 1998. It soon dropped a star and eventually closed in 2010.
Murano, London – Opened in 2008 by head chef Angela Hartnett and Ramsay and within 4 months achieved a Michelin Star, followed by 4 AA Rosettes. Murano was purchased from Ramsay by Hartnett in October 2010.
Gordon Ramsay at The London, New York City – Opened in 2006, this hotel restaurant earned its stars in 2008, but soon ran into troubled times. Ramsay famously claimed to have cried when the Michelin Guide stripped it of both stars in 2013, citing a significant drop in quality. He sold the restaurant to the hotel that same year, although it bore his name until finally shutting its doors for good in 2014.
Amaryllis, Glasgow (2001–2004)
Angela Hartnett at The Connaught, London (2002–2007)
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, London (2001–2013)
Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo, Tokyo (2005–2013)
Gordon Ramsay at The London, West Hollywood (2008–2015)
Maze, London (2005–2019)
La Noisette, London (2007–2008)
While best known as a celebrity chef now, Ramsay is successful in a variety of other ventures outside of food and television. Most notably as a published author, Ramsay has released a number of books, many of which have become bestsellers around the world; including his autobiography, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen. Aside from this, Ramsay has a global partnership with WWRD (Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), which offers quality home and lifestyle products as well as with Glu Mobile, where his mobile game Restaurant DASH with Gordon Ramsay has been an international success.
In 2006, in recognition of all that Ramsay has contributed to the industry, he received an OBE (Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II). Since then, Ramsay and his wife, Tana, set up the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation in 2014, to make a meaningful difference to the charities that are important to them.