Gordon Ramsay is one individual who has cooked his way to fame. He is a highly accomplished British chef and restauranteur as well as a reality TV star. In a career spanning three decades and counting, Ramsay has established a string of successful restaurants in various parts of the world such as the UK, the US, Singapore, Hong-Kong, and Dubai. His restaurants have received a total of 16 Michelin stars; the highly coveted mark of excellence in the restaurant industry. Ramsay has also featured in several cooking reality TV series thus cementing his celebrity status. Find out more about the celebrity chef below including his wife, kids, family, and other facts.
Gordon Ramsay Bio (Age)
Gordon James Ramsay Jr. was born on the 8th of November 1966 in Johnstone, a village in Renfrewshire Council, Scotland. He spent his infant years in Scotland before his family moved to London when he was five. While growing up, Ramsay did not aspire to become a cook. He instead wanted to become a footballer as he was quite skilled at it. He played for the youth team of Oxford United and was even selected for trials at Scottish giants, Rangers. Ramsay, however, sustained a knee injury which cut short his career even before it began.
When his football plans fell through, Gordon Ramsay decided to enroll at the North Oxfordshire Technical College to study Hotel Management. He received his diploma in 1987 and moved to London where he honed his skills in various restaurants such as Harvey and La Gavroche. Ramsay left London for Paris in 1989 and spent three years there learning about French cuisine. From Paris, he went on to work as a private chef on a yacht before returning to London in 1993. In London, Ramsay worked as a head chef for restaurants such as La Tante Claire and Aubergine and transformed the latter into a Michelin-starred outfit.
After years of working for others, Gordon Ramsay decided to open his own restaurant. He opened his very first restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in 1998 in collaboration with his father-in-law. The restaurant earned three Michelin stars just after four years of opening. Since then, Ramsay has opened no less than 40 restaurants in various parts of the world. Some of them are still open while some have closed.
Additionally, Ramsay has also had a successful career on TV. Since his appearance in a 1998 documentary titled Boiling Point, he has featured in reality TV series such as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Hotel Hell, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior Etc. Ramsay is renowned for his fiery temper and generous use of profanity. His legendary temper has made some to describe him as the angriest chef on TV.
Gordon Ramsey’s Net Worth
Ramsay is arguably the richest chef in the world. He has a fortune estimated at $190 million. In 2018 alone, he earned $62 million and was number 33 on Forbes’ list of the top-earning celebrities of that year. Ramsay earns his money from several sources such as his restaurants, TV shows, licensing deals for video games and cookbooks. Notably, he has authored at least 25 books. Ramsay has revealed that he is careful not to spoil his children. He has also disclosed that his kids will not inherit his wealth upon his demise.
Family: Brother, Wife, and Kids
Ramsay came from a family of six; his parents are Gordon James Sr. and his wife, Helen. The chef also has an elder sister named Diane and two younger siblings, Ronnie (brother) and Yvonne (sister). Ramsay’s brother, Ronnie, has struggled with drug addiction for much of his life. The chef once had to take him to get a fix just so that he would be able to attend their father’s funeral. Ronnie was jailed for drug possession in Indonesia in 2007 and was later released. Having seen first-hand the devastating effects of drugs, Ramsay did a documentary he titled Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine which aired in 2017.
The celebrity chef is married to Tana Ramsay nee Hutcheson. She is a former schoolteacher turned TV presenter and author. Ramsay and his wife tied the knot in 1996. The couple has four children together namely Megan, twins (Holly and Jack), and Matilda. Ramsay’s children often appear on his numerous shows. Daughter, Matilda, even has her own cooking TV show. Ramsay has received several awards in the course of an illustrious career. He got an OBE in 2016 for his contributions to charity and philanthropic works. The chef was equally inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ramsay is 6 feet 2 inches tall (1.88m) and weighs 180 lbs or 82kg. He boasts of a fit and slim build which you will not normally expect from someone who works with food all day long. Ramsay maintains his physique by participating in several sporting events such as marathons and triathlons (triathlons is a sporting activity that involves swimming, cycling, and running). Also, he avoids eating too much and only takes small bites all through the day.