As a teenager, Gordon Ramsay seemed headed for a career as a professional soccer player, but the Scottish-born future chef abandoned sports at the age of 18 in order to study hotel management and cooking. After expanding his skills, he began earning praise for his work at various restaurants, including Aubergine, Harvey's, and Le Gavroche. He soon opened an eatery that he named after himself and began publishing cookbooks. In 2004, he found fame in the U.K. on the television show Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. His personality was so striking that executives established the competitive reality show Hell's Kitchen, in which his outsized personality allowed him to run roughshod over frightened young chefs attempting to impress him. In 2005, the show migrated to the Fox network in the United States, where Ramsay's fame continued to grow. He expanded his television presence in the U.K. by being part of the provocatively titled cooking show The F Word. In late 2007, he also premiered Kitchen Nightmares, an American version of the British series. He kept both programs going into 2010, then appeared the next year in the romantic comedy Love's Kitchen.
Biography by Perry Seibert
- Born in Scotland but raised in England.
- Trained to become a professional soccer player in the early '80s, but a knee injury ended his career.
- Opened his first wholly owned restaurant at the age of 31.
- Published his first cookbook, Passion for Flavour, in 1996.
- Was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2006.