IS GORDON RAMSAY A GREAT CHEF OR A GREAT SHOWMAN OR EVEN BOTH?

Gordon Ramsay, Scottish chef and restaurateur, is known for several cooking-themed TV shows including "Kitchen Nightmares," and "Hell's Kitchen". Chef Ramsay is more known for his temper and scathing outbursts in the kitchen than anything else. However, despite his unconventional management style, he may be one of the best known and successful chefs in the world.

Born in 1966 in Scotland, Ramsay aspired to be a professional footballer. He was, in fact, a very good soccer player and joined the Glasgow Rangers team at the age of 15. He played from 1982 until 1985 when a knee injury ended his career.

At age 15, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was courted by the Scottish Premier League Glasgow Rangers.
After a disappointing end to his soccer career, he ended up studying hotel management, then catering. He found, to put it mildly, he had a talent for it. He called entering catering college a complete accident but considering what his life has turned out to be, the best thing that happened to him. After graduating, he did his training with Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s 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, Guy Savoy, and the legendary Pierre Koffman.

Young Gordon Ramsay being trained by his mentor Marco Pierre White in 1980.


He opened his first restaurant named modestly Gordon Ramsay Restaurant in 1998. The London restaurant was quickly recognized as one of the best in the world and was awarded three stars by Michelin. That's a staggering achievement. He was only 32 years old. After that, he never stopped opening successful restaurants, a growing succession of Michelin star-winning restaurants followed, including the Savoy Grill, the Boxwood Café (closed 2010), Maze (closed 2019), and La Noisette (closed 2008).

Aside from his multimillion-dollar restaurant business, Ramsay achieved star status as a television personality. In 2004, he launched British series Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. By 2007, he had begun starring in American versions of both shows. The U.S. version of Kitchen Nightmares ended in 2014. Ramsay’s other TV programs included The F-Word (a play on the word food and Ramsay’s favorite four-letter expletive), which premiered in the United Kingdom in 2005, and an American version of MasterChef that debuted in 2010. The latter show, which Ramsay cohosted, featured amateur cooks competing for cash prizes and a cookbook contract.

Michelin starred kitchen chef Gordon Ramsay Announces End of Kitchen Nightmares.
We may or we may not like him but that much is not in doubt, he is a brilliant chef. His empire includes over 50 restaurants, a string of reality TV shows, and cookbooks. He has mentored a string of young chefs. Gordon Ramsay is loud, rude, prone to four-letter words and is fond of throwing things. You know when he's walked into the room. Like all of us, he is a product of his upbringing and background.

And you, what do you think of Gordon Ramsey?

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