Birthday: 08 November 1966
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Holder of seven Michelin stars currently, and having been awarded 16 overall throughout his career, Gordon Ramsay is undeniably one of the UK’s finest chefs. If you add to this his numerous different high-profile TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic and wide range of cookery books, it’s fair to say that Ramsay is one of the most recognisable British faces there is. Having built a career around his famously fiery temper ever since his debut TV show Boiling Point aired in 1998, Ramsay’s sharp tongue has, over the years, become a large part of his brand. However, this doesn’t stop him from being highly respected by industry professionals and the general public alike.
Born in Scotland, Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon alongside three siblings. After a short flirtation with the idea of becoming a professional football player, he decided to pursue a career in cookery enrolling at the North Oxfordshire Technical College to study hotel management. Initially working in a number of small-scale restaurants, Ramsay eventually moved to London where he began to work under the unpredictable Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s. From there, he went on to work under chefs including Albert Roux at Le Gavroche, and Joël Robuchon at Guy Savoy in Paris, before returning to work for White as head chef of the two Michelin-starred Aubergine.