Scottish by birth, Gordon was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, from the age of five. With an injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in football, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management.
Gordon’s first years in the kitchen were spent training under culinary luminaries such as Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux in London, after which he moved to France to work in the kitchens of Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon for three years, where he was able to enhance his expertise in classic French cooking. In 1993 Gordon became chef of the newly opened Aubergine and within three years the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars.
In 1998, at the age of 31, Gordon set up his first wholly owned restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, in Chelsea which was awarded three Michelin stars within three years of its launch. Over the next five years Gordon and his team launched some of London’s most high profile restaurants including Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Pétrus and The Savoy Grill.
2003 saw the launch of Gordon’s first international restaurant, Verre, located in the Dubai Hilton Creek Hotel. Gordon Ramsay Holdings now operate a number of restaurants across the globe in New York, LA, Tokyo, Dublin, Doha, Paris, Tuscany, Sardinia and Melbourne.
Between 2004 and 2010 Gordon Ramsay Holdings launched a number of successful restaurants in London including maze and maze Grill, Plane Food at Heathrow T5, York & Albany and two pubs, The Narrow in Limehouse and The Warrington in Maida Vale.
2010 proved to be another busy year with Pétrus reopening in Knightsbridge, and the launch of its first restaurants in Australia, with maze and maze Grill opening at the Crown Entertainment Complex, Melbourne. November 2010 saw the long awaited re-launch of the iconic Savoy Grill, following a refurbishment of the entire hotel.
Gordon has also become a star of the small screen both in the UK and internationally with shows such as Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word and Hell’s Kitchen USA. 2010 saw the broadcast of three exciting new television programmes; Masterchef in America and Ramsay’s Best Restaurants and Christmas with Gordon in the UK. Gordon has also published a number of hugely successful books including his autobiography, Humble Pie, which became a bestseller. His most recent recipe books, Ramsay’s Best Menus and Christmas with Gordon, were published by Quadrille in September and November 2010 respectively.