Gordon Ramsay is one of the most famous chef’s in the culinary world. He has three Michelin stars. The highest honor that can be given to a chef. He has a chain of Five star restaurants he has trained many upcoming chefs who have gone onto opening their own restaurants and working in other restaurant kitchens as chefs.
He is famous for swearings like a sailor on his TV shows like Hells kitchen and kitchen nightmares. But this savage becomes a sweet cute kitten when he comes on junior Masterchef show and Masterchef Australia. He has published many cookbooks he has hosted many cookery shows and competitions. He is known for extracting flavours from all the spices he cooks with.
Here we have collected 5 interesting facts about Gordon Ramsay that probably you didn’t know.
1.His first career Choice was to be a professional soccer player.
Ramsay originally aspired to be a professional soccer player. He was a keen footballer and at the age of 12 was playing for Warwickshire.
He had a trail with Rangers in at the age of 15 but his career was marked with injuries including damaging his knee cartilage during training and tearing his cruciate ligament. Ramsay was forced to stop his football career in 1985 due to injury.
He was forced to re-think his future and went back to school, earning a degree in hotel management in 1987. This lead him to become a chef working with top chefs in Europe including Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux before starting on his own in 1993.
Ramsey went back to the Ibroz in an episode of The F Word which aired in 2008 and he said: “Without the upset at Ibrox, I would not be the chef I am today.”
2. He Studied Hotel Management
After his soccer star dreams were dashed, Ramsay attended a technical school for a degree in hotel management. So he does know a thing or two about customer service! Of course, this knowledge came in handy when Ramsay tried to help rehabilitate struggling hoteliers in another one of his shows, “Hotel Hell.”
3.He Was Once Held At Gunpoint While Filming A TV Segment
For a 2011 episode of the British show “The Big Fish Fight,” in which Ramsay investigated the ingredients of shark fin soup, he traveled to Costa Rica to investigate the area’s illegal shark fin trade.
Ramsay claims he discovered a sack full of shark fins below a boat, and when he threw the sack on deck, “everyone started screaming and shouting,” he told the telegraph “Back at the wharf, there were people pointing rifles at us to stop us filming … The police came and advised us to leave the country. They said, ‘If you set one foot in there, they’ll shoot you.’”
4.Ramsay was once the highest-earning chef in the world
Ramsay was once the richest chef in the world, due in part to his many television shows including “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “MasterChef,” “Hotel Hell,” and “Faking It.” According to Forbes, Ramsay’s shows account for more $150 million yearly in ad sales for Fox. In addition, Ramsay owns 35 restaurants across the world.
As of 2019, Ramsay’s personal net worth is reported to be $63 million. He is surpassed in wealth by British TV chef Jamie Oliver, despite his restaurant empire filing for bankruptcy in May 2019.
5. Ramsay’s guilty pleasure is In-N-Out.
“People think Americans are obese and burgers are bad for them — they are delicious. In-N-Out burgers were extraordinary. I was so bad, I sat in the restaurant, had my double cheeseburger then minutes later I drove back around and got the same thing again to take away,” he told Scottish newspaper the Sunday Mail. “I wish that they were set up in London because if there’s one thing I miss flying out of LA, it’s an In-N-Out Burger.”
Ramsay orders his hamburgers “animal style” with mustard fried onto each meat patty, pickles, grilled onions, and extra spread.