Life Before Fame: 'Hell's Kitchen's' Gordon Ramsay

Top chef Gordon Ramsay in 2001

October 2, 2019 - 09:40 / Laura Pérez

Gordon Ramsay is considered to be one of the best chefs and we couldn't agree more! But do you know what was his life like before appearing on television and becoming famous? It seems that he actually wanted to pursue very different opportunities!

We bet you definitely would like to get some cooking tips from the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, but in case that happens just brace yourself. Apart from being considered one of the top chefs all over the world, it is also true that he has very little temper and a lot of harsh comments, but it is actually why we love him!

Although his first documented role in television was in the documentaries Boiling Point (1998) and Beyond Boiling Point (2000), Gordon Ramsay came to prominence during the 2000's after starring in several television shows like Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmareswhich revolved around his attempt to help failing restaurants; Hell's Kitchen, where he trained ten British celebrities to be chefs; and The F Wordwhich covered a wide variety of topics, mostly related to food preparation with some celebrities as guests. Most recently, he also appeared in the 2018 show Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, a new series with a similar premise as his biggest hit Hell's Kitchen, as well as in the 2019 show Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. 

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay signing copies of his cookbook called "Ramsay's Kitchen Heaven" in London, 2004

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay: His life before fame

Did you know that Gordon Ramsay was already quite successful before actually being famous? Originally from Johnstone, Scotland, it could be said that Gordon Ramsay's first approaches to the culinary world were when he was a young boy working in a local Indian restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon, where his sister was a waitress. But back in the days he probably didn't realize that, since he was more focused on his football career, espcially at the age of 12 when he was allowed to play with 14-year-old boys due to his outstanding skills.

It seems like he had a promising future in regards of footballing and he even played alongside several Scottish football stars back then, but everything changed when he got seriously injured and eventually had to quit sports and started to pursue other opportunities. Good news is that Gordon once said that he wouldn't be the chef he is now, if he hadn't experience difficulties at playing football. 

Gordon Ramsay at the Hell's Kitchen Grand Opening at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, 2018

Gordon Ramsay has opened restaurants in Europe, North America and Asia

By the age of 19 Gordon actually started to pay more attention to his interest in cooking. After attending the North Oxfordshire Technical College, where he pursued his culinary education, he worked as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel; later on he was in charge of running the kitchen and 60-seat dining room at the Wickham Arms, and in 1993 he was offered the position of head chef at the three-Michelin-starred La Tante Claire in Chelsea.

But finally in 1998 he opened his own restaurant also in Chelsea, called Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and the rest is history: as of today he operates 14 restaurants in England, 12 in North America, and 17 more in different countries around the world including Italy, Thailand and Singapore. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total and currently holding a total of seven.

Gordon Ramsay and his wife Cayetana Hutcheson at GQ Men of the Year Awards in London, 2019

Five interesting facts about the Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay

-He is married to English author Cayetana Hutcheson since 1996, together they have 4 children

-As of 2019 he is 33rd-highest-earning celebrity in the world, with a net worth of 62 million dollars

-He is close friends with David and Victoria Beckham

-Gordon Ramsay loves reality television shows, specially American Idol

-Since 2017 he has been judging fans' food on social media, where he often posts recipes and food pics in general!