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Gordon Ramsay Expands Las Vegas Empire

Gordon Ramsay Expands Las Vegas Empire


Chef Gordon Ramsay appears to be on a mission to conquer Las Vegas. The chef, whose Michelin-starred restaurants in London and New York along with shows including Kitchen Nightmares have put him on the map and officially attained him celebrity-chef status, has opened three restaurants in America’s Playground in the past year, with two alone opening within the past month.

Back in May, Ramsay opened Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Hotel, and it’s since taken off. So he did what any good Vegas gambler would do and doubled down, opening two additional restaurants, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Gordon Ramsay BurGR within a week of each other, right on the Vegas Strip.

The 290-seat Pub and Grill, which opened Dec. 18 at Caesars Palace, is a sprawling restaurant with two distinct rooms. The Pub side has a sports bar vibe, with 24 beers on tap and a menu of elevated British pub food including Scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and brick-pressed Cornish chicken. The Grill retains that relaxed atmosphere, but does away with the televisions and serves items like Scottish salmon, lamb T-bone, Irish beef cheek stew. Both are open until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Up the road at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Ramsay opened his first "burger experience restaurant," the 200-seat BurGR, on Dec. 22. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, and shakes have all been elevated to Ramsayan levels: all the burgers are cooked over an open flame, and come topped with things like asadero cheese, roasted jalapeño peppers, avocado, and oven-roasted tomato (the Hell’s Kitchen), and chanterelle mushrooms, arugula, and figgy-onion jam (the Chanterelle). Hot dogs are all-beef and simmered in hot sauce, fries are "thrice-cooked," and milkshakes are handspun and topped with pudding. To wash it all down, 30 beers are on tap.


The high ceiling lends to the open feeling of the bustling main dining room. The show kitchen is the centerpiece of a restaurant concept pulled straight from the set of the widely popular Hell's Kitchen. The elaborate setup blends into a long bar alive with a Vegas vibe, and the adjacent dining rooms adorned with large windows frame the Las Vegas strip, while firmly planting your palate in the mind of Gordon Ramsay.

The 300-seat restaurant was already the hottest reservation in town on its opening weekend nearly 25,000 confirmed reservations had already been made for the first 6 months of operation. Lunch and dinner guests will be delighted to be able to sample some of the television show’s favorites including crispy skin salmon and the lobster risotto. Gordon Ramsay staples such as the Beef Wellington and the pan seared scallops will delight Ramsay fans. The cocktail program is quite strong and is pulled together with “Notes From Gordon,” a gin concoction that comes complete with a personalized note from the chef himself.

Hell’s Kitchen is open daily for lunch and dinner in the Roman Plaza just outside the lobby.


Nine celebrity chef empires in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has become the world’s premier dining destination, not because it’s as prominent as New York City or as sophisticated as Paris, but because it is representative of the dining world at large. And if you need some proof, just look around at all the celebrity chefs who have set roots in this town and built empires along the Strip.

Wolfgang Puck

When Puck’s L.A. import Spago came to town in 1992, its success opened the floodgates for celebrity chefs in Vegas, making Puck the undisputed king of Vegas dining. Truly, his culinary empire in the city is so vast that his brand should be renamed Starpucks.

Gordon Ramsay

Ramsay has done gangbuster business on the Strip. Since opening his first Vegas restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris, four more restaurants seemingly cropped up overnight. As fiery as he is, rarely anything he does goes up in flames. Rather, he’s a guiding light.

Emeril Lagasse

His entry into the Vegas dining scene didn’t start with a bang, but with a “bam!” When the chef brought his New Orleans flavors to MGM Grand with Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, it was an instant success. But he’s not all creole. Enjoy steakhouse fare, too, at Delmonico at The Venetian.

Giada De Laurentiis

For years, you were at home watching Giada on Food Network, attempting her lemon ricotta cookie recipe in your kitchen and failing. Now you don’t have to try. Get the real thing, as well as her signature California-inspired Italian cuisine, at Giada at The Cromwell and Pronto at Caesars Palace.

Guy Fieri

Whenever Vegas dining feels too pretentious, head to Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, where no appetite is too big, and no flavor is too bold. Need evidence? You can order a burger with a heaping spoonful of macaroni and cheese slathered on the patty. Case closed.

Michael Mina

Mina has a quiet influence in the culinary world. His food speaks for itself. Which has led to a quiet domination of the fine dining scene in Vegas. From Bardot Brasserie at Aria to International Smoke at MGM Grand, many visitors and locals often find their new favorite meals at his restaurants.

Tom Colicchio

The Top Chef judge also runs two of the top steakhouses on the Strip: Craftsteak at MGM Grand and Heritage Steak at The Mirage. Both are exceptional, but the latter features dishes you could expect Colicchio to cook if you were a guest at his home.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Jean-Georges may not be a household name, but you should pay Prime at Bellagio and Jean Georges Steahkouse at Aria a visit while on your trip to Vegas, because his flavors are unforgettable.

David Chang

The chef behind Momofuku at The Cosmopolitan seemed content with his lone restaurant in Vegas. Then, last year, Chang opened Majordomo Meat & Fish and Moon Palace at The Palazzo and suddenly had a little empire here. In a town that’s always renewing, Chang’s fresh culinary concepts seem destined to help guide the city into a new era.

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Gordon Ramsay Will Use a $100 Million Private Equity Investment to Open 100 New Restaurants in the U.S.

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The U.K.’s shoutiest chef has become ubiquitous on American TV and now his restaurants will be just as omnipresent across the U.S. of A. Gordon Ramsay has received a $100 million cash infusion into his eponymous restaurant group to open up to 100 new restaurants in the United States in the next five years, Forbes reports.

These won’t be Ramsay’s first restaurants in the States. He currently operates eight eateries in America, all clustered in Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Baltimore, like Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel or his Hell’s Kitchen in Caesars Palace, a restaurant modeled after his TV show on Fox.

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London and Los Angeles-based Lion Capital, which has also invested in brands like Kettle chips, John Varvatos and Jimmy Choo, has taken a 50 percent stake in Gordon Ramsay North America to fuel the aggressive expansion. “I wasn&rsquot ready to pedal this bike up a hill on my own. That would take me another 15 years,” Ramsay told Forbes. “Let&rsquos get this thing done.”

Ramsay promises it won’t be a single concept that will proliferate, but instead a mix of high and low restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips.

Of course, these brands are a far cry from the prestigious, Michelin-chasing restaurants in London that helped make him famous. In his youth, Ramsay trained under some of the world’s greatest chefs: Joël Robuchon, Guy Savoy and the famously mercurial Marco Pierre White. And when he started running restaurants, he racked up Michelin stars himself, like at his flagship restaurant in London, which has held three stars since 2001. In his early foray into America, he tried to repeat the feat, opening Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel in New York. That spot earned two Michelin stars early on, but was eventually stripped of them before closing.

This expansion will nearly quadruple the size of Ramsay’s restaurant empire around the world, which currently boasts 35 locations. Only time will tell if this aggressive growth will lead to a kitchen nightmare for Ramsay.


Pawlak didn't find his time in the kitchen too hellish

As entertainment website Fansided speculated based on a few of the show's trailers, it seems as if Season 19 is when we finally get to see a softer side of Ramsay. While Gordon Ramsay does his best to come across as the head devil on Hell's Kitchen, it seems as if all along he's been having us on and he's really not such a bad guy off-camera, Pawlak confirms this different view of Ramsay, telling the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "He's actually really laid-back and literally wants the best for anyone who's on there" and describing Ramsay to Milwaukee magazine as "the nicest guy ever."

So what's Pawlak's secret to getting along with Ramsay, then, and avoiding the dreaded insults? It's simple, he says: "Just cook his food the way he wants it to be cooked." As to why some other Hell's Kitchen chefs may have had a less positive experience with the boss, Pawlak thinks he knows why. "The reason people mess up on that show," he says, "is the old classic line, 'There's too many chefs in the kitchen.'" He admitted, however, that being on the show taught him a lot he didn't know about as he called it, "running a brigade."


Gordon Ramsay Announces Expansion Plans & $10M Loss

2014 is turning out to be a year of drastic highs and lows for shouty chef Gordon Ramsay: His restaurant group has taken a multimillion dollar loss in the last year but he will soon expand his restaurant empire to Asia and open more restaurants in the UK. According to UK trade publication Caterer and Hotelkeeper, the Gordon Ramsay Group will soon announce a loss of £6.4M ($10.75M USD) for the last 12 months. They are attributing the majority of the loss to a "provision" in the lease for his restaurant York & Albany in London. Ramsay is "pursuing legal action over the contract" and plans to dispute the "validity" of the lease but the property's owner is calling the claim "absurd."

The loss doesn't seem to have slowed Ramsay's expansion plans however. According to a press release, he will open an outlet of his London restaurant Bread Street Kitchen in Hong Kong in September as part of a "consultancy and licensing arrangement" with restaurant group Dining Concepts. The new restaurant will "mirror its counterpart in London" and will serve a "British European menu." His Asian expansion plans don't stop there: He has plans to open "further restaurants in the area and across the region" in the later end of 2014 and in 2015. Gordon Ramsay's restaurant group is also in "final discussions" with Las Vegas Sands to possibly open restaurants in Singapore and Macau. A spokesperson for the restaurant group notes that they see a lot of potential for growth in Asia for their other concepts in London as well. Ramsay's expansion plans appear to be very similar to another British chef, Jamie Oliver, who will soon open a Hong Kong restaurant and has another one in Singapore.

Ramsay will also continue to expand in London where he already has 12 restaurants. According to the London Evening Standard, he will open a new restaurant in London's West End in the Fall. The restaurant called Heddon Street Kitchen will be an "all day dining room" that is two floors and will serve a menu of "modern European food." Ramsay also announced in March that he is opening another London restaurant in the space that formerly housed Aubergine, the restaurant where he first got his start. He paid almost $2M for the restaurant with plans to convert it into a "60-seater restaurant" that would open by August. It looks like the expansion plans are just the tip of the iceberg: Ramsay's business partner Stuart Gillies tells the Evening Standard that there's "no reason why we can't do 50 new restaurants over the next five years."

Ramsay's expansion plans in the US have appeared to stalled however. He is currently in the midst of a legal battle with ex-business partner Rowen Seibel who is suing Ramsay for $10M. Ramsay and Seibel were partners in multiple projects in Las Vegas and Atlantic City including a fish and chips concept.


Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant Empire Expands to Kansas City and Lake Tahoe

KANSAS CITY and LAKE TAHOE — Television personality and chef Gordon Ramsay picked up $100 million in capital from Lion Capital back in June, and it appears he’s moving forward with his promise to open 100 new restaurants by 2024. Already, he announced plans to open in North Kansas City and Lake Tahoe. The Kansas City Star reports the chef plans to open a Gordon Ramsay Steak at Harrah’s North Kansas City in November. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant plans to serve his beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding, along with dishes that “pay a nod to classic KC barbecue favorites.” Ramsay opened Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas in 2012. In Lake Tahoe, he plans to open Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, taking over the Sage Room at Harveys, one of Tahoe’s first fine dining restaurants. Like the version in front of Caesars Palace on the Strip, the space takes on elements of Hell’s Kitchen, the long-running Fox reality show, with designs and menu items pulled from the show. [Kansas City Star/Fox 11]

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Ramsay was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. [8] [9] From the age of nine, he was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. [9] Ramsay is the second of four children. He has an older sister, a younger brother (who has been imprisoned for heroin possession), [10] [11] and a younger sister. Ramsay's father, Gordon James Sr., [12] was—at various times—a swimming pool manager, a welder, and a shopkeeper his sister and their mother, Helen (née Cosgrove), [12] have been nurses. [13]

Ramsay has described his early life as "hopelessly itinerant" and said his family moved constantly due to the aspirations and failures of his father, who was a sometimes violent alcoholic. [12] In his autobiography, Humble Pie, he describes his early life as being marked by abuse and neglect from this "hard-drinking womaniser". [13] [14] In 1976, they finally settled in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he grew up in the Bishopton area of the town. He worked as a pot washer in a local Indian restaurant where his sister was a waitress. [15] At the age of 16, Ramsay moved out of the family home and into a flat in Banbury. [16]

By this time Ramsay's interest in cooking had already begun, and rather than be known as "the football player with the gammy knee", [13] Ramsay decided to pay more serious attention to his culinary education at age 19. Ramsay enrolled at North Oxfordshire Technical College, sponsored by the Rotarians, to study hotel management. He describes his decision to enter catering college as "a complete accident". [17]

In the mid-1980s, he worked as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel. He ran the kitchen and 60-seat dining room at the Wickham Arms, until his sexual relationship with the owner's wife made the situation difficult. [18] Ramsay then moved to London, where he worked in a series of restaurants until being inspired to work for the temperamental Marco Pierre White at Harveys. [13]

After working at Harveys for two years and ten months, Ramsay, tired of "the rages and the bullying and violence", decided that the way to further advance his career was to study French cuisine. White discouraged Ramsay from taking a job in Paris, instead encouraging him to work for Albert Roux at Le Gavroche in Mayfair, where he met Jean-Claude Breton, later his maître d'hôtel at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. After working at Le Gavroche for a year, Albert Roux invited Ramsay to work with him at Hotel Diva, a ski resort in the French Alps, as his number two. From there, a 23-year-old Ramsay moved to Paris to work with Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon, both Michelin-starred chefs. In Master Chef series 3 episode 18, Gordon Ramsay stated that Guy Savoy was his mentor. He continued his training in France for three years, before giving in to the physical and mental stress of the kitchens and taking a year to work as a personal chef on the private yacht Idlewild, based in Bermuda. [13] The role on the boat saw him travel to Sicily and Sardinia, Italy, and learn about Italian cuisine. [19]

Upon his return to London in 1993, Ramsay was offered the position of head chef, under chef-patron Pierre Koffmann, at the three-Michelin-starred La Tante Claire in Chelsea. Shortly thereafter, Marco Pierre White reentered his life, offering to set him up with a head chef position and 10% share in the Rossmore, owned by White's business partners. The restaurant was renamed Aubergine and went on to win its first Michelin star fourteen months later. In 1997, Aubergine won its second Michelin star. Despite the restaurant's success, a dispute with Ramsay's business owners, who wanted to turn Aubergine into a chain, and Ramsay's dream of running his own restaurant led to his leaving the partnership in July 1998. [20] [21] He has described the decision to set out on his own as "the most important day of my entire cooking career the most important decision of my life". [22]

In 1998, Ramsay opened his own restaurant in Chelsea, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, with the help of his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, and his former colleagues at Aubergine. [23] The restaurant gained its third Michelin star in 2001, making Ramsay the first Scot to achieve that feat. [24] In 2011, The Good Food Guide listed Restaurant Gordon Ramsay as the second best in the UK, only bettered by The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire. [25]

After establishing his first restaurant, Ramsay's empire expanded rapidly. He next opened Pétrus, then Amaryllis in Glasgow (which he was later forced to close), and later Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's. He hired his friend and maître d'hôtel Jean-Philippe Susilovic, who works at Pétrus and also appears on Ramsay's US TV show Hell's Kitchen. Restaurants at the Dubai Creek and Connaught hotels followed, the latter branded with his protegee Angela Hartnett's name. Ramsay has opened restaurants outside the UK, beginning with Verre in Dubai. Two restaurants, Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo and Cerise by Gordon Ramsay, both opened in Tokyo in 2005. In November 2006, Gordon Ramsay at the London opened in New York City, [26] winning top newcomer in the city's coveted Zagat guide, despite mixed reviews from professional critics. [27]

In 2007, Ramsay opened his first restaurant in Ireland, Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, County Wicklow. [28] This restaurant closed in 2013. In May 2008, he opened his first restaurant in the Western US, in The London West Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Bel-Age Hotel) on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The contract expired in 2015, closing the restaurant. [29]

On 9 August 2011, Ramsay opened his first Canadian restaurant, Laurier Gordon Ramsay (at the former Rotisserie Laurier BBQ) in Montreal. [30] In February 2012, Danny Lavy, the owner of the restaurant, announced the restaurant was disassociating itself from Ramsay, citing a lack of involvement and understanding on Ramsay's part. [31] The restaurant closed in 2013. [32]

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, located at Royal Hospital Road, London, was voted Top Restaurant in the UK in the London Zagat Survey in 2001 and was awarded its third Michelin star. [33]

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 New Year Honours list for services to the hospitality industry, but almost missed the award ceremony when his plane was delayed. [34]

In July 2006, Ramsay won the Catey award for "Independent Restaurateur of the Year", becoming only the third person to have won three Catey awards. Ramsay's two previous Catey awards were in 1995 (Newcomer of the Year) and 2000 (Chef of the Year). The other two triple-winners are Michel Roux and Jacquie Pern. [35] In September 2006, he was named as the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry in the annual Caterersearch 100 list, published by Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine. He overtook Jamie Oliver, who had been top of the list in 2005. [36] Also in 2006, Ramsay was nominated as a candidate for Rector of the University of St Andrews, but lost at the polls to Simon Pepper. [37]

Ramsay's flagship restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, was voted London's top restaurant in Harden's for eight years, but in 2008 was placed below Petrus, a restaurant run by former protégé Marcus Wareing. [38] In January 2013, Ramsay was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. [39]

On 14 June 2017, Ramsay set a new Guinness World Record for the 'Fastest time to fillet a 10 lb fish', achieving the record in 1 minute and 5 seconds. [40] 16 August 2017, Ramsay set a 'Guinness World Record for the Longest Pasta Sheet Rolled In 60 Seconds', which measured 1.45 metres. [41]

All of Ramsay's business interests (restaurants, media, consultancy) are held in the company Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited, which was run in partnership with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, and incorporated on 29 October 1997. [42] Ramsay owns a 69% stake, valued at £67 million in 2007. [43] Whereas previous ventures acted as a combined consultant/brand, in November 2006 Ramsay announced plans to create three restaurants in the United States. These opened in 2006/2007 at the London Hotel in Manhattan, in October 2006, [26] the Cielo in Boca Raton, Florida, and at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, California. Ramsay acts as a consultant to numerous catering organisations. In 2005 he was recruited by Singapore Airlines as one of its "International Culinary Panel" consultants. [44]

In late 2006, Gordon Ramsay Holdings purchased three London pubs, which were converted into gastropubs. These are: The Narrow in Limehouse, which opened in March 2007, the Devonshire in Chiswick, which opened in October 2007 and The Warrington in Maida Vale, which opened in February 2008. Both The Devonshire and The Warrington were sold in 2011. [45]

In May 2008, it was confirmed that Ramsay's protege of 15 years, Marcus Wareing, was going solo, having opened and operated Pétrus at The Berkeley Hotel on behalf of Gordon Ramsay Holdings since 2003. [46] With the name Pétrus owned by Gordon Ramsay Holdings, industry sources suggested it was likely to transfer to another restaurant in the group with the former La Noisette site identified as the most likely. [47] In April 2010, Jason Atherton, executive chef of Maze restaurants worldwide, resigned to open his own venue in Mayfair. [48]

On 19 October 2010, the company Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited announced that Chris Hutcheson had left his position as CEO. Shortly afterwards, Ramsay released a letter to the press describing how he had unravelled the "manipulative" Hutcheson's "complex life" after having had him followed by a private detective. His father-in-law's "away days," wrote Ramsay, "were rarely what I thought they were." Company accounts show Hutcheson borrowed up to £1.5 million from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, though Hutcheson says he reported the borrowings to the company and paid the money back. Hutcheson said he had been "vaporised" and subjected to a "public hanging" by Ramsay, whom he described as a friendless egotist. [49] In April 2017, Hutcheson pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to hack into the computers of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited. [50]

In October 2012, Ramsay opened The Fat Cow in Los Angeles at The Grove, a shopping area that is also popular with tourists. [51] Ramsay explained his intention for the Fat Cow in a press release to signify the opening of the venue: "The concept for The Fat Cow came from my desire to have a neighbourhood restaurant that you could go to all the time to just relax and enjoy a terrific meal." [52] In partnership with footballer David Beckham, Ramsay opened the Union Street Café in the Southwark district of London, UK in September 2013. The Italian cuisine of the Union Street Café, with a menu that is revolved on a daily basis, is overseen by Chef Davide Degiovanni. [53]

In October 2013, the Gordon Ramsay at The London restaurant in New York lost its two Michelin stars due to issues encountered by the Michelin reviewers. The guide's director Michael Ellis stated that he was served "some very erratic meals" and also experienced "issues with consistency." The loss followed the closure of another of Ramsay's restaurants, Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, in June 2013. [54]

17 April 2018, saw the opening of the Ramsay's first Street Pizza, situated in the downstairs area of his One New Change Bread Street Kitchen offering "bottomless" pizza. [55] The second "Street Pizza" was opened at the chef's York and Albany restaurant [56]

On 26 June 2019, Chloe Sorvino from Forbes magazine reported that Ramsay will receive $100 million from Lion Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in London, to open 100 restaurants by the year 2024. [57]

On 24 March 2020, Ramsay laid off more than 500 staff in the UK after a number of Ramsay's restaurants had to close temporarily under the coronavirus lockdown. [58] Ramsay, whose personal net income was estimated to be US$63 million in 2019 by Forbes, [59] was criticised for the lay-offs. [60] [61]

Ramsay will open his first restaurant in Macao – Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at the new The Londoner Macao hotel and casino (formerly the Sands Cotai Central), when it opens in 2021. [62] [63]

Ramsay's new cookery school called The Gordon Ramsay Academy is expected to open in Woking, Surrey in early 2021. [64]

Ramsay's first documented role in television was in two fly-on-the-kitchen-wall documentaries: Boiling Point (1999) and Beyond Boiling Point (2000), but he had appeared previously as a judge on a MasterChef-like series for young catering students in 1997, with his then restaurant partner. Ramsay appeared on series three of Faking It in 2001, helping the prospective chef, a burger flipper named Ed Devlin, learn the trade. This episode won the 2001 BAFTA for "Best Factual TV Moment." [65] [66]

In 2004, Ramsay appeared in two British television series. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares aired on Channel 4, and saw the chef troubleshooting failing restaurants over one week. This series ran its fifth series in 2007. Hell's Kitchen, a reality show which aired on ITV1, saw Ramsay attempt to train ten British celebrities to be chefs, as they ran a restaurant on Brick Lane in the East End of London, which opened to the public for the two-week duration of the show. Although he was the creator of Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay only starred in the first series, as he signed a four-year contract with Channel 4, ruling out any possibility of him appearing on future episodes of the ITV-produced show. [67]

In May 2005, the Fox network introduced Ramsay to American audiences in a US version of Hell's Kitchen produced by Granada Entertainment and A. Smith & Co. The show follows a similar premise to the original British series, showcasing Ramsay's perfectionism and infamously short temper. Ramsay had also hosted a US version of Kitchen Nightmares, which premiered on Fox on 19 September 2007. On 23 June 2014, Ramsay announced he was ending the series. [68] In June 2018, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, a new series with a premise much like Kitchen Nightmares but a shorter timeline, premiered on Fox. [69]

Ramsay has presented five series of a food-based magazine programme titled The F Word it launched on Channel 4 on 27 October 2005. The show is organised around several key, recurring features, notably a brigade competition, a guest cook competition, a food-related investigative report and a series-long project of raising animals to be served in the finale. The guest cook (usually a celebrity) prepares a dish of their own choosing and places it in competition against a similar dish submitted by Ramsay. The dishes are judged by diners who are unaware of who cooked which dish and, if the guest wins (as they have on numerous occasions), their dish is served at Ramsay's restaurant. The US version premiered on 31 May 2017 on Fox. [70]

In July 2006, Channel 4 announced that it had re-signed Ramsay to an exclusive four-year deal at the network, running until July 2011. [72] The series became one of the highest rated shows aired on Channel 4 each week. [73] During one episode of The F Word, Ramsay cooked in Doncaster Prison in Marshgate for its inmates. The chef was so impressed by the speed at which a prisoner, Kieron Tarff, chopped vegetables that he offered him a job at his restaurant following his release in 2007. [74]

In 2010, Ramsay served as a producer and judge on the US version of MasterChef. [75] (A second season of the show began in June 2011, again starring Ramsay.) On that same show, he was joined by culinary judges Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich. He starred in a travelogue about his visit to India, Gordon's Great Escape followed by a series set in Asia. He hosted the series Ramsay's Best Restaurant, which was the first UK series by Ramsay's own production company, One Potato Two Potato.

Ramsay joined several other celebrity chefs in the 2010 series, The Big Fish Fight, where he, along with fellow chef Jamie Oliver and a few others, spent time on a trawler boat to raise awareness about the discarding of hundreds of thousands of sea fish.

In March 2012, Fox announced the coming of Ramsay's fourth series for the Fox network, Hotel Hell [76] the series is similar to Kitchen Nightmares, except that it focuses on struggling hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in the United States. [77] Originally slated for debut 6 April 2012 [78] and 4 June 2012, [79] the series debuted 13 August 2012. [80]

Guest appearances

In September 2005, Ramsay, along with Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal, Wolfgang Puck and Sanjeev Kapoor, were featured in CNN International's Quest, in which Richard Quest stepped into the shoes of celebrity chefs. [81]

In 2006, Ramsay took part in a television series for ITV, following the lead-up to Soccer Aid, a celebrity charity football match, in which he played only the first half, nursing an injury picked up in training. Ramsay captained the Rest of the World XI against an England XI captained by Robbie Williams. His involvement was limited after he received a four-inch cut in his calf. [ citation needed ]

During his second appearance on the BBC’s Top Gear, he stated that his current cars are a Ferrari F430 and a Range Rover Sport Supercharged, the latter replacing the Bentley Continental GT he previously owned. On 14 May 2006, he appeared on Top Gear in the "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" segment. Ramsay held the top spot on Top Gear's celebrity leader board, with a lap time of 1.46.38 until overtaken by Simon Cowell. [82]

Ramsay starred in part of a National Blood Service "Give Blood" television advertisement in England, in which he said that he would have died from a ruptured spleen had it not have been for another person's blood donation. [83] On 13 October 2006, he was guest host on the first episode of the BBC's comedy panel show Have I Got News for You's 32nd series. On 27 December 2007, Ramsay appeared in the Extras Christmas special. [84]

In January 2008, Ramsay also guest featured on Channel 4's Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack as the Big Brother housemates took part in his Cookalong Live television show. Gordon spoke directly to the Big Brother House via the house plasma screens, regularly checking on the progress of the contestants. [85]

In 2011, during the results show of American Idol, footage of the top 5 contestants taking on a challenge of cooking with Gordon Ramsay was shown. The Top 5 were given 10 minutes to make the best omelettes. [86]

In November 2011, Ramsay made an appearance on The Simpsons episode "The Food Wife". In February 2017, Ramsay made a guest appearance on New Girl episode "Operation: Bobcat". Ramsay made an appearance on 11 December 2017 broadcast of Please Take Care of My Refrigerator, a South Korean reality television show on JTBC. [ citation needed ]

Ramsay voices the character Bolton Gramercy in Big Hero 6: The Series. The character, a chef with a fiery temper, is loosely based on him. [87]

Legal proceedings

In 1998, following Ramsay's resignation from the Aubergine, A-Z restaurants sued him for £1 million citing lost revenue and breach of contract, but eventually settled out of court. [88]

In June 2006, Ramsay won a High Court case against the London Evening Standard newspaper, in which Victor Lewis Smith had alleged, after reports from previous owner Sue Ray, that scenes and the general condition of Bonaparte's had been faked for Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay was awarded £75,000 plus costs. [89] Ramsay said at the time: "I won't let people write anything they want to about me. We have never done anything in a cynical fake way." [89]

In June 2007, Ramsay's show was sued by the terminated general manager (Martin Hyde) of the New York restaurant Purnima (Dillon's), who also alleged fakery. Hyde had quit his position at the restaurant during the show, when Ramsay suggested that the owner hire top Indian Chef Vikas Khanna as the Consultant Chef for Purnima. The lawsuit alleged that "unknown to the viewing audience, some or all of Kitchen Nightmares are fake and the so-called 'problems uncovered and solved' by Ramsay are, for the most part, created by Ramsay and his staff for the purpose of making it appear that Ramsay is improving the restaurant." [90] In August 2007, the case was dismissed voluntarily and ordered into arbitration as stipulated in their contract. [91]

On 21 March 2012, Ramsay filed a $2.7 million lawsuit against his former partners of his restaurant in Montreal, Quebec, the Laurier Gordon Ramsay (since renamed The Laurier 1936), over lost licensing fees and defamatory statements made against him. [92] [93] On 16 April 2013, just over a year later, Laurier 1936 closed. [94]

In January 2014, Ramsay lost a high court case in relation to the "York & Albany pub." Ramsay claimed that his father-in-law had misused a 'ghost writing' machine to make Ramsay a personal guarantor for the £640,000 a year annual rent of that pub. Ramsay tried to nullify the 25-year lease, signed in 2007. The judge said that Ramsay had known about the guarantee beforehand but that he had total trust in his father-in-law, Christopher Hutcheson, and left the deal to him. The judge dismissed the case and ordered Ramsay to pay all legal costs and outstanding monies, in total more than one million pounds. [95]

Personality

Ramsay's reputation is built upon his goal of culinary perfection, which is associated with winning three Michelin stars. His mentor, Marco Pierre White, noted that he is highly competitive. [96] [97] Since the airing of Boiling Point, which followed Ramsay's quest of earning three Michelin stars, the chef has also become infamous for his fiery temper and use of expletives. [98] Ramsay once famously ejected food critic A. A. Gill, whose dining companion was Joan Collins, from his restaurant, leading Gill to state that "Ramsay is a wonderful chef, just a really second-rate human being." [24] Ramsay admitted in his autobiography that he did not mind if Gill insulted his food, but a personal insult he was not going to stand for. Ramsay has also had confrontations with his kitchen staff, including one incident that resulted in the pastry chef calling the police. [99] A 2005 interview reported Ramsay had retained 85% of his staff since 1993. [100] Ramsay attributes his management style to the influence of previous mentors, notably chefs Marco Pierre White and Guy Savoy, father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, and Jock Wallace, his manager while a footballer at Rangers. [101]

Ramsay's ferocious temper has contributed to his media appeal in both the United Kingdom and the United States, where his programmes are produced. [102] [103] MSN Careers featured an article about television's worst bosses, which listed Ramsay as the only non-fictional boss. They cited his frequent loss of his temper and his harsh critiques, notably when he picks on something other than cooking ability, such as calling someone a "chunky monkey". [104]

Although Ramsay often mocks the French, one of his most trusted maîtres d'hôtel, Jean-Baptiste Requien (Royal Hospital Road), is French [105] [106] and he also speaks fluent French from his time in Paris. [107]

In November 2007, Ramsay installed 29-year-old Clare Smyth as head chef at his three-Michelin-starred flagship restaurant on Royal Hospital Road. [108] Smyth is the second high-profile appointment of a female chef by Ramsay, after Angela Hartnett. Smyth was the first female three-Michelin-starred she moved on to start her own restaurant in 2017.

Ramsay has been criticised for his frequent use of strong language on his programmes, first by British celebrity cook Delia Smith, [109] then, in relation to Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, by a member of the Federal Parliament of Australia. [110] In his autobiography, Ramsay himself said he was unaware of the extent of his swearing until he watched an episode of Boiling Point. While he stated he did not have a problem with it, "Mum was appalled".

On 5 June 2009, Ramsay started trading national TV insults with Australia's Nine Network, A Current Affair journalist Tracy Grimshaw. The day after his interview, he was a guest feature at the Melbourne Food and Wine festival. While doing his display, he allegedly insulted Grimshaw and made insinuations about her sexuality. Grimshaw responded the next day, calling Ramsay an "arrogant, narcissist bully." [111] [112] Ramsay eventually apologised, stating that his behaviour "was a joke". [113] [114]

TV Guide included him in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time. [115] Despite being known for his ferocious temper, Ramsay has been well-received [ by whom? ] as the host of Masterchef Junior: in contrast to his interaction with adults, Ramsay was shown to be more patient and sensitive to the children featured on the show. [116] Despite his competitiveness and fiery temper, he showed far more understanding and empathy towards children, amateur and special needs chefs (including Christine Hà on MasterChef), [117] [118] [119] although he continued to offer constructive criticism. [120] [121]

Food views

Ramsay has historically expressed a dislike for vegetarianism and veganism. In the first episode of the second series of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (2005), he offered pizza to a vegetarian and said it was vegetarian. After he took a bite, Ramsay said that it contained ham, laughing and asked if he wanted more. In 2003, when asked for his most recent lie, he said "To a table of vegetarians who had artichoke soup. I told them it was made with vegetable stock when it was chicken stock." [122] [123] In a 2007 interview, he joked: "My biggest nightmare would be if the kids ever came up to me and said 'Dad, I'm a vegetarian.' Then I would sit them on the fence and electrocute them." [124] In 2016, when asked on Twitter whether he was allergic to anything, he wrote "Vegans" and followed up with: "It's a joke jack it's not vegans! It's vegetarians". [125]

In 2006, on the second series of The F Word, Ramsay showed a softened stance on vegetarianism after learning about intensive pig farming practices, including castration and tail docking, while letting two young family piglets live in an intensive farm. On the programme, Ramsay commented: "It's enough to make anyone turn fucking vegetarian, for God's sake. And I've always sort of knocked vegetarians and vegans for missing out on the most amazing flavour you can get from meat. But you can see why so many people change instantly". [126] In 2019, he launched a vegan menu at his restaurants for Veganuary, [127] and introduced more vegan items to his restaurants, such as a vegan roast. [128]

Other chefs

Ramsay has been highly critical of Food Network and Iron Chef America star Mario Batali. The New York Post reported in 2009 that Batali has banned Ramsay from his restaurants. This alleged feud goes back to when Batali was highly critical of Ramsay's cooking style for being "dull and outdated". [129] Batali has since stated that the alleged feud "was created by a couple of journalists." Batali went on to state, "I'd love to hang out with Ramsay". [130]

Eating and exercising habits

Ramsay said in 2016 that he exercises semi-competitively for his general well-being. He said he has seen overweight and unfit chefs collapse or become unable to move quickly around the kitchen. He often competes in ironman events, marathons, and triathlons. He also eats very little per 'meal', and prefers to graze throughout the day, partly due to the habit he built up as a judge and chef and also because of his busy schedule. [131] [132] He has a black belt in karate. [133]

Family

Ramsay married Cayetana Elizabeth Hutcheson, a Montessori-trained schoolteacher, in 1996. [134] They divide their time between Wandsworth Common, London [135] and Los Angeles. They have five children: Megan, Holly, Jack, Matilda, and Oscar. [1] Megan ran the London Marathon in 2017 in memory of the miscarriage her mother suffered five months into her pregnancy in June 2016, a boy whom they had named Rocky. [136] Until 2010, Ramsay's father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, was responsible for the business operations of Ramsay's restaurant empire. On 7 June 2017, Hutcheson was jailed for six months for conspiring to hack a computer system relating to the Ramsays' business interests. [137] Hutcheson was accused with his sons of accessing company systems almost 2,000 times between 23 October 2010 and 31 March 2011. [138]

Ramsay has three houses in Cornwall worth an estimated £11 million: a £4 million mansion in Trebetherick, a £4.4 million property in Rock purchased in 2015, and a £2 million grade II-listed property in Fowey that was purchased in 2017. [139] In August 2020, Ramsay's four-bedroom Fowey property, Trevail House, was put on sale for £2.75 million. [140]

Charity work

Ramsay has been involved in a series of charitable events and organisations. He fulfilled his aim of finishing 10 marathons in ten years by running his 10th consecutive London Marathon on 26 April 2009, sponsoring the Scottish Spina Bifida Association. [141]

Ramsay has been Honorary Patron of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association since 2004, and in 2005 he launched The Gordon Ramsay "Buy a Brick" appeal to help the organisation raise funds to build a new Family Support Centre and Head Office in Glasgow. In 2006, he launched a new appeal to help the charity raise the funds required to continue to run the support centre: "What's your favourite 'F' Word? Gordon's is Fundraising." In November 2007, Ramsay hosted a St Andrew's Day Gala Dinner at Stirling Castle in aid of the Association and has now made this fundraising Gala Dinner an annual event. [142]

During March 2005, Ramsay teamed up with Indian chef Madhur Jaffrey to help the VSO, an international development charity group, to support its Spice Up Your Life event. The charity hoped to raise £100,000 for VSO's work in HIV and AIDS in India. [143] The Ramsays were the first couple to become ambassadors for the women's charity Women's Aid in 2005. The couple ran the Flora Families marathon [144] to support Women's Aid. [145]

In 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, Ramsay took part in the biennial charity event Soccer Aid to raise money for UNICEF. On 6 June 2010 he played for the Rest of the World team alongside former professional footballers Zinedine Zidane and Luís Figo as well as Hollywood actors Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Michael Sheen. [146] The match took place at Old Trafford in Manchester and was won by the Rest of the World for the first time, the winning penalty scored by Harrelson in the shoot-out. [146]

28 August 2020, the media reported that Ramsay and his wife Tana had become ambassadors for Cornwall Air Ambulance. [147]

Life-threatening experiences

In 2008, Ramsay was in Iceland's Westman Islands filming a puffin hunting segment when he lost his footing and fell during a descent off an 85 feet (26 m) cliff, landing in the icy water below. He said, "I thought I was a goner". He reached the surface of the water by removing his heavy boots and waterproof clothing. His film crew, who rescued Ramsay by throwing him a rope, reported that he was submerged for at least 45 seconds. During the ordeal, he remembers how he felt: "I was panicking and my lungs were filling with water. When I got to the top after getting my boots off, I was dazed and my head was totally massive". [148]

Pre-prepared meal controversy

On 17 April 2009, it was revealed that one of Ramsay's restaurants, Foxtrot Oscar in Chelsea, West London, used pre-prepared food that was heated up and sold with mark-ups of up to 586%. It was also revealed that three of his gastropubs in London did the same thing. A spokeswoman for Gordon Ramsay said, "Gordon Ramsay chefs prepare components of dishes devised and produced to the highest Gordon Ramsay standards. These are supplied to those kitchens with limited cooking space such as Foxtrot Oscar and Gordon Ramsay's highly acclaimed pubs, including the Narrow. These are sealed and transported daily in refrigerated vans and all menu dishes are then cooked in the individual kitchens. This is only for the supply of Foxtrot Oscar and the three pubs and allows each establishment to control the consistency and the quality of the food served". [149] [150] Reflecting on the controversy in 2010, Ramsay was unapologetic, stating:

When I was working at the Gavroche all those years ago, the duck terrine wasn't made there. It was made outside, then brought to the restaurant wrapped in plastic. This is standard practice. What on earth was the fuss about? [151]

Football

Ramsay played football and was first chosen to play under-14 football at age 12. He was chosen to play for Warwickshire. His footballing career was marked by injuries, causing him to remark later in life, "Perhaps I was doomed when it came to football." [13] In mid-1984, Ramsay had a trial with Rangers, the club he supported as a boy. He seriously injured his knee, smashing the cartilage during training. [152]

Ramsay has claimed to have played two first-team games for Rangers. [153] According to his autobiography Ramsay played "a couple of non-league matches as a trialist" for Rangers [154] and was signed by the club at the age of 15. [155]

Allan Cairns, a photographer who took a picture of Ramsay playing for Rangers in September 1985, said the photo was not one of the Rangers first team but a side picked to play a testimonial match. A Rangers spokesman said: "Ramsay was a trialist in that testimonial game. He trained with us for a few months after that but then got injured." [156]

Rangers revisited

In series 4, episode 12 of The F Word (originally aired on 29 July 2008), Ramsay visited Ibrox, the home ground of his favourite childhood team, Rangers, and exclaimed, "Home, Sweet Home!" He explained, "My dream came true when I was spotted in the mid-80s and I joined the youth team here in Ibrox." He related that one of his fondest memories is playing alongside one of Scotland's football legends, Ally McCoist, who said about Ramsay, "I remember him well and the one thing that never ever will change is that he's a competitive so-and-so and wants to do and be the best that he can." Ramsay recalled that, "the pain of being released on the back of an injury" was only assuaged many years later, "after receiving [his] third Michelin Star", and concluded that, "without the upset at Ibrox, I would not be the chef I am today." [157]

Other interests

Ramsay is an avid football fan and supports Scottish Premiership club Rangers [158] and English Premier League club Chelsea. [159] As a baseball fan, he follows the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. However, he feels that the game of baseball is often too long, joking that this leads to fans spending most of the time eating or sleeping, which could lead to them being unhealthy. [160]

Europe

England

Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Chelsea, London September 1998 [161]
Pétrus Belgravia, London 29 March 1999 [162]
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's Claridge's, London 22 October 2001 [163] June 2013 [164]
Savoy Grill Savoy Hotel, London 29 November 2010 (Remodel) [165]
Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road (previously Foxtrot Oscar) Chelsea, London 21 January 2008 [166]
Maze Mayfair, London 25 May 2005 [167] [168] 2 February 2019 [169]
Maze Grill Park Walk [a] Chelsea, London 22 April 2015 [170]
The Narrow Limehouse, London 26 March 2007 [171]
Gordon Ramsay Plane Food Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, London 27 March 2008 [172]
York and Albany Regent's Park, London 22 September 2008 [173]
Bread Street Kitchen One New Change, London September 2011 [174]
Union Street Café Southwark, London September 2013
The Boxwood Café The Berkeley Hotel, London May 2003 [175] April 2010 [176]
La Noisette Sloane Street, London July 2006 [177] March 2009 [178]
London House Battersea, London 4 February 2014 [179]
Heddon Street Kitchen Mayfair, London 10 November 2014 [180]
Street Pizza (Bread Streat Kitchen) One New Change, London 16 April 2018 [181]
Street Pizza (York and Albany) Regent's Park, London 3 October 2018
Lucky Cat Mayfair, London 24 June 2019 [182]
Gordon Ramsay Bar and Grill Mayfair, London October 2019 [183]
Street Pizza (Southwark) Southwark, London 2 December 2020 [184]
Gordon Ramsay Street Burger One New Change, London 3 December 2020 [185]
Gordon Ramsay Burger Harrods, London 4 December 2020 [186]
Street Burger (Charing Cross Road) Charing Cross Road, London 12 April 2021 [187] [188]
Street Pizza (Battersea) Battersea Power Station, London 12 April 2021 [189]
Street Burger (Kensington High Street) Kensington High Street, London 17 May 2021 [190]
Bread Street Kitchen (Southwark) Southwark, London 17 May 2021 [191]
Gordon Ramsay Street Burger (Woking) Woking, Surrey Autumn 2021 [192]
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Denotes Gordon Ramsay Academy will be co-located at the same site opening Autumn 2021

France

Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed
Gordon Ramsay au Trianon Versailles March 2008 [193]
La Veranda 2008 [194]
Le Pressoir d'Argent Bordeaux 25 September 2015 [195]
Le Bordeaux – Gordon Ramsay

Ireland

Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed
Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry 23 October 2007 [196] 2013

Italy

Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed
Gordon Ramsay at Forte Village Pula, Cagliari, Sardinia July 2009 [197]
Gordon Ramsay at Castel Monastero Siena, Tuscany 1 July 2009 [198]

North America

Canada

Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed
Laurier Gordon Ramsay Montreal, Quebec August 2011 (Acquired) February 2012 (Left GRH)

United States

Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed
Gordon Ramsay at The London The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, California 4 June 2008 [199] 14 February 2015 [200]
Boxwood Café The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood, California October 2009 [201] 14 February 2015 [202]
Gordon Ramsay at The London The London NYC, New York City 16 November 2006 [203] October 2014 [204]
Maze by Gordon Ramsay The London NYC, New York City November 2006 September 2013 [205]
Cielo by Angela Hartnett Boca Raton, Florida 2007 2013 [206]
Gordon Ramsay Burger [b] Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada 22 December 2012 [207]
Gordon Ramsay Steak Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 11 May 2012 [208]
Gordon Ramsay Steak Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Maryland 28 November 2017 [209]
Gordon Ramsay Steak Harrah's Atlantic City, New Jersey 4 June 2018 [210]
Gordon Ramsay Steak Harrah's North Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri November 2019 [211]
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada 18 December 2012 [212]
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill Caesars Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey 13 February 2015 [213]
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips The Linq, Las Vegas, Nevada 7 October 2016 [214]
Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada 26 January 2018 [215]
Hell's Kitchen Lake Tahoe Harveys, Stateline, Nevada 8 January 2020 [216]
The Fat Cow The Grove at Farmers Market, Los Angeles, California October 2012 [217] March 2014 [218]
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips (ICON Park) ICON Park, Orlando, Florida August 2021 [219]

Other international locations

Restaurant Location Rating Date opened Date closed
Verre at the Hilton Dubai Creek Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1 October 2001 [220] October 2011 [221]
Maze by Gordon Ramsay The Pearl-Qatar, Doha, Qatar March 2010 [222] March 2012 [223]
Gordon Ramsay Doha St. Regis Hotel, Doha, Qatar 1 May 2012 [224] 1 June 2020 [225]
Opal by Gordon Ramsay St. Regis Hotel, Doha, Qatar 15 May 2012 [226] 1 June 2020 [225]
Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo Conrad Tokyo, Japan 1 July 2005 [227] June 2013 [228]
Maze by Gordon Ramsay One and Only Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa 4 April 2009 [229] July 2010 [230]
Maze / Maze Grill by Gordon Ramsay Crown Metropol, Melbourne, Australia 29 March 2010 [231] August 2011 [232]
Maze Grill Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong October 2018 [233]
London House September 2015 [234]
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong 19 September 2014 [235] 19 August 2018 [236]
The Peak, Hong Kong March 2019 [237]
Bread Street Kitchen Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 23 June 2015 [238]
Bread Street Kitchen Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1 November 2015 [239] [240]
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar Atlantis Sanya, Sanya, China 1 May 2018 [241]
Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Caesars Palace Bluewaters, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 15 November 2018 [242]
Gordon Ramsay Bar and Grill Sunway Resort, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 18 June 2021 [243] [244] [245]
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill The Londoner Macao, Cotai, Macao 2021 [62]

Television

Year Title Network Notes/Air Dates Ref
2002, 2006 Top Gear BBC Two 22 December 2002, 14 May 2006 [246]
2004–2009 Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Channel 4
2004 Hell's Kitchen UK ITV Returned for 3 more series with Gary Rhodes, John Christope-Novelli & Marco-Pierre White
2005–present Hell's Kitchen US Fox 30 May 2005 – present [247]
2005–2010 The F Word UK Channel 4 27 October 2005 – 7 January 2010
2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 Soccer Aid ITV May 2006, September 2008, June 2010, May 2012, June 2014 [248] [249] [250] [251] [252]
2007 Extras (Christmas Special) BBC Two 16 December 2007 [253]
2007–2014 Kitchen Nightmares Fox 7 series 90 episodes [254]
2008 Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live Channel 4 18 January 2008 – 12 December 2008 [255]
2009 Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live US Fox 15 December 2009 [256]
2010 Gordon's Great Escape Channel 4 Seven episodes 18 January 2010 – 30 May 2011 [257]
2010–present MasterChef US Fox 27 July 2010 – present [258]
2010 Ramsay's Best Restaurant Channel 4 14 September 2010 – 9 November 2010
2010 Christmas with Gordon Channel 4 December 2010
2011 The Simpsons – "The Food Wife" Fox 13 November 2011 [259]
2012 Gordon Behind Bars Channel 4 26 June 2012 – 17 July 2012 [260]
2012–2016 Hotel Hell Fox 13 August 2012 – 26 July 2016 [261]
2012 Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course Channel 4 10 September 2012
2012 Hotel GB Channel 4 1 October 2012 – 5 October 2012
2013 Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking Channel 4 Twenty-part series 14 October 2013 – 8 November 2013 [262]
2013–present MasterChef Junior Fox 27 September 2013 – present [263]
2013 & 2021 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway ITV 1 March 2013: Prank 27 February 2021: Star Guest Announcer [264]
2014 Ramsay's Costa del Nightmares Channel 4 23 September 2014
2014 Masterchef Poland TVN 19 October 2014 [265]
2015–present Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch CBBC 14 April 2015 – present. Gordon is also an executive producer. [266]
2017 The F Word US Fox 1 series 11 episodes [267]
2017 The Nightly Show ITV Guest presenter five episodes [268]
2017 Culinary Genius ITV One series twenty episodes 17 April 2017 – 12 May 2017 [269]
2017 Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine ITV Two-part series part one 19 October 2017 & part two 26 October 2017 [270]
2017 Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures (previously known as Mickey and the Roadster Racers) Disney Junior 5 November 2017. Episode: "Diner Dog Rescue" [271]
2017 Please Take Care of My Refrigerator JTBC 11 December 2017 [272]
2018 My Houzz YouTube 30 January 2018 – Series 2, Episode 1 [273]
2018–present Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back Fox 13 June 2018 – present [274]
2018 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Amazon Prime Video 11 May 2018 – 2 episodes [275]
2018 MasterChef Australia Network Ten 27 May 2018 – 30 May 2018
2018–present Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip ITV Series 1 11 October 2018 & Series 2 2 April 2020 [276] [277]
2019–present Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Nat Geo Series 1 July 2019, Series 2 7 July 2020, Series 3 31 May 2021 [278] [279] [280]
2019 Gordon, Gino & Fred: Christmas Road Trip Three Unwise Men ITV 23 December 2019 [281]
2020 MasterChef Australia Network Ten Gordon Ramsay Week 13–19 April 2020 [282]
2020 Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa ITV 16 December 2020 [283] [284]
2021 Gordon Ramsay's Bank Balance BBC One Series one nine episodes 24 February 2021 – 12 March 2021. Red Nose Special: 13 March 2021 [285] [286]
TBA Next Level Chef Fox Upcoming series [287]
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Love's Kitchen Himself Cameo appearance
2015 Burnt Chef Consultant
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Baker Smurf Voice role

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hell's Kitchen: The Game Himself Voice
2016 Gordon Ramsay Dash Himself Voice
2021 Gordon Ramsay: Chef Blast Himself Voice

Since 1996, Ramsay has written 26 books. Ramsay also contributes a food-and-drink column to The Times' Saturday magazine.


Great American Bites: Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Las Vegas

The scene: Gordon Ramsay may be an internationally renowned, Michelin-starred celebrity chef and TV star, but when it comes to Sin City he's just like the rest of us – captivated. He now has more restaurants (three) in Las Vegas than anyplace outside his hometown of London. All of them opened within the past year and offer different dining experiences, from high-end Gordon Ramsay Steak to upscale gastro pub, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, to the much more accessible Gordon Ramsay BurGR (GR, get it?). The latter launched just three days before Christmas and is already very popular. Open from lunch until 2 a.m., it's nestled in the Planet Hollywood casino hotel right on Las Vegas Boulevard, aka The Strip, and has been averaging 1,200 meals a day.

Immediately inside the main entrance of the hotel, BurGR is impossible to miss, especially since its three-sides are heavily punctuated with flatscreens showing the three main themes here: burgers, flames and Ramsay. There's even a 30-foot long glass "fire wall," containing a sculptured steel burner oozing flame (or soon to ooze flame it's being worked on).

The restaurant is not fully enclosed, opening onto the casino on one side, and is bustling, loud, vibrant, and has a tiny bit of nightclub vibe. Theres a pubbish bar you can sit and eat at with over 30 carefully chosen beers on tap, plus a second stainless-steel counter that looks directly into the open kitchen, sushi-bar style. There is a wide mix of seating options spread over a couple of dining areas, including small tables uncomfortably close together and more-comfortable larger tables and horseshoe-shaped leather banquettes. The décor is very contemporary with polished smooth surfaces, all steel, leather and bare concrete floors, with views of the open kitchen where most things are cooked over open fire. The extensive cocktail list is displayed on iPads brought to the table so you can see what the signature drinks actually look like. There are TVs on the walls, and if there is a wait (as there often is), instead of beepers the restaurant will text you so you can range as far afield as the fountain show across the street at Bellagio. It's definitely modern.

Reason to visit: Burgers, pudding shakes, wasabi & honey wings, sticky toffee pudding push-pops

The food: Even beyond the namesake burgers, the predominant theme is fire, and much of the menu is cooked over open flame additionally, spice plays a big part here and differentiates BurGR from the many excellent burger venues in Las Vegas. For the jalapeno poppers, Ramsay leaves the seeds in, which few places do -- a trick the menu calls "one fiery surprise." The wings are "Hellfire wings" the chicken sliders come dressed with sriracha mayo the all-natural beef hot dogs are "Devil Dawgs" and are actually simmered in hot sauce before being finished on the wood grill. The signature Hell's Kitchen Burger comes slathered in roasted jalapeños (along with avocado, oven-roasted tomatoes and asadero cheese). Even the fries join in: regular ones are served with a trio of dipping sauces including curry and chipotle ketchups, while the sweet-potato fries come with honey-jalapeno mayo. Fire, fire, fire.

Most of this stuff isn't actually too spicy, and Ramsay's extremely well-balanced recipes do a great job of delivering the taste of spicy without the burn – with the possible exception of the poppers. But ultimately it is the burgers that steal the show, and they are very good, from top to bottom, using first-rate fresh ingredients. The meat is a mixture of ground brisket, chuck and short rib, and Ramsay uses no spices or sauces save for a brushing with imported English Devonshire butter while on the grill, which burns a mix of apple and alderwood. The brioche buns dotted with white and black sesame seeds are excellent and baked fresh daily. The burgers were juicy, flavorful, meaty, and perfectly cooked to order, while the combinations offered are fantastic. The specialty burgers are divided into single patty and "stacked" two-patty versions. The early customer favorite is the stacked Farm Burger, which adds English sharp cheddar, a fried egg and duck breast bacon, which tastes like pancetta and adds a great saltiness. While quite messy, it is delicious. I loved the Brittania burger, another great taste combo which makes novel use of mango chutney, a rarely seen but super ingredient on a burger, along with sharp cheddar and arugula. Other unique offerings include the "Uber Cheese Burger" with fontina, reclette (sic) and goat cheeses and the Char Siu Burger, which substitutes delicious, roasted Asian pork belly for the patty. However, the same pork belly slab is available as an appetizer in the quite tasty Honey-Pig Bao buns, a nice riff on the dim-sum pork bun, so just get an order of those and try an actual burger.

Besides the burgers, the signature highlight is the unique pudding shakes. Most new upscale burger joints have great shakes these days, so Ramsay pushes the envelope by topping each with a 3-4 inch deep layer of pudding, and you need both a spoon and straw. There are five choices, and I had the chocolate shake topped with caramel pudding and a toffee cookie (the #1) while my dinner companion had the peanut-butter shake with banana pudding and a ginger-snap cookie (#4). They were not the best shakes I've ever had, but they were pretty special and well worth trying. As for apps, I liked the Honey Pig Bao buns a lot, and I liked the Hellfire wings a good deal, but I loved the Honey-wasabi wings, a really unusual, delicious and just slightly hot combination showcasing the spice-without-burn aesthetic. The normal order of wings comes with four of each, and it's worth trying both, but if I went back I'd get all Honey-wasabi.

Sticky toffee pudding push-up pops are BurGR'’s playful riff on the classic English dessert. (Photo: Larry Olmsted for USA TODAY)

One of Ramsay's signatures is to offer a different spin on the classic English dessert staple, sticky toffee pudding, at each of his restaurants around the world, and here it is a pair of push-pops on sticks in round tubes, like the childhood ice cream I recall. They are alternating layers of homemade, salted-peanut-butter ice cream and sticky toffee pudding, and they are very good and very unique, the thing to have if you skip the shakes. The only letdown was the fries, which were not crisp enough and quite ordinary except for the unusual dipping sauces. The sweet-potato fries were better, but came oddly dusted with vanilla-flavored powdered sugar, which made them too sweet and dessert-like. I'd lose the sugar fast if I were Ramsay.

Bottom line? Fans will not be disappointed, and Chef Ramsay can be proud of his burgers, which are both creative and delicious, as are the shakes, along with some gems on the rest of the menu. Service -- with team staffing -- was very efficient if a bit too hovering. The iPad cocktail lists are cool, and while I know it's Vegas, they could push drinks a bit less aggressively. And while the staffers are clearly very well trained in describing the dishes, I could do with a few less mentions of "Chef Ramsay's Favorite" or "Chef Ramsay says," which all seems a little forced to Ramsay's credit, he had been back to the restaurant to work on things five times in the six weeks between opening and my visit.

Pilgrimage-worthy?: Yes - if you are a Gordon Ramsay fan and want to try his most affordable and casual restaurant in America.


Is Hell's Kitchen the most expensive Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Las Vegas?

While the theme of each restaurant is different, some of the dishes are similar. But the menu prices are not the same.

For example, at Gordon Ramsay Steak (Gordon Ramsay Steak Menu 12/29/20), the classic Beef Wellington is priced at $59.95, while the same dish is priced at $63.95 at Hell's Kitchen (Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas menu 12/16/20). For some people, the difference in price could have them leaning towards one restaurant over another.

While celebrity chefs can bring diners to the table, menu prices also can be a deciding factor. Although the Gordon Ramsay super-fan might want to secure a reservation at Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas for the television connection, his other namesake restaurants can offer a taste of his celebrated food at a different price. For example, the Gordon's three course dinner at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill includes the Beef Wellington and it is only $74.99 (Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill menu 1/15/21). While the portions sizes vary, three courses for an additional $11 seems like a good value.

In the end, some people will be willing to spend the money to dine at Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas. Whether or not you label the final bill affordable depends if you have a seat at the high roller table.


A bumpy week on the Gordon Ramsay rollercoaster

Will Gordon Ramsay never learn – or is he cleverer than his critics give him credit for?

The celebrity chef has been attempting global domination for more than a decade but, just when things seem to be going well in his empire, something blows up.

Last week the restaurant that he hoped would put him on the fine dining map in New York was stripped of both its Michelin stars in one go – an unprecedented fall from grace, in the dining capital of the US.

The editor of the Michelin guide complained about inconsistent standards at Gordon Ramsay at the London, where diners pay $135 (£84) a head for three courses from the à la carte menu without drinks.

Ramsay does not own the restaurant, housed in Midtown's swanky London hotel. It opened to great fanfare in 2006 but never really took off with New York's upmarket dining crowd. He sold it to the hotel in 2009 when his empire was under strain during the credit crunch and signed a licensing agreement for the use of his name.

For Ramsay, his reputation in the US is vital. The last published accounts of his Kavalake holding company stated: "The group has identified North America as a key area for growth."

Last year Ramsay opened the Fat Cow with a local operator in Los Angeles and three restaurants in Las Vegas: Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill, and Gordon Ramsay BurGR.

The key to Ramsay's prospects in the US is his huge success as a TV celebrity chef and troubleshooter. In August he had five programmes in the primetime schedule of Rupert Murdoch's Fox network, generating more than $150m in advertising revenue.

Ramsay's TV work helped make him the world's highest paid chef last year, with earnings of $38m, according to Forbes.

Not bad considering his humble beginnings. Ramsay was born in 1966, in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and brought up on a council estate in Warwickshire with his three siblings. His mother suffered years of abuse at the hands of his father Gordon Senior, who died of alcoholism in 1997.

Ramsay claimed he played football for Glasgow Rangers before he was a chef, but had to drop out due to injury. He was later forced to admit that boasts about his footballing past may have been "inaccurate".

After attending catering college, he began working for Marco Pierre White at Harvey's and later at Le Gavroche with Albert Roux. In 1994, White made him head chef at Rossmore, later renamed Aubergine. It won a Michelin star 14 months later and his career took off.

The Observer's restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, says the question about Ramsay is whether he can maintain the balance between being a restaurateur and an on-screen phenomenon.

"I don't think his audience in the UK realises what a huge TV star he has become in the States. It's tempting to write him off because of this humiliation in New York but he has gone to a country where money speaks and I doubt that he is crying into his Cristal."

But with Ramsay's success in the US based partly on TV – that most transient of mediums – sceptics say too much reliance on his larger-than-life on-screen brand means that even as the money rolls in he could be left looking overexposed.

"Chefs often make the mistake of answering the siren call to take every opportunity that comes at them," says Aaron Allen, a US-based restaurant consultant. "His name is attached to everything and that creates some initial excitement because people think they might see the chef at the restaurant, but that soon tapers off."

Allen says Ramsay risks becoming like an actor whose ubiquity wears thin – a sort of culinary Adam Sandler.

Before the New York humiliation, Ramsay was last year ejected from his Canadian venture. His partner in Montreal's Laurier Gordon Ramsay complained Ramsay had not been seen there since the launch six months earlier. The venture has since closed.

In Britain this year, Ramsay and Claridge's went their separate ways after 12 years. Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's was the location that confirmed Ramsay's status as Britain's super chef around the turn of the millennium, but founding head chef Mark Sargeant left in 2008 and the restaurant's Michelin star followed him out of the door in 2010.

In the UK, Ramsay closed his gastropub The Devonshire Arms in Chiswick last year. Its appeal was not helped by reports that some of the food was made off the premises. And, despite high initial demand, his latest London venture, Union Street Café, has received lukewarm reviews.

Ramsay's spokeswoman says revamps and closures are inevitable as times and tastes change. New sites are chosen carefully in response to demand for a piece of the Ramsay magic.

His ambitions have sent him on a business and personal roller coaster in recent years as the credit crunch hit his finances and a falling out with his father-in-law and business partner caused a bitter family row.

Ramsay has 11 restaurants in the UK and a total of 13 more in the US, Italy, France and Qatar. No more US openings are in the pipeline but Asia beckons, his spokeswoman says.

The urge to build an international empire has led to problems for many UK businesses – the most recent being Tesco's humbling in the US with its failed Fresh & Easy chain.

Ajay Bhalla, a professor at Cass Business School, said: "Very few businesses can resist this allure but they forget that a successful formula in the home market isn't necessarily successful overseas. And for a business like Gordon Ramsay's that is so closely linked with him, keeping the personal touch is essential."

Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant analyst for the NPD business advice firm in the US, agrees. Although she reckons Ramsay is on the right lines in the US with his recent openings because more casual fine dining is where the growth is, she warns that any celebrity chef needs to show his or her face regularly.

"It's very important because it says to the customer that the chef is involved and that the customer might get the opportunity to meet them. They may only be there occasionally but word gets around,"said Riggs.

But Ramsay's former protege Sargeant thinks people are wrong to write the Scot off and says there is still a big demand for his ventures.

"Gordon's heyday was back in the late 1990s and early 2000s at the time of the superstar chef and that is long gone," he concedes, but adds: "Gordon is the face just like Richard Branson is the face of Virgin – no one says Richard Branson is spreading himself too thinly."

Ramsay in his heyday was a creative master whose cooking put London on the culinary map. He may be earning money beyond his wildest dreams but is he risking his place in the gastronomic pantheon?

Rayner says: "I think he did care about his legacy at one time. I would be surprised if he wasn't punch drunk from the things that have happened to him in the last few years and was now happy to focus on the bottom line."