After three years of playing football with the team Ramsay suffered a leg injury which forced him to abandon his sporting hopes. He then decided to take a career change and returned to college to study for a degree in hotel management. After completing his studies he worked with top chefs and the rest of his story is history.
Gordon Ramsay’s career in catering progressed, with the opening his own Gordon Ramsay Restaurant in London, the writing of successful recipe books and achieving celebrity chef status through his many television programmes about food and competitive cookery.
Among the programmes Ramsay has famously presented are Hell’s Kitchen, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hotel Hell. With the competitive nature of many of the programmes, participants who find the kitchen too hot for them to handle find that they are given the benefit of Ramsay’s tongue and eliminated.
Although he has admitted to having had failures in his own life, Ramsay’s fiery temperament does not easily tolerate failure or incompetence from others. His insults to underperforming contestants or staff can be as caustic as his cursing. Some of Ramsay’s more polite culinary criticisms include the following:
“This chicken is so uncooked, a skilled vet could save him.”
“This fish is so raw, I can give it to my daughter as a pet.”
“I’m gonna start calling you Elsa, because everything you serve me is Frozen.”
Leaving his failings aside, Ramsay has had recognizable success, being named Chef of the Year in the year 2000 and also having his restaurant nominated as Top Restaurant in the UK. He has also set up the Gordon Ramsay Charitable Foundation which aims to support a number of charitable causes.
Despite what his fans or critics think of him, if Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for success is to “learn from the failure” we can be sure it will be entertaining.