"'Gordon Ramsay' is an anagram for 'my gonads roar'."
— The Truth About Gordon Ramsay Documentary
Gordon James Ramsay, OBE (born 8 November 1966) is a British multiple Michelin star awarded chef, television personality and restaurateur known for his ferocious temperament
, colorful vocabulary
, and no-nonsense attitude
Born in Scotland, Ramsay originally dreamed to become a football
player for his childhood team Rangers
, but a leg injury left him with crushed hopes and the inability to sit cross-legged. He then considered to take culinary arts as a career and landed a chef's job in the famous Harvey's Restaurant in London, where the tough training regime and unreasonably high standards
set by head chef Marco Pierre White fostered Ramsay's constant swearing and temperamental condescending attitude. However, from several accounts, he's a much nicer person on British TV, on Masterchef (especially the Junior version of Masterchef), and in interviews.
Surprisingly, Ramsay himself has said in multiple interviews that he's not as talented a chef as people perceive him to be, and that his real strength isn't his cooking skills (which, have no doubt at all, are rather formidable), but rather his managerial skills. He says that his ability to run a successful business is the true secret to his success.
He has starred in main roles in successful television shows The F Word
, Ramsays Best Restaurant
, and both British and American versions of Kitchen Nightmares
, Hells Kitchen
, Master Chef
, and Hotel Hell
Tropes related to Gordon Ramsay:
- The Ace: He once participated in a Mystery Box challenge on Series/Masterchef and spent half the time talking to his co-hosts, observing the contestants, and kicking back with a mug of tea before whipping up a restaurant-class dish without breaking a sweat.
- Adam Westing: He recently starred in an ATT commercial where he gets exactly what he wants...and don't know what to do.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's actually quite mellow whenever he's first introduced and will give friendly reminders when mistakes first start appearing. When he hits his limit, however, that's when the yelling, swearing, and throwing of kitchen implements starts.
- Catch Phrase: "Absolutely delicious!"
- "What a shame..."
- "YOU DONKEY!"
- "I'M SHUTTING IT DOWN!"
- "IT'S FUCKING RAW!"
- "THIS COULD KILL SOMEONE!" typically follows on from this.
- "I HAVE EATEN HERE!"
- "IT'S STONE FUCKING COLD!"
- "Oh, fuck me..."
- "COME HERE, YOU!"/"ALL OF YOU, COME HERE!!"
- "GET OUT!"/"YOU, YOU, YOU, YOU AND YOU! GET OUT!"
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Consummate Professional
- Deadpan Snarker
- Everyone Has Standards: The main drive behind his campaign against shark fin soup. He admits early on that he supports the use of meat if it tastes delicious. But he's very much against the idea of killing animals for meat when it doesn't even taste good.
- Friend to All Children: He's much more professional and in control of his temper on Master Chef Junior than the shows where he's critiquing adult professional cooks.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Happily Married: To Cayetana Elizabeth Hutcheson (a.k.a. Tana) since 1996.
- He is a believer in True Love and encourages people to get married and start families, sincerely believing that everyone should have the sort of happiness he gets from his own wife and kids.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Foul mouthed and suffers no fools in his kitchen when they screw up, but watch any scene where he praises a cooking student or works with kids and it's clear he's a great big ol' softie underneath all the swearing.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's usually seen on TV having to deal with restaurants, kitchens, and staff who have no idea what they're doing and quickly push him to the boiling point. Observe him in one of his own restaurants, or in a kitchen where the brigade is trained to his standards, and the only things being said will be orders being called out and the brigade's acknowledgement.
- Make no mistake, though, Gordon Ramsay genuinely has a fiery temper and spectacularly foul mouth. But his American shows immediately cut to and play up his outbursts for the sake of drama in contrast to his British shows, which tend to show how his temper reaches the boiling point. Also, he's usually seen on TV having to deal with restaurants, kitchens, and staff who have no idea what they're doing.
- He is also a quite a friendly person and can be an extremely patient teacher as long as whomever he's teaching is honest about whether or not they understand what's going on.
- Nice Guy: Whenever he's not running a kitchen.
- The Mean Brit
- Sir Swears-a-Lot
- Supreme Chef
- Tranquil Fury: While Gordon Ramsay is usually known for his angry shouting, when he is truly insulted he will actually resort to this. It's far more terrifying than any of his outbursts.
- Violent Glaswegian: While he doesn't have a Scottish accent, the town where he was born, Johnstone, is near Glasgow, and no one can deny that screaming, swearing and throwing falls under "violence."