16 fun facts about chef Gordon Ramsay

The competition will be fierce when Hell’s Kitchen: Battle of the Ages premieres September 29 on Fox with the chef Gordon Ramsay, 55, overseeing culinary showdowns between seasoned chefs and ambitious young challengers. Here are some fun facts about the Chef Judge, who started his own food career in England as a pot washer in an Indian restaurant.

  • Football (or soccer, as he calls it) was Ramsay’s dream career before injuries forced him to change his plans.
  • His feet are UK size 15, the equivalent of US size 16! All of her shoes are custom made.
  • He is a black belt in karate.

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  • Ramsay has participated in over 15 marathons and one of the toughest races in the world, the Ironman World Championship.
  • Swearing never to eat airplane food, he opened Gordon Ramsay Plane Food at London Heathrow Airport so people could get on with their meals.
  • He believes there are five foods that everyone should be able to prepare: a good burger, a breakfast, a chicken dish, a pot roast and a good cake.
  • Ramsay’s guilty pleasures when it comes to sweets are cookies and Crack Pie sent to him by Christina Tosi from the Milk Bar, and for fast food, it’s the In-N-Out double cheeseburgers.
  • At 31, Ramsay opened his very first restaurant in London’s Chelsea district, called Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
  • Ramsay’s signature dish is his Beef Wellington.
  • In 2006 he received the OBE [Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the world of hospitality.
  • On weekdays, Ramsay eats porridge (oatmeal) for breakfast, but his family waffles on Saturdays and pancakes on Sundays.

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  • Following in dad’s footsteps, daughter Matilda had her own cooking show for five seasons on CBBC called Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch.
  • Ramsay considers French chef Guy Savoy to be his mentor.
  • Married Ramsay Cayetana hutcheson in 1996, and the couple split their time between Wandsworth Common in south London and Los Angeles.
  • Ramsay has five children: Megan, 24; twins Holly, 22, and Jack, 22; Mathilde, 20 years old; and Oscar, 3.
  • Her favorite midnight snack is baked beans on sourdough bread toasted with garlic and hot sauce and topped with a duck egg and parmesan cheese.

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Rozella J. Cook