Since completing university, Paul has worked as a librarian, teacher, and freelance writer. Born in the UK, he currently lives in Florida.
It is difficult to escape British chef, restaurant owner, and television personality, Gordon Ramsay nowadays.
He seems to be always either presenting a new show on television, being interviewed, making a guest appearance on another show, opening or closing one of his many restaurants, or hitting the newspaper headlines with lurid stories about his alleged affairs, business troubles, or family conflicts.
The thoughts below are my own personal opinions, but I am sure that I am not alone in finding Chef Gordon Ramsay a very difficult and complex character who inspires very mixed feelings and reactions, from warmth and admiration to anger and scorn.
So here are my 10 reasons why I love and hate Gordon Ramsay.
I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword - two jackets, one that's driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man.
— Gordon Ramsay
10 Reasons Why I Love Gordon Ramsay
- Gordon Ramsay is extremely hard working and that is one of, if not the main reason that he has had so much success as a cook, restaurant owner and tv personality.
- He is tough and doesn’t take any nonsense from people. In fact it is amusing to see people trying to B.S. him!
- Chef Ramsay gives some genuine insights into the restaurant trade and has achieved results in helping people turn around their struggling businesses in his Kitchen Nightmares television show.
- Chef Ramsay speaks his mind and tells the truth, even if sometimes the people he is talking to don’t want to hear it.
- His cursing is part of his personality and charm and is the way that people speak in hot, stressful kitchens.
- Nobody seriously disputes that Ramsay is an excellent chef and can cook excellent food.
- Chef Ramsay actually knows what he’s talking about, unlike many other celebrity chefs that you see on television who are usually 95% celebrity personality and only 5% cookery and restaurant trade.
- Ramsay started with nothing, had a tough family life and background, yet still managed to work his way up the restaurant trade from the bottom all the way to the top by the time he was forty.
- He does a lot of great work for charity.
- Gordon Ramsay raises food standards generally through highlighting issues such as cleanliness and quality on his television shows.
10 Reasons Why I Hate Gordon Ramsay
- Gordon Ramsay is arrogant, pig-headed and shows prejudice against some types of people, for instance, some of his remarks against women are offensive.
- He can come across as a bully sometimes when he is haranguing people. It is not a good example generally, and certainly not for young people.
- Chef Ramsay uses crude language and he is always cursing. This behavior is unnecessary and sets a bad example for children and adults alike.
- Ramsay’s talk about an idyllic family life in the media would appear to be a cynical publicity ploy, if you believe the allegations made about him having at least one extra-marital affair and his battles with his in-laws.
- How does he have the nerve to dish out advice to struggling restaurant owners when we read that some of his own restaurants are failing or have failed financially?
- Gordon Ramsay should focus more on what he’s good at, which is cooking, and spend less time trying to be a tv personality and celebrity.
- If it is true that Chef Gordon Ramsay received plastic surgery recently then that is a big mistake in my opinion. He is a chef, not a male model, or a movie star and it sounds like his vanity is overtaking his common sense.
- Ramsay releasing a public letter that attacked his in-laws was a major error of judgment in my opinion, whatever disagreements they have, they should try to solve them in private. One can only imagine how upsetting it must be for his wife and children.
- Is he a serial womanizer? There have been numerous allegations and rumors made in the newspapers that suggest he has had more than one affair and it does make you wonder?
- Ramsay has been less than truthful about his past on some occasions, for instance, he has claimed that he played two first team games for the Glasgow Rangers soccer team in Scotland, but the team’s historians say that he was never signed for the team.
Find what's hot, find what's just opened and then look for the worst review of the week. There is so much to learn from watching a restaurant getting absolutely panned and having a bad experience. Go and see it for yourself.
— Gordon Ramsay
I've had a lot of success; I've had failures, so I learn from the failure.
— Gordon Ramsay
Brief Gordon Ramsay Biography
- Ramsay was born 8 November 1966 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
- He was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. His mother was a nurse. His father was an alcoholic and could be violent at times, he drifted between a variety of jobs. The family also moved around a lot during Ramsay's childhood.
- Ramsay had a brief career as a footballer, taking trials for Glasgow Rangers, but had to give up after numerous injuries.
- Aged 19, he went to catering college and became a chef, working in London and Paris.
- Ramsay returned to London in 1993. Shortly after, with the help of Marco Pierre White, he became joint owner of Aubergine restaurant.
- He fell out with his business partners, however, and left Aubergine. A short time later, he opened his own restaurant with financial backing from his father-in-law. This restaurant gained its third Michelin star in 2001 and was a great success.
- Ramsay's restaurant empire rapidly expanded around the world.
- During this time, he also began his television career, initially in the UK and later in the USA.
Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change. You've got to be boisterous to get results.
— Gordon Ramsay
The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate. So you need to be strong. Physically fit. So my chefs get weighed every time they come into the kitchen.
— Gordon Ramsay
© 2011 Paul Goodman
Catcando62 on June 28, 2019:
I have your books I watched your ultimate cooking guide but I feel you exploited some of the extriveingly chef for entertainment purposes because they draw you in
night time soap opera
Matthew on March 12, 2019:
Paul you're an absolute jealous prick with no backbone. Who are you to comment on Gordon when you've NEVER worked in a restaurant nor kitchen before??? Why don't you go listen to Gordon's mentor Marco Piere White on how hard it is in high end restaurants, do some research before you post this ball less garbage. "Some of his remarks against women are offensive", why's that cause you're one of the mass morons who thinks women should be respected on a different level than men??? You're a douche bag! I hope you haven't spawned any kids cause you're bloodline should be stopped immediately.
unknown on October 19, 2018:
there are somethings what i like about gordan but its so difficult to consider him as a role model because of his swaering and arrogance to other chefs and honestly meeting gordan ramsey in real life is a nightmare
atleast he should low his tone and stop swearing his tone and emotions makes him more like a fucking madman
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on April 01, 2018:
I love Gordon! I think many people think it's easy to own and run a restaurant, and when they realize it's not, lie and cut corners. On Kitchen Nightmares, many are family issues.The Patriarch of a large family expects his children to run the place, once he gets depressed and runs it into the ground. But he doesn't pay them, so he keeps them from growing up, because they are dependent on him. Or a daughter gets her parents to take out a second or third mortgage on their home, and sits at the bar drinking all night, while young, inexperienced cooks run "her" place into bankruptcy. But she tells everyone how independent she is. It's a 20 hr. a day job if it serves lunch and dinner, and you need a lot of experienced help.
styliani on June 25, 2015:
I like his crazy personality... He is very smart and very handsome .....
Gordon is a wonderful chef,and has helped many on their career paths. He also has helped many save their businesses from going under. He has worked so hard to help others get on the right track. On another note...His personal life is none of our business. What he did or didn't do is for him and his family to sort out in private
firstname.lastname@example.org on June 25, 2015:
I like his smile and his pronunciation. I think that he is very clever and very handsome .
Dawg on June 24, 2015:
Honestly the bad points about him was total nonsense
Louise on June 22, 2014:
I hate people like Ramsay. Why do people think that being passionate is an all-purpose excuse to treat people like dirt? The alpha-male "look at how hard I am" schtick does nothing for me. He needs to get over himself. At the end of the day he's just a thug who happens to be able to cook. Or to be more specific, a thug that's a good cook, a shit footballer, and a lousy husband. I thought the way he eliminated the second time on Hell's Kitchen was pure discrimination against her personality. So, she was kind of quiet and didn't want to deal with the world by emoting at it wildly, which is Ramsay's favoured method. Criticize her for her cooking, yes, but lay off the character assassination, the self-righteous self-important piece of crap
devilsrain on September 04, 2012:
The thing that I like about him is that he doesn't give a F about what you or anyone says.
Paul Goodman (author) from Florida USA on April 14, 2012:
He is certainly entertaining and charismatic! :-)
Paul Goodman (author) from Florida USA on April 14, 2012:
Some of the "Nightmare" restaurants he visits - you do wonder why the owner ever thought he/she should be running an eating establishment! I guess there's a romance associated with owning a restaurant for some, but it's a tough business, hard work and difficult to make money from over a long period of time.
mmm on April 14, 2012:
I like Gorden Ramsey but none of the restaurants he saves ever make it after he leaves. 1 out of 20 make it...
lalla on March 19, 2012:
io adoro gordon rasmsay ...........................................................................ciaoooooooooooooo
Kym Roberts on February 24, 2012:
Gordon is a wonderful chef,and has helped many on their career paths. He also has helped many save their businesses from going under. He has worked so hard to help others get on the right track. On another note...His personal life is none of our business. What he did or didn't do is for him and his family to sort out in private. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.
Jerkov Wain-Kerr on February 18, 2012:
Gordon is a f*cking MAN, who has achieved more than you, earns more than you, gets laid infinitely more than you, is infinitely more relevant than you, cooks way way way f-ing better than you, and uh...uh...yeah, well, there are no other more relevant metrics really. Your name is? Who? Sorry, never heard of you. Gordon Ramsay? Fuck, for sure, man, who hasn't heard of him!
Christina Louise on August 05, 2011:
I have always loved GR. He has fantastic entertainment value and despite his tough front, he sometimes shows that he has a big warm heart under that rough exterior.
Paul Goodman (author) from Florida USA on July 25, 2011:
Well, in some ways his positives and his flaws are two sides of the same coin: they brought him success, but might also be his undoing! :)
IdeaMorphist from Chicagoland on July 25, 2011:
I love Gordon!!! Even his flaws :)
Paul Goodman (author) from Florida USA on June 02, 2011:
I love Kitchen Nightmares, as I find it interesting to hear Chef Gordon Ramsay's ideas on the restaurant business. Some of the other stuff he does, I am not so keen on. I also wonder about his private life, which seems chaotic, to say the least. I wouldn't be completely shocked if he suffered a complete Tiger Woods style meltdown!
b. Malin on April 27, 2011:
I like his crazy personality...maybe it just seems to suit him...But sometimes he goes into such rages that I would worry that it could affect his (heart) and health. To sum him up, what you see, is what you get...He is not a phony and he's worked hard to get where he is today.