Speakers Profile - Gordon Ramsay

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After completing an HND course in hotel management. Gordon joined Marco Pierre White in the early days of Harvey's in Wandsworth. After a couple of years Gordon moved to Le Gavroche to work alongside Albert Roux. This was followed by three years of working in France in the kitchens of Guy Savoy and Jo�l Robuchon.

In October 1993, Gordon became chef of the newly opened Aubergine where he won many accolades including two Michelin stars within three years of opening.

In 1998 at the age of 31, Gordon set up his first wholly owned restaurant, Gordon Ramsay, on the former site of La Tante Claire in Chelsea.

A year later he opened P�trus with his prot�g� Marcus Wareing as Chef Patron, in St. James's. Within seven months it had won a Michelin star.

In June 2000 Gordon won The Chef of the Year Award at the Cateys. His restaurant Gordon Ramsay was voted the Top Restaurant in the U.K. with a score of 28 in the 2001 London Zagat Survey and was also named as the best Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2001 Harden's Guide. These ratings continued in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

On 19th January 2001 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay gained its third Michelin star in the Michelin Red Guide Great Britain & Ireland. In October 2001 Gordon opened Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's which gained a Michelin star in 2003. Gordon has extensive consultancy agreements with a number of blue chip companies including Singapore Airlines, Booker Cash and Carry Limited and Aramark Limited.

At the beginning of October 2002 Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited took over the whole of the food and beverage operation at The Connaught Hotel with Angela Hartnett at the helm. Her restaurant MENU won its first Michelin star in January 2004.

In 2003 Gordon Ramsay Holdings re-launched The Savoy Grill with Marcus Wareing. The restaurant achieved its first Michelin star in 2004. This was followed with the opening of Boxwood Caf� at The Berkeley. At the same time the Michelin starred P�trus came from St. James's to join Boxwood Caf� at The Berkeley.

May 2004 saw Gordon Ramsay star in the Channel 4 series Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, a series of four one-hour programmes, later to be awarded a BAFTA.
A second series of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares was followed by the very successful US version of Hell's Kitchen for Fox TV. November 2005 brought the debut of Channel 4's The F-Word,.

In July 2005 Gordon opened his first restaurant in Japan at The Conrad Tokyo, the city's newest luxury hotel. The year was rounded off with Gordon's award of an OBE in the New Year's Honours list. In 2006, a third series of Kitchen Nightmares appeared on Channel 4. A second series of the US Hell's Kitchen was shown in the USA and ranked number 1 in its period among key demographics.

In September 2006, Gordon's eponymous restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (68 Royal Hospital Road) reopened following a major refurbishment in excess of �1 million. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay retained its number one position as the country's top gastronomic experience as rated in the 2007 Hardens Guide, as well as gaining the highest ratings for service and food.

In November 2006 Gordon made his stateside debut with the opening of Gordon Ramsay at The London. 2008 many more projects for the group launched including Gordon Ramsay at The London, West Hollywood and the opening of a restaurant at the newly built Heathrow, Terminal 5.