Wednesday, 29 September 2010
One of my biggest inspirations: Gordon Ramsay. Known for his foul mouth, short temper and of course a scandal which included a professional mistress (Sarah Symonds who allegedly had an affair with him also wrote a book called Having An Affair? A Handbook For The Other Woman), he is still one of the best chefs on the planet. He presented a number of shows varying from Kitchen Nightmares, where he saved failing restaurants, to the F word (‘It’s not rude, it’s Food!’) where he had amateur cooks cook his recipes proving that you don’t need to be a professional cook to cook amazing food.
But the reason he’s an inspiration to me is that he went from zero to hero: in his teens he was a football player who probably could not tell the difference between edam and brie. Thirty years later, he has 12 Michelin stars under his belt, is ranked the third best chef in the world (Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse are the first two) and is the main holder of an empire valued at £67m.
Unfortunately, he’s married.