A Tough Childhood
Gordon grew up in a rough London neighborhood with his troubled father and a mother who was a cook. Ramsay had a less-than-perfect role model in his father, who was unpleasant, to say the very least. Many times, the police would have to take his father away while his mother recuperated in the hospital. The kids would go to a children’s home. Ramsay’s tough childhood was what pushed him to create a better life for himself. It may also explain where all his anger originated.
A Football Player
Ramsay never planned to be a culinary genius. He dreamt of being a football player. He signed up with Glasgow Rangers as a trainee – even playing a few games with the team. Ramsay’s football career never took off since he was prone to injuries. He was always obsessed with sport – running and swimming were two of his other passions. But fate had other plans.
His Wife Tana, is the Real Boss
Ramsay admitted in interviews that his wife, Tana, is the boss lady. The two are deeply committed and have often flaunted the romance on-screen. They run a foundation together to help children who are terminally ill. The Gordon & Tana Ramsay Foundation provides funding and support for the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care.
A Loving But Strict Parent
Gordon Ramsay and Bill Gates seem to feel the same way about parenting – none of their earnings will go to their kids. Like Gates, Ramsay is bent on his kids leading “normal” lives. He’s a devoted father and doesn’t swear in front of his children, ever.
Heading Up a Triathlon Team for Charity
Ramsay regularly competes in triathlons and marathons across the country to raise money. On top of that, Ramsay also heads GTR100 – a team of 100 competitors that anyone can join. The £1,200 entry fee goes to charity.
He Takes a Stand
Ramsay may use meat for cooking but advocates responsible farming and animal husbandry. He is also not afraid to take on anyone suspected of wrongdoing. In 2010, he presented a documentary named “Shark Bait” that exposed the shark fin industry and its illegal practices. Filming became dangerous when gangs began to threaten and intimidate the crew.