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Looking back at previous NCOTY winners: Gordon Ramsay

Winning National Chef of the Year (NCOTY) can literally be career changing. Adding your name to the NCOTY hall of fame puts you in the culinary spotlight for not only your winning year, but for many more to come.

Over the coming weeks we are going to be exploring the careers of some of the former NCOTY winners. First to be put in the spotlight is Gordon Ramsay who won The National Chef of the Year competition back in 1992.

As entries have opened for this year’s event we’re looking back on the glittering career of Gordon Ramsay and have made a note of ten things that have happened since he won the competition 24 years ago.

  1. Gordon was just 31 years old when he set up his own restaurant in 1998, named Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
  2. In 2001 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay received three Michelin stars. 
  3. He is one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three Michelin stars and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay still remains London’s longest running restaurant to hold these stars. 
  4. Petrus was Gordon’s second restaurant and this is where current National Chef of the Year, Larry Jayasekara currently works as a sous chef.
  5. There are now Gordon Ramsay Restaurants located around the world in countries ranging from USA to Italy.
  6. He’s appeared on a number of TV shows including Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon’s Great Escape.
  7. Gordon and his wife, Tana have set up the Gordon and Tana Ramsay Foundation to make a difference to causes which are important to them. The charity raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
  8. In 2006, Gordon received an OBE (Order of the British Empire awarded by Queen Elizabeth II) for all that he has done for the industry.
  9. Gordon Ramsay even made an appearance on The Simpsons in a 2011 episode called ‘The Food Life’.
  10. In an interview with Fox News, Gordon declared his favourite Disney movie as the culinary-inspired, Ratatouille.

Only the best chefs have what it takes to win National Chef of the Year but you’ve got to ‘Be in it to win it’. See which other chefs you could follow in the footsteps of by taking a look at our long list of winners.
Sources: https://www.gordonramsay.com/, Wikipedia and Fox News.

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