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Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey

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Gordon Ramsey's Background

Gordon Ramsey is that famous, quick tempered, driven TV personality and Scottish chef who looks like he just rolled out of bed and rushed to the restaurant. But that’s a far too simple explanation of this complex and competitive man who owns many restaurants and appears in numerous cooking shows.

Gordon is the second of four children who grew up with an abusive father and devoted mother. His first love was soccer, and he was beginning to pursue a career in it when he sustained injuries and had to find a different path. His father mocked him for his desire to work in the cooking industry, believing it was not masculine enough. Independent as most Scorpios are, he left home at 16 and tried various jobs until he found a place for himself in cooking, as a beginner chef at the Wroxton House Hotel, a 60 seat restaurant at the Wickam Arms.

This worked out for a bit until his sexual relationship with the owner’s wife made for a difficult situation, and Ramsey moved on to London, to work for Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s. After trying again in various establishments and not finding satisfaction, Gordon decided to study French cuisine, and was able to study with many of the best in the industry, thus finding his home.

Gordon Ramsey’s first head chef position was at Aubergine, with financial backing from Marco Pierre White. The place was a success, but the owners wanted to turn Aubergine into a chain, and Ramsey had different ideas. He opened Restaurant Gordon Ramsey in 1998, with the help of his father in law, and after that his empire expanded rapidly. He has won numerous awards, among them Officer of the Empire of the British Empire (OBE), and three Catey awards for Independent Restaurateur of the Year. In 2006 he was named the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry, and in 2013, was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

Ramsey's Reality Shows and Anecdotes About Him

Many of us know Gordon Ramsey better from his reality TV shows, like Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. His gets called in to improve failing establishments, raves at the people who can’t work up to his exacting standards, makes them feel like failures, and then does everything he can to help them fix what’s wrong and turn the business around. Gordon is very entertaining to watch, as he is so expressive, and he claims he didn’t realize how foul his language was until “his Mum complained to him about it.” He shows no sign of reforming.

His newest endeavor is Master Chef, on Fox. Ramsey, along with Aaron Sanchez, and Joe Bastianich, begins with numerous aspiring chefs. The three teams are mentored by the three chefs, and at the end of the hour, one is eliminated. The remaining chefs compete for the grand prize of $250,000.00! These guys are the toughest in the business, and just to be mentored by them is a great resume builder. I believe once they win, the mentor helps them find a position in a restaurant.

But Ramsey is not an ogre. His coworkers always show intense loyalty to him and it is said he treats them very well. The late Anthony Bourdain tells an anecdote about Ramsey in his book, A Cook’s Tour. This situation happened earlier in Ramsey’s career, apparently when he was a sous chef. (Bourdain doesn't tell, but I believe this was right before Ramsey opened Aubergine). An abusive chef was cruelly berating Ramsey, and he quit the job on the spot. Every other person in the cook staff followed Ramsey out and went to work for him at his next restaurant.

It is said he buys all his staff gym memberships, because to be on your feet all day lifting heavy pots, pans, and huge sacks of flour requires strength. Even though his fiery temper gets scary and it's hard to meet his exacting standards, he can pulverize people with words until they want to slink under a table. Then he puts his arm around them, and says, "You show great promise. Go back to school, get some experience, and come back to me when you are ready. I'd be proud to have you work in one of my kitchens." It appears he is torn between his own childhood of abuse and the love and support he got from his Mum, and shows both. He can be downright nurturing after throwing the worst tantrum. People adore this man.

Ramsey's Personal Life and Charity Work

Gordon has been married since 1996, to Cayetana Hutcheson, a Montessori school teacher; they have four children. It is his only marriage. He is a big charity supporter who has run 10 London Marathons on behalf of Spina Bifida, making this disease his pet cause. He helped raise money for a Support Center in Glasgow, utilizing the catch phrase, “What’s Your Favorite “F” Word? Gordon’s is Fundraising.” Ramsey has also teamed up with Indian chef Madhur Jeffrey, to support the international charity group, VSO, to help fight aids and HIV in India. They call their effort, “Spice Up Your Life.” The Ramseys were the first ambassadors for the Women’s Aid charity in 2005. Gordon also supports a biennial charity event Soccer Aid for UNICEF. Gordon owns numerous eateries all over the world, and is thought to earn about $60 million dollars a year, making him the 21st highest earning celebrity in the world.

It’s great to know he is so kind about spreading his wealth and taking the time to work with beginner chefs to teach them the level of professional skill they need to compete in a world of so many want to be chefs. I think Mum is proud, and this writer loves watching any show of Ramsey’s. He expects anyone he works with to work at the high standard he expects of himself. The world needs more hard working and generous people like Gordon Ramsey.

Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts—10/28/67—actually wanted to be veterinarian, but after appearing in a play with her brother Eric, decided she liked acting, even though she only spoke two words! Julia has gone on to make many movies, but probably is best known for Pretty Woman, where she plays a hooker in LA, and is hired to spend the week with a wealthy businessman played by Richard Gere. Both he and the audience fell in love with Julia then, and there was no turning back, though she took the part after many other actresses turned it down. Scorpios have strong gut feelings, and should always listen to them.

She has been in Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, Erin Brockovich, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, The Pelican Brief, Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Erin Brockovich, and received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias. Erin Brockovich is a real person and a true story, about a woman who took on the powerful energy company Pacific Gas and Electric, and won.

Julia Roberts Film Career

Julia Roberts is from Georgia, of parents who were both actors and playwrights. When her mother Betty was pregnant with Julia, she ran a children’s acting school in Decatur, GA, and the children of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King attended it. Mrs. King paid the hospital bill from when Betty was in the hospital having Julia. After finishing high school, Julia headed straight for New York to take acting lessons, which obviously paid off. She is a good sport and has appeared on Sesame Street opposite Elmo. Roberts took on another TV role, on Law and Order with Benjamin Bratt, whom she later dated. In 2006 she did voice overs for two films, The Ant Bully and Charlotte’s Web. Julia also starred in the popular Eat, Pray, Love, based on the novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, though readers of the book thought her character was not “serious” enough. This writer believes the book is always better than the movie, but enjoyed the part in India the best.

Julia's Love Life

Julia Roberts was engaged to Kiefer Sutherland, but they cancelled the wedding three days before it was supposed to happen. She was married to country singer Lyle Lovett for two years before they divorced. She met her current husband while filming The Mexican with her friend Brad Pitt. Danny Moder was the cameraman. She was divorced from Lovett, but Danny was married. He divorced so he and Julia could marry in 2002 at her ranch in Taos, NM. Nobody thought it would last, but they have three children together, twins Hazel and Finn, born in 2004, and Henry born in 2007. Julia has discussed her belief in Hinduism in an interview for Elle magazine. She generously gives her time to UNICEF and other charitable organizations. She visited Haiti in 1995 and tried valiantly to raise ten million dollars to help the people. Roberts is an environmentalist who serves as a spokeswoman for Earth Biofuels, and chairs the new advisory board to promote the use of renewable fuels. Julia also has her own production company called Red Om films. The Pretty Woman seems quite active for a mother of three.

David Muir