Gordon James Ramsay is a British Chef, television, personality, writer, and restaurateur. He was born in Johnstone, Scotland on November 8, 1966. Raised in Stratford, England, and started cooking with his mother as a child. In 1997 he founded his global restaurant chain, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants. Since then, he has been awarded 16 Michelin stars and currently holds seven. In the 2006 New Year Honours he was given the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the hospitality industry, but almost missed the award ceremony when his plane was delayed. In July 2006, Ramsay won the Catey award for “Independent Restaurateur of the Year”, becoming only the third person to have won the award of three. The other two triple-winners are Michel Roux and Jacquie Pern. Ramsay’s two previous other awards were in 1995 (Newcomer of the Year) and 2000 (Chef of the Year). Ramsay was also nominated in 2006 as a candidate for Rector of the University of St Andrews but lost at the polls to Simon Pepper. His next-generation multi-media production company Studio Ramsay has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows. Some of his shows are MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell, The f word, Kitchen Nightmares, Boiling point, and many more!