First grabbing our attention on popular TV show Hell’s Kitchen, and again on Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay gained quite the reputation for being one of the best but also one of the most cut-throat chefs around. But screaming at the kitchen is not the only thing he’s particularly known for. Thanks to his colorful word choices and fiery temper, Gordon Ramsay is the 19th highest paid celebrity in the world, and the second highest paid chef with a net worth of a whopping $60 million dollars. Now, he owns and operates 35 restaurants around the world, and has been awarded 16 Michelin stars throughout his career (1).
While 16 Michelin stars is quite the accomplishment, there is one restaurant in particular that is considered Ramsay’s signature accomplishment – the Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, first opened in 1998 as Ramsay’s first solo restaurant, is his only restaurant to have earned and maintained its three Michelin Star rating since 2001, making it one of the fanciest restaurants in the world. While the Scottish chef continues to blow the world away with his incredible flavor and cooking style, the Gordon Ramsay 3 Michelin Star Restaurant holds a special place in the culinary world.
Who is Gordon Ramsay?
In case the name does not ring a bell, Gordon Ramsay is a chef to be reckoned with in the culinary world. Getting an early start in his cooking career, Ramsay quickly earned his spot as head chef at the young age of 27. It wasn’t until 1998 that Ramsay really rose to fame when he starred on British television show, Boiling Point. That was also the same year Ramsay opened his signature restaurant, The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, and soon his dream took form.
In 2001, The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road earned its first recognition by earning three Michelin Stars, making Ramsay the first Scottish chef to earn the coveted Michelin reward. By 2004, he became one of the most influential and best known chefs in the UK. Soon, Ramsay appeared in many cooking reality TV shows, began opening more restaurants, and even began writing books.
In the world of reality cooking shows, Ramsay is especially known for his bluntness. It is not uncommon to watch someone burst into tears after taking a particularly loud scolding from Ramsay. His strict demeanor, loose temper, frequent use of colorful language, and intense personality truly set him apart, but also make him quite the addictive reality star to watch. Soon the world had their eyes glued to Ramsay, and in 2020 Forbes listed him at the 19th highest earning celebrity in the world.
The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, or Gordon Ramsay at Hospital Road, first earned their three Michelin Stars in 2001, and has maintained their prestigious reputation for almost two decades now. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1998 taking the place of the previously housed Michelin starred restaurant, La Tante Claire. In 2001, Ramsay became the first Scottish chef to earn Michelin guide recognition and has made a point to uphold this scoring (2). The restaurant has undergone several major interior changes since then, the most recent being in 2013 in which the restaurant had undergone an art deco design. In addition to this, Matt Abé was appointed Chef de Cuisine in 2015, and still leads the team today.
As with any good restaurant, The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road has received just as much push back as it has praise. In 2009, Terry Durack from The Independent described the restaurant as classic cooking, and a very sophisticated experience. He said the food was well-edited and put flavor first, making it a masterpiece to enjoy. Overall, he gave the restaurant a sixteen out of twenty score. In the 2011 edition of Harden’s Restaurant Guide, however, the restaurant is listed as one of the top two “most disappointing cooking” category and “most overpriced in the UK”. The reviews go back and forth as people praise and put down The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. However, it is worth mentioning that the restaurant, despite negative reviews, has still upheld their three Michelin star rating for quite some time now, still making it worth a special journey to enjoy a meal at this restaurant.