Role Model : Gordon Ramsay

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Role Model 1 Gordon Ramsay, the name should sound familiar. If you don’t recognize him as the foul-mouthed perfectionist, terrorizing novice cooks on notorious TV show Hells Kitchen you may know him from any of his Michelin star awarded restaurants. A now power house name in the hospitality industry he has had to claw his way to the top triumphing over any obstacles that got in the way. Establishing himself as one of the top leaders in today’s hospitality industry. It wasn’t easy. Gordon James Ramsay was born on November 8th 1966 in Johnstone, Scotland to young parents Helen and Gordon Ramsay Sr. His father was an abusive, alcoholic, womanizer who was constantly out of work and unable to support the family (which eventually added three more children) leaving them at times so desperately poor that they lived in a caravan with no heat. Gordon Ramsey sr. wanted to be a musician and would spend whatever money he managed to save by working as a welder or a swimming instructor on expensive guitars or audio equipment while a young Gordon was wandering around in flea market clothing. The Ramsay’s moved around frequently chasing Gordon Sr.’s pipe dreams, forcing his children to change schools every six months allowing them no time to settle or make friends. All such pipe dreams always turned to dust. As a result Gordon’s father was an angry frustrated man who would routinely beat him with a belt for minor infractions such as spilling a coke or slamming a door. Gordon sought a way to escape the house and gain acceptance by joining a junior boys soccer team at school. Surprisingly he excelled and quickly established himself as a star player. He often had to prove himself as the constant school moving had him trying out for a different team every few months. Eventually, he was discovered by a scout while playing for Oxford United Youth Club and signed to the

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