His famously fiesty temperament has earned him a bad boy reputation. His restaurant empire has seen its share of ups and downs. And his personal life is the frequent fodder of tabloids.
But there's no mistaking the fact that Gordon Ramsay is a culinary force of nature.
We caught up with the master chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author at Vegas Uncork'd in Las Vegas. He showed off savory bites from his three eateries in town.
We also found him utterly charming, soft spoken and surprisingly humble around other acclaimed chefs!
Regardless of whether his true nature matches his demanding TV bravado, the one we observed in person or somewhere in between, Ramsay is a phenom. Born in Scotland and raised in England, he studied hotel management in college. And then he managed to train with some of the top chefs in the world, such as London's Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White and France's Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon.
Personally witnessing Savory chide Ramsay in French about his new haircut was a highlight of the Vegas visit.
Now Ramsay plans to expand into Asia. He'll open a Bread Street Kitchen in central Hong Kong in September 2014. Plans call for additional restaurants in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia through 2015.
Singapore and Macau are distinct possibilities, if discussions with the Las Vegas Sands pan out.
British-European food is on the menu at the original Bread Street Kitchen in London. The Hong Kong version will feature substantially the same concept. The warehouse-like restaurant and bar features an eclectic mix of banquettes and furnishings surrounded by glass walls and high ceilings.
It's especially popular for breakfast meetings, with offerings such as scrambled eggs and salmon, ricotta pancakes.
Of course, there's always a full English breakfast consisting of two eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms and broiled tomato.
House Specialties include Potted Salt Brisket and English Green Asparagus Soup; Beef Shortrib Burger with Sriracha Mayo; Herdwick Lambs Cutlets, English Rose Veal Chop and Steamed Sea Bream.
A Canape Menu for groups features BSK Mini Burgers, Fried Rock Oysters, Chorizo Balls Wrapped in Puff Pastry, Saffron Aioli Salt and Szechuan Pepper Squid, 35 Day Dried Aged Seared Sirloin, Tamarind chicken wings and Roasted New Caledonian prawns.
A Lazy Loaf Menu includes Hamhock Hash with Fried Duck Egg and Warm Beet Root Tart with Toasted Pine Nuts. Deserts feature Ramsay's take on tradtional favorites. They include Mulberry Fool with Brandy Snap; Banoffee Pie and a salted carmel and vanilla ice cream shake spiced up with Rum and Jagermeister.
An Weekend Brunch Menu includes English Lobster Roll and English Steak and Eggs.
The Hong Kong version of Bread Street Kitchen is being launched under a consulting and licensing agreement with the giant Dining Concepts restaurant group. The company is well known for its partnerships with celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali. It already has some 25 brands in the Hong Kong area.
Gordon Ramsay Group
Bread Street Kitchen is one of 12 restaurants by the Gordon Ramsay Group in London alone. Worldwide, the Group operates two dozen restaurants in Europe, the US and Middle East.
Those restaurants hold an impressive seven Michelin stars.
The Group's most notable establishiments include:
- Flagship restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea. It's held three Michelin-stars for more than 12 years.
- Bread Street Kitchen, maze and Savoy Grill in London
- Gordon Ramsay BurGR and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Las Vegas.
Ramsay also plans to open a new restaurant in London's West End in the fall of 2014. Heddon Street Kitchen will serve modern European food in an "all day dining room" concept.
Another restaurant is planned for the same London space where Ramsay originall got his start. Site of the former Aubergine, Ramsay plans to transform it into a 60-seat venue by summer of 2014.