Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. With an injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in football, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management.

The recent news of his upcoming collaboration with David Beckham could be Gordon’s way of reliving his dreams for football stardom through his one true talent – cooking. 

Gordon’s previous culinary adventures in London include becoming chef at Aubergine in 1993, which, within three years of his attendance, was awarded two Michelin stars. In 1998, Ramsay set up his first wholly owned and eponymous restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received three Michelin stars. Today, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this star, and Ramsay is one of four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay closed for refurbishment earlier this year and reopened in March with a new Chef Patron, Clare Smyth.

Gordon’s other London-based restaurants include: Bread Street Kicthen, Fotrot Oscar, Maze, Maze Grill, The Narrow, Petrus, Plane Food, Savoy Grill and York and Albany. 

The restaurant Gordon and David are set to open together is Union Street Café, a two-floor restaurant concept in Harling House on the intersection of Union Street and Great Suffolk Street in Southwark, which will focus on serving Mediterranean-style cuisine. 

Commenting on the collaboration, Gordon joked, ‘David Beckham is going to be my sous chef.’

Wishful thinking on our part, perhaps, but we look forward to seeing David flip a pan as well as he can bend a ball...