Gordon James Ramsay, Jr. is born in Johnstone, Scotland to Gordon James Sr., a shopkeeper, and Helen Ramsay, a nurse. Ramsay has describes his childhood as one filled with neglect and abuse from his “hard-drinking womanizer” father and later moved out at the age of sixteen. Ramsay’s father did not approve of his passion for cooking and often used gay slurs while talking to him about it.
He taught me how to swim and I think that’s important. His method involved holding my head underwater for minutes on end.