Gordon Ramsay Turns Up the Heat on the Grand Prix
2011-04-08 · By Editor
Chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay has been named Grand Marshal of the 37th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15-17.
As Grand Marshal, Ramsay’s duties will include giving the famous “Drivers, start your engines!” command at the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sunday, April 17 at approximately 1:15 p.m.
Scottish by birth, Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. After an injury prematurely ended a promising soccer career, Ramsay’s first years in the kitchen were spent training under culinary luminaries in London and France. In 1993, he became chef of the newly opened Aubergine and within three years the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars. Five years later, at the age of 31, he set up his first wholly owned restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in Chelsea, which was awarded three Michelin stars within three years of its launch and is now London’s longest-running restaurant to hold this prestigious accolade.
Ramsay has also become a TV star both in the UK and internationally with shows such as Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word, Hell’s Kitchen USA and Gordon’s Great Escape and, last year added new television programs, including MasterChef in America and Ramsay’s Best Restaurants and Christmas with Gordon in the UK. He has also published a number of hugely-successful books including his autobiography, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen.
Tickets for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring six racing events including the IZOD IndyCar Series, can be purchased from the Grand Prix ticket office by calling toll-free at (888) 82-SPEED, or you can select your seats online and print your tickets at home for no additional charge by visiting gplb.com.