Gordon Ramsay announces Matt Abé as Co-Chef Patron of 3 Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is celebrating 22 years since it first opened and Gordon Ramsay today announced on Social media he would be making Matt Abé, co-chef patron.

The restaurant has maintained three Michelin-stars for 19 years, something Gordon Ramsay says he couldn't have done without his team.

Matt joined the team 12 years ago and 'took over the reins' 5 years ago, he said: "In the past ten years I've grown as a chef, my palate has developed and I've grown in confidence."

When The Staff Canteen spoke to Matt and Gordon two years ago, Gordon said: “Without your team, you’re nothing."

"It’s not an overnight success,” he continued. “And keeping that team together and inspiring them to push even further – that’s the key.”

There have been just three head chefs over the years; Mark Askew, Clare Smyth and Matt, which Gordan said ‘is pretty incredible’.

Talking to The Staff Canteen at the time he said: “Matt knows me inside out. I’m honest and I’m straight to the point with no bullshit. Taking the reins of this business, it’s not something I would pass down easily and it’s not a position which got handed to him on a plate.

“You spot talent like that and you nurture them and support them. You improve their weaknesses and highlight their strengths. That sort of raw talent is a dream for me.”

Matt, who is originally from Australia, first worked for Gordon at Claridges, he had the desire to work in fine dining early on in his career and said ‘watching programmes like Boiling Point’ really inspired him.


He spent four and a half years working at a restaurant in Sydney called Aria under a chef called Matt Moran. From there he moved to Melbourne at the age of twenty one where he worked for a chef called Shannon Bennett at a restaurant called Vue de Monde as a chef de partie.

Then in 2003 he moved to the UK and got a job as chef de partie at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s through Matt Moran, who was a good friend of Gordon’s. He was there for about two and a half years before moving to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 2009 where he started as a chef de partie.

On working with Gordon he said: “My relationship with him is a mentorship and a friendship, he always guides me and it’s a two-way thing so I always feel free to express myself. I can talk to him and he listens to me, just as I would listen to him. There is no enforcing from either way, it’s a joint effort.”

How Old is Gordon Ramsay?

As of June 2023, Gordon Ramsay is 56 years old. 

Gordon Ramsay was born in Scotland, on November 8, 1966, and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, West Midlands, before moving to Banbury, Oxfordshire, and finally London.

Gordon began his career working for famed chefs Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux, despite previously dreaming of becomign a professional footballer for his childhood club Rangers F.C.

In 1998, Gordon opened his own first venue, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, earning three Michelin stars in 2001.

Gordon's first TV show was the fly-on-the-wall documentary Boiling Point, revealing to viewers the stressful world of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay's kitchen. 

A familiar face on TV, Gordon has since appeared in a number programmes includinng Hell's Kitchen, The F Word, Kitchen Nightmares, and most recently Next Level Chef

Across his career, Gordon has been awarded 17 Michelin stars from his work as a restaurateur.

How many restaurants does Gordon Ramsay Own? 

According to his company website, Gordon Ramsay has 58 restaurants.

In London alone, there are 12 bars and restaurants owned by Gordon Ramsay.

Some of these include the three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea; the one Michelin-starred Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay in Knightsbridge; and the Savoy Grill - Gordon Ramsay, which previously held one Michelin star. 

Gordon Ramsay has or currently owns restaurants in Scotland, Dubai, the US, France, Japan, Canada, Ireland, Qatar, Australia, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Czech Republic and South Africa.

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Premium Supplier 17th September 2020

Gordon Ramsay announces Matt Abé as Co-Chef Patron of 3 Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay