The culinary world and all its followers are aware of Gordon Ramsay as a talented celebrity chef, a TV show host and the owner of several restaurants. Not many people, though, know of his love for cars. His passion for collecting cars and his fame as a chef started at around the same time and both have grown since. The highlights of his collection are his Ferraris and he has owned over 15 of them over time. The thrill of collecting some more cars continues and the latest one to join the others in his garage is the £1million LA Ferrari.
A Strong Passion for Cars
He’s owned over 15 Ferraris since finding fame as a celebrity chef.But Gordon Ramsay needed to update his collection on Sunday, when he picked up the keys to a £1million LA Ferrari in South Kensington before taking the 218mph hyper car for a spin.Gordon, 48, looked pretty pleased with himself after purchasing a car – also owned by Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton – which Top Gear says is to be ‘much respected.’
Family Comes First
And while the father of four had just bagged a ride with a 6.3-litre V12 engine, an electric motor worthy of a McLaren P1 car and lambo doors, his first trip was to pick up his kids. Gordon is sure to have earned some cool points when he arrived to collect daughter Meg from Netball in a stunning LA Ferrari, straight from the dealership.
Impressed By the Car
Showing off the new ride to his 422k Instagram followers, Ramsay at first said: ‘Holy Mackerel its Fast…’ before informing fans ‘My first trip was out on the M4 to watch Megs Netball fyi it didn’t take me long to get there…’He concluded: ‘The Electric part even toasts your bread quickly…’
Close to the Heart
His new electric sports car is thought to cost £1million before personalisation and though it is not known the full level of little touches Gordon made, he did brag about having his famous phrase ‘DONE!’ emblazoned on the steering wheel.
Out in Style, Always
Hell’s Kitchen host Gordon, whose best friends with David and Victoria Beckham, appeared youthful in black trainers and a navy T-shirt with jeans. Despite tearing his Achilles tendon two weeks ago and being seen sporting an ankle brace, the athletic television star was looking comfortable in his regular shoes.
The Shopping Spree
Sunday was a big spending day for the star, which also stopped by Claridge’s in his appropriately flashy vehicle. Gordon even held up onlookers in the street who stopped to snap on their camera phones while the celebrity chef served up satisfied smiles. It appeared to be a treat for himself after Gordon’s previous Ferrari 550 Maranello was gifted to him by wife Tana Ramsay when he achieved the 3 star Michelin award. The blue car was bought from the same HR Owen Ferrari dealership in South Kensington 15 years ago in the year 2000.
Enjoying His Success
The LA Ferrari model is just the latest in a string of supercars owned by the TV star, having previously owned 15 Ferrari models, including the 458 Italia and F12 Berlinetta. Things appear to be going well for the famous cook, whose wealth was estimated by Forbes to be around $48million.He is due to open the Bread Street Kitchen in Singapore and took his Hell’s Kitchen successfully over to the States in 2005.This year already, he was invited to feed Elton John and his Oscars 2015 after party guests, which included the likes of Miley Cyrus, Heidi Klum, Mike Myers and Kylie Minogue.
Always the family man, Gordon has been happily married to wife Tana since 1996 and together they have raised four children – Megan, 16, Matilda, 12, and 14-year-old twins Holly and Jack.
The chef is known for his out-of-the-box thinking and creative liberty that he takes with his recipes. Cooking gives him joy and satisfaction and he enjoys the same pleasures when he looks at his collection of cars that has taken as much time to build as his culinary empire.