I still love football, though, and I think cooking is like football. It's not a job, it's a passion. When you become good at it, it's a dream job and financially you need never to worry. Ever.
Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it's too assertive to the naked eye.
If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs. And that's exactly what I did.
When you find a guy who is powerful, a big father figure, you latch onto him immediately.
I am what I am. A fighter.
I train my chefs completely different to anyone else. My young girls and guys, when they come to the kitchen, the first thing they get is a blindfold. They get blindfolded and they get sat down at the chef's table... Unless they can identify what they're tasting, they don't get to cook it.
I'm Gordon Ramsay, for goodness sake: people know I'm volatile.
There's a bond among a kitchen staff, I think. You spend more time with your chef in the kitchen than you do with your own family.
When you cook under pressure you trade perfection.
The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody's ego, that's it, game over.
I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword - two jackets, one that's driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man.
I don't like looking back. I'm always constantly looking forward. I'm not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I'm too busy looking for the next cow.
Chefs are nutters. They're all self-obsessed, delicate, dainty, insecure little souls and absolute psychopaths. Every last one of them.
Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change. You've got to be boisterous to get results.
I don't think it's a good advert for any restaurant, a fat chef, and secondly, who wants to eat a dessert when the chef's a fat pig.
My wife, a schoolteacher, very disciplined. If you think I'm tough, trust me, and wait till you see when the children are on the naughty step. It's hilarious. So we decided that I'm going to work like a donkey and provide amazing support for the family.
Would I swap what I have achieved as a cook if I could have been as successful as a footballer? Definitely.
I don't run restaurants that are out of control. We are about establishing phenomenal footholdings with talent.
We are about creating a new wave of talent. We are the Manchester United of kitchens now. Am I playing full-time in the kitchen? I am a player-coach.
You don't come into cooking to get rich.