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CHEF DE FABLE.

Gordon Ramsay falls into the same category as Marmite, Jim Davidson and jazz music - you'll either love him or you'll hate him.

To some he's a foul-mouthed, bad-tempered, arrogant, rage-filled tyrant, while to others he's all that but they're just the ingredients of the feisty character that has made him Britain's most famous chef today.

No doubt Gordon's not exactly in fear and trembling about what tonight's documentary will dig up about him. It's not like he's made a secret of the fact he can turn into a crazed fruit loop when under pressure.

We've all seen his Hulk-like transformations on TV and frankly we liked it when he got angry on shows like Boiling Point, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen.

Speaking of the latter, former Hell's Kitchen contestant Edwina Currie contributes to tonight's Gordon fest describing him as 'a berk', 'an idiot' and 'a very nice man'.

Other famous faces passing comment on the Michelin-starred chef include rival Antony Worrall Thompson.

Childhood friends also get a slot at the microphone and help tell Gordon's fascinating life story from his humble beginnings in Glasgow. Apparently Gordon and his mother got on well but his father was a stern disciplinarian who became aggressive when drunk.

Gordon pursued a football career but his dreams were shattered following a knee injury. That's enough to whet your appetite for now, tune in tonight for the main course.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 3, 2005
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