The Ramsay Effect

Learn about British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his talented daughter, Tilly.

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You all know who chef Gordon Ramsay is but have you met the daughter following in his footsteps? At just 20 years of age, Tilly Gordon is already giving her famous chef father a run for his money, teaching young people the basics of cooking simple and healthy meals. 

LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

You know her father as the hot-tempered, multi-Michelin–starred celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay. Her mother also happens to be a cookbook author. It’s no surprise, then, that Tilly Ramsay is making a name for herself in the kitchen, capitalizing on the youngest generation of foodies. 

From London England, Tilly began making appearances on television as early as 2005, in British children’s programs and on a number of her father’s shows, including ‘MasterChef Junior.’ Tilly (more formally, Matilda and more affectionately, Tills) is best known for her role on the BBC cooking show ‘Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,’ alongside her family. The series, aimed at children, aired from 2015 to 2019 and followed the Ramsay family on their summer holidays to the United States, with Tilly whipping up a themed meal for her parents and siblings each episode. At just 20 years of age, Tilly Gordon is already giving her famous chef father a run for his money, teaching young people the basics of cooking simple and healthy meals.

Tilly’s cookbook, “Tilly’s Kitchen Takeover” is a wonderful first cookbook for young people starting to show an interest in cooking.

HER WHIMSICAL WAY

In 2019, Tilly released her first cookbook, ‘Tilly's Kitchen Takeover' which is inspired by the series and is filled with fun kids' recipes like Meatball Subs, Magic Chocolate Wands and Bananas in Pajamas (bananas filled with peanut butter, chocolate chips and marshmallows). It even has a few recipes for pet food! Her whimsical twist on food aims to get tweens and teens excited about creating easy-to-follow recipes, with themes like ‘Sleepover Feasts.’ Not surprisingly, it’s sprinkled with tips and tricks from dad. Tilly’s cookbook, “Tilly’s Kitchen Takeover” is a wonderful first cookbook for young people starting to show an interest in cooking. 

As the youngest daughter of five children, Tilly says that she began cooking at a young age to get attention from her parents.

As the youngest daughter of five children, Tilly says that she began cooking at a young age to get attention from her parents and it quickly turned into a full-time hobby. For the highly competitive and confident teenager, cooking is about having fun and making simple, good food. On camera, she commands the kitchen with wit and enthusiasm. She’s also playful and cheeky, known for having spirited cook-offs with her dad and bragging publicly that her food is tastier and less ‘posh’ than her father's. 

These days, Tilly splits her time between her family homes in London and Los Angeles. When she’s not cruising around with her friends (she just got her driver’s license), you can find her making TikTok videos with her family and working for the family business, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants. Recently, she developed the kids’ menus for the family’s restaurant group, aptly called ‘Tilly’s Menus.’ As her culinary journey continues, she certainly knows whom to turn to for advice. In fact, he may be answering ‘yes, chef’ to her soon enough.

A BIT ABOUT DAD

A controversial chef, you may recognize celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, from Hell’s Kitchen, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, and MasterChef, to name just a few of the reality cooking shows he has produced. 

From humble beginnings as a teenage dishwasher in England, British chef Gordon Ramsay is now the proprietor of dozens of restaurants in Europe, England and North America, with a combined total of 16 Michelin stars. It’s been rumoured that he’s on track to open 100 restaurants by the year 2024.

Ramsay got his start working for acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White, before relocating to Paris to study French cuisine but it wasn’t until 1998 that he made his dream come true and opened his own restaurant in Chelsea, London. He called it Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and it has held three Michelin stars since 2001.

Ramsay got his start working for acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White, before relocating to Paris to study French cuisine.

He is a champion of competitive cooking reality shows and, as a reality television personality, Ramsay is known for his fierce temper and frequent use of expletives. Though Ramsay has published several cookbooks, perhaps the book most worth owning is his autobiography “Humble Pie,” summarizing his difficult childhood, failed career as a football player and climb to the top of the gastronomic ladder.