Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Celebrity Chef - Gordon Ramsay

I guess I am always fascinated by anything creative, and that includes cooking, although my wife doesn’t think I know how to cook anything other than spaghetti. One celebrity chef that I watch on cable TV is Gordon Ramsay. I was reading an article from The Malaysian Insider on The Credit Crunch on Celebrities and it had something about Gordon. I copied the part about Gordon but you can read the rest here.

Gordon Ramsay – star of popular reality show, “Hell’s Kitchen”.

He advises struggling restaurateurs in Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, but now Gordon has his very own nightmare.

He has sold his restaurants in Los Angeles, Paris and Prague back to the hotels which housed them.

Although Ramsay is worth £60million on paper, his restaurant business has been hit by the credit crunch and is said to be debt-ridden and overstretched.

Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) - the umbrella firm for his 25 restaurants - has been taken to court over unpaid debts three times in a month.

Its latest accounts - which cover the year to August 31, 2007 - were posted eight months late and reveal that the company’s overdraft was renegotiated from £4.5million to £6.1million.

Suppliers are owed almost £5million, and the company also owes £1.7million in corporation tax.
Ramsay and Chris Hutcheson, the GRH chief executive who is also the celebrity chef’s father-in-law, have had to make personal pledges to help the company pay its debts if necessary.

Ramsay is selling his Ferrari Scuderia at a £50,000 loss. The chef, who has owned the car for six months, has a Range Rover and an Audi for everyday use, but the Ferrari was his pride and joy.
- From Malaysia Insider

Bazi Analysis

He is Xin metal daymaster person – showy, eloquent, everything you expect from a celebrity chef. For those who want to know more about what other daymasters represent, I like to point my readers to my friend Josephine’s blog and article about interpretation of daymasters.

He was born in a Pig month, and in the study of the 10 Gods, the Yang Water in the PIG represents the hurting officer. Now, if I can just convince Josephine to write an article about the 10 Gods! Hahahah…… Anyway, the hurting officer is an OUTPUT star that essentially demands attention, pretty much how celebrities or divas behave.

As a weak Xin metal person (as he was not born in season), resource and friends are very important elements to him. With resource and friends, wealth can be generated. For a metal person, wealth is represented by Wood. Let’s look at some key events in his life and see if this analysis matches up.

Again, relying on Wikipedia, you get to know his whole life. How wonderful the Internet is! The first thing you’ll note, is his childhood wasn’t that all great. By looking at the fire elements in the YEAR pillar and determining if that very element is favorable or not, you can already determine his luck during his first 15 years (estimate) of his life. Fire to Xin metal is a no no. Xin metal is already forged. It doesn’t need any more fire, not like the Geng metal element. I am also wondering if fire isn’t a favorite element, how did he get so successful through cooking?

According to Wikipedia, he was 19 when he started paying attention to his culinary education. Guess what, he coincides exactly with the his 19 luck pillar for Metal (Xin)/Chou (Indirect Resource). As mentioned earlier, resource is also very important for a weak metal person. Both the stems and branch are important to him. Gordon Ramsay’s rise to fame begins here. It was during this luck pillar (1985-1994), that he started cranking his fly wheel (see my older article) and developed the experience and expertise which pretty much brought about his fortune and fame, when the timing was right.

This golden period started 1995, during his 29 luck pillar of Ren Yin (water tiger). The ren representing the hurting officer, and the wood in tiger was wealth. You could almost say that he received the recognition and wealth for the work he did during this period.

After he had returned to London (1993) he started running restaurants, which he began to take ownership. The interesting point to note, that it was through his acquaintances like Marco White and his father in law that helped propelled his wealth. I like to look at these people as robwealth, even though it is not present in the chart. My interpretation is that Xin metal people are like fine knifes. It’s very difficult for them to chop wood (wealth element). They need friends and partners to help them achieve that. Incidentally, Gordon’s father in law is also represented by his Indirect Resource (people in your life can be represented by 10 Gods, too) and resource is an important element to Gordon!

If you look at individual years, that would be times, where he had faced some challenging moment. Example in 1997, he left his a restaurant because of a dispute with some of the partners. A quick note: let me WARN all EMPLOYERS out there about this HURTING OFFICER type people. If you hire these people, they will leave you sooner or later, especially when the hurting officer becomes very prominent or you don’t acknowledge their work. It has happen so many times to me, no amount of money or persuasion can compensate this attribute of HO type personalities. Anyway, back to Gordon, 1997 was a Ding Chou year. Ding is Ying Fire and represents 7Killings. The xin metal hates this 7K so some negative outcome is expected during that year. But it was still a good luck pillar, and a great earth branch. Together with his father in law, he soon started his own chain of restaurants.

Let’s go back to the article. What happen in 2007. 2007 was a Ding Hai year (fire water). Both are unfavorable elements for him. He’d obviously have challenges during that year. And when the Pig meets Monkey month, it formed a Harm formation signifying an even more stressful moment, probably accented by people who may be considered ‘robwealth’ as August was a robwealth month (think of it, an article was written and this date was mentioned). I don’t think 2008 was any better, as Ramsay was born in the year of the horse. I didn’t have any horse friends who did well in their work during 2008 year of the Rat. Will he survive?

Of course he will. Looking at the current luck pillar, and the next, Gordon will continue to generate new wealth probably till he is 58! Maybe his Ferrari was RED is colour and did no good to him! :-)


Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble said...

Hi, it's a very great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

Chris Chan said...

Thanks. Needs a little curiosity and a lot of analytical effort for each article, not to mentioned uninterrupted time!

Josephine said...


Haha... will consider your suggestion on the Ten Gods.
There was these column on the celebrity news in one of the magazine I read. It seems Paris Hilton has mistaken Gordon Ramsay as the Prime Minister of UK.
Weird, I was wondering who is this fellow, Gordon Ramsay, and then I saw him in your blog.

Lam said...


while in my opinion,...

his childhood experience wasn't that great might be because the horse(wu) is clash by the zi(rat) in the first 10 LP. (i thought fire is important to a person during winter season, fire bring warmth...).

age 19, metal xin chou LP. xin at the heaven stem combine with the bing at the year pillar of the chart, and transform into water(shang guan) during winter season of the chart.Wonder can shang guan represent idea/talent that he gain during this 10 years?

in 1995 yi hai. LP ren yin. Yin combine with the hai at the month stem, transform into wood (present of yi during annual pillar to trigger the transform).and wood represent wealth, 1995 wealth luck is better compare to other year?

1997 ding chou year.Chou clash with the resource/nobleman of this person. maybe this result the disrupt? the ding combine with the ren from LP as well, but can't transform into wood. ren as shang guan(idea/ talent) being combine away..., maybe because of this that result the disrupt.

2007 ding hai year. Gui Mao LP.
Mao+ Hai+ Wei form san he wood frame, but no hs wood to trigger the transformation. the wealth factor is there, but the next jia hs occur during 2014, which fall in the next LP of chen... likely he is going to missed the chance of hitting high.

Chris Chan said...

Thanks Lam for sharing. That's the spirit!