CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1949 times:
Personally, I love it. Being a chef is a despicably hot, tireless, brutal job. Chef Ramsey is a total prick, as well he should be. Any time I'm in my kitchen, I have the cleaver nearby to ward off intruders. You wanna come in to get a beer or another glass of wine? You'd better announce yourself and be granted access or I cannot be held responsible for my actions.
Your thoughts (other than that I'm a @#$%ing @#$%)?
I prefer the breadknife... With a cleaver, people almost *expect* you to be a "@#$%ing @#$%"--but with a breadknife in hand, it comes as more of a shock and is almost that much more believable and cause for concern...
Not that I've ever tried this out...
By the way, I'd love to eat in that restaurant--looks like a pretty cool dining experience...
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
Fumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1910 times:
Anyone who has ever worked in a posh restaurant or resort knows that all head chefs are pricks. I was a server in one $40 a plate restaurant and the HC was always yelling at everyone. His staff put up with it but would take it out on his car everyday. Being a server, if he had yelled at me like that I would have retaliated.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1887 times:
I love the show personally. People make a bit much of Ramsey being an ass. If you watch his BBC show you'll see a different side where he goes in and tries to rescue restaurants with problems. He's still pretty crusty but it's a much less confrontational style.
There was a new episode this past weekend with a French restaurant in Scotland that was great. He actually had a bunch of French chefs cooking in the kitchen while wearing kilts. One of the more interesting parts was hearing him tell the owner about how he had made very similar mistakes several years back and had a restaurant fail.
My favorite tonight was seeing the Maitre D' get covered with silly string and also having some fun shooting it. Serving lunch to 100 kids was a pretty cool idea for stirring things up but I definitely feel sorry for the girls who had to clean the mess up.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3759 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1871 times:
Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 10): People make a bit much of Ramsey being an ass. If you watch his BBC show you'll see a different side where he goes in and tries to rescue restaurants with problems. He's still pretty crusty but it's a much less confrontational style.
Indeed, that is a great show. Although I believe in the first series in the UK one of the owners whose restaurant, 'Bonaparte's', ended up going under actually tried to sue GR because any potential customers were put off from eating there by the show
As you say Gordon is a little abrasive and it makes great TV and unlike others I have seen enough of him on various shows, whether they be 'gameshows' like Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and the myriad of other shows to know he isn't just putting it on. He is wired that way!
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Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9103 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1858 times:
For all of his BS. You have to admit, he is a masterful chef and knows his way thru a kitchen. And he did not get to where he is by being a pushover or a quiet subservient helper. He worked his ass off and fought to get to the front.
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
He does it only for the ratings. It's rammed down the viewers throat that he's the Simon Cowell of the chef set, except Simon makes his putdowns look natural whereas Ramsey is the most forced thing on TV. He is a reality TV whore....he must be destroyed.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 61
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1855 times:
When I watched the first series of this last year, I wondered if they picked people this dumb on porpoise. But with the second series, it's just showing how frail most people are, and afraid to speak with a reasoned response when the situation calls for it.
I'll be watching until the last drop of blood is let, however.
CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 18): Noooo, I'm a little abrasive . . . . Ramsey is a flat out prick.
Let's set the record straight. I'm a a-hole in the kitchen, and Ramsey is just doing this for TV ratings. It's funny as shit.
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 18): So did Legasse. He's a no (red-flag) restauranteur, but doesn't tell his kitchen help to shut the fuck up.
First off, you have no idea whether he does or does not. Second, while I thought some of the side dishes in Vegas were truly unique, my steak was just average, and I've done much better myself on numerous occasions. I'm not trying to equate myself with anyone, but I've got to tell it like it is. I just wasn't that impressed.
Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 19): Second, while I thought some of the side dishes in Vegas were truly unique, my steak was just average, and I've done much better myself on numerous occasions. I'm not trying to equate myself with anyone, but I've got to tell it like it is. I just wasn't that impressed.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1807 times:
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 12): Indeed, that is a great show. Although I believe in the first series in the UK one of the owners whose restaurant, 'Bonaparte's', ended up going under actually tried to sue GR because any potential customers were put off from eating there by the show
I remember that one too - the owner had her head well up her ass and the "chef" was the most pathetic idiot imaginable. IIRC, some newspaper in the UK even ended up having to pay him libel damages over this one.
KevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 45
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1802 times:
Hells Kitchen is real. It used to be called "Buddies Italian Kitchen" and was owned by this maniac from Brooklyn known as "Moe".
Moe was constantly verbally abusing everyone in the kitchen. He had a permit to carry a concealed weapon until he pulled it on his wife at the resturaunt during their divorce.
He got in a fight with a waiter over a Canole. Moe pinned the waiter to the wall and gouged his eyes because the waiter was going for a knife. This is all happening in the dining room on a saturday night.
Everybody was known as "Moron". I was respected enough to rank as "Moron #2". That was a term of endearment. This guy was a typical angry, Bi-Polar Brooklander that every conversation included phrases like "Forgeddaboudit", "You Moron", "Suckadick" or "kiss my ass"!
He had zero written policies, proceedures or job descriptions. Everyone was expected to know what to do by osmosis. When an employee did what they were last told, the next time Moe saw them doing it he would yell at them "Whatsamadda with You Moron"? Then he'd smack them or at least fake a slap on the head. The guy makes Ramsey look mainstream.
His Main Chef, Marcelo, now works in a new "Bippo de Beppo"? or something like that, in or around the Minneapolis area. If anyone reading this lives in that region, look him up.
You wonder why anyone would work under these conditions? Some were co-dependent on abusive relationships. Others were undocumented workers.
Moe lost the resturaunt due to legal problems and now sells Kirby Vacuums.
Now that's the only sensible statement here! Being forceful and in charge is one thing, acting in the ignorant, loudmouth manner Ramsey does is another. Management is about managing, not making your staff terrified of you.
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: gordon ramsay is hilarious. i mean to hear him yell at the top of his lungs and call someone a "donkey" is very bizarre and HILARIOUS. love the show,
: That guy needs professional help. Seen some previews / commercials and watched him flip out, give abuse to a ridiculous point.... the guy is fucked.
: I love the show. The thing about Ramsey is that even when he appears to be a royal prick, being rude to his chefs (deservedly) and his customers, you