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May 22, 2008 09:30 AM

Gordon Ramsey/Hell's Kitchen

I know. I know. We're not supposed to bash TV hosts or whatever, but...

I watched Hell's Kitchen for the very first time last night, and I have to say, it wouldn't be "Hell's Kitchen" if they kicked Ramsey out of it! WHY do talented people all too often think their talent entitles them to treat others like dirt? Talent is not a license to abuse.

Of the three Ramsey shows on various cable channels, I like "Gordon Ramsey's F Word" best. Ever seen it? Hard to come by. On that show, he interacts with people, is respectful of others, and shows an interesting sense of humor. On he other two shows, which includes HK, he storms like a lunatic tyrant, and I have no patience with that kind of childish self indulgence and lack of discipline.

Anybody else feel this way?

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  1. "Raymond Blanc has hit out at “macho” chefs, warning that kitchen bullies could soon be sent to jail under new employment laws...."

    1. What surprises me is that Ramsay actually lays hands on the cheftestants--he shoves them around physically and throws things (hot things!) at them. I don't think OSHA would approve.

      1. There are quite a few threads already in existence discussing these very points you bring up. Everyone knows that he only acts up in HK for ratings and it's all a big show, and that his real personality comes through more in the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares or on the F-word. His US-based Kitchen Nightmares was exactly the same way. It's just a ratings ploy and smacks of direction and manipulation by ratings-hungry studio executives and directors.

        We only watch it for the entertainment factor.

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        1. re: rockandroller1

          The first time I caught a UK Kitchen Nightmares, the difference was so striking I wasn't sure it was the same guy. Calmly explaining his concepts, taking the crews on fun little get aways to get them to bond as a team, and seeming like he genuinely cared...all behaviors rarely exhibited by the US HK Ramsay. And the US Kitchen Nightmares managed to find the most pig-headed and obtuse restaurateurs imaginable. It's still somewhat entertaining, but not nearly as heart-warming as some of the UK eps.

        2. I really enjoy the F Word, and do occasionally watch Hell's Kitchen. Love the parts about him raising the pigs, and naming them after the "What Not to Wear" hosts!

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          1. re: MMRuth

            I love Ramsay a lot, but ONLY after seeing his UK shows. Yes, he's a total tyrant on HK, but everyone posting here is right, it is all contrived by the studios and the producers for ratings. Especially for us here in the USA, who seem to be eating these shows up. In "The F Word" we can clearly see just how much he not only loves cooking, but also getting the best out of his brigade on any single day, but also how laid back and humorous he can be as he "challenges" someone in one dish a show. I just love the F word b/c I believe it shows the real Gordon Ramsay.

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