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Old 07-25-2009, 01:45 PM   #81
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Not me man. Ice cold beer or glass of cab. LOL.
I always felt like the ref with the FOH and BOH. Some of my line cooks just like to get a rise out of the waitresses too by saying something like "get your hands outta your pockets, count your tips later. Order up!!"
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:47 PM   #82
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Hell's Kitchen lost me when I realized it was going to focus on drama and not cooking - after season 1. Ramsay lost me when I unfortunately looked up while BF was surfing channels and I watched him SPIT into a pan of potatoes. I got nauseous and swore him off forever.

The truth is that the BBC Ramsey shows are so much better than the US Ramsey shows. The BBC offerings are educational AND entertaining. Believe me, when he finds stuff living in the refrigerator, he will lace into the British restaurant employees like a sharpened fillet knife. The main difference is that he isn't so over the top as to be a caricature of himself. The profuse swearing on the US shows, coupled with the "shock" factor makes Hell's Kitchen unwatchable for me.

I stick to BBC if I'm interested in watching Ramsey. At least I know I'll be entertained.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:50 PM   #83
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Hell's Kitchen lost me when I realized it was going to focus on drama and not cooking - after season 1. Ramsay lost me when I unfortunately looked up while BF was surfing channels and I watched him SPIT into a pan of potatoes. I got nauseous and swore him off forever.

The truth is that the BBC Ramsey shows are so much better than the US Ramsey shows. The BBC offerings are educational AND entertaining. Believe me, when he finds stuff living in the refrigerator, he will lace into the British restaurant employees like a sharpened fillet knife. The main difference is that he isn't so over the top as to be a caricature of himself. The profuse swearing on the US shows, coupled with the "shock" factor makes Hell's Kitchen unwatchable for me.

I stick to BBC if I'm interested in watching Ramsey. At least I know I'll be entertained.

I feel the same way, his BBC stuff is much better and more professional ... though the F bombs are still prolific, but that doesn't bother me.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:00 AM   #84
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it's all entertainment,''made for tv'' fact is Ramsey is a great chef.
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #85
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I've never understood why anyone would volunteer their restaurant for Kichen Nightmares. Even if he gives it a great makeover, he still trashes it horrendously to start and that's what viewers and potential diners will remember.

That said, I'm a big fan of all Ramsey's shows...very very entertaining.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:37 PM   #86
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I've never understood why anyone would volunteer their restaurant for Kichen Nightmares. Even if he gives it a great makeover, he still trashes it horrendously to start and that's what viewers and potential diners will remember.

That said, I'm a big fan of all Ramsey's shows...very very entertaining.
In 2008, we inadvertently ate at a restaurant featured in Kitchen Nightmares - in South Bend, IN. It was the ONLY PLACE OPEN on a Sunday and we were starving. The restaurant was smart and placed all references to Kitchen Nightmares on a wall one could see only upon exiting the restaurant.

Ramsey would have had a hemorrage if he saw the condition of this place. The carpet was all worn and we were served mediocre BBQ style food - with warm cole slaw. So I'm guessing the cole slaw was put into cups and left on a tray that was NOT stored in the fridge.

Looks like you might be able to stream the whole ep at this link. It was season 2, episode 11.

Luckily, none of us got sick.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:46 PM   #87
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Anyone remember The Mixing Bowl episode of Hell's Kitchen? It was a restaurant in Bellmore, NY (I never ate there but it closed down shortly after the episode aired). Well, I actually met the guy who Ramsey tore into on that episode and brought up the episode in conversation. He did not seem pleased.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:58 PM   #88
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Anyone remember The Mixing Bowl episode of Hell's Kitchen? It was a restaurant in Bellmore, NY (I never ate there but it closed down shortly after the episode aired). Well, I actually met the guy who Ramsey tore into on that episode and brought up the episode in conversation. He did not seem pleased.
Yes, I remember "The Mixing Bowl" episode on Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" ("Hell's Kitchen" is a completely different show - the restaurant remake show is "Kitchen Nightmares"). The problem seems to be that many of the restaurants Ramsey "remakes" are already so deeply in debt & have such awful reputations that even with the remake it's simply impossible for them to turn around. Sad.

But you know what? No one twists the arms of these folks to be on the show, & unless they're incredibly backwards mentally, they MUST realize what they're going to be subjected to. So I don't understand how any of these people can whine about what happened after the fact.
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Old 09-23-2009, 02:23 PM   #89
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^My sentiments exactly. Btw, sorry about the mix-up there...I must have been thinking about Hell's Kitchen because I was looking forward to watching the new episode.
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:46 PM   #90
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What does everyone think of Chef Ramsey?

I know from watchin on tv here in the uk that he has been filming in the US

im interested to know what you guys think of him?
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:09 PM   #91
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He's never really impressed me but I've only seen him act stupid on US TV.
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:34 PM   #92
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I think he's a cleaver Scotsman. He knows when to be dramatic and when not to be. I don't care for his foul mouth, but he knows how to produce interesting television. He's more of an entertainer than a cook, from what I've seen.
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:12 PM   #93
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ye hes good at motivating people

apparently its been proven that using curse words in the right context in a work place does have its positive effects on people, kinda breaks the ice so to speak
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:14 PM   #94
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I enjoy "The 'f' Word" (except for all the utterly unnecessary food waste) & "Kitchen Nightmares". Never watch "Hell's Kitchen" anymore after just catching a few snippets - he's way too brutal in that show, & the brutality rarely makes any sense.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:03 PM   #95
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It is easy to form two vastly different opinions of Gordon Ramsay depending on which side of the pond you come from. Here in the US, we see him as an arrogant, overly dramatic, and in this season(6) of hell's kitchen, almost pathetic due to the extents he's going to put drama in the show. He has his moments of showboating, such as spitting out food during signature dish night, and of being a culinary genius the few times he cooks right infront of the contestants to have them taste how a dish should turn out.

His US run of Kitchen Nightmares shares a lot of the dramatic events that US audiances seem to love in reality TV, but gordon is a bit toned down. Aside from overusing certain phrases such as "I'm eaten here!", and "you'll kill someone!", he gives some fantastic advice and truely turns these restraunts around. I've enjoyed watching Kitchen Nightmares more than seasons 5 and 6 of hell's kitchen. Seasons 3 and earlier of Hell's kitchen aren't nearly as dramatic, although 4 walks the line with me.

Now for the other side! I live in the USA and my only taste of Gordon in the UK is via BBC America, one of my favorite channels. His two shows, "the 'F' word" and "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" are very different from his two US shows. Although Kitchen nightmares is the exact same premise, Gordon is even more calm and more helpful in the UK version. There's far less drama. The F Word is a personal favorite of mine. It is an hour long "food Magazine" with different segments, all based around his kitchen/restraunt that seats 50. the food is prepared by a different crew of "commies" each week, all competing to be the best of the season. Different segments within this show include talking with celebrities, watching gordon prepare the signature dishes of the show in his own kitchen, watching gordon go on expeditions for exotic food, such as diving for king crab, and even watching him raise lamb, sheep, cows, and turkeys for slaughter. There's even a regular food critic (Giles Coren) that is on every episode.

Ramsay is far more personable in the F word, and we get to see a lot more of his family than a brief shot of his wife on hell's kitchen in season 6. His kids are features regularly on the show, especially his son as he's growing older. So if you want to see the family man Gordon Ramsay, watch The F word. (F for Food, by the way)

What's my overall impression of the man? Well he has to know how to cook to have started a food empire like he has, with so many restraunts. He apparently knows how to run them, as he's still making money. He's a showman, and knows what to do for each audience. in The US, drama sells. I don't judge him on his US appearance, because I see that more as a mask, or a vent for frustrations he normally can't release.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:18 PM   #96
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He's a foul mouthed, ill tempered, brutal man who enjoys tormenting and belittling the contestants on Hell's Kitchen.
I suppose he can cook too, but based on the show, he SERIOUSLY needs some
counseling and some personnel management training.

Course, it IS a show.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:39 PM   #97
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[QUOTE=Antiguadreams;852919]

He apparently knows how to run them, as he's still making money. .QUOTE]

Apparently you're a bit behind the times here. I don't have the links at hand, but if you do a websearch on Gordon Ramsay you'll come across the news stories that hit this past August, wherein it stated that Mr. Ramsay was in serious financial trouble & was most likely going to have to return the ownership of his "Claridge's" restaurant back over to the hotel. He'd still run it, but they would own it. In addition, he scratched plans to open the additional restaurants in eastern europe that his conglomerate had been advertising for quite a while now. Also, he's had to cut his various restaurant staffs by 15% (this was a direct quote from Mr. Ramsay), as well as start using cheaper cuts of meat, etc., etc. in order to keep things going. Ramsay was quoted as saying that 2008-2009 has been the "worst year" of his life. Sources quoted that he'd bitten off much more than he could apparently chew - especially with the economy the way it is now - & his "empire" is now in serious trouble unless he can beat his ego down a bit & get on the ball.

I have one of the articles saved in a Word document if anyone cares enough to want me to send it to them.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:10 AM   #98
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He was really funny on Graham Norton.
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This year has seen lots of trouble in the restaurant biz. This year Valentine’s Day was the last day for several what had been successful restaurants in NYC.

Here is an interesting article that came out before the big day.
http://gothamist.com/2009/02/11/valentines_day_will_be_the_last_day.php

What Gordon did to survive is happing across the board in the restaurant business not just the high end. Those not willing to make the hard decisions will not be around or are no longer around. The fact the Gordon is surviving in this environmentsays a lot about his business skills. It is easy to make a business work in boom times it takes a real business person to make it work during the bust times.

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Old 09-29-2009, 10:25 AM   #100
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I know from watchin on tv here in the uk that he has been filming in the US

im interested to know what you guys think of him?
I think he's a talented chef and restaurant owner. I take his shows as just that, a show. He and his producers obviously know what sells in the US. Low brow humor. And as powerplant said it takes real skill to keep businesses up and running in bad economic times. So if he doesn't open a few new places for awhile and can keep the other ones going, by cutting costs as the rest of the world has done, then I say bravo.
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