All I can say is that I've never seen Gordon Ramsay cook. I don't have any of those fancy cable or satellite channels. Right now I'm living in temporary quarters, I can't get any of that stuff. I guess I've lived a deprived life too since I never saw any of his cooking programs. All I've seen is the reality shows. All I've ever seen him do is curse a blue streak.
I'd like to see the camera focus in on Ramsay, alone on the stage at a cooking show setup, and have him entertain me with an interesting recipe I can cook at home and demonstrating the cooking technique.
Until then all I have is the reality shows. I'm not arguing he isn't or is good. Just haven't seen it.
As far as the cooking competition shows, they're about reality and competition, not cooking. Cooking on those shows is just a stage prop. I won't say I haven't watched them, but they've taught me basically nothing about cooking. Hell's Kitchen (I think that was the one) was somewhat interesting in giving a behind the scene look at restaurants, but I'll never be a professional chef or restaurant owner so that was just entertainment for me, not cooking.
I hope I'll see Ramsay demonstrate a recipe some day. Until then I'll reserve my judgement about whether he's a good TV chef.