Monday, April 7, 2008

Kitchen Nightmares

I just finished watching Volume 1 (includes Series 1 & 2) of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Aside from the menacing DVD cover and cheesy opening graphics animation, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show and now have a little crush on Gordon Ramsay. [Interesting side note: while I was doing research about his background today I found out Ramsay was a professional football player at age 15!]

Kitchen Nightmares has also convinced me that US versions of existing UK shows aren't as good (some would argue that the American office is just as good as the British office, but I'm still not convinced).

Based on what I have seen on Fox of Hell's Kitchen, everyone would probably think Gordon Ramsay is an asshole. Sure, he swears and can be mean in Kitchen Nightmares, but he's giving constructive criticism and I feel that he honestly cares about and wishes success upon each restaurant he's visiting. This kind of sincerity rare for scripted television shows let alone for reality ones - I wasn't surprised to find out that it has won both a BAFTA and an Emmy.

Kitchen Nightmares is still being shown on Channel 4 in the UK and also on BBC America (too bad I don't have cable!). I supposed I could watch the US Kitchen Nightmares, but maybe I'll just wait for the next DVD to be released.


Jessica said...

I think it is funny how awful he treats the participants on Hell's Kitchen, but on his BBC America shows, he is much more decent! I'll forgive him though. How could you not! He is GORGEOUS !

Marcie Greene said...

If you like this, you should watch "The F Word" - sometimes on BBC America, but you may be able to find it on DVD as well. Great cooking content, and did I mention he takes off his shirt in the opening sequence every week? (the F Word is "Food", obviously - get your mind out of the gutter!!!)

Little Lunchbox said...

He seems to take off his shirt during Kitchen Nightmares, too! Weird....I'll try to watch "The F Word" for sure. Thanks for the tip!