“ British reality TV show that features chef Gordon Ramsay that attempts to save restaurants from going out of business. „
I first started to watch Kitchen Nightmares about 2 years ago when I saw a repeat on E4. I was instantly hooked and thought Gordon Ramsey was great in the series. I didn't really like him much before seeing him on KN.
The first one I saw was a British episode with big mama, anyone who saw this one will instantly know who I mean. I was sitting on the floor of our living room wrapping Christmas presents when it first came on. I was so enthralled that by the end (an hour) I had only wrapped 2 presents.
For anyone who hasn't seen Kitchen Nightmares it's a reality show about failing restaurants. Gordon Ramsey goes into these restaurants and the first thing he does is try their food. This is almost always dreadful and half the time Gordon can't or wont eat it. After this he observes a dinner and/or lunch service to see where any other problems might be.
When he has found the problems he then works with the staff and owners to put it right and turn each restaurant around so that they start to make money again. There is always a few problems along the way and set backs but it almost always has a happy ending and the restaurants manage to improve.
This is definitely not a show to watch if your eating. Sometimes they have some really disgusting things on there and you do find yourself hoping that you won't see a restaurant you've eaten in recently.
I know a lot of people really don't like Gordon Ramsey because he is quite arrogant and swears a lot. What I will say is that although I don't think he needs to swear so much, I do like to see the restaurant owners faces when he's angry at them. Most of them are really arrogant themselves and I don't know why they ask for any help, they don't seem to want it. A lot of the time when he does shout at people, it's because they are being lazy or dirty in the kitchen, and I do have to say I think he is right to shout at them, I'd feel like doing the same myself.
KN is great if you like a bit of drama with some cooking thrown in, but just remember I did warn you not to eat when you're watching it.
I give it 5 out of 5 star rating because I just love it and think it's very entertaining, does put you off of eating out though!
Say what you want about Gordon Ramsey, there's one thing nobody can deny: the guy can cook.
In that sense Chef Ramsey is the perfect man to save failing restaurants from the financial abyss, albeit in his own rather incendiary fashion.
Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares is a reality cooking show in which the Michelin Star winning chef tackles a series of dying restaurants, all in various states of culinary chaos. After tasting the food and observing a dinner service Ramsey will say, in his own tactful manner, exactly what he thinks is wrong with restaurant, with "what the hell is that?" and "you're going to kill someone" being two of his favourite catchphrases.
However, it often turns out that mediocre food is not the only problem within these doomed establishments. As well as bringing the cuisine up to scratch Gordon will also have to deal with clueless owners, stubborn head chefs, sibling rivalry and a lethal lack of hygiene, not to mention repairing the restaurants dire reputation.
Needless to say, it's a lot to do in just one week.
Ramsey, although a great cook, has somewhat of a mixed personal reputation, and to be honest a lot of it is true.
He is arrogant, foul mouthed and a little bit of a bully, with seemingly little regard for other people's feelings.
He is also incredibly passionate about cooking, which despite his other flaws is a trait I respect.
I also believe that despite his tactless attitude he honestly cares about the restaurants he visits, and only acts with such ferocity because he knows it's the only way to get things done.
Ramsey has a unique ability to bring the best out of people, bringing restaurants that were beyond redemption from the brink of collapse in an amazingly short amount of time.
True, feelings may get hurt in the process, but Gordon didn't get where he is just by having a big gob.
He says what needs to be said and does what needs to be done, saving the hapless restauranteurs not only from bankruptcy, but often from the health inspectors too.
Personally I am not a cook, nor do I have any interest in cooking beyond basic sustenance, nevertheless I do find Kitchen Nightmares very entertaining.
Ramsey, as we all know, has an absolutely spectacular way with words, most of which are Anglo-Saxon in origin, which combined with the sometimes superior attitude of the management can lead to some hilarious dialogue.
I also find that whilst some of the businesses are beyond saving, seeing desperate and generally good hearted people being saved from certain ruin is incredibly uplifting, which is something I don't often get from reality TV.
All in all Kitchen Nightmares is good fun to watch, regardless of what your opinions on Gordon Ramsey may be.
Gordon, you're a mouthy little blighter, but I still love ya.
Kitchen Nightmares follows a very simple idea. Gordon Ramsey visits restaurants in financial need and aims to help them turn everything around. Past restaurants have had mould growing all over the kitchen; food being served that is over a week old and generally serving awful tasting food. Gordon tries to turn the menu around as well as the décor of the restaurant and the way that it is being run.
When Gordon first arrives at the restaurants, he tries a number of dishes on the menu, in order to see how good or bad the food really is, then he has a starting place. Generally the food is just not cooked well enough or has been sitting around for days on end. While he is a fantastic chef, he doesn't always try to put his own style into the restaurants and generally attempts to put together a menu that the customers will like as well as being simple to cook and serve. He is all about fresh, simple food that will please, knowing that this is the recipe for success.
Some of these restaurants are utterly disgusting and I don't know how anyone could let it get that bad. It really does make me think about the restaurants that I go to and what goes on behind the door into the kitchen. Surely health inspectors should be doing more thorough inspections as well as more often. Maybe there wouldn't be such problems if this was done. I love when the restaurants get redecorated. It seems to make a complete change in the staff and this is normally the point when they start to care about the restaurant again.
The restaurants owners are generally arrogant and think that they aren't doing anything wrong. Apart from the chefs (normally), they always seem to think that their food is fabulous when that is far from the truth. You can see when the food comes out that it won't taste very nice so I can't understand why the owners don't see this too. The staff are always the ones that see the restaurant for what it really is, even though the owners rarely listen to their opinions.
Gordon also seems to have a huge skill in being able to motivate the staff in all areas and make them care about their jobs again. His foul language doesn't seem to put anyone off and it only seems to make them see sense quicker. It is great that Gordon sees the best in everyone and knows that they are capable of making the place a success if they just put in more effort and teamwork.
I much prefer the US version of this show, just because the owners of the restaurants are more reluctant to change. They say that Gordon Ramsey is the only person that can help them but once he gets there, they don't want to do anything that he says will help. The woman who owned the restaurant in New Jersey (episode from 17/2/2010) didn't like anything that Gordon did and didn't really want to change anything; she was in complete denial that anything was actually wrong, even though she asked for his help in the first place. Some of the drama in the US version seems put on and over the top so I am not sure whether it is 100% truthful or not.
Although each episode seems to have the same, happy outcome, I love this show and watch it at every chance that I get. I also like when he revisits the restaurants to see how they are doing and to make any other changes that are needed to make it even better.
Gordon Ramsey Tends to be a character that is either loved or hated but no matter what your opinion there is no doubt he is a successful business man and top chef.
Ramsey's kitchen nightmares you witness Gordon Visiting Failing businesses and plan how to help to turn the business around and are shown in the evenings on Channel 4.
Each program tends to follow the same format he will go in and try the food that will be appalling ,check out the front of house experience and he then talks to the owners, waiters and chefs to try and a certain what the problem is with the restaurant.
Often these restaurants should be closed down they are health hazards and Gordon organises a clean up. He will reorganise the menu and help the chefs to cook basic meals. He will often claim that a menu is over complicated but actually it may be they haven't got the skills to cook a reasonable meal.
The owners do tend to be very defensive when Gordon arrives and you are left wondering why invite a straight talking Chef into the restaurant and not listen to him.
I do like the fact that they don't tend to fire the staff but inspire them to become better employees and employers. A few have left but this has been down to actually not wanting to do any hard work. There have been some great team building exercises. Samples of food have been given out and the restaurant is taught how to promote itself.
As you can expect with Gordon there is colourful language which isn't always necessary but if it offends you are better off not watching any of his shows.
A restaurant in my local town was featured on the show but approximately a year later it was reported later that it had gone into administration so clearly the effects are not always long lasting. From a personal point of view I hadn't visited this restaurant before but after Gordon's delve into the restaurant had left me unable to get the negative thought out of my head so still never visited.
There is USA version is higher budget which you see the restaurant having a complete makeover. This is what you expect from a US version. I do find that the arguments are bigger and the whole thing is a bigger version of the UK edition. I watched one yesterday that the lady owner never once appreciated Gordon's help despite the fact the customers were happier, liked the décor and new menu she actually was planning to redecorate after he had left as it wasn't to her taste. As her restaurant was very tacky I dread to think how it will look after the redecoration.
I do enjoy this show however seen one you have seen them all and you can predict the outcome of the outcome of the show. This does show how easy it is to transform a business but how long the changes last remains to be seen.
Gordy Ramsey is a poof, he has ruined 90% of the restaurants he came to berate the other 10% that survived stuck to there guns. He sets them up to fail overbooking restaurants that were barely able to handle 10 people let alone 90 so he sets them up to fail when they are weak he comes in w/ an entirely new menu that no restaurant could adapt to in such a short period berating the current chef then he keys in on the choir boy help he likes doting on them while ruining the life of a chef he just set up to fail. Gordy is a puff that hasn't come out of the closet has no business talking about food cost more food is thrown in the bin than paid for if it weren't for the network footing the bill he would be bankrupt he is a charlatan
When all is said and done, I really dislike Gordon Ramsay. Saying that I don't know him - I only know his TV persona, where he is portrayed as one who is straightforward, to the point and in all probability honest - all fine qualities but in his hands he seems to demand far too much respect from others. It is this ego of his which really grates me. I appreciate he is at the top of his game, but I draw the line at liking someone who he would probably want to ow down to him
This program is at its simplest about top chef and restuaranteur Gordon Ramsay going about the process of raising the quality of a sinking restaurant business somewhere (generally in the U.K. for the Brit version, though I recall he did one in Paris owned by two of his fellow Scots).
On a deeper level this programme it would seem is more to do woth selling the Gordon Ramsay image, the persona, the 'brand'.
The programme is formulaic.
Present to the audience a failing restaurant.
Along pops Gordon Ramsay.
He will introduce himself to the owners and staff, then make himself at home.
Get the staff to cook and serve him a meal which, as sure as eggs are eggs, after the first mouthful, he will utter the phrase, with his typical inflections "this is ... shit"
Time for action
Gordon, at this point after, berating the staff will go into a quiter corner with his crew and strip off to his ugly chest, whilst saying a piece to camera, then get into his chef's whites.
From this point on we get many opportunities for Gordon to act the hardman, get into scrapes and arguments and generally show folk who is boss (editing is a wonderful tool).
There may be a sacking along the way, as Gordon recommends the owners get rid of a chef or two,
We will get to see the usual dirty kitchen, get to see it cleaned up, then get to see the kitchen and decor of the dining room magically transformed.
All usually ends well with the failing restaurant turned around and on the up.
It is an 'interesting' programme the first few times around, but when all is said and done it is couch-veg TV when you are so laid back you can't even be bothered to be bothered about what you are watching.
This series made me a real fan of Chef Ramsey as he proved himself to be more than just a great chef, but also a brilliant business mind.
The UK based series is great entertainment (especially if like me you have an interest in the catering and hospitality industry) as Gordon un-earths some of the dirtiest kitchens, and worst run restaurants in Britain. Some of the people he helps out are unbeliavable, and you wonder how they ever ended up with an eating establishment that wasn't closed down in the first week!
The shows all tend to follow a similar route, Gordon visits the restaurant and spits out each mouthful of their food in disgust, he then inspects the kitchen to reveal layers of grease and dirt and god knows what else. After much shouting, swearing and arguing, the owners come round to Ramseys way of thinking which is usually to simplify the menu and use local produce (easy!). Next they re-open the restaurant and every thing turns round for the better ( in most cases anyway).
But even with the predictability, this is a great series and Gordon does dish out some great advice and every now and again the super chef meets under appreciated kitchen staff that he see's real talent in, and puts himself out to help them progress - which is a nice touch I feel.
The USA version, is pretty much the same, but for me is not as enjoyable. Our friends from over the pond tend to over react and over dramatise every little thing, and the the whole show has a much more over the top feel to it, which makes it feel less genuine in my opinion.
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a show which features Gordon Ramsay, chef, as he visits failing businesses in the United Kingdom and tries to help them turn their restaurant around and begin to become profitable in the hope of saving peoples livelihoods.
The show has been around since 2004 and has always been broadcast on channel 4 and at present there have been 30 episodes which are each one hour long and there has been 5 series and 8 of the episodes broadcast have been previous restaurants shown revisited to see how they are now getting along and whether they need further help from Gordon. It was recently reported in a national newspaper that only 8 of the 22 restaurants featured are still open but I think that this is more a sign of the times rather than a backlash of being on the show.
I find the format works very well and Gordon gives some fantastic assistance helping people to really get back on their feet and stop them from being swallowed in to an oblivion of debt. He usually makes over their restaurant for them as a surprise as well as helping to change the menu and put out advertisements, sometimes even hitting the streets to cook up food and hopefully drum up business for the restaurant.
There is frequent swearing throughout the episodes and this is bleeped out depending on what time this show is being broadcast. It is also fairly common for the people Gordon is helping to be quite uncooperative to the changes that he wants to make and this can sometimes lead to violence although Gordon can hold his own very well and is not intimidated by people, even if they are taller than him!
I thoroughly enjoy this show and it's great to see Gordon helping people out and seeing what kind of success they can become and I especially enjoy the revisited ones as I love for him to return and help people out again or even just watch him feel pride at seeing how well people are continuing to do even after he has left.
I am rating the show 4/5 as it's just fantastic viewing and really enjoyable. I hope that there will be a new series in the future that's based in the UK as he seems to have moved on to the USA now which is a shame as I want to see local restaurants or places that I could visit quite easily!
Part of my new found love for cooking is my new found love for cooking programs. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares doesn't exactly fall into that as you won't learn to cook anything from it but it is pure entertainment, comedy and, at times, high drama.
Gordon, as well all know, is a man who doesn't back down from a challenge and tells it exactly how it is, face to face. So to watch him go into these awful restaurants, week after week, and put them on the straight and narrow in his own unique way is sure to entertain every time.
I have seen 4 of these shows so far and every time my husband and I have both agreed that the chef and his kitchen are beyond saving. Occasionally Gordon feels the same but somehow he always turns them around. I expect we'll never get to see the ones he can't rescue.
The show gives a real insight into restaurant management, kitchen management and menu formulation. It is fascinating to see the effect that incompetance from the kitchen can have and even more fascinating to see how Ramsay goes about fixing it. There have been insects in the food, frozen food that shouldn't be frozen and 4 day old gravy in the episodes I have seen and Gordon's immediate reaction to these things and the expletives that follow makes for fabulous TV.
Ofcourse, no matter just how bad things get in the kitchens, you just know that things will always work out well in the end and that is always something that bugs me. I just think that these shows would be so much better if it didn't always work out and that would leave us, the viewer, always guessing and waiting to find out until the very end. This is not just a problem with Kitchen Nightmares though, more of a problem with reality TV of this kind.
Ramsay is brilliant in this show and seems to genuinely care about saving the restaurants. This comes across quite clearly and adds to the realism of the show. He is without doubt the best UK chef and proves it here in all his glory. I would love to see him tackle some UK restaurants in the near future as it is solely dedicated to US venues, particularly in the New York area. Diversity is the key to keeping this program fresh in my view, but overall this is great TV.
I am a fan of Gordon Ramsey, and tend to watch anything he is presenting. Weather it be "The F Word", "Hells Kitchen"(before Marco took over - Ramsey was definitely best!) and Kitchen nightmares.
This show has been running for a few years now, and some people have said it seemed fixed, as it seems to follow the same formula - Ramsey visits, gets bad food, finds a dirty kitchen and some mouldy food, shouts a lot, owner gets argumentative, then everything works out alright. I guess it does tend to follow the same routine, but that is what the show is about.
The show is on for 1 hour and is on Channel 4 on Friday nights at 9pm. Also repeated later in the week on More4. without the 3 adverts in it, it is approx 44 minutes.
The show used to be in the UK, but he has been over in America for the last 2 series i've seen. Although it is the USA, I think nearly all of the featured restaurants have been in the New York area - not good since I am planning to go to New York next year. I like the UK ones better, as the USA ones seem to feature more drama and at parts seems a bit put on.
Enough about all this, what is it actually about?
Gordon Ramsey, the famous chef goes into restaurants who are needing help. I think it is the owners or someone associated with the restaurants that come and ask for help. Usually the restaurants aren't making much money and hardly anyone comes to them, so they are trying to make the place better and Ramsey is there to help.
When Ramsey first arrives he orders quite a lot of food to taste. In most cases he finds the food is frozen and processed food, perhaps a bit stale, reheats and so on. Not up to his standard anyway.
He then goes into the kitchen, meets the staff and says what he thinks of the food - with a few swear words in of course! Then he puts his ideas across on how to improve the restaurant.
The bad bit is normally when he goes through the fridges and freezers. I guess this could put you off eating out, as you don't know what goes on behind the kitchen door. I've seen mouldy meat that has been served the night before, rotten fruit, meat that is defrosting in a bucket on the floor next to mice droppings, ovens and surfaces that are dirty and don't look like they've been cleaned for ages.
Quite often he will come up with ideas for a new, perhaps simpler menu, which would make the owners lives easier and hopefully not leave them with so much ingrediants that they would have to throw out, but often the owners are set in their ways and declare that Ramsey doesn't know what he's talking about "Hello!, he's a famous chef!"
He also re decorates the resturant and it ends up looking nice and everyone is usually happy at this point. Then he will arrange something to draw customers into the restaurant. The one I last watched was an italian and he organised a Pizza eating competition.
By the end of the visit, it looks better, it tastes better and it is busier. You just have to wonder if the owners keep it up after he is away - we'll never know.
I like this show, as it is real life, interesting, perhaps a bit disgusting in places due to the dirt and grime, but I always record this and will continue to watch this as long as it is on tv.
I do not know what it is about Gorden Ramsey, the former footballer turned TV celebrity chef has the ability to really make me loath him at times when he is in full on bully mode yet at other times I find him funny and engaging to watch and you cannot help but feel sympathy for him when he is faced with an utter numpty who refuses to take his advice while their restaurat falls apart around them.
The idea behind this Channel Four show is pretty basic, Gordon goes into a failing restaurant and attempts to change its fortunes by dishing out some home truths to the owners and staff. Each episode is an hour long and he meets with varying levels of success dependant on to what extnt his advice is followed.
In order to keep the programme fresh there is a US version which is far more entertaining mainly because Americans are harder to like so when Gordon is in full rant mode wth lots of swearing you feel less sorry for the American owner / chef as they can be so obnoxious and arrogant themsleves. Also as Ramsey is not so famous over there they are less likely to accept his advice making for a more entertaining show.
This is really car crash TV and I do have to be in the right mood to watch it otherwise Ramsey just annoys me with his arrogance and bad language. Having said that I can see the appeal for some people and can appreciate why his shows are always successful.
Gordon Ramsey is one of the most successful celebrity chefs on tv. His no nonsense approach to turning failing resturants around works, and makes great tv.
In this programme shown both on channel 4 and more 4, Ramsey visits failing resturants in a bid to turn them around. There is both a UK and US series. The US series is way more dramatic. The owners are so stubborn, or they have a stubborn chef who always refuses to take on gordons ideas. However they always come around, and the resturant is always full and working at the end of the programme. Sometimes gordon comes back to see how the resturant is doing, and most of the time its doing a lot better.
At the moment on wednesday nights they are showing repeats of a mixture of both the US and UK. Last night they were in Paris, with a very weird scottish lady who just didnt have the drive to make her resturant work, even though gordon had it full and busy and ran it on his own one lunchtime. She was just really lazy.
Yes he does swear a lot, so this programme is not suitable for children, but that is one of his trademarks. As is slapping his hands on his thighs, his hands together and some very italian looking gestures. He isnt afraid of anyone, and wont take any funny business. He knows what makes a successful resturant, and how to do it. If they dont listen to him then they just look stupid on international television!
Its a similar formula every week, with gordon repeating all his favourite phrases - bland, cold, raw, filthy, yes, yes, ok. He is quite funny, and has a way of making the staff hate him but then love him at the end.
Its good entertainment from the swearing chef. Its also much more entertaining than his other show hells kitchen.
It seems these days that you cannot tune into a channel without seeing celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay on the TV, and love him or hate him there's no denying that he certainly knows his stuff when it comes to food and running a restaurant.
I must admit I used to despise the Man, I thought he was rude, arrogant and abusive just for the sake of it, but as I've watched some of his shows over the years I actually think he's mellowed and I do see that he is seriously passionate about what he does. My only gripe with Ramsay is that he can sometimes be abusive towards people for the sake of it.
I didn't see Kitchen Nightmares when it first hit our screens but being a fan of cooking and starting to quite like Ramsay after seeing him interviewed on TV, and basically seeing his passion for food I tuned into the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares one day.
The show became an instant favourite of mine.... If you have never seen it, Ramsay, the Michelin award winning chef spends a week in a failing eatery (Cafe, Restaurant, pub, etc) and tries to turn around the fortunes od the business by over hauling the menu and changing the decor... as well as trying to change the sometimes ridiculous way of thinking of the chef's and owners.
When you watch the programme you are often left wondering how in the hell these restaurant's, etc stay in business. with seriously under qualified chef's and owners who seriously don't have a clue what they are doing.
What I love about the UK version of the show is that everything is centred and revolves around the food and the set up of the business. Ramsay, with several successful (And unsuccessful) restaurants under his belt tastes the food, checks the kitchen, talks to the staff and then flies in like a tornado telling them and advising them where they are going wrong... which is mostly met with scorn and refusal to accept his ideas.
Unfortunately the Americans have somewhat ruined the format of the show over the two series' it's been filmed there and instead of revolving the show around the food and the restaurant, Kitchen Nightmares has almost become a soap opera, with the US version seemingly being far more interested in the drama of the staff and owners and the shock value of their behaviour and actions.
Which I guess is not a bad thing if you like that sort of thing, and to be honest the show is still very watchable, but I certainly prefer the UK version and the original format.
So what exactly is the format?
Quite simply Ramsay has a week to change the fortunes and set up of the business. After tasting the food and talking to the staff and owners he works out the best possible plan of action, which includes a total overhaul of the menu, a makeover of the property, changing the attitudes and injecting some passion and desire into the chef's, the staff and mostly the owners, as well as getting out and about to find out what the locals actually want... Something that amazingly most owners fail to do.
What changes does Ramsay make?
In almost all episodes of the show (UK & USA) the first thing that has to change is the menu. Most chefs and owners don't really have a clue what their food tastes like and Ramsey almost always changes the menu to a far simpler and tastier selection, which always proves more popular to the customers.
Secondly he often changes the attitudes of the chef's and owners, who mostly have lost their passion for food and their own business. Depending on the people this sometimes takes longer than others.
The next thing to change is the decor within the eatery. Ramsay brings in his team of experts and they will spend the night re-decorating in time for a relaunch later in the week.
Although I have no doubt that some aspects of the show are exaggerated and edited well for shock effect, it is clear to see that Ramsay has a real passion for what he does and truly does care what happens to these businesses. It's also very clear to see just how stubborn and clueless some chef's and owners are.
It always amazes me just how many basic mistakes they make and then question a man like Ramsay who obviously knows how to run a successful restaurant. It seems that pride gets in the way of common sense for the most part.
What I don't like?
Although this has become one of my favourite TV shows, it does have annoying moments.
The new US format in particular seems to build Ramsay up into some sort of miracle worker, they do their best to make the Chef look like a god, which sometimes can be a little too full on and sickly to watch.
As I mentioned, the new US format in particular seems to pay more attention to the drama of the staff rather than the food and the restaurant, which often leaves the viewer thinking that Ramsay is some sort of Jeremy Kyle chef, rather than someone who is just there to improve a business.
In saying that the US version is just as watchable as the UK version and although I'd rather see how a talented and passionate chef bring in his experience and can turn around a menu and a business, there's no denying that the drama of the US show does equally grab your attention.
Despite Kitchen Nightmares more and more seemingly moving towards a vehicle in which to turn Gordon Ramsay from a very talented chef into some sort of mythical chef god the show is extremely watchable and really does give you a great insight into what it takes to run a business within the food industry, as well as giving any owner out there some real insights into what to do and what mistakes not to make.
I'd certainly watch this for some ideas and tips if I ran a cafe or restaurant. At the very least it will prevent you making lots of mistakes.
I have watched a few of Gordon Ramsay's shows over the years and this is certainly my favourite, and I would suggest the best of the lot. The chef certainly knows his stuff and his passion for food and restaurant's in unquestionable.
Love him or hate him, he certainly does provide a lot of entertainment.
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE AMERICAN VERSION - KITCHEN NIGHTMARES USA.
I sat down last night and started channel flicking, this program soon caught my attention.
First off I like the whole idea that Gordon Ramsey visits failing restaurant businesses and tries to help them out and bring them up to a good standard. Having seen other Gordon Ramsey I have begun to like the man, so it's nice to watch a program that has someone I enjoy to watch in it.
The show lasts one hour, but does that one hour fly by. The program is packed with different concepts, from helping out the staff environment, to Gordon preparing a new dish for the restaurants new menu. For any on looker that is having problems in their business this show might just give them a few ideas.
It is certainly not a show that should be watched by the whole family; Ramsey's continual swearing throughout does get a little repetitive and annoying, I hadn't planned to have an evening filled with the F Word! However, this is Ramsey's technique which has it's positives and negatives. First off he does get the message across, and the owners can see where he's coming from (maybe not all of them, as I found out in last night's program - one owner didn't think anything was wrong with the business - he should have been laid off years before!). However, sometimes Ramsey goes a little over board, and starts bullying the owners or staff which I think is wrong. He's there to help them out, not make their lives a misery.
It seems though that his help is greatly appreciated on the whole and he does well to turn the businesses around in just a few days. Each show usually ends with a new opening night where everything that has been changed is put into practice. It always nice to see the changes, and most restaurants do improve. I felt disappointed however when the program ended and we hadn't revisited the restaurant. This is something they could have so easily done, to see that the work that had been put in actually stayed with the business. I feel this should have been a crucial element.
On the whole it was an entertaining hour long program. I like to see the failing businesses get turned around, however I'm not sure I'll become an regular viewer because of the language and Ramsey's harsh nature, be a little bit nicer and hold your tongue and I might stay for the ride.
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a BAFTA and Emmy award winning Channel 4 reality television programme that first aired in 2004 and is still going strong in 2009.
The star of the show is Michelin Star awarded and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay who goes into failing restaurants and tries to grab the whole restaurant operation from top to bottom "by the short and curlies" and give it a good shake in the hope of reviving its commercial fortunes.
The programme used to be littered with swearing and "F Word" derivatives but since the Russell Brand/Jonathan Ross BBC swearing and bad taste incident the producers appear to have "bottled it" and the swearing has been toned down.
Each programme in the series follows a similar pattern. Ramsay finds poor standards of hygiene in the restaurant kitchen and usually unearths a piece of old food at the back of the fridge that will kill someone if served.
He finds that in his opinion the team of chefs are totally inept and not even fit to do up the buttons on his chef's jacket. But he always finds one chef from the group who with a little encouragement from him including calling him "Big Boy" can be taught and inspired to become a good chef, but of course never anywhere near as good as Gordon himself. Oh no, that would be wrong!
Then Gordon moves on to the owner of the restaurant who is usually the restaurant manager too. He tells them that they are a useless waste of space with no business acumen, no idea about how to produce a good menu, manage staff or promote the restaurant and that they are barely able to do a wee wee by themselves.
Understandably, the owner takes great umbrage to this and has to go out into the car park for a calming cigarette or cup of coffee and to record a "piece to camera" expressing their feelings to a camera crew who are already there waiting.
Gordon now turns his attentions to the waiting staff for whom he has held back his most vicious criticism.
Completely ignoring the fact that most of the waiting staff are paid £5.73 per hour, are often forced to pass tips on to the restaurant owners, are studying for law or computing degrees and view a waiting job as a means to an end not a career, Gordon lays into them as if they are employees of N.A.T.O. who by their slack attitude and less than 5 star waitering service are putting the free world at risk of suffering and destruction.
He will criticize every single one of the waiting staff but pick on the weakest meekest one, usually a teenage man, and tell him to "grow a pair of balls" and to become more assertive and motivated when selling items from the menu to the customers.
Gordon's method of achieving this is to take the young man into the middle of a field or a park and shout at him until he obeys.
So basically Gordon is right and everybody is else is wrong. They all resent him but because they are on television and because the restaurant is struggling they go along with every change in how the restaurant operates that he suggests.
To give the restaurant's re-opening a marketing push Gordon goes out with some of the restaurant staff on an evangelical crusade around the streets of the nearest town centre. They take with them samples of the new improved food that they will be selling and preach the gospel of Gordon.
Finally we come to the big night, the reopening of the newly improved restaurant. The menu and food has been improved, the staff are motivated and the owner is full of optimism.
Of course the restaurant is packed out, but this is obviously because word has got out that everyone will be on T.V.
The evening has been a great success and suddenly the staff and owner having absolutely hated the man's guts now all love Gordon and sing his praises stating what a great man and genius he is.
I just wonder how these restaurants are doing 6 months later when the presence of the T.V. crew and Gordon are all but a distant memory?