Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Thought So

Gordon Ramsay is a very talented chef, a successful restauranteur, and the star of several interesting television programs. He has also caused me to wonder from time to time whether he might be "one of us".

Ramsay - an ex-footballer - is infamous for his salty language, especially the use of the F word. In fact, that's the name of his latest show, although in that case, the F stands for "food".

In Hell's Kitchen Gordon takes a group of sixteen aspiring chefs and systematically reduces them to mincemeat as, one by one, he eliminates them from the show. The last standing contender will be given a restaurant of his or her own to run, and Gordon is merciless in his demands for perfection.

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a somewhat milder but equally entertaining show in which Gordon visits a struggling restaurant and, in the course of a week, rights all wrongs and gets it back on its feet. It's often difficult to understand what's being said, because the network insists on bleeping any naughty words, so the dialogue is often mutilated to the point of being incoherent.

My suspicions about his disciplinary nature were laid to rest when, in a recent episode, he told a young chef who was bent over a counter adjusting the garnish on a plate that "I'll cane your ass!" and the young man grinned in embarrassment.

I thought so.

From Hermione's Heart


PK said...

Always nice to find another one of us!


Julie said...

Why a cane, though?! Bet a large spatula or wooden spoon would have been much more fitting. ;-)
Amusing how many hints for kinkiness there are in vanilla things if you take a closer look.

Hermione said...

PK - Yes, and very nice to have it confirmed.

Miss Jules - Yes, a kitchen implement would have been right at hand too, but remember these people are in England, where caning is a tradition between teachers and pupils!


Daisychain said...

I doubt you would find many successful head chefs that weren't kinda goes with the territory.... trust me on this! I have spent a lot of hours with chefs both in their workplace and out... Oh, and by the way.... the swearing etc? Some people think its hyped up for tv... in fact, they tone it down.... and don't show the actual violence that often happens!

Spanked Italian Gal said...

I like him even more now :)
I Gal

Hermione said...

Daisy - I wonder what sort of violence? We actually do hear a lot of swearing if the show airs on a certain Canadian station, but it's all bleeped if the same show is on an American network.

I gal - SO do I!

A.S.S. said...

Guess Gordan moves from "Should be a Spanker" to ~is a Spanker~!!

Suzy and Todd

Hermione said...

Todd and Suzy - Yes, you'll have to do that.

ronnie said...

Hi Hermione, Daisy is right, swearing in the kitchen happens and in some kitchen younger chefs are often bullied quite badly. I know a lot of chefs and have worked in a few kitchens luckily all nice but here are some bad ones out there.

I am afraid Gordon is not one of my favourite chefs, much better one around.


Mina said...

Hi Hermione,

I love Gordon Ramsay but would happily take him to task for his bad language. Happily cane his ass that is!

Oh a girl can dream.