Ahh I was waiting for this! Watching the commercials I thought, “I’m not going to watch this!” It sounds ridiculous. As I watched I thought this is even more ridiculous. The “contestants” were for the most part untrained and had no business in a pro kitchen. Let alone that the winner is supposed to get his/her own restaurant! I cannot see any of the people in the show running a restaurant without it going down the tubes within 6 months. Gordon’s claim that he can make anyone a “Master Chef” in whatever time frame he gave sounded more like sensationalism for the sake of the show.
That being said my first impressions were that I started to actually get into it and enjoy it. I have worked with many Gordon Ramseys, and a couple that equaled or surpassed him in a%$holeness. But when I saw some of the smirks and comments to him when he was lambasting their creations I was rooting for him to put these idiots in their places! I was able to appreciate where he was coming from, regardless of the fact that some was for show. It actually made me want to be there inside that kitchen. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I’ve learned so that to me it looked like a fun challenge.
Now I still see it as a joke. Obviously the diners were not the general public. No chef of his caliber would actually unleash something like that on an unsuspecting public. They must have known the premise of the show and would understand that anything could happen, so no shocks there. Still I recognized so many of those personalities it was almost like I was there again. So as it turns out, I’m actually enjoying it knowing what I know!
The interesting part though is that the show is actually a reality show started in England. So it isn’t really how they purported it to be in so far as it being his latest venture in the US. Kind of like the Iron Chef and Chairman Kaga actually creating his arena for his own culinary use, and the American version where Chairman Kaga is this “maroons” Uncle!
Here’s a link to the English version http://www.adayinhell.com