Kyle, I loved both of Ramsay's shows. I loved ****'s Kitchen, though I seemed to be in the minority around, and his other show was great (can't remember the name of it though, watched on BBC America). I didn't think he was overly harsh in the second show. Drastic measures needed to be taken to save these restaurants and he was just the one to do it.
As for Celeb. Cooking Showdown, haven't watched. Don't plan on it. But really like Top Chef. Stephen (tie wearing dude) needs to die a terrible death though, preferably drowned in Kraft Mac & Cheese while being pelted with mini corn dogs, and frozen burritos. I hate food snobs!!!! I also loved it, on the episode where they cooked for kids, when that one girl (Tiffany, I think is her name) asked Tom Cocchilio (of Craft) if he would deepfry a steak, and Tom replied if that is what the customer wanted, he would.