although not "completely accepted at face value" there is an undercurrent of "it's a high stress, fast paced" environment where it takes a foul mouthed insulting degrading demeaning kitchen dictator to make anything happen "right"
personally, if I were sitting in a Gordon Ramsey established and heard / saw any of his antics, I'd tell him to "Pack his knives and leave" in a heartbeat.
I've been in quite a few "high end" places - Mesa Grill for example - open kitchen - there is NONE of Gordon's tactics visible. so his behavior is not a required element.
since us non-professionals post outside the professional sections, seemed like an idea to open up the topic for patrons of the menu.....
it occurred to me that us non-professional chef/kitchen types might also have a few "high stress" jobs to deal with.
any body know a heart surgeon that reduces his OR staff to tears ala Gordon?
would you like to be on Gordon's table?
or how about the trauma teams?
at least Gordon has the advantage of a menu - trauma teams do not have the option to say:
"Pick one injury from Column A and one injury from Column B - we're not prepared to service any other injuries."
that's no "stress"?
I have worked for large companies, small companies, independent, consulting....
I have never encountered an experience (other than boot camp) where such abuse of employees is tolerated.
Would you patronize an establishment where the kitchen staff are having their heads beat in for your dining pleasure?