It's obvious that most trained professionals can see past the theatrics and pick out what's happening. And like most, I prefer to watch The BBC version of his Nightmares. Just wish they came out with some new ones. The whole reality thing is a waste to us, only goes to show what folks will do, out of greed or lack of ethics, to get what they want and it only serves it's self.
The show this year is far and above one of the better seasons and we have watched them all. Still this doesn't say much mostly because of how highly edited and reassembled the show looks at times. You can also see how they have to hold on to the egits to keep the show in it's intended format or temper. Personally, the guy they got rid of last night had more potential than the guy they kept. Charlie, for whatever faults was still a cook and had shown the ability to adapt (plus what he said about knowing and learning were spot on) where that Seth character does not rate comment. It's funny to have been in the business as long as I was and then sit and watch, on TV, all of the characters I have seen throughout my career waltz across the screen. We would always joke that someone should make a show outta this. ;)
On a personal/professional note..... I have to say that I have a good deal of respect for Ramsay's talent and in some (if not many) cases his methods. Not the methods you see edited for effect but the ones you see when you look past the editing and create the context they were intended to for actually running a kitchen of his style and level of execution. I also have to say that No, his methods are not always the way folks want to be dealt with but in many cases they are the way they need to be dealt with. It's all about action and consequences and like Murphy's law there should be an equal and opposite reaction for each one (action and consequences) and judging by society's gradual slip into the lower levels of mediocrity and beyond, it's a way that is sorely needed to return. I never liked it when I went through it, as a newbie in the industry or life in general for that matter and I'm not saying that it was like a boot camp growing up. Far from it. What I am saying is that I honestly I am better for going through all of what I did when I was coming up through the ranks and growing up. What I did with my experiences and knowledge was my own choice. I will say that I wish I would have followed my instincts more and not caved to pressure from the HR schleps. But like I said it was my choice and I own my decisions...Like them or not.
It would be nice if we had a couple individuals on the boards here that have actually worked for Gordon Ramsay. It would be nice to hear from that side of the coin. Then again, to protect his image, they may have all been placed under or signed some form of a "gag order" or something.:look: