You guys have to remember, that it's not a restaurant. It's television. It's not television about a restaurant either, it's television about a contest.
If Ramsay's "producers" wanted to make a contest for very good cooks, they would, and they'd call it Top Chef. Instead, they chose to make a show for Fox about a Ramsay like character putting not-that-good cooks under a lot of pressure. For what it's worth, most of Ramasay's prodcuers with any say at all are named Gordon Ramsay. He's not only an incredibly successful chef, restaurateur, international celebrity, and television personality, but a guy with several very successful shows running concurrently in the US and GB. No one has more money in it, makes more money off it, or tells him what to do. He da man.
As a restaurant, Hell's Kitchen is like no other. The menu is of idiotic simplicity; they do four apps and five or six mains. Their most difficult aspects seems to be hitting seasoning and doneness levels. The work load is lower than low. Even at the end of the show when they're down to four cooks for the final service (before the two finalists compete "in their own restaurants") they're only doing one turnover with about 20 covers per cooktestant -- and that doesn't count Ramsay at the pass, or Scott and Andi, the two sous, cracking the whip off camera. At the beginning of the show, it's more like 3 covers per cooktestant. Sufficient pressure to make the show interesting can only come from the Ramsay character -- and it does.
Divide the orders into manageable groups? You've got to be kidding.
If the orders came in columns of ants marching in Braille formation to a Sig Romberg tune, I could still handle the load. In my sleep. Maybe I'm supremely talented, or just maybe it's ridiculously easy -- without Ramsay in your face.
QED. It's not a show about cooking.
Considering what a jerk Ramsay's public character is like, he sure gets a lot of loyalty from his current and ex-employees. Coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe he carries a gun in the kitchen like you-know-whom-chef. More likely though, he's just not that big a jerk in real life.
Edited by boar_d_laze - 9/23/10 at 5:25pm