As an ex executive chef, I believe that Chef Ramsay's confrontational style on Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares is one great acting job on his part to attract advertisers/viewers. There is no way that this amazing entrepeneur treats his "real" staff in the restaurants that he owns that way or he bloody well would not be living to be seen on such unreal, contrived and got to be somewhat scripted "reality shows."
I am sure that he is one tough dude and as all great (and not so great) chefs are he could be defined with one word, ARROGANT but
he certainly is not a fool. That type of chef behavior cannot exist if you want to be "successful." See how gracious and charming he is in the segments where he is rewarding that days' winning team- do you thing he in real life is such a Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde?
As for the so-called chefs on Hell's Kitchen US, I believe that they are largely chosen for their "drama" ability and not for their culinary skills or even potential as I have not seen one of them that I would have ever have chosen to be an executive chef at $200,000 a year (I think?) at a quality restaurant (unlike the really qualified chef contestants on Top Chef).
There's no business like show business...
Last edited by Les-Mexico, Ath/Ag Sites; 03/27/11 08:05 AM.