10 Reasons Why I Love and Hate Chef Gordon Ramsay
It is difficult to escape British chef, restaurant owner, and television personality, Gordon Ramsay nowadays.
He seems to be always either presenting a new show on television, being interviewed, making a guest appearance on another show, opening or closing one of his many restaurants, or hitting the newspaper headlines with lurid stories about his alleged affairs, business troubles, or family conflicts.
The thoughts below are my own personal opinions, but I am sure that I am not alone in finding Chef Gordon Ramsay a very difficult character who inspires very mixed feelings and reactions, from warmth and admiration to anger and scorn.
So here are my 10 reasons why I love and hate Gordon Ramsay.
I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword - two jackets, one that's driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man.— Gordon Ramsay
10 Reasons Why I Love Gordon Ramsay
- Gordon Ramsay is extremely hard working and that is one of, if not the main reason that he has had so much success as a cook, restaurant owner and tv personality.
- He is tough and doesn’t take any nonsense from people. In fact it is amusing to see people trying to B.S. him!
- Chef Ramsay gives some genuine insights into the restaurant trade and has achieved results in helping people turn around their struggling businesses in his Kitchen Nightmares television show.
- Chef Ramsay speaks his mind and tells the truth, even if sometimes the people he is talking to don’t want to hear it.
- His cursing is part of his personality and charm and is the way that people speak in hot, stressful kitchens.
- Nobody seriously disputes that Ramsay is an excellent chef and can cook excellent food.
- Chef Ramsay actually knows what he’s talking about, unlike many other celebrity chefs that you see on television who are usually 95% celebrity personality and only 5% cookery and restaurant trade.
- Ramsay started with nothing, had a tough family life and background, yet still managed to work his way up the restaurant trade from the bottom all the way to the top by the time he was forty.
- He does a lot of great work for charity.
- Gordon Ramsay raises food standards generally through highlighting issues such as cleanliness and quality on his television shows.
10 Reasons Why I Hate Gordon Ramsay
- Gordon Ramsay is arrogant, pig-headed and shows prejudice against some types of people, for instance, some of his remarks against women are offensive.
- He can come across as a bully sometimes when he is haranguing people. It is not a good example generally, and certainly not for young people.
- Chef Ramsay uses crude language and he is always cursing. This behavior is unnecessary and sets a bad example for children and adults alike.
- Ramsay’s talk about an idyllic family life in the media would appear to be a cynical publicity ploy, if you believe the allegations made about him having at least one extra-marital affair and his battles with his in-laws.
- How does he have the nerve to dish out advice to struggling restaurant owners when we read that some of his own restaurants are failing or have failed financially?
- Gordon Ramsay should focus more on what he’s good at, which is cooking, and spend less time trying to be a tv personality and celebrity.
- If it is true that Chef Gordon Ramsay received plastic surgery recently then that is a big mistake in my opinion. He is a chef, not a male model, or a movie star and it sounds like his vanity is overtaking his common sense.
- Ramsay releasing a public letter that attacked his in-laws was a major error of judgment in my opinion, whatever disagreements they have, they should try to solve them in private. One can only imagine how upsetting it must be for his wife and children.
- Is he a serial womanizer? There have been numerous allegations and rumors made in the newspapers that suggest he has had more than one affair and it does make you wonder?
- Ramsay has been less than truthful about his past on some occasions, for instance, he has claimed that he played two first team games for the Glasgow Rangers soccer team in Scotland, but the team’s historians say that he was never signed for the team.
Find what's hot, find what's just opened and then look for the worst review of the week. There is so much to learn from watching a restaurant getting absolutely panned and having a bad experience. Go and see it for yourself.— Gordon Ramsay
I've had a lot of success; I've had failures, so I learn from the failure.— Gordon Ramsay
Brief Gordon Ramsay Biography
- Ramsay was born 8 November 1966 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
- He was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. His mother was a nurse. His father was an alcoholic and could be violent at times, he drifted between a variety of jobs. The family also moved around a lot during Ramsay's childhood.
- Ramsay had a brief career as a footballer, taking trials for Glasgow Rangers, but had to give up after numerous injuries.
- Aged 19, he went to catering college and became a chef, working in London and Paris.
- Ramsay returned to London in 1993. Shortly after, with the help of Marco Pierre White, he became joint owner of Aubergine restaurant.
- He fell out with his business partners, however, and left Aubergine. A short time later, he opened his own restaurant with financial backing from his father-in-law. This restaurant gained its third Michelin star in 2001 and was a great success.
- Ramsay's restaurant empire rapidly expanded around the world.
- During this time, he also began his television career, initially in the UK and later in the USA.
Swearing is industry language. For as long as we're alive it's not going to change. You've got to be boisterous to get results.— Gordon Ramsay
The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate. So you need to be strong. Physically fit. So my chefs get weighed every time they come into the kitchen.— Gordon Ramsay
Do you love or hate Gordon Ramsay?
© 2011 Paul Goodman