We’ve become avid viewers of “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares”.

It becomes easy, after the first episode or two, to ignore young Gordon’s language, and instead concentrate on the message.

Some of the places and practices that Ramsay finds just defy belief. How some people could do what they do, so badly, and so ignorantly… amazing!

Watching this has led me to view all food we either buy or cook in a new light. I’m convinced that in Adelaide we are spoiled, there are so many restaurateurs who know what they are doing, and who clearly make a quid from doing it. There is also a lot of pretty mediocre rubbish around as well. I’ve begun to view everything as a critic: “What would Ramsay say?”. The work canteen would definitely score “Bloody disgusting” about 3 out of 5 days in every week.

He’s an interesting chap, though, Mr Ramsay. After we found the show was on, a few months ago SWMBO found his autobiography (aptly titled “Humble Pie”) in the local library. It becomes easier to understand how he is what he is after reading this. He had a terrible childhood, with a father who was delusional, abusive, and forever escaping creditors. The family must have moved on average every 8 or 9 months. It was so bad he left home aged about 16. This description does no justice. Reading the book, for the first few chapters, was simply eye-popping. Somebody growing up in an environment like that is bound to be either defeated, or relentlessly driven.

It’s a fascinating show, and seeing the practices in some restaurants is appalling. It’s a wonder more people don’t get food poisoning. It also explains a few bouts of gastro I’ve had over the years, usually a day or two after eating out.

If you haven’t watched it, give it a go. Tune out the bad language.


Maybe I’m just as foul mouthed as Gordon.. but I rather enjoy listening to him curse.. I just wish he had a wider repertoire of words to use..


Comment by Duncan Margetts | May 5th, 2008 8:52 am | Permalink

Your household must be reflecting mine! Love Chunks and I (after shooing eight year old off to bed) also saw one of his shows for the first time, when he ended up calling the angry Welsh wife ‘Shrek in a dress.’

The bad language is clearly now his ’schtick’ because his comments and passion are genuine. We’ll be watching him again.

Comment by MillyMoo | May 5th, 2008 10:26 am | Permalink

I seem to recall that you and I both came down with gastro at around 3AM after eating the same item (a very nice pork belly from memory) from a cafe in North Adelaide.

When you watch these shows it is surprising it isn’t more common.

Comment by Darren | May 6th, 2008 2:43 pm | Permalink

I agree great show, the pommie ones seem a little less scripted and free flowing.

Comment by Paul P. | May 7th, 2008 5:46 pm | Permalink

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