Advantages Compulsive viewing, celebrities temper tantrums, fights and screaming
Reality TV. You either love it or hate it and sadly I fall into the former category and avidly watch most programmes that are forced on the unsuspecting public. With the exception of the dire Big Brother last year I can’t get enough of them, but particularly enjoy them when celebrities are invited to appear as they invariably make a total ass of themselves.Cue the arrival of something ‘new’. Gordon Ramsey, egotistical Michelin star chef extraordinaire, agreed to take part in a series aptly entitled ‘Hells Kitchen’. Gordon is a chef to the stars and runs a string of restaurants serving posh nosh. He is not only famous for his cooking but his vile temper, opinionated outlook and his rudeness to his staff. Pity his poor wife stuck at home with their four children. She freely admits that Gordon has not been involved with the upbringing of the children as his whole life revolves around his work, and he doesn’t even blush when he says that he has never changed a nappy. So what on earth made this egotistical twerp decide to appear in a series set in a restaurant specially built for the occasion, where he kindly agreed to train ten ‘celebrities’ to become chefs? Gordon could hardly be described as a patient man, nor a particularly friendly or sympathetic one so it was with a sense of excitement that I watched the first programme when it aired a few weeks ago.
Hell’s Kitchen follows the same theme as many other reality TV programmes featuring what the programme makers bills as ‘celebrities’. Gordon tries to teach all of the celebrities how to cook, no mean feat as some don’t even have a clue how to make an omelette and by the end of the two week slot they must be able to serve a restaurant full with 74 people. Each evening the restaurant is packed with people from the world of film and television and our kitchen of budding cooks have to prepare meals that are edible. They are divided into two teams, red and blue, and the guests in the restaurant are given the choice of two menus, so dependant upon which menu is ordered from, one team may be rushed off their feet and the other doing bugger all. Oh and they do get help. The red team is overseen by Mark Sargeant who is the Head Chef at Claridges, and has already had more than one run in with Amanda Barrie, and the blue team is lead by Angela Hartnett, who is Head Chef at the Connaught and has the most irritating whiny voice I’ve ever had inflicted on my eardrums as well as being a complete bitch once the restaurant is open yet she is an angel during the day. Their days are long. They begin work at 8.30am in the morning and never finish before midnight, with only an hours break in the afternoon. Gordon for the most part during the day is calm and even quite pleasant at times, but as soon as the restaurant doors open he turns into the devil incarnate and screams and shouts at his staff, often reducing them to tears. Not even the famous patrons are speared his wrath. Poor Lynda Bellingham had the misfortune to slip on the floor as she went to speak to him and he called her stupid and threatened to call security.
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