The six-foot tall Scotsman Gordon Ramsay is a chef to be reckoned with as he moves beyond just “Hell’s Kitchen” with tonight’s two-hour episode of “MasterChef” and the premier of his new show “Hotel Hell” next Monday; followed by a new season of Hell’s Kitchen. Titled “6 Chefs Compete,” this Aug. 7 “MasterChef” show featuring Ramsay airs at 9/8c with the focus on previously eliminated contestants competing for a chance to return to yet more competition. In turn, the Fox marketing promotion for the all-new “Hell’s Kitchen” – premiering Monday, Aug. 13 at 9/8c – has been called “a blast from the past,” with “the final six chefs celebrate earning their new black jackets, but they quickly realize that the competition is getting more and more intense. Eager to see how the chefs measure up, Ramsay brings back a team of former Hell’s Kitchen runners-up to compete against the chefs in the ultimate dinner service showdown.” At the same time, the “warm-up” for this new episode of Hell’s Kitchen next Monday is a new Ramsay show called “Hotel Hell,” premiering Aug. 13 at 8/7c with Ramsay checking into a Vermont inn with “an odor problem and an owner who treats his staff poorly.” Enter Ramsay to save the day at Hotel Hell.
Ramsay, 45, is married with children but never mentions his family during his many TV shows.
Hell’s Kitchen moves to a new time period on Fox
To make way for Ramsay’s new “Hotel Hell” TV program on Fox, the network announced that the popular “Hell’s Kitchen” will move to a new time period for its new season premiere Aug. 13 at 9/8c. Thus, fans of Ramsay need to stay tuned to catch the entire goings on for this Scotsman who likes to bring British TV offshoots to America under his chef hat.
For instance, Ramsay has served as a producer and judge on the U.S. version of MasterChef; that’s hugely popular in England.
Moreover, Ramsay has starred in a travelogue series about India called “Gordon’s Great Escape,” followed by yet another travel series set in Asia. At the same time, Ramsay hosted the British TV series “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant;” which, according to his official biography is the first UK series by Ramsay’s own production company, “One Potato Two Potato.”
Thus, it was earlier this year that Fox announced the coming of Ramsay’s fourth series for the Fox Network, “Hotel Hell,” that’s been described by producers as “similar to Kitchen Nightmares, except that it focuses on struggling hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in the U.S. As for why Fox believes Ramsay should also be an expert on hotels and motels is “anyone’s guess,” said one TV critic writing about Ramsay’s busy life.
Ramsay’s public image is of a “bad boy”
Although Ramsay writes in his autobiography that he’s built his reputation upon his goal of “culinary perfection,” not all people enjoy his vulgar and rude disposition.
For example, critics have cited the multi-millionaire Ramsay for his “frequent loss of his temper and his harsh critiques, notably when he picks on something other than one's cooking abilities, such as calling someone a ‘chunky monkey.’”
Moreover, after Ramsay ejected food critic A.A. Gill and his dining companion, the actress Joan Collins, from his restaurant, Gill wrote that Ramsay may be a good chef, but “a really second-rate human being.”
In turn, Ramsay attributes his “pugnacious management style” to previous mentors.
However, it was the British “Radio Times” (the English version of TV Guide) that took a poll consisting of 3,000 people who voted Ramsay as “television’s most terrifying celebrity;” while also criticizing him for “frequent use of profanity on his programs.”
Also, in his autobiography, Ramsay himself said he was “unaware of the extent of his swearing until he watched an episode of Boiling Point. While he stated he did not have a problem with it, ‘Mum was appalled.’”
Ramsay almost killed making a TV show
It was back in January 2011 that London’s Sun newspaper reported how “Ramsay was doused in petrol and held at gunpoint as he tried to uncover the dark world of illegal shark fin trading for a new TV show.”
The Sun reported Ramsay saying: “They told me they’d shoot me. At one, I managed to shake off the people keeping us away, ran up some stairs to a rooftop and looked down to see thousands of fins, drying on rooftops for as far as the eye could see. When I got back downstairs, they tipped a barrel of petrol over me. Back at the wharf, there were people pointing rifles at us to stop us filming. A van pulled up and these seedy characters made us stand against a wall. The police came and advised us to leave the country.”
Also, there's been other threats made against Ramsay for his rude behavior, and other actions.
Legal issues continue to haunt Ramsay
In 1994, Ramsay accepted “a police caution for gross indecency involving him and two other men, both chefs, in the lavatory of a London Underground station. It was stressed to be only ‘hi jinks’ by Ramsay and not sexual,” reported London’s Daily Mail, while also revealing how “Ramsay stated that the three, who were discovered in the early morning hours, were celebrating and drinking the night before. In regards to the caution, Ramsay stated that one of his friends was urinating in a sink, another friend was walking around with his trousers by his ankles, and that he himself was urinating in a urinal with his head against the wall, when the station supervisor discovered them.”
Also, The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh, Scotland, reported on Nov. 15, 2002 that “Ramsay was breathalysed, arrested and charged with driving under the influence of excess alcohol in London. While he remained charged, he was informed by police that the case would be discontinued.”
Flash forward to today and Ramsay is set for more so-called abusive fun with his signature dish “Hell’s Kitchen” set to welcome more “victims” to his “Fabulous Hell’s Kitchen,” while also taking a detour to Ramsay’s new “Hotel Hell,” while along the way he’s up for more MasterChef judging about what’s being prepared in “his kitchen.”
Image source of Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen during one of his many British cooking TV shows. Ramsay is not starring in and producing four television programs for the Fox Network. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Ramsay