Kitchen Nightmares - A Review
Gordon Ramsay's here, ya'll!
One of my favorite BBC shows has finally come to America via the Fox Network!
For anyone that missed it, Gordon Ramsay shows up at small, failing restaurants, and brow beats them into shape on his huge BBC success, "Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares". But you know what? It's much more than that. Gordon Ramsay, in my opinion, isn't at all the bastard he appears to be on Hell's Kitchen. I said this before in an earlier blog, but his restaurants have had something like an 84% retention rate since the late 80's. He's just VERY serious about the quality of the food that comes out of his kitchen.
When Gordon goes to these little restaurants, he doesn't just yell and scream, he really rolls up his sleeves and tries to help. I mean heck, if any of these dives ever turned and made it big, it would be a huge boon to the show. He helps with relaunching the restaurants, creates new menus and pricing ideas, and has even helped hire new head chefs (in one episode, he even hired-away two employees!). And in America, he takes it one step further - he buys them a new kitchen. It's a PG-13 Extreme Home Makeover. It's the man I see in a culinary threesome with Bobby Flay in my dreams - It's Gordon Ramsay.
In this first episode, Gordon saves a failing Italian restaurant in Babylon, NY, owned by a gorilla who had seen too many episodes of the "Soprano's". Their kitchen's broken, and so are their personal relationships. For crying out loud, the family that owns the restaurant almost came to blows (loudly) after serving Gordon's disastrous first "meal". Later, the above mentioned gorilla nearly beats two loan sharks with his bare hands! If you missed it and can catch it in rerun, it's amazing television. My prediction - HUGE HIT. However, I will admit I said that about Action, Firefly, and The Tick, too. Oh well...