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message posted 18-Oct-06 11:36:56
Gordon Ramsay Gets Voted Scariest Celebrity
It's a little-known fact that the dictionary definition of the word 'scary' reads 'a craggy faced man who screams at people day and night even though he's basically a jumped-up dinner lady,' which fits Gordon Ramsay nicely.

And it's just as well, too, because Gordon Ramsay has been voted as the scariest celebrity in the country by the Radio Times. As far as we know, Gordon Ramsay got the nod as the scariest celebrity because all he ever seems to do is bellow at people who aren't chefs because they can't cook chicken as well as he can, and not for the way his face looks like a testicle that's been left in some bathwater for a week, or the way that he flirts with Martine McCutcheon at any opportunity he gets, even though that's by far the scariest thing Gordon Ramsay has ever done.

It's not a new thing for British people to be seen as villains. As if the whole 'British Empire' thing wasn't enough, there was also briefly a time a few years ago where every action movie baddie you'd see would inexplicably be a classically-trained British Shakespearean actor. Lately though, the British have got to be scary to people on television - and none are scarier than Gordon Ramsay. Gordon Ramsay is transatlantically scary, or at least as scary as a man who just cooks dinner all day can actually be.

The scariness of Gordon Ramsay comes in three main forms; there's Gordon's Kitchen Nightmares scary, where Gordon Ramsay is scary to genuine idiots who are crap at owning restaurants; there's Hell's Kitchen scary, where Gordon Ramsay is scary to fat Americans for cooking food badly and then lets a woman win because she has bigger breasts than the others; and there's F Word scary - the scariest of all because that's when Gordon Ramsay a) is scary to the public for not cooking from scratch every night even though most of them have jobs that don't involve standing around in a kitchen lording it about like fucking Napoleon, b) is scary to people who aren't professionally-trained cooks for not being as good as professionally-trained cooks and c) is scary to other chefs because they have opportunistic cookbooks out even though Gordon Ramsay and his sodding wife both have opportunistic cookbooks out.

All in all, this has added up to make Gordon Ramsay the scariest celebrity in the eyes of the Radio Times, and it's probably right since Gordon Ramsay actually sues people who says he isn't scary. But this is a top ten list, so Gordon Ramsay has to share the glory. Here's the full top ten list of scary celebrities:

1 - Gordon Ramsay

2 - Anne Robinson (Not scary because of The Weakest Link - scary because she's ginger)

3 - John McCririck (Over-compensatingly obnoxious misogynist whale who lives in his bed. Would have ranked higher if he hadn't won the nation's heart by making Edwina Curry cry on Wife Swap the other week)

4 - Jeremy Paxman (Says the same thing to politicians over and over again without ever letting them answer)

5 - Fanny Cradock (Like Gordon Ramsay, but a woman. Also has a slightly ruder name)

6 - Derren Brown (Easily the scariest person on the list; he doesn't shout at people - he actually convinces people to murder other people with guns)

7 - Sir Alan Sugar (About as scary as an embroidered cushion, unless you count 'thinking that making rubbishy email phones and models of his own face makes him world's biggest tycoon' as scary)

8 - Barbara Woodhouse (Shouted at dogs for a living)

9 - Trinny and Susannah (Scary in the sense that people still let Trinny and Susannah tell them how to dress even though we swear blind we saw the skinny one wearing nothing but a great big rubber glove a few days ago)

10 - Simon Cowell (Only made the list because he's started to wear his shirts unbuttoned to the navel. In England. In October)

message posted 23-Oct-06 12:55:52

PRUE LEITH, cookery writer, teacher and doyenne of British cuisine, has accused the celebrity chefs Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay of peddling “macho nonsense” and bullying staff to raise their profile.
Leith, 66, a Michelin star-winner and recipient of an OBE for services to cooking, compares their abrasive style of managing their kitchens to “running a galley ship”.

She singles out Ramsay in particular, saying the star of television programmes such as Hell’s Kitchen and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares has “turned his bad-boy act into a gravy-train” because of his “willingness to be a bastard”.

Writing in the November issue of Waitrose Food Illustrated, to be published this week, Leith, founder of Leiths School of Food and Wine, says: “Testosterone sells. But what does it say about us, the readers and viewers . . . that we applaud this macho nonsense? “Why can’t these posturing chefs just calm down and cook? It is like watching four-year-olds saying, ‘My dad’s bigger than yours’ or boys boasting about how far they can pee.”

She denounces the view of White, who runs a number of top London restaurants and recently published his autobiography, that a chef has to be a “pain junkie” to succeed as “arrogant rot”.

Turning to Ramsay, who as White’s protégé was once reduced to tears under a barrage of barracking from the chef, she writes: “Gordon Ramsay, of course, has gone one better than his former boss. He has turned his bad-boy act into a gravy train. You can almost hear the TV director saying, ‘Gordon, this is getting boring. Time to throw a wobbly’.”

While allowing that Ramsay, who was awarded an OBE earlier this year and, like White, is the recipient of the maximum three Michelin stars, is “a clever chap, indeed a delightful one”, she goes on to describe his technique for schooling recruits as thinly disguised abuse.

The attack is not the first time Leith has criticised both chefs publicly. Four years ago she described them as “megalomaniacs” and blamed them for a rise in the number of people quitting the profession. At the time, Ramsay responded by telling Leith, who he said had made a fortune out of “educating inadequate housewives”, to “stop waffling”. Yesterday neither White nor Ramsay was available for comment.

message posted 30-Oct-06 11:34:08
well now here is a news flash "Gordon Ramsey is scary" he is also an idiot that does untold damage to our profession.
at a time when we try to establish that beeing a chef is a serious business guys like gordon and marco behave like prima donnas that throw wooblies at the slightest provocation.
we all know about stress and sometimes even have meltdowns in the kitchen but that is not the norm, so now here we have a bunch of guys that despite or because of their talent give the public the impression that chefs are a bunch of clowns that only communicate in four letter words.
no surprise then that we get paid peanuts, who is going to take us serious after watching these guys on the box.
message posted 30-Oct-06 15:33:49
I Concur my good Man

When I do get dragged out to dinner by my wife, to friends the same old question alwayse arises, "do chefs realy shout and swear in the kitchen like that?"

My normal reply is yes but not like those tv freaks. In a kitchen during service we cant put down our pans, casualy saunter over to another chef, and politely and in a calm and reasonable tone enquire how much longer for the starter. A kitchen is a loud (extractor / pans) place so we do need to shout to be heard and unlike an office we cant just leave our station tohave a calm conversation.

Gordon and the tv boys have definatly stigmatised the kitchen, could there possible be a connection with the low volume of kids entering college and the stigma attached to tv kitchens?
message posted 14-Nov-06 10:15:12
Another article about Ramsey

Tough-talking television hard men such as Gordon Ramsay and Sir Alan Sugar are encouraging school bullies, a teacher's leader declared yesterday.

Children watch the celebrities shouting and swearing and copy their behaviour in the playground.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, warned that growing numbers of TV programmes were glorifying bullying behaviour by teaching youngsters it brought fame and success.

These included series such as Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and the F-Word where he regularly berates novice chefs and The Apprentice, where Sir Alan dispenses with blundering would-be employees with the words: "You're fired".

Meanwhile Jamie Oliver's school dinners series, while well-intentioned, as well as shows about fat toddlers and teenagers had fuelled bullying directed at children with weight problems.

Speaking at a conference on bullying in London, Mrs Keates said personalities in the public eye must set responsible examples to schoolchildren.

She said programmes which "legitimised" bullying by linking overbearing behaviour with success were undermining teachers' efforts to tackle the problem in schools.

It also meant parents of bullies took name-calling and verbal taunting less seriously than they should.

The gravity of their children's misbehaviour was usually only brought home to them if they physically attacked others.

Mrs Keates went on to single out the series Brat Camp, where wayward children are shown tough discipline in American camps, for teaching youngsters that overbearing behaviour is acceptable.

"Tackling bullying is made even more difficult by its seeming legitimisation through particular television programmes" she told her union's conference on tackling prejudice-related bullying.

"How do you discourage bullying and demonstrate it is wrong when youngsters see celebrity status and money can be acquired on the basis of shouting at and swearing at and humiliating others, when there is a clear implication that to be successful in business goes hand in hand with rude and aggressive treatment of others?

"I am talking about programmes where you get celebrity chefs who actually run their whole kitchens on the basis of shouting, swearing and humiliating employees, and also programmes where people are competing to get top jobs in business.

"They are making lots of money for behaviour which we we are trying to say in schools and families is not acceptable behaviour.

"It seems to be saying that success in business comes from being aggressive and tough but in a way that removes respect for other people.

"Clearly in business you have to be tough and ruthless but that does not mean you have to relate to others in that way, particularly people working with you.

"There is a trend in TV towards this."

She added that the 9pm TV watershed was not effective at protecting children from foul language.

"Celebrity and fame does bring quite a lot of responsibilities. But we all have a responsibility - and these programmes are highly popular."

Mrs Keates went on to blame the regular media coverage of national campaigns to improve school dinners - prompted by food guru Oliver - for spawning TV programmes which focus on overweight children.

She added: "There is emerging anecdotal evidence that the Government's important and well intentioned healthy eating programme for schools has increased the pressure on overweight youngsters and made them even more vulnerable."

Mrs Keates also waded into the row over Muslim veils, declaring that "ill-informed comments" had "fanned the flames of prejudice".

She said: "I am still quite puzzled why ministers and politicians have found it necessary to focus on a particular form of dress because it has not prompted a sensible debate and has fed the people already a way down the road to Islamophobia."

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CHILDREN ARE GETTING LARGER, what is his solution, give them another burger after 9pm in front of the telly.

I dont agree with these cleb chefs rantings, but if you are going to criticise them dont do it with pathetic reasons as this.

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