Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares

Thanks to whatever reader it was who urged me to watchRamsay’s Kitchen Nightmares . I had praised Gordon Ramsey’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” which had probably been pitched as an American Idol for cooks combined with a Marine bootcamp. In “Kitchen Nightmares,” on the other hand, Gordon slaps dysfunctional restaurants into shape.

In a recent episode, the problem was the obnoxious husband in the kitchen and wife who handled the front. They constantly sniped and yelled at each other, and even threw out customers! Gordon had to play marriage counselor, as well as getting rid of the pretension and revamping the menu–getting the owner to cook what he was really good at rather than all of these fancy recipes. Gordon is harsh and brutally honest, but he does have a heart. And there are lots of lessons here, even for non-restauranteurs, about customer service, quality, and VOCATION, VOCATION, VOCATION.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Yeah, that’s my more favored show, too. He accomplishes good on that show. I don’t watch the other one because I can’t stand the continual swearing. The purported excuse for his bad language is non-existent – it’s just a reality show. At least with the former show, his excuse is that he is under pressure in helping others with real lives and real restaurants.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    Yeah, that’s my more favored show, too. He accomplishes good on that show. I don’t watch the other one because I can’t stand the continual swearing. The purported excuse for his bad language is non-existent – it’s just a reality show. At least with the former show, his excuse is that he is under pressure in helping others with real lives and real restaurants.

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    I like the guy, too! I love how he seems to genuinely care about the people he is working with. He is completely devoted to his vocation that instead of just opening more and more restaurants, he’s helping other people serve good food!

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    I like the guy, too! I love how he seems to genuinely care about the people he is working with. He is completely devoted to his vocation that instead of just opening more and more restaurants, he’s helping other people serve good food!

  • http://viz.tumblr.com Tickletext

    This guy is a one-man crusade against aesthetic relativism!

  • http://viz.tumblr.com Tickletext

    This guy is a one-man crusade against aesthetic relativism!

  • http://viz.tumblr.com Tickletext

    Our apparatniks will continue making
    the usual squalid mess called History:
    all we can pray for is that artists,
    chefs and saints may still appear to blithe it.
    –from W. H. Auden, “Moon Landing”

  • http://viz.tumblr.com Tickletext

    Our apparatniks will continue making
    the usual squalid mess called History:
    all we can pray for is that artists,
    chefs and saints may still appear to blithe it.
    –from W. H. Auden, “Moon Landing”

  • Hunter Baker

    The wife and I have become very fond of the Ramsay shows. We’re seriously hooked on Kitchen Nightmares. That and A&E’s Intervention are our two favorite programs.

  • Hunter Baker

    The wife and I have become very fond of the Ramsay shows. We’re seriously hooked on Kitchen Nightmares. That and A&E’s Intervention are our two favorite programs.

  • http://www.mangatower.com.au Dave

    I agree, Kitchen nightmares is top stuff :D

  • http://www.mangatower.com.au Dave

    I agree, Kitchen nightmares is top stuff :D


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