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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Cordon Bluestreak

What happens when you mix good food, the ruthless frankness of American Idol's Simon Cowell, and an US Television network?

Why, Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen on the FOX Channel, is what.

Yes, the über-grumpy, potty-mouthed Scots chef will try to become the new man Americans love to hate this 30 May.

The thing about Gordon Ramsay is his uncompromising honesty, which he uses to bulldoze his way over anyone and anything which stands in his way. When dealing with his staff, he turns it on 100 degrees, in a quest to be known as the world's most unpleasant boss.

Oh Americans can take the hokey "You're fired" catchphrase shout of a Donald Trump, but you have no idea -- if you've never seen or, more importantly, heard Gordon Ramsay, you are in for a cold shower of abuse.

And Americans are simply unused to that.

I don't know how he will translate in the US, but if Simon is anything to go by, Americans will be at first repelled, and then, will grow to like his extreme nastiness because at least it's said with a "British accent".

Heh. Lucky me.

But what I will find interesting to see is if the chefs under him shout back, because the one cultural difference between us and Americans (even apprentice chefs, who are used to abuse), is the American penchant to answer back in kind. Ooh, I can't wait!

Though how the network will curb his actual torrid language is another matter, given network television's strict enforcement of swearing, via the FCC.

"You're bleeping useless, you know that young man, yeah. Bleep off! Just bleep off back to France, you fat bastard, yeah. You're bleeping fired, you wanking pig's bucket, bleep bleep. Bleep!"

If you can imagine a Glaswegian, boot camp version of Julia Child after doing crystal-meth for a week solid, and with a massive case of PMS, you have a so-so idea of how Gordon Ramsay is. The reality is much much worse.

As the French say, ça promet.

5 Comments:

  • Okay, so I didn’t realize until today that you are also a Brit! Lucky me too! But “Wanking Pigs Bucket,” conjures up a mental image that, if you are not “a lucky,” is manageable. If you are, it’s like a morphed tin man “ala The Wizard of Ozz,” come bucket”, no pun intended, that is tossing off! Or not?

    By Anonymous Alan, at Wed May 04, 02:15:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Okay, so I didn’t realize until today that you are also a Brit! Lucky me too! But “Wanking Pigs Bucket,” conjures up a mental image that, if you are not “a lucky,” is manageable. If you are, it’s like a morphed tin man “ala The Wizard of Ozz,” come bucket”, no pun intended, that is tossing off! Or not?

    By Anonymous Alan, at Wed May 04, 02:35:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Lucky me three.

    Can't wait, no logs and dogs then?

    By Anonymous Caroline Fotherington-Thomas, at Thu May 05, 10:37:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I do beg your pardon. I've put in one of my (many) joke names by accident...

    By Anonymous caroline morphess, at Thu May 05, 10:39:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Ah, Alan/Caroline, I am too cosmopolitan by birth and residence to be truly British, so that's alright.

    BTW, nice pseudo Morphess. ;)

    Cheers,
    V.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon May 09, 10:05:00 pm GMT-4  

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