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Unless you've been living in a cave the past five years or so, you know that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has emerged as one of the biggest stars on TV. But if you only watch Gordon on his Fox TV shows -- Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares -- you've only seen one side of the bellicose chef. On those shows, he's a screaming, cursing, demanding, hard-driving taskmaster. He's compelling, but you wouldn't want to be on the other side of one of his verbal tongue-lashings.
1. The likability factor
Since the opening episode, there hasn't been a more attractive and likable competitor on The Next Food Network Star. Jeffrey makes viewers feel comfortable, like a Tom Selleck or James Garner, and when you're talking about TV personalities, that's the most important asset. Jeffrey would be welcomed on TVs in living rooms -- and kitchens -- around the country.
For sheer dynamics, the team was not working together. Casey, who was promoted and thus became the colonel of the title, was put in the tough position of having to apprehend Chuck and Sarah. Since they all know each other so well, there was no advantage on either side, and Chuck's emotional appeal about finding his father seemed to have little effect on Casey.
Food Network president Brooke Johnson said in a statement, "We appreciate Robert's remorse about his actions, and we can revisit this decision at the end of the production cycle, but for now we will be looking for a replacement host."
I don't cook much, choosing to eat all of my food frozen, but I like the idea of Pantry Raid, a new series on the Style network debuting August 29 at 9:00 p.m.
Chef Michael Schulson will go into a person's house and try to whip up a meal using only food found in that person's pantry. As a bachelor who is slowly but surely learning how to make meals that don't require reading instructions on the back of a box, I find the idea appealing. Can you make something out of applesauce, hominy, pumpkin pie filling and rat poison? Because that's pretty much what's in my pantry.
This poll in the UK edition of Esquire isn't too much of a surprise I guess. I can understand why chef and TV host Gordon Ramsay is the most admired guy, especially in a popular, "of the moment" sort of way. But what I find funny is that he beat scientist and author Stephen Hawking, a man that has literally changed the way we look at space, time, and the universe.
Other people on the list after Ramsay (17%) and Hawking (14%) are Ray Mears (a TV survival expert - probably unknown to many of us here in the U.S.), who got 11% of the vote, new James Bond Daniel Craig, who also got 11%, and comedian/writer Ricky Gervais, who somehow only got 9% of the vote.
The new season of Hell's Kitchen, the U.S. show that Ramsay hosts, starts on FOX, June 4 at 9pm.
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Given this series of cartoon events, why the New York Post would bother to ask Hayes whether or not he planned on returning to the show is beyond me, but Hayes' answer was clear.
Professional chef / screaming manchild Gordon Ramsay is bringing his popular BBC series Kitchen Nightmares to FOX. Americans may have already caught the series on BBC America, in which Ramsay uses his incomparable people skills to whip failing restaurants back into shape. Production on the new reality series is set to begin next month. If you're a fan of Hell's Kitchen, don't worry, that show isn't going anywhere: production for the third season will begin this month.
I'd actually like to see a deal struck between Ramsay and McDonald's, resulting in a show where he yells at the wage slaves for not leaving the Big Macs under the heat lamps long enough. Also, he and Grimace get into a fist fight. Maybe that wouldn't be such a great idea; I just happen to have this reoccurring fantasy about Grimace fighting British people.
Rather than have to handicap Ray's game, the Chairman will be pairing up both ladies with one of the Iron Chefs. De Laurentiis with Bobby Flay. Ray with Mario Batali.
Alright, the Chairman is actually doing all the fancy pairing because the Food Network told him to, but Ray would get trounced otherwise. Nothing against Miss 30-Minute Meals, but De Laurentiis has some serious skills care of Paris' Le Cordon Bleu and Wolfgang Puck.
Here's hoping the secret ingredient is the tears of failed homemakers.