Who is this Irvine guy?
I actually really liked Irvine on Dinner Impossible, but agree with those who have said Restaurant Impossible is a complete rip off. I mean, I don't think there has ever been such a blatant rip off ever in TV. Maybe in a reality dating series. I guess the masses like it though. I enjoy the web stuff that Ramsay puts out, I need to watch the 1998 stuff.
We've been OTA tv for the past few years, so didn't even know who Irvine is. When I pulled up a picture of him and his wife, it was an article about his wedding. All she knew about it was the place, time and date. "I didn't know the colors of my wedding or what my bouquet would look like! But I trusted his taste." Bet he tells her what to wear, what to eat, how to dress, and not to think (he'll do that for the both of them.) Scary start to a marriage, IMO.
One show I do like on FN is Chef Wanted. The chef's get a gob from making a menu, and executing it in the kitchen. Staff and all.
I shudder at some stuff, throwing salmon on a board, and why do they have those horrible printers? The noise! Thermal printers ftw.
As far as Ramsay goes, if you watch boiling point then hells kitchen, you'll realise he is the same in both temper wise, before he moved to the U.S. he stated somewhere he had a huge dislike for Americans, so you get a Chef with a short fuse, put him with a group of people he doesn't like, and 95% happen to be crap chefs and a few cameras and you got a hit show.
Most of us know the stresses of the kitchen service and I'm sure id be angry in that situation, especially people bringing up stuff to the pass that's fu@ked well not the same anger, but close.
Only time I lose it is at the expo or waiters, when they screw the orders up, never at my kitchen team.
Yeah Bourdain has the opinion I like. I never met Ramsey though. UK version is definitely the best. If you are fast enough, or have it recorded you have to read the fine print that comes up at the end of a US kitchen nightmares. It states that the coverage is taken over a time period and edited so it may be out of sequence. Plus google the restaurants and most if not all are out of business. They all get websites but I usually see on yelp when they shut down. That always gave me the feeling that maybe in the contract they weren't allowed to sell for a certain time period. To make matters worse, if you're in a bad kitchen you'll watch the shows and see the sames things, run. I did. The sad thing about some restaurants like on the shows is the bar will keep them going way beyond their expiration date.
I've never seen Boiling Point. Skimmed though the above posted video. What an eye opener! I've only seen Hell's Kitchen/Nightmares. I can respect the guy in Boiling Point. Seems like two different people. And that's sad.