Hell’s Kitchen Bordering on Fraud
My wife and I watch all the cooking shows. We watch Chopped, triple D, Top Chef, Master Chef and all the rest. Last night we watched the finale of Hell’s Kitchen on Fox.
If you are not familiar with this show it features a group of chefs who compete to win a job working for Gordon Ramsey. To me it’s a little like living your life with the goal of going to Hell. He goes beyond abusing these poor people. He berates and verbally assaults them in every episode.
He does all this with the promise of them being “Head Chef’ in one of his restaurants. This year it was Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace.
This is where the fraud bordering comes into play. Head Chef normally is a term synonymous with Executive Chef. The man or woman who runs the restaurant. Hell’s Kitchen, I believe, tries at every turn, to make you believe the winner is going to be running the restaurant.
I have some knowledge in this area. My father was an Executive Chef in Reno, NV. He ran the restaurant operations for a casino. When he did this he was not a kid. Executive Chefs in Nevada are at the top of their profession and like other occupations, you don’t win those spots on a glorified game show.
So what does “head chef” mean on Hell’s Kitchen?
Well lets look at an interview Gordon Ramsey did for the industry magazine Restaurant Hospitality in their January 2009 issue.
They asked him, “Does a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen really become one of your chefs?”
Ramsey answered “Yeah, they’re going to be dropped in the sh*t, basically. Do you think I’m going to let a chef who’s won on Hell’s Kitchen become head of my restaurant? They’ll be given a table of say five, and they’ll look after it for a long time. It will take five years to climb the ladder. Cooking on TV is very different than cooking in the real world.”
Mmm? Not exactly the impression I believe Hell’s Kitchen or Fox conveys to the viewers on the show and promos. Looking after one table? That person usually would be not referred to as a “head chef.”
They say “The winner will be head chef.” Ramsey says in a trade magazine, I believe because he knows restaurant people know better, “Do you think I’m going to let a chef who’s won on Hell’s Kitchen become head of my restaurant?”
Interesting and I believe bordering on fraud.
What do you think?