Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is a relentless beast. The celebrity chef presides over a sprawling business empire that boasts numerous cooking shows, over a dozen recipe books and a host of Michelin-starred restaurants. But when not feuding with other culinary impresarios — he has sparred with Mario Batali in the past — Ramsay has stormed through the kitchens of subpar restaurants in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, leaving a trail of hurt feelings and discarded entrees in his wake. Ramsay is notorious for his abrasive manner and penchant for profanity. Like a Simon Cowell with an apron, he crossed the pond and has starred in a range of reality cooking shows, like Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef. In the above clip from an earlier BBC show, Boiling Point, he loses his cool with a few mute, meek sous-chefs. What makes this sort of bullying even more off-putting? That he's probably playing it up for the camera.