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Ramsay Blasts 'Kitchen Nightmares' Lawsuit

“Hell’s Kitchen” star Gordon Ramsay broke his silence on a lawsuit accusing the perfectionist chef of faking scenes in a New York eatery for his upcoming Fox reality show.

“I would never-ever-ever dream of setting anything up,” Mr. Ramsay said by phone from London on Friday. “I want to sleep at night. We were issued a writ because, God bless America, if the toilet paper is not thick enough and you come out with a rash on your ass [you’ll get sued].”

In his new show, “Kitchen Nightmares,” Mr. Ramsay visits struggling restaurants and tries to help owners turn around their businesses.

Manhattan restaurant manager Martin Hyde was fired during the filming of a “Nightmares” episode, then filed a $1 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Mr. Ramsay and the show’s producers in June. Mr. Hyde accused “Nightmares” of planting spoiled meat, fixing a chair to fall apart and hiring actors to pose as guests lending the appearance of a successful makeover. Earlier this month, a judge tossed the suit into arbitration.

“The idea of bringing moldy food in and planting actors is a f**king joke,” Mr. Ramsay said. “There’s a man who got very scared and very embarrassed about his lack of professionalism. For a man to waste lawyers’ time and taxpayers’ money to get upset about something you’re the cause of...”

The lawsuit said Mr. Hyde urged his boss to invite Mr. Ramsay’s “Nightmares” production to the restaurant, only to be singled out as a scapegoat by producers who needed a camera-ready villain for the show.

“[Mr. Hyde] wasn’t the one in charge of the kitchen,” said Mr. Hyde’s attorney, Carl Person. “The person responsible left the restaurant a week earlier. They’re going to make him appear he was the one in charge and he wasn’t. They’re setting him up.”

The New York lawsuit is similar to an allegation against the popular UK version of "Nightmares," where a restaurant went out of business after the show revealed rotting food in its kitchen. Mr. Ramsay won a lawsuit against a newspaper that claimed the show was staged.

“I don’t want to start that kind of bullshit over here,” he said. “You know it just scares me that litigation can just happen overnight, and then you’re on the defense.”

A crew member on the U.S. version of “Nightmares” previously told TelevisionWeek that restaurants aided on the show were “so disgusting, we didn’t need to do anything" for them to look bad. The source also said the production does help stock the restaurant with local patrons for some scenes, but “they weren’t told to lie about their experience, only to be entertaining for the camera: ‘If you like the food, then really like it. If you don’t, then really don’t.’”

Both Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Person said the “Nightmares” raw camera footage will vindicate their respective sides of the story.

“We found extraordinary droppings from rats and the most unhygienic kitchen I’ve ever seen in my career,” Mr. Ramsay said. “There should be a government health warning before the program saying ‘all dinner should be consumed before watching this program.’”

Mr. Person acknowledged there may have been sanitation issues at the restaurant, which the lawsuit notes was closed by the New York Board of Health about a week after the episode was shot. “Every restaurant has mouse droppings,” he said. Mr. Person also said Mr. Ramsay “to some extent, may not know what’s going on” behind the scenes of his own show. But Mr. Person maintained much of the production is “showmanship” and that his client was unfairly targeted for humiliation.

Fox premieres “Nightmares” on Sept. 19, the same night as another fall reality series attracting production controversy, CBS’s “Kid Nation.” Though Fox has been silent about the “Nightmares” lawsuit and declined to comment, Mr. Ramsay has never been shy about speaking his mind.

“Trying to say I set up a wobbly chair,” Mr. Ramsay said, his voice full of disgust at the lawsuit. “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.”

UPDATE: 'Kitchen Nightmares' Lawsuit Episode Airs

A full interview with Gordon Ramsay about his career in reality television will appear in the Sept. 3 issue of TelevisionWeek and online on Monday.

Comments (410)

chuckster:

Hey...if you think this is the most pathetic nation,go elsewhere.

I think we will not miss your sorry ass!

JP:

I don't trust that Mr. Hyde. His friend Jekyll seems nice, but...

Joe:

Maybe, if enough of these lawsuits get filed, and people realize how fake they are, they will stop pumping them out.

Ronald Corbett:

Gordon Ramsey found the perfect descriptive word--unprofessional. That's exactly what I saw in his behavior everytime I watched part of his show last season. There's a guy who desparately needs some anger management guidances. I can't imagine anyone more rude than he.

“Every restaurant has mouse droppings,” he said.

That's what freaks me out. I may actually start cooking again.

Tom G:

This guy should be president of the USA. We need a no-bullshit, politically incorrect guy like him to kick us back to shape. You can bet your ass the John Edwards' of the country would get their long-overdue bitch-slaps!

Shaun:

Pathetic is thinking a Monarchy is still needed. I feel the best response to this idiot is to not watch his looser reality show. Thank you FOX for the quality programming and for giving this cheeky wanker a job.

Santa:

Ronald: I you have ever seen Mr. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on the BBC, you would know just how professional he really is. Rudeness is just another tool used to get through to people who have impenetrable egos. If he is the most over the top boss you have ever seen, you have lead a really sheltered and coddled life in terms of work experience.



In terms of the US, we really are the most litigious society in terms of lawsuits being files for every and any inconvenience and perceived slight.

Darrell Mc Neill:

Gordon Ramsey must have forgotten that America is the most giving country in the World. No other country can out give what Americans have given in the past. None. However, maybe Gordon should think about moving to another country if he doesn't like it in America. Just a hint. Darrell :)

Jon:

America IS a nation of 'I am entitled'. Look at Katrina. The government was EXPECTED to take care of EVERYTHING Katrina related. They were NEVER praised for the help they did provide but rideculed for not protecting the stupid from their own ignorance.

So, although the manager might be right and just in his lawsuit, we Americans have cried wolf too many times for me not to be cynical.

Lee:

Somebody cares what this guy thinks? Why?

Matt Braynard:

Gordon Ramsay is the best chef on the planet.

His comments calling the US 'pathetic' is taken way, way out of context. He said no such thing.

Gordon's record speaks for itself. He knows how to run a restaurant and has a long record of showing up at failing establishments and turning them around in a week or less. This is demonstrable on his similar show in the UK.

Lee:

Ohhhhhhh. Braynard, I though Col. Sanders was the "best chef on the planet."

Rusty:

I think that the problem with this country is that everyone gets "offended" about anything they don't like. If you don't like Gordon don't watch, but you can't demonize anyone for telling it like it is! The health dept. closed the resturant for Christ sake, what more proof do you need than that. Let me tell you, it has to be EXTREMLY filthy for the health dept. to get involved. Gordon's behavior is very professional when you are trying to bring the best out of other people. He reminds me of a drill sergent, oh, but I guess they are not very professioal either.

john prete:

I've seen this arrogant blowhard before. What this country doesn't need, is another Englishman with big ears and bad teeth. If he worked in MY kitchen.....I'd fire his sorry ass......just for being a dick!

David:

I'm sick of being surrounded by stupid, violent, knee-jerk reactionary Americans who are pro-war and have no clue what's happening in the world. The cause seems to be the heavily politically-manipulated "pseudo-Christianity" that most Americans are taught to follow. We have big expensive churches on every street corner, but no capacity for forgiveness and healing. Jesus taught peace, love and understanding. If you don't actively try to practice that 24/7, you're not a real Christian. Killing or judging in the name of Jesus is one strong identifier of a "pseudo-Christian." An obliviousness to environmental destruction and mindless consumerism is another feature of this wonderful pseudo religion.

charles t. sherwin:

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DO NOT eat out, folks, unless you have to...these "joints" are all the same; priests, nuns, etc., choose to work elsewhere, and anyone with good hygeine tends to seek jobs/careers that pay better; if the public really knew. Ramsey must be a democrat---they always blame America first...did anybody else notice? Really, now, would anybody with any other talent or money open an eatery? It is tough, dirty work, and requires constant maintainance of all including staffing. The best thing to do with your mom's chili recipe is burn it rather than try to feed it to another person for profit; been there, done that, and I eat at home, now and forever.

sandy:

Nightmares is a great show! Several restaurants have become very successful after being on the show. No doubt there are owners that are unhappy with the show because it makes customers better customers.

Patrick:

Oh no, a Euro made a bad comment about the U.S. How will I go on? Oh I know, I'll watch football and drive my SUV around with a smile!

sandy:

Nightmares is a great show! Several restaurants have become very successful after being on the show. No doubt there are owners that are unhappy with the show because it makes customers better customers.

Littlegus:

I was sympathetic to Chef Ramsey until that last snarky comment about the US. I guess I'll take my pathetic American remote and watch something else.

Phocus:

Chef...Who? Isn't it interesting how small people...people who basically are rude and/or talentless can get on TV these days. This Chef guy is a loser, a classless jerk, someone most nice people...intelligent people would avoid. But, put his sorry ass on TV and he's suddenly someone worth writing about? So, the loser doesn't like America...then leave. Wasn't that easy? And don't let the kitchen door hit you on the way out.

Where has all the talent gone?

Philip Redman:

Anyone consider how much publicity this faux lawsuit is generating for the show? And Ramsey's comments about how nasty the restaurant was? Our desire to rubbernect disaster is now piqued and many of us will have to watch the show to find out how bad it was.

The lawsuit will be dropped after the series opens in Sept. It's all just a big stunt to improve ratings.

JohnnyM:

Ramsay is tight....America is PATHETIC indeed.

JohnnyM:

Ramsay is tight....America is PATHETIC indeed.

JohnnyM:

Ramsay is tight....America is PATHETIC indeed.
"If you don't like it, then get out" - haha no one would live here then

Philip Redman:

Anyone consider how much publicity this faux lawsuit is generating for the show? And Ramsey's comments about how nasty the restaurant was? Our desire to rubbernect disaster is now piqued and many of us will have to watch the show to find out how bad it was.

The lawsuit will be dropped after the series opens in Sept. It's all just a big stunt to improve ratings.

Philip Redman:

Anyone consider how much publicity this faux lawsuit is generating for the show? And Ramsey's comments about how nasty the restaurant was? Our desire to rubbernect disaster is now piqued and many of us will have to watch the show to find out how bad it was.

The lawsuit will be dropped after the series opens in Sept. It's all just a big stunt to improve ratings.

Thomas Austin:

First, I have never seen Mr. Ramsay’s show. I don’t care about cooking shows. Second, he is right in saying we have to many lawsuits. Maybe if we started to put a limit on the percentage a lawyer could rake off from a lawsuit they might start looking at the suit before filing

As for his (Mr. Ramsay) statement “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” I think he is referring to the individual’s lack of personal responsibility and their unwillingness to acceptance that not everything is going to go the way you want it to.

As for Martin Hyde, he was the restaurant manager. That means he was in charge. He can not be the restaurant manager and say he was not responsible for the place. Just another example of refusing to accept responsibility. It should have taken him 30 minutes a night to inspect the place and check the food.

MM:

Like I care what some foulmouthed cook from the UK thinks about my country.

Thomas Austin:

First, I have never seen Mr. Ramsay’s show. I don’t care about cooking shows. Second, he is right in saying we have to many lawsuits. Maybe if we started to put a limit on the percentage a lawyer could rake off from a lawsuit they might start looking at the suit before filing

As for his (Mr. Ramsay) statement “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” I think he is referring to the individual’s lack of personal responsibility and their unwillingness to acceptance that not everything is going to go the way you want it to.

As for Martin Hyde, he was the restaurant manager. That means he was in charge. He can not be the restaurant manager and say he was not responsible for the place. Just another example of refusing to accept responsibility. It should have taken him 30 minutes a night to inspect the place and check the food.

Bill:

This guy Ramsey, is a fake. His show last season proved it to me. Will no longer have to watch that bunch of fake bull another season

Gene:

Jon: Re Katrina. I have heard a lot of ignorant comments about what happened in New Orleans but yours cuts it. I am truly surprised that you can read and write, or did someone write that comment for you? And your "love it or leave it" approach is old, tired and as stupid as it was the first time around. How about a third alternative: change it.

Gene

Thomas Austin:

First, I have never seen Mr. Ramsay’s show. I don’t care about cooking shows. Second, he is right in saying we have to many lawsuits. Maybe if we started to put a limit on the percentage a lawyer could rake off from a lawsuit they might start looking at the suit before filing

As for his (Mr. Ramsay) statement “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” I think he is referring to the individual’s lack of personal responsibility and their unwillingness to acceptance that not everything is going to go the way you want it to.

As for Martin Hyde, he was the restaurant manager. That means he was in charge. He can not be the restaurant manager and say he was not responsible for the place. Just another example of refusing to accept responsibility. It should have taken him 30 minutes a night to inspect the place and check the food.

Thomas Austin:

First, I have never seen Mr. Ramsay’s show. I don’t care about cooking shows. Second, he is right in saying we have to many lawsuits. Maybe if we started to put a limit on the percentage a lawyer could rake off from a lawsuit they might start looking at the suit before filing

As for his (Mr. Ramsay) statement “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” I think he is referring to the individual’s lack of personal responsibility and their unwillingness to acceptance that not everything is going to go the way you want it to.

As for Martin Hyde, he was the restaurant manager. That means he was in charge. He can not be the restaurant manager and say he was not responsible for the place. Just another example of refusing to accept responsibility. It should have taken him 30 minutes a night to inspect the place and check the food.

MM:

Like I care what some foulmouthed cook from the UK thinks about my country.

Bill:

This guy Ramsey, is a fake. His show last season proved it to me. Will no longer have to watch that bunch of fake bull another season

Steve:

This country IS pathetic when it comes to all the crapola lawsuits that get filed all of the time. How about that bozo in DC suing for 50 million over a lost pair of pants?

And before you ask, YES, I LOVE Gordon Ramsey. He ROCKS!!!!

Doug:

OK, I think we're all mis-reading what Mr. Ramsay said due to the wording of the Drudge headline. I don't find his comments condescending in the least. I love the USA and think Mr. Ramsay is dead-on correct about out-of-control lawsuits.

brian :

Calm down...Ramsey is not degrading the country. If you read the entire story you would realize, he is only upset that he is being named in a lawsuit. Lawyers have too much power for the small amount of education (a mere 3 years after college)they have aquired. Most of these comments are naive and narrow-minded based on one statement out of anger. Im not a Ramsey fan either...but to make his words into something unpatriotic is ridiculous.

Phocus:

David at 6:11...

Wow David, you have a lot of anger there pal. You have bought into the left's line that America and Americans are bad. Everything about us is bad. Bad bad bad. You don't sound that old (your post, and your beliefs are rather childish) so there is still time to learn something about this country and the people that make up the most loving and giving nation on the face of this planet. Please, learn to read and then do it. Read about the millions that would die to get here. Read about the hope of freedom we project to the world. Read a little about Christianity and what 'the message' is really about. Read about the American men and women who gave their lives to keep YOU free.

Until you have worked at learning about love, stop posting all your hate. Or...you can continue down the path you are on and remain a glittering jewel of colossal ignorance.

brian :

Calm down...Ramsey is not degrading the country. If you read the entire story you would realize, he is only upset that he is being named in a lawsuit. Lawyers have too much power for the small amount of education (a mere 3 years after college)they have aquired. Most of these comments are naive and narrow-minded based on one statement out of anger. Im not a Ramsey fan either...but to make his words into something unpatriotic is ridiculous.

Steve:

Hey Philip, could you post your comments 6 more times? I didn't get what you said the first 3 times.

numbnuts

Almighty Whitey:

Ramsey wasn't speaking of the nation as a whole about being pathetic. I'm sure Britain has just as many limp-wristed crybabies per capita as we do. The guy is also filming his show in New York, a city full of sissies and pretentious twerps. I like Gordon Ramsey, he doesn't take any crap and tells it like it is. People that bring litigation just because their feeling get hurt, well that really is pathetic. A lot of people out there need to thicken their skin and grow a backbone.

Banjo:

Those who dine out over the years can expect to eat something between two and three pounds of mouse and rat droppings and a Mason jar of spittle. It's the other stuff I worry about.

Steve:

Hey Philip, could you post your comments 6 more times? I didn't get what you said the first 3 times.

numbnuts

Banjo:

Those who dine out over the years can expect to eat something between two and three pounds of mouse and rat droppings and a Mason jar of spittle. It's the other stuff I worry about.

Phocus:

David at 6:11...

Wow David, you have a lot of anger there pal. You have bought into the left's line that America and Americans are bad. Everything about us is bad. Bad bad bad. You don't sound that old (your post, and your beliefs are rather childish) so there is still time to learn something about this country and the people that make up the most loving and giving nation on the face of this planet. Please, learn to read and then do it. Read about the millions that would die to get here. Read about the hope of freedom we project to the world. Read a little about Christianity and what 'the message' is really about. Read about the American men and women who gave their lives to keep YOU free.

Until you have worked at learning about love, stop posting all your hate. Or...you can continue down the path you are on and remain a glittering jewel of colossal ignorance.

Banjo:

Those who dine out over the years can expect to eat something between two and three pounds of mouse and rat droppings and a Mason jar of spittle. It's the other stuff I worry about.

Not-Allyson:

hey David,

What does your evil rant against Christians have to do with this article? Just had to let the hate out or you were going to have a stroke?

Well Chef Ramsay is right. He is a perfectionist. I admire him.

Brent:

@ Phocus - You obviously have no idea what your talking about, he isn't just "some chef". He's one of the top chefs in all the world.

For everyone saying if you don't like America then you can get out, stop being such closed minded people! If noone complained then you wouldn't have the US to start with.

As far as Ramsays comment goes about "pathetic America", you don't think it's pathetic that your lawsuits have gotten out of hand, and your justice system is being mocked in alot of other contries because of it???

Donna:

I watched one of his shows and didn't like it. If he was to talk or should I say scream at me he would be picking his ass up off the floor. To me you can't be all that good of a chef if you have to act like he does.

Not-Allyson:

hey David,

What does your evil rant against Christians have to do with this article? Just had to let the hate out or you were going to have a stroke?

Well Chef Ramsay is right. He is a perfectionist. I admire him.

Lady Heather:

All Mr Ramsey was calling "pathetic" is our overlitigious legal system.

I agree 100% with him too, btw. The only ones that need be offended are personal injury lawyers and judges and juries that reward stupid decisions people make. (Like that lady suing McDonalds because of hot coffee)

Brent:

@ Phocus - You obviously have no idea what your talking about, he isn't just "some chef". He's one of the top chefs in all the world.

For everyone saying if you don't like America then you can get out, stop being such closed minded people! If noone complained then you wouldn't have the US to start with.

As far as Ramsays comment goes about "pathetic America", you don't think it's pathetic that your lawsuits have gotten out of hand, and your justice system is being mocked in alot of other contries because of it???

Thomas Austin:

Gene: Re Katrina. How about all those schools busses? How about all the days of warning EVERYONE in N.O. had before the storm hit? How about the FACT that according to law the federal government can not send in FEMA until the state governor asks for the help? So why didn’t the mayor do something to get the citizens out? Why didn’t the governor put the call into the President before the storm hit? Did they think it was going to stop and not come ashore? Or is it the idea that Big Government will look after them is so ingrained into the democrats (socialist?) that they can not conceive of taking responsibility and being proactive?

Gabor:

Don't you people see what's happening? One smart guy (Ramsey) made a huge business for himself out of badmouthing restaurants, cooks, whatever. WHO CARES?
Don't like restaurants? Don't go to restaurants. Cook at home, or tell your wife to cook. Are you lazy to do that? Well then, go to restaurants and eat there. Are you rich? Go to very expensive restaurants? Are you poor? Go to MacWhatever.
And don't expect rocket scientists to run the restaurants or do the cooking, because they won't. So, you will have to settle for the food what regular joe cooks for you with high school or similar level education and care. It is all that simple.

PK:

T. Austin -

As for his (Mr. Ramsay) statement “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” I think he is referring to the individual’s lack of personal responsibility and their unwillingness to acceptance that not everything is going to go the way you want it to.

That is spot on. People that are complaining are just reading the headline and not the context of what he said.

Ramsey is 100% right on this one.

Hugh:

San Diego, California

I say... It's tea time for Gordon Ramsay. What the flock does he know about food? The Gordon's Fisherman need's all the help (staging/setup) he can get.

What a maroon...

ascotan:

I think Ramsey just stuck his foot in his mouth. What he SHOULD have said was that the legal system in America is pathetic. The fact that the su(er) is favored over the su(ee), and that litgation can force people to hide in a closet for fear of getting sued.

However, saying that 'America' is a pathetic nation is a generalization that will come to hurt his show in ratings.

I understand his beef, but you need to qualify when you mouth off in public or it can come back and bite you. *.*

Pale Rydr:

Well ... I say old chap ... THIS pathetic American doesn't HAVE to watch your pathetic show.

Hugh:

San Diego, California

I say... It's tea time for Gordon Ramsay. What the flock does he know about food? The Gordon's Fisherman need's all the help (staging/setup) he can get.

What a maroon...

Steve:

David, THANK YOU for not slamming Islam, THE religion of peace.

Now I don't have to kill you.

Sue:

As an American and a person who loves this country, Ramsey is absolutely right! The litigiousness of this country is pathetic and that is all he meant by using that word. I love the guy, he tells it like it is.

Gordon's Fisherman:

Why on Earth would any restaurant manager or owner subject his business to this kind of public scrutiny and ridicule in the first place? It's like Nanny 9/11 and SuperNanny. Why the hell expose your private life on national TV like that? And for what? $20,000?

Americans will do ANYTHING for 15-minutes of fame. Idiotic.

Steve:

Hugh, are you saying that Ramsey is a cookie?

steve:

Gordon was calling the people like this owner pathetic, a law suit loving, unprofessional, can't take the truth sort of american. We know that all americans aren't like that.
If you were asked to help someone then they sued you for being honest you would be annoyed.
Also, he doesn'tlive in the states as some hve mentioned, and he isn't a fake, he is real life success, a chef who didn't start on tv, but worked very hard, being trained and treated the same way he treats his chefs. Please not he also says well done when people do well

steve:

Gordon was calling the people like this owner pathetic, a law suit loving, unprofessional, can't take the truth sort of american. We know that all americans aren't like that.
If you were asked to help someone then they sued you for being honest you would be annoyed.
Also, he doesn'tlive in the states as some hve mentioned, and he isn't a fake, he is real life success, a chef who didn't start on tv, but worked very hard, being trained and treated the same way he treats his chefs. Please not he also says well done when people do well

Lisa:

I'm an American, and I've watched Ramsay's shows for a few years now. Until you watch him, and get to know his mannerisms, it would be the natural thing to do, to misunderstand his comment.

He LOVES this country.
He's featured our troops in an episode of his show "Hell's Kitchen", for two years in a row.

The comment he made was clearly his opinion regarding how litigious American society is, and has become. The truth is, he's correct.

However, some don't care to admit that.
That's their problem.

Sue:

As an American and a person who loves this country, Ramsey is absolutely right! The litigiousness of this country is pathetic and that is all he meant by using that word. I love the guy, he tells it like it is.

steve:

Gordon was calling the people like this owner pathetic, a law suit loving, unprofessional, can't take the truth sort of american. We know that all americans aren't like that.
If you were asked to help someone then they sued you for being honest you would be annoyed.
Also, he doesn't live in the states as some hve mentioned, and he isn't a fake, he is real life success, a chef who didn't start on tv, but worked very hard, being trained and treated the same way he treats his chefs. Please note he also says well done when people do well

Sue:

As an American and a person who loves this country, Ramsey is absolutely right! The litigiousness of this country is pathetic and that is all he meant by using that word. I love the guy, he tells it like it is.

JohnW:

Ramsey has earned Michelan stars by EARNING them. Nine out of ten resturants anywhere are filthy hell holes. If every potential customer got to walk through them before sitting down there would be no customers left.I owned one and staffing them with even remotely competent people who acutally cared about keeping the kitchen sanitary and serving quality food was virtually impossible. I spent every waking hour scrubbing pots and cleaning floors. If you think Ramsey is a 'meany' fu** O**! to quote him. I'd trade one of him for a hundred so-called resturant staff.

Bob:

Taken in context, Mr. Ramsay was speaking of the US legal system, not the US. Where the legal system is concerned in our country, Mr. Ramsay is correct... pathetic is an excellent description. In our system the courts can be used to threaten, intimidate and bleed money from another person with our without basis. Hopefully we will someday find a way to clean up the mess our lawyer-lawmakers have, so completely, screwed up.

Ross:

David:

You need therapy.
It seems obvious you have no clue why we went to war & those who are anti-war are only being so because they are anti-Bush.
Like him or not, he had to kick ass after 9/11 to save face & our countries integrity.
Whether we've been there too long or not isn't up to Bush. Congress has more say that he does. Remember: War is money & our Government loves cash.
I don't know what country you're from but it seems that you should go back since you hate God & America so much.
"America: Love it or leave it"!

Andrew:

Wow. It's amazing to me that many of the posters here didn't actually read the article. Nowhere in the article did Ramsay call the US pathetic. Bad form on the Drudge link on that one.
Gordon correctly addressed one of the biggest problems in the US: over litigation. In the second paragraph of the article he states his beef.
Taken in context, one should read that he was calling the lawsuit "pathetic".
Really, people. Learn to read for yourselves.

Ross:

David:

You need therapy.
It seems obvious you have no clue why we went to war & those who are anti-war are only being so because they are anti-Bush.
Like him or not, he had to kick ass after 9/11 to save face & our countries integrity.
Whether we've been there too long or not isn't up to Bush. Congress has more say than he does. Remember: War is money & our Government loves cash.
I don't know what country you're from but it seems that you should go back since you hate God & America so much.
"America: Love it or leave it"!

Oh, to get back on topic, this is a thread about Mr. Ramsey...not war, God or religion. Stay on topic or turn off your computer. No hijacking!

kevinfromduluth:

Oh, come on, Mr. Ramsey, most pathetic, well, at least we have our teeth....

Ross:

David:

You need therapy.
It seems obvious you have no clue why we went to war & those who are anti-war are only being so because they are anti-Bush.
Like him or not, he had to kick ass after 9/11 to save face & our countries integrity.
Whether we've been there too long or not isn't up to Bush. Congress has more say than he does. Remember: War is money & our Government loves cash.
I don't know what country you're from but it seems that you should go back since you hate God & America so much.
"America: Love it or leave it"!

Oh, to get back on topic, this is a thread about Mr. Ramsey...not war, God or religion. Stay on topic or turn off your computer. No hijacking!

Mike:

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE RAMSEY!!! --- We as Americans...are becoming whiny babys!!! Stop YOUR DAMN WHINING!!!...we need more people like RAMSEY!!!

Trevor:

Mr. Ramsey didn't say America was pathetic, he said that the most powerful nation in the world shouldn't act pathetic! Reading comprehension is important folks!

I agree that people get sued too much in this country, over issues that should be laughed out the front door of many a courthouse, instead of entertained by fame-hungry judges and lawyers!

If we don't reconstitute our manufacturing base, and start improving our knowledge in math and science, we will become a second rate society.

Let's learn something about hard work and pride from the WWII generation before they're all gone.

Let's protect the independent American farmer,the first and second amendments and the U.S. Constitution as a whole.

Let's cease to tolerate the thievery and piracy of American intellectual property and inventions and produce more goods at home, and throw out that damn income tax and institute a "fair tax", and put a few lawyers and accountants out of business!

WhiteH2OWoman:

This is just too funny! Let me recap: Mr. Loser Restaurant Manager thinks it would be a good idea to bring in Gordon and his show for publicity, so he suggests it to the owner. THEN, when Gordon fires Mr. Loser, Mr. Loser SUES Gordon. Gee, I guess Mr. Loser didn't see that coming...dumbass!

Newsflash: A competent professional who's good at his job would have just found another high-paying job quickly. Instead, this moron chose the lawsuit route to wealth. What does that say about him?

Oh, and please get it right, folks, what Gordon actually said was, “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” But leave it to the liberal media to seize on the last 3 words and take them out of context. Disgusting.

PK:

T. Austin -

As for his (Mr. Ramsay) statement “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” I think he is referring to the individual’s lack of personal responsibility and their unwillingness to acceptance that not everything is going to go the way you want it to.

That is spot on. People that are complaining are just reading the headline and not the context of what he said.

Ramsey is 100% right on this one.

CEMAN:

Darrell
Hate to break it to you but, he does live in another country. He is BRITISH!! MORON!!

WhiteH2OWoman:

This is just too funny! Let me recap: Mr. Loser Restaurant Manager thinks it would be a good idea to bring in Gordon and his show for publicity, so he suggests it to the owner. THEN, when Gordon fires Mr. Loser, Mr. Loser SUES Gordon. Gee, I guess Mr. Loser didn't see that coming...dumbass!

Newsflash: A competent professional who's good at his job would have just found another high-paying job quickly. Instead, this moron chose the lawsuit route to wealth. What does that say about him?

Oh, and please get it right, folks, what Gordon actually said was, “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” But leave it to the liberal media to seize on the last 3 words and take them out of context. Disgusting.

PK:

T. Austin -

As for his (Mr. Ramsay) statement “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” I think he is referring to the individual’s lack of personal responsibility and their unwillingness to acceptance that not everything is going to go the way you want it to.

That is spot on. People that are complaining are just reading the headline and not the context of what he said.

Ramsey is 100% right on this one.

Trevor:

Mr. Ramsey didn't say America was pathetic, he said that the most powerful nation in the world shouldn't act pathetic! Reading comprehension is important folks!

I agree that people get sued too much in this country, over issues that should be laughed out the front door of many a courthouse, instead of entertained by fame-hungry judges and lawyers!

If we don't reconstitute our manufacturing base, and start improving our knowledge in math and science, we will become a second rate society.

Let's learn something about hard work and pride from the WWII generation before they're all gone.

Let's protect the independent American farmer,the first and second amendments and the U.S. Constitution as a whole.

Let's cease to tolerate the thievery and piracy of American intellectual property and inventions and produce more goods at home, and throw out that damn income tax and institute a "fair tax", and put a few lawyers and accountants out of business!

Jim:

Gordon Ramsey is entertaining and dead on accurate. This country, MY country, is more concerned with Paris Hilton and Brittany's underpants than they are with education, foreign affairs and other far more serious problems. But we stand with absolute firmness in our right to be offended by anything. Mr. Ramsey NEVER said that America was pathetic. Actually read the article without stopping to play Spider Solitaire, talking on the phone and text messaging. Who cares if our once great nation is faltering? As long as we have "bread and circuses" we'll be fine.

Earl:

Turn off your tv, people! Think and do (and cook) for yourselves!

WhiteH2OWoman:

This is just too funny! Let me recap: Mr. Loser Restaurant Manager thinks it would be a good idea to bring in Gordon and his show for publicity, so he suggests it to the owner. THEN, when Gordon fires Mr. Loser, Mr. Loser SUES Gordon. Gee, I guess Mr. Loser didn't see that coming...dumbass!

Newsflash: A competent professional who's good at his job would have just found another high-paying job quickly. Instead, this moron chose the lawsuit route to wealth. What does that say about him?

Oh, and please get it right, folks, what Gordon actually said was, “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” But leave it to the liberal media to seize on the last 3 words and take them out of context. Disgusting.

Goob:

Here come the drudge drones, harping on one word Ramsey says... oh, and blame the 'liberal media' somehow, of course.

wynter:

Nice stereotyping there Gordo.

Calling America the most pathetic nation because one guy is suing you is kind of like saying everyone in the UK has bad teeth.

Oh, ... wait ...

Nick:

As a professional restaurateur (and I notice the dearth of professional caterers on this blog)I can assure all of you that this is a hard hitting programme which tells it like it is.You don't get 3 Michelin stars for providing KFC,Taco Bell or Big Mac types of food.Being a good chef is one of the most demanding proffessions around.You won't cut it being Mr.Nice Guy.Period. Ask any top American chef.Look at the idiots in the audience on Emeril's show,applauding when he says "add lots of garlic" or "put in lots of cajun spices",or such like. It is hard enough providing top quality food in the USA when you consider the insipid fruits and vegetables and meats and cheeses,many of which are produced to have eye appeal with only secondary consideration given to the actual taste.Then compare that to a market in Europe with a cornucopia of food available,with taste being the overriding factor.Unfortunately however the American trend is slowly creeping into European markets.
By the way,I am an American chef working in what is recognised as one of the best kitchens in the country(and I have never seen rodent droppings or saliva in any food.We who work here are all professionals.There are too many amateurs in this buisness masquerading,and unfortunately there is no shortage of customers wiling to accept their dismal standards.
Mr hyde has every right in the world in proceeding with his lawsuit.The unfortuante thing for him is that he will not win.

Sir Hugo of San Diego:

San Diego, California

I say... It's tea time for Gordon Ramsay. What the flock does he know about food? The Gordon’s Fisherman need's all the help (staging/setup) he can get.

By George, I think he does not get it…

What a maroon...

John:

Haha! You folks who are using this story to launch a political diatribe are the true "pathetic" ones.

And as to Mr. Ramsay's comments, I think even a child could understand that one individual filing a lawsuit DOES NOT make the other 300 million of his countrymen pathetic any more than Mr. Ramsay's behavior and comments make the rest of his countrymen look like rude jerks.

Gareth:

Pathetic says it all! Anytime, any non-American criticises the USA, we hear the same pathetic blow-hard knee jerk reaction...

I salute those Americans who recognise that the US is over litigious and that its OK for a foreigner to criticise your country without having to get the hell out, because you are a democracy and you encourage criticism.

Ramsey is a great and passionate chef and long may he reign along with Ducasse, Robuchon, Passard and Heller!

Earl:

Turn off your tv, people! Think and do (and cook) for yourselves!

Renwaa:

Hehe. Who gives a crap about what Gordon Ramsey says. Unless you are in the restaurant business, he's nobody.

Proud Canadian:

Great article and how true. It seems no matter what the issue Americans just cant stand the truth from anybody. You are a nation that is quickly falling apart and live in a world of denial. All you have to do to please an American is put some shit on a plate, serve it up with some politically correct bullshit on the side, condem anyone and everyone in the name of freedom and play God Bless America. Dig in, thank goodness Mr. Ramsey didnt mention how fat and stupid everybody seems to be this side of the pond. Bon Apetit

Steve Lockridge:

Andrew said: "Nowhere in the article did Ramsay call the US pathetic."

Gordon Ramsay said: “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.”

Andrew, I wanted to correct your statement because I think it is important to the story. However, I do agree that he was referring to the out-of-control litigation in this country. Litigation is a symptom, not the cause. The cause is a government (made up of lawyers) that has created a nation of people who think they are owed something, walking around with their hand out. We are no longer the great nation we were that was built on hard work, strong morals, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

In that respect, we are pathetic.

Contrarian_Libertarian:

Actually, I can sympathize with what he's saying. I think summing up his comments as "the US is pathetic" is to completely distort his message.

He's saying we're a ridiculously litigious society -- suing anybody and everybody for nothing, simply because they have deep pockets.

And that is pathetic -- there's no other way to say it.

Steve:

The pissy brit should go home. I'm especially tired of the british who talk about all that is bad in America. Boycott his show. Don't give him anymore $US .
Go home, go back.
The healthcare system is better there, go back.
The government is run better, go back.
The roads are better, go back.
Go back to your class system, where do you fit in?
Oh, not a royal, not a lord, go back.
They don't invade countries? Huh, England?
Get out of Ireland


Why do they stay if it's so terrible.

Scott:

Where do I begin? Has anyone here seen "Kitchen Nightmares" on BBC America? If not, I suggest you take one hour out of your miserable existence and view it. Yes, Gordon screams and degrades those impish twits that deserve it. It is amazing he is not violently ill from all of that vitriol. In the end, you can see the heart of this man come through. He genuinely cares about helping people be successful. In his latest season of "Hell's Kitchen", he offers a full enrollment to a culinary institute to a lowly waffle house cook who showed him a passion for cooking he admired...right after he eliminated her from the show. As for his "pathetic" comment, I hope the media properly dispels the PATHETIC notion that he is insulting America. I am a conservative Republican and I love this country. I take no offense at what he said because he is right. We have grown fat and weak. We are a perverse nation of whims and unmitigated selfishness and greed. The Japanese predicted this for us years ago when they were kicking our asses economically. Our culture is a wasteland of sex, violence, video game junkies, and drugs. Our corporations view us as ATM's and our children as the next generation of cogs in the machine to fill their hedonistic pockets. Lawyers and Liberals are the destruction of this great country and if you put a Democrat in the Whitehouse in 2008, you will set us on a course towards the end to this once proud country. Do some reading on the fall of Rome if you doubt it can happen. Wake up! Gordon should be made a Saint after he is gone. He has the courage to make such a statement while many of you spend day after day spewing hate anonymously behind your keyboards. Long live Gordon Ramsey and may God bless "Kitchen Nightmares" with unparalleled success!

cv:

He is right about how pathetic the lawsuits are in America.

Jason:

Gordon tells it like it is, something that we've (Americans) been terrified to do for some time now, and we vilify him. My brother is a chef and he says that Gordon is just acting the way that a head chef needs to act if the kitchen staff is sub-par. If he walked into a kitchen that had a professional staff than I'm sure he wouldn't be so in your face and God-forbid "mean". We wouldn't want anyone's feelings to get hurt now would we. Anyone who is offended by his comments needs to WAKE UP! The truth hurts.

Sir Hugo of San Diego:

San Diego, California

I say... It's tea time for Gordon Ramsay. What the flock does he know about food? The Gordon’s Fisherman need's all the help (staging/setup) he can get.

By George, I think he does not get it…

What a maroon...

Tom in CT:

As a fiscally conservative American, I agree with Ramsey in the sense that America's "excessive litigation" is pathetic. I think most Republicans would agree with Ramsay. Unfortunately, the conservative movement in our country has been filled with a bunch of people who can't read and think the world is flat. They go to Drudge, see "Chef calls America pathetic", don't take the time to read the article and post something along the lines of "get out of the country Euro". If John Edwards was pro life these yodels would vote democrat in a heartbeat.

JB:

What do you call a thousand dead lawyers? A good start.

Rick Z:

This is really sad. I enjoy watching Ramsay, probably because, unlike Simon Cowell, he reminds me of drill sergeants I had in the service; there's a reason he does what he does, and it's not out of sadism. I'll bet Ramsay would have a field day at the restaurant i used to work at. Looks like Ramsay has gotten to see up close and personal how lawsuit-happy our nation is.

pfdrmony:

Gordon Ramsey for president!!!

Contrarian_Libertarian:

"Let's...put a few lawyers and accountants out of business!"

Well, I don't know what any of this has to do with our method of taxation. However, I certainly can't find fault with putting lawyers and accountants out of business.

To quote another famous Briton, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

;)

Chuck:

The current American production (Hells' Kitchen) purposely chooses the "hottest" scenes with Ramsay. The UK version of "Kitchen Nightmares" is a much more complete program.

Having seen both, I doubt that Ramsay would ever consider faking anything on any of his shows. He's a perfectionist, whose entire goal is to improve the industry. He's also a very intelligent individual, who I'm sure understands the downside of ever knowingly allowing anyone associated with his productions to fabricate anything.

Besides that, his comments about Americans being way too quick to sue are 100% accurate.

Don :

What amazes me is that nobody asks one simple question: Did he say the same thing about his own country when he was sued over the UK version?

It says right in the story that that happened. Unless he ranted about the newspaper industry or England, he's a hypocrite, like most Brits who think they can defecate and have it smell like tulips.

Yes, this country needs a rollback on torts very badly. The funny thing is, all the liberals who criticize the "love it or leave it" crowd and say we should "encourage criticism" are the ones filing most of the lawsuits. From ADA (I'm suing because I want to drive for UPS with only one eye) to sexual harassment (I'm suing because somebody said something remotely sexual and I'm offended, even though every other person who heard it laughed), liberal whiners are the cause of almost all frivolous lawsuits. John Edwards made his entire fortune off of them...well, except for charging 5 figures to give speeches about poverty.

Jeff G.:

Of course America is PATHETIC. How else can we have allowed George Bush to be president not once, but TWICE, illegally. And don't forget the jackasses who actually voted for him.

James Baton Rouge, LA:

I suggest that the slimey limey keep his unwashed ass in the land of tea, crumpets, and girly men. Most screamers are cowards and very adept at picking on people who won't kick their asses...

whatta:

i can totally see them setting things up to be worse than they appear ... i've seen the UK show and Ramsey is relentless and the show thrives on "who's the bad guy here?" there's rarely any room for sublety. i can tell you i won't be watching the show ... reality tv is dead

Scott:

Nothing to say about my comments, Liberals? Just as I expected. When you do reply, I expect it will be a personal attack of some sort. That is what Liberals in crisis are best at doing...deflecting the attention from the lost cause that is their argument. And, I don't expect to hear from any Lawyers. Many of them do not know how to type. Enough said.

Jeff:

Yo David!

With the exception of your statement about - "heavily politically-manipulated "pseudo-Christianity" that most Americans are taught to follow - I agree with most of what you say. But I think you have it backwards. Politics does not drive or dictate Christian behavior. Christian behavior comes from developing a relationship with Jesus and God.

In any event you can't do any of what you say we should be more about (peace, love, understanding, forgiveness) if you're dead, which is what the enemies of this country would prefer and are trying to accomplish - daily. The more complacent we are about it (ie., the Clinton years) the more success they will have.

Lesson for today: security first, everything else comes second. Without security, you lose your liberty and your freedom to pursue happiness (or misery, whichever).

God bless America!

Ryan:

“This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.” Did you not read the quote people? Quit taking things out of context. Also they said if you like it, really like etc.. All shows are like this. This guy is just trying to cover his ass by striking first. Loser.

Gobshite:

One need not scratch the surface of this headline to determine Mr. Ramsay's quote, that the US is "most pathetic,” is being taken grossly out of context. On the other hand, despite our bicentennial goodwill and appreciation of all things British (and vice versa), any brogue out of England other than East End cockney unfortunately stands the risk of sounding highbrow or adversarial; (exhibit A: Star Wars villains; exhibit B: Simon Cowell; exhibit C: Anne Robinson.) Mr. Ramsay’s success in the US is impressive, in part due to the very fact that we are entertained by British baddies. Nevertheless, I hope something as trivial as this isn't seriously blown out of proportion by those blind to common sense.

Say "hi" to Madge for us, Britannia. We can't understand a dang word she's sayin' no more!

Richard L. Fortin:

Reality TV was bever real, all of them are hoaxes including that irritible Ramsay, I do to him what I do to other ridiculously assinine shows, I click them off. I might also suggest that Gordon Ramsay stay the hell out of the US and see how far he gets in the UK. He is a jerk and we have enough of our own we co not need his kind here.

Jon P:

Found the link from Drudge as surely others have.. please people, I love Matt as much as the next person, but his headline is completely out of context. It IS pathetic how sue-happy we are in America.

KackMoCityKid:

Hey Gordon! Don't come to Kansas City, Missouri, we'll kick freakin' ass back to the Colony of the UK.

Castra regina:

Hey Ramsay, Move to China and eat some wheat gluten.

Spikep the Poet:

Gordon Ramsey is a juggernaut-like idol. He owns a huge cooking school, extremly successful restaurants (in Great Britain), cookbooks, TV...

Does not live in US...

and brings fresh air to sucking american television...


Go Gordon.

Rocketman ~(Ä)~:

Kudos to Gordon Ramsay. We enjoy him and his shows VERY much. On the rare occasion he allows the viewer to see the real him, we see a compassionate man who only wants to elevate the quality of food served to the public and to encourage talented people to reach their full potential. The whiner who filed suit against Mr. Ramsay has no "bollocks".

We eagerly await his next television venture.

Give 'em hell, Gordon!

John
Michigan

Ray_D:

A British chef criticizing America and its restaurants is laughable. If anyone can eat the food in England without gagging, they deserve a medal.

Gordon Rocks:

Let's face it.... He was not coming down on the USA... If the truth bothers you, it's your problem.

Gordon Ramsay knows his stuff, look at him, he is worth over $250 million because of his ability.

LL:

I always thought he seemed a bit shady and too arrogant for his own good.

Chef:

Hey David from a couple of hours ago, nice job of working in your ant-war, anti-christian spewings on a cooking show chat! You are a credit to the limp left.

fred:

I watched about 30 seconds of his show and didn't like it. It is just not entertaining like all reality shows. I now buy DVDs of 1950s/60s TV shows and watch those while working out on my soloflex and bike. TV is really, really bad and does stink to high heavens.

Shut Up:

You know what is really pathetic? All of the people on this board making comments in support of America with obvious hatred towards the foreigner who dared to call us out. Most of them don't have patriotism and don't even know what it is.

I just imagine in my mind a broken down shack filled with chickens and dog shit. The toothless dimwit types feverishly as years of painful rejection fill his heart with rage. Ahhh! A reason to lash out! Don't y'all come around here and call my mamma fat! I'll get m' gun and teach you right. I done did show him. Now, where is my beer?

Ken:

I love the Chef. All the rest of you you leave the country. If you think it's okay for these people to serve you rat crap. Yes Americans are lazy, I know I am one. God Bless the Chef...Love you Gordon.

Mike B:

Tell it like it is! He is exactly right about the rash on the ass lawsuits. I love this guy and would pay to eat in his restaurants anytime. Lets draft him to become a US citizen and put him in charge of re-establishing contact between US men and their gonads! Go Gordon Ramsay!

Harden Stuhl:

As a former Brit there are good and bad things in both countries. I can honestly say that Gordon Ramsay is bad in both - so are beans on toast - ironically both originally came from England. As for the sue happy whiny guy - idiots like him should repatriot France - where complaining is a virtue.

Steev:

I totally agree with Ramsay.

This country is overly sensitive to hearing the harsh truth. Too PC.

Gordon's shows are a breath of fresh air. Someone actually telling it like it is, speaking their mind. The guy is brilliant and really cares about what he does.

America has turned into a nation of people who feel they can sue anytime their feelings are hurt.

It really is pathetic.

Scott- I agree with your post (except the Video Game Junkie part)

Carl:

As an American I can agree he's pretty right - we have some of the worst food in the Western world, and most people can't even seem to tell the difference.

Chad M:

How pathetic. He sure has no problem taking money from us at his restaurants. I think Ramsay, and any other person who thinks this country is "pathetic" should get the hell out, and go find another country to abuse!

Ken:

I love the Chef. All the rest of you you leave the country. If you think it's okay for these people to serve you rat crap. Yes Americans are lazy, I know I am one. God Bless the Chef...Love you Gordon.

Ken:

I love the Chef. All the rest of you you leave the country. If you think it's okay for these people to serve you rat crap. Yes Americans are lazy, I know I am one. God Bless the Chef...Love you Gordon.

Paul:

I ate at his rest. at the Claridges Hotel in London. I asked my niece and her husband to pick a place...my treat.

Well all I can say is Gordon, you owe me 600 bucks! The dinner was f...... awful. The only redeeming item on the bill, a bottle of wine from Bandol...very nice wine.

My niece recently visited me in the states and gifted me with one of his cookbooks--as a joke. I put it where he should put all his food....the garbage.

He is way, way over rated

Paul:

I ate at his rest. at the Claridges Hotel in London. I asked my niece and her husband to pick a place...my treat.

Well all I can say is Gordon, you owe me 600 bucks! The dinner was f...... awful. The only redeeming item on the bill, a bottle of wine from Bandol...very nice wine.

My niece recently visited me in the states and gifted me with one of his cookbooks--as a joke. I put it where he should put all his food....the garbage.

He is way, way over rated

Edgar:

This is the reason our courts needs a loser pays system. If Mr. Ramsey and his producers did what is alleged, they will have to pay. If this former restaurant manager is merely filing suit because his feelings were hurt, he should be required to pay Mr. Ramsey and company's expenses and legal costs. That would truly end our litigious society real quick.

Jim:

Good Lord, How can Drudge have so many "readers" when none of them can obviously read beyond a 5th grade level. READ THE ARTICLE! At no point Does Ramsey call the USA pathetic.

It was really just a pathetic bit of copy writing on the part of the Drudge web master. And thousands of you saw that headline and never got past the words "pathetic" and "Country" before taking the almighty Drudge headline as gospel.

Some of you need to turn your brains on and think for yourselves. Stop letting people like Drudge think for you. Or are you the ones who get excited at the prospect of Hannity calling you "A great American?"

T.G. Scott:

I personally don't enjoy Gordon Ramsay's show and I don't think I could tolerate his presence for extended periods of time; but I do respect the man, and I don't think he would have staged anything or perpetuated a lie. Yes, he's absolutely the most rude individual that I've seen to-date on TV--ever. However, the man is serious, serious, serious about his craft; and I do respect the fact that he takes crap restaurants (he's taken several) and tries to get them in top-shape running order and turning a profit. I think he has to be brusque in order to reach some of the thick-headed people he deals with at these places. I wouldn't feel safe eating at any of the establishments I've seen on his show until he's done with them. I don't think he hates Americans per se, but he is correct that we are the most litigious society around. Hey, we deserved that and we need to take it on the chin. We get our widdle feewins' hurt so easily that we'll sue anybody anytime over anything. I know, I work in the legal profession.

d00d:

I'm as red white & blue as they get, but wtf is up w/ all these ppl goin ape shit over Gordon Ramsey? Read the article next time & practice some reading comprehension, not headline comprehension. Thank Matt Drudge for another sensationalized headline. I check it about 10 times a day, but he's been doin that a lot lately.

Anybody will tell you that we're too sue-happy in the US. In fact, last I checked evil Republicans were the ones trying to implement tort reform while the People's Democratic Party were trying to prevent it. moral of the story: The cry baby bleeding hearts & their cult of victimhood & entitlement has lead to more lawsuits & in addition to wasting everyone's time & money, makes us look retarded. Thanks!

Dion:

After having watched these shows for the past couple years, I have heavily cut back on my dining out.

What is it with -- seemingly -- every person working in a restaurant -- be they server, cook, host/hostess, whatever -- having to be a smoker?

Do these restaurants not get how repulsive that is to those diners who choose not to do something as gross and ugly as smoke?

It looks nasty. It smells nasty. It IS nasty.

I can't tell you how many times my friends and I have prepared to dine somewhere, and then just turn right around in the parking lot and leave (taking our dollars with us) because we see -- as usual -- a cluster of restaurant staff hanging around the back of the building, sucking desperately on their cigarettes.

And it's, like, soooo many. It really feels like the vast majority of restaurant employees smoke.

What is it with that? How do you restaurant owners, managers, staff, etc. not get it? It's DISGUSTING! It makes me and my friends not want to give you our money.

Stupid. Just stupid.

AJP:

When it comes to suing a dry cleaner for millions of bucks over a pair of pants, I can agree that that is over the edge. However, this chef who was bludgeoned by Ramsey has had his career destroyed (if, of course, he has been judged incorrectly) and suing over a career buster and personal reputation is hardly unnecessary litigation.
I think bullies like Ramsey and Cowin should think twice before they vent their nasty spleens, especially on unsuspecting victims, or get sued BIG TIME.
Ransey has lost one cooking fan. He can say what he wants about chefs or cooking styles but keep his sorry-ass comments about my country to himself!!!!! AJP

I hope I get on that jury !!!!

wetcloud:

Ramsey for PRESIDENT. Wheeeee! Love him his American show, Hells Kitchen, and his BBC Masterpiece. LOVELOVELOVE him and his no PC Ways!!!! Wheeeeeeeee! This is as good as any political theatre out there. RAMSEY FOR PREZ. Wheeeeeee!

Keri:

When he says: “This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic.”


Do you all realize that he is implying that frivolus lawsuits and the thinskinnedness of our nation is what brings us down? He never said that we were a pathetic nation, he said "this is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world".

Lets look at the definition of the word supposed:

Main Entry: sup·pose
Inflected Form(s): sup·posed; sup·pos·ing
1 a : to lay down tentatively as a hypothesis, assumption, or proposal
b (1) : to hold as an opinion : BELIEVE (2) : to think probable or in keeping with the facts


That would mean, when he uses the word supposed, that it should be assumed or believed that the United states it the most powerful, not the most pathetic.


All those who got up in arms over a British man saying one comment they took to be negative should look at how they acted. I saw someone post this: "slimey limey keep his unwashed ass in the land of tea, crumpets, and girly men. " over one comment. Thinking like that brings our country down. You should be ashamed.

Pancho:

Some piddly fruitcake with a tv show gets into trouble, so, now the U.S. is a pathetic nation.
F him. What a punk. I would love to take him apart and make a kidney pie out of the mess. Stay in Britain, you little fruit.

Corey M:

So fucking what, someone calls us Americans pathetic and suddenly it gets a drudge link and 1000 comments? I think he is making a good point, many of us Americans ARE pathetic whining losers who need to learn to not only take a little criticism but also learn to not call our bastard lawyers every time someone offends us. Lets take a min and get over ourselves here. Ramsay rules.

Sir Toss alott - Duke of Wankershire:


"Gordon Ramsay is the best chef on the planet"....It's a service business. He's no more relevant than the guy who cleans my pool or my rain gutters.

Where do these pompous freaks get off fancying themselves to be anything more than
the guy who makes my eggs when I tell him to.

I'm going to pull my kids out of Harvard, I want them to grow up and be at the beck and call of any idiot who wants bangers and mash.

Gordo is a true professional….Ah…..er….um…..Well, at least he can flip pancakes with great ease, a profound skill I’m sure that he’s proud of.

I’m just happy that there are actually people who have put aside there bright futures after graduating high school in order to cater to the gastric whims of others.

I like an undereducated, effeminate guy with an English accent to jump when I tell him to.

Good work Gordy! Now, fix your teeth Brit.

Cheryl:

Gordon is one of those people who can only feel good about himself by tearing others down. He throws screeching hissy fits when he doesn't get his way. He thinks the louder he hurls profanities, the more it proves he's right.

We pathetic Americans call that a child.

Katherine:

Chef Ramsey can be loud and blunt and use language we are glad is only on after our daughter is asleep. But anyone who doesn't know that and invites him into their kitchen for help, especially on a reality TV show, is an idiot. In Hell's Kitchen, Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares in the UK and every other show I've seen him on he is consistantly the same person. And there are times when he does tone it down and watch his language but they are not in the kitchen. He takes being a chef and running a restaurant very seriously and I have to wonder what the american restaurant scene would look like if more chefs did. That said, I have to agree with the Chef that litigation and lawsuits are out of hand in this country. I don't think that makes us the most pathetic country, but it does make me wonder why so many Americans are so quick to sue.

Joe:

I have to agree with Jon P on this one. I am an American but we are pathetic when it comes to the legal system and are ability to sue others just because they look at us the wrong way. What other country in this worlds has people who would sue their son's baseball coach because their son didn't play enough? C'mon, people. As far as being unprofessional, Chef Ramsay is a well respected world class chef who simply tries to bring out the best in people. Anyone ever see an Army drill instructor serve tea and scones during their exercise period? I personally enjoy watching Chef Ramsay on TV. His shows are great and he helps aspiring chefs become all they can be. Don't knock him unless you know a little more about him.

jack:

This Ramsey guy can ram it up his own with a fork I wouldnt let this guy make me a cheeseburger. His whole show is a waste of programming

kevin:

I love how 90 percent of the negative comments on here actually makes what Ramsay says seem true.

Did you even read the article, or did you just comment based on the Drudge headline?

Pathetic is exactly what you're being.

CJK Wheaton Il.:

'Proud Canadian'! Did I read that right, or was it supposed to be 'envious proud Canadian'. Double all the wrong stupid aspects of America and you get Canada. P.S. Sorry about not adding the Frenchie translation.

heh:

I like how like half the comments are like if he doesn't like America then get out when it says at the beginning he's on the phone from London. Probably seeing alot of those comments cuz the drudge report linked this article. We!

Chris G.:

for those of you who just read the link to this page and did not read the entire page.... here is the quote

"This is supposed to be the most powerful nation in the world, not the most pathetic."

It seems that he does understand the power of America, just is commenting on how weak some Americans can be when they have to file a lawsuit for every little thing.

Josh:

I'm sorry, but I read the article twice, and I didn't see the part where he called the United States pathetic.

Blown waaay out of proportion. Especially since he's right about certain types of lawsuits.

Patrick:

I'm an American, and I love this country.


Gordon Ramsay was justified in his words. If you've never worked in a kitchen with a real chef, you'd understand. He gets his point across and he gets it across well. Who cares if he's a little off kilter, it sure as hell gets your attention doesn't it?

America is so litigious it makes me sick, and it's nice to see someone with the cajones to speak out about it.

Cheryl:

Hey Kevin - did you actually read the comments or did you just decide all the negative comments HAD to come from Drudge Report readers?

Thanks for putting your bigotry on display, slick. So tolerant of those who agree with you, those that don't MUST belong to some other group.

Larry:

Whoa! Look at all the reaction! He must have struck a raw nerve. lol

Frenchie Ralph:

I think he's hot and want him to please me with his tongue!

Jeannette:

I LOVE Kitchen Nightmares that we watch on BBC America. I don't see Gordon or anyone on his crew "planting" anything to drum up business. Mr. Hyde finds it acceptable to have mouse droppings in his kitchen? eeewwww If the person running the kitchen left a week earlier to Gordon's arrival then why wasn't the kitchen cleaned up? They have plenty of time to srub things down.
I've seen a lot of dirty kitchens over in Europe that would really make your stomach curl. Gordon has them scrub down everything before they start cooking. I've seen rottening, moldy food over in kitchens in Europe that asked Gordon for help. So does Mr. Hyde think that Gordon "planted" that tainted food too? Get a life Mr. Hyde! Your place was mess and you were embarrassed over it!
Gordon Ramsay is a professional, been in the business for years, owns his own restaurants which some of which have gotten 2 Michalin (spelling?) stars. What's pathetic about this country is the frivilous lawsuits such as this one. Why did Mr. Hyde invite Gordon in the first place for his help upon knowing that Gordon's very honest on things?

GOD:

America is a nation of TAKERS not givers.
Yes, they take 110% and give back 1%.

Boo hoo for the pathetic restaurant. Hey, if you want to get sick, go to the establishment -- bon appetit. Americans can't stand criticism, the only way to get through to them is by embarrassing or humiliating them.

IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!

james:

mr. ramsey is a total loudmouth, but one who is correct most of the time. watch his show on the bbc and you will see a true professional. he's rude to those who deserve it, but supportive to those who try hard.

and there is is no denying that our country is the most litigious one on earth, with every tool trying to get rich through the courts if they can't hack it in real life.

?:

America is on it's period or something.

JUNGLEBUGGER:

Wow! Trip over a rock, look underneath it, find a lawyer there, and SUE!!!

And we continue to elect lawyers to "lead" us. Our nation is doomed.

Keith:

I love my country, but unfortunately, Gordon is absolutely right! It is quickly becoming the lawyers who are running this country .. into the ground! Wake up people! We have become a nation of lazy whiners with a sense of entitlement. Everyone thinks their boss owes them a raise every year (or six months) just for showing up and performing as little work as possible. As a business owner, I can tell you that I only give raises to those who go above and beyond the minimum level of input that is basically required for their salary. If they don't like it, I'll find their replacement!

Barry:

...America IS a nation of 'I am entitled'. Look at Katrina. The government was EXPECTED to take care of EVERYTHING Katrina related. They were NEVER praised for the help they did provide but rideculed for not protecting the stupid from their own ignorance.


Had to repost a great comment. Best so far.

Todd:

I think the people who are angry about this are taking his comments out of context. Apparently the influence of extreme nationalism/conservatism a la FoxNews is more pervasive than I thought. How long will it take the Bill O’Riley spin machine label Mr. Ramsay a terrorist because he dares to criticize Americans?

As a society we are so adverse to criticism that all we can muster in our own defense is "If you don't like it go home" or “shut up.” The only people who make such comments in defense of themselves are those who do not have the ability to defend their ideologies and actions. We all have a lot of growing up to do, and I applaud Mr. Ramsay's frank and correct assessment of our nation.

nick:

I think thats why americans are a second class citizens,they can't stand critisism.Always thinking they're right.Maybe soon they going to en up like Russia with their tail in their asssss

Gia Jolie:

Why are these freagin Chef shows on a station besides the Food Network? If it tastes good eat it! I could give a flying fuck less what's in it and what fucking aroma it gives or blah blah blah.

And dude just needs some Prozac. Don't they sell that where he's from?

Keith:

I love my country, but unfortunately, Gordon is absolutely right! It is quickly becoming the lawyers who are running this country .. into the ground! Wake up people! We have become a nation of lazy whiners with a sense of entitlement. Everyone thinks their boss owes them a raise every year (or six months) just for showing up and performing as little work as possible. As a business owner, I can tell you that I only give raises to those who go above and beyond the minimum level of input that is basically required for their salary. If they don't like it, I'll find their replacement!

mikeyD:

Wow. Looks like the drudge-bots are out in force. Just let muckraking closet-queer matt drudge link something and it instantly turns into a neo-con carnival. Anyway. . .I can't stand Gordon Ramsey most of the time and find him rude and insufferable. But he's usually right. And for the record, to those of you saying that he said the U.S. is pathetic, the statement is taken out of context and that's not what he said, contrary to Drudge's headline. If you'd pull your heads out of your rear ends and actually (God forbid) READ the article, you'd realize that.

steve g:

Ramsay Rocks! He actually fires people who screw up, not like Bush who promotes them. Clean up the kitchen in Washington!!!!!

Chester Budney:

Why is it the sheep who are most reactionary to statements like this are also the ones with poor reading comprehension and closed minds?

Don't get me wrong, I love America Right or Wrong, but that doesn't mean I don't want to improve it or see it improved. This is nothing more than an outsider pointing out something we all knew - our legal system is crap and needs reform. DUH! Knowing that, there's nothing to get the panties in a knot about here.

All Gordon's doing is ranting - he's good at that. He's also good at maintaining a level-headed and laudable set of Ethics - anyone who's got a bitch with this fellow would do well to read his books and get a clue what this guy is all about - he's a feisty Everyman that has an excellent and well practiced work ethic. If you're going to get bunged up about something said like this, its time for a timeout with Mister Valium.

Chef Ramsey is almost always right. And in this case he is talking about our litigious society. We do sue at the drop of a hat and it has gotten WAY out of hand. He did not call America the most pathetic nation. He said we SHOULDN'T BE and he's correct. We need tort reform. This stuff is absurd.

And his shows are great if you know anything about the food business. The man knows what he's talking about.

Stupid:

I think its good that Ramsay is trying to clean up some of these hell holes and that the public is seeing what really goes on in some of these disgusting kitchens! What a concept, CLEAN KITCHEN... CLEAN FOOD! It too bad a guy like Ramsay has to come along to show these lame restaurant owners how to clean their establishment. PATHETIC IS BEING NICE!

jeff:

Who cares what he says, who cares what he thinks of the US. Sure we're brash, loud, rude etc. Thats what makes us the best we dont care what the world thinks of us. So put us down, insult us call us names because when the Crap hits the fan some where in the world, who's the first person you go running to America. Thats right the good old USA, Uncle Sam.

Old Texas:

I don't watch the show because only an idiot would stand and let some foreigner, or anyone else, yell insults at them, when there are other options. I have always found that the prudent use of physical violence, on a progressive scale if needed, will calm even the most savage of beasts. Of course, in a kitchen there are all sorts of tools to apply to this end...But, I'm from Texas and not prone to such foolishness as to let an insult pass...I ain't skeert, Bubba!

Proud Canadian:

Re CJK Wheaton....., at least the Frenchie can cook. Ever see a fat Frenchie? Long live freedom fries. Lets just change the name, yeh, that will get em eh. You just cant face the fact that America is probably the least free country that is supposed to be a democracy of all democracies. More people in jail,murdered,sick,poor,uneducated and on and on per capita than any industrial nation in the world including Russia and China. Yet you have the nerve to preach to them about rights and freedom. Shit just sliding into the cesspool and you cant see it.

Stupid:

TEXAS SUCKS!

Robert Burnett:

The BBC is notorious for being rabidly anti-American. His association with those leftwingers should tell you he was being a jerk with his comments on America. Even the limey military during the gulf wars wouldn't listen to the BBC for their war news.

Being a so-called "world famous British chef of excellence" is an oxymoron. No such thing is possible in that tight little island of pinched faced sissies with monocles who are about to bugout in Iraq with their tails between their legs. Just like when Colonel Andrew Jackson had them on the run down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico in 1814.

I read where the Brit Twits are immigrating in droves to get away. Could it be because of their food?

He'll be known as "Sir Ramsay" once Queenie tastes his slop and he drops to one knee to have a sword applied to his shoulder. Believe it or not that's how things are still done even in the 21st century in his pathetically backward country of people with rotten teeth.


Roldan:

Chef Ramsay is.... to coin a phrase.... Spot On!

Jedi:

If you don't like it here then leave you wanker!!! I never understood why they cast an Englishman in this show......the English can't cook to save their lives!!!!

Old Texas:

Gosh Proud Canadian,
Just stay on your side of the border then. It's that simple. If we could just convince our mill stone to our south to stay on their side of the border our country would truly be a much better place.
But just stay up there and freeze, don't come down here to work, flip burgers up there. Go to France or England for vacation. Hell, go to Iraq, if you got the guts. I know you guys won't though.
I wipe my ass on your maple leaf. You guys aren't known for having balls anyway, are you?

Ricardo Maxwell:

Gordon,
If we keep letting lawyers and liberals gain control in this country, then you may be correct. Until then, give the rest of us a little credit.

Mac:

Pathetic? Yeah, I know you were just talking about frivolous lawsuits, but...

Well, lets have a look at the headlines just from today:

Republican Senator pleads guilty to soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom

Poverty rate is down in America. Only 36.5 million now live in poverty. This is good news?

47 million have no health insurance.

Assitant Principal of a high school in Texas sends out a memo. "All black students to sit in the front row in class".

Omaha to hold a huge Nazi rally in front of the Mexican Consulate there.

Man who killed six people in Texas arrested in New York.

A man in PA is charge with abuse of a corpse and burglary from an incident in a morgue. Not the first time he has been arrested for such behavior.

Pro football player Michael Vick faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from running a dog fighting ring, and killing dogs that didn't perform well in test fights. On the positive side, he has already found Jesus. That was fast! lol

Home prices make steepest drop in 20 years.

Miss Teen USA contestant flubs answer to question asking why it is that one fifth of Americans cannot locate the USA on a map. Forget the flubbed answer, its not important. The question is pathetic enough. For those of you who can't do math either, one fifth is 20 percent. Imagine that.

Rich American movie star attempts suicide because he had a "blow up" with a friend. Money buys you happiness? I guess not.

Average SAT scores drop to the lowest point since 1999.

DePaul University in Illinois cancels at professors class because he has stated that some jews have improperly used the legacy of the holocaust. Free speech? Yeah, right.

A man who sneaks up behind women and gropes them marks his 27th victim in Iowa City.

Man in Craig, Colorado charged with murdering his wife and dumping her body in an old coal mine.

Police in New Jersey arrest sixth suspect in gangland slaying of three kids in a schoolyard.

These headlines are just from today, and none have dealt with foreign affairs. Don't get me started on that...

Besides our beloved GDP (which measures everything except that which makes life great) what are we number one in? Certainly none of the real important stuff. Not education, not healthcare, not life expectancy, not low crime rates, not low poverty rates, not standard of living, and we are not number one on the UN list of "best countries to live in". We haven't been for years now. We surely can do better than this.


Pathetic, Gordon? It doesn't even scratch the surface...

Never watched him, except in passing -- a complete and total jerk -- no people skills whatsoever -- all in all a complete ass -- send him and his junk show back to wherever he comes from.

RobertInTexas:

Proud Comodian, stay the F_Ck in Canada. As for everyone quoting this UK bloke,especilly the "Reading comprehension is important folks" commentor, none of you has yet quoted Mr. Ramsey correctly. He said it the way the article has it written, yet you all insist on editing his words, then you attempt to insult us all with your psuedo-intellect. Talk about lazy, if you are gonna quote someone, scroll up and quote the actual context. And MikeyD, you are a true piece of crap, if you aren't reading DRUDGE, then how did you get this story, how did you know that DRUDGE linked it here, and how on earth do you know if a poster linked here from DRUDGE? I think you are the closet-queer and that you project your character flaws onto everyone else. Are you ashamed of your HOMOSEXUAL nature?

Richard L. Fortin:

We the 2nd class citizens were the one's who bailed Great Britain out, had we refused ole Winnie the help he asked for, your royal Family would not be the only one's talking German, The Duke of Windsor would have returned as King and Mosely would have been PM. I can picture you Brits Seig Hiling with a cockney accent and marching in goose steps to Deutcheland Uber Ales. We did not wait to be given our independence we took it and the big mistake we made was to save you Brit's bacon twice in WWI & II
We were the one that saved your King otherwise you would have been singing God Save Adolph,
GOD BLESS AMERICA Gordon Ramsay go home and stay there.

Kristen:

Mr. Ramsey is making an inaccurate extrapolation about America based on one aspect. Obviously, America is not the "most pathetic" nation, and is the "most powerful". He is understandably upset, so he is taking swipes and painting with a broad brush.

That being said, he definitely has a point about the bunch of litigious assholes that are running around in our country. A bunch of pussified, wanting something-for-nothing, immature asses think if you have the slightest personal inconvenience you should sue. It is horrible, ridiculous, and eff's things up for the rest of us. We need tort reform, now! Oh, yeah, and my dad and several other family members are lawyers, and I still know this to be the truth. Get a life, people, suck it up and move on.

Patrick :

for the record, don't assume all conservatives share the same views. check my comments above

Nathaniel Tucker:

US Citizens can't stand the least criticism of their country, that is the truly pathetic thing. Misapprehension of a throw-away line at the end of this piece has become the whole story for some.

And before you rednecks start bellowing that I should leave your hallowed shores, I already did, way back in 1968.

Old Texas:

Mac,
Pal you are absolutely right on this one. There are, what, 6 billion people in the world, and the ONLY news worth reading or criticizing is from the U.S. I don't blame you either. Nothing else in the rest of the globe matters as much as what is happening here. You can pick out bad news all you want, but everybody and his dog is trying to get here. The news from the rest of the planet doesn't matter. THE U.S.A. IS THE HUB OF THE UNIVERSE. Otherwise you might know something about what is going on out there.....By the way..The U.S. IS the UN. If we were really smart we'd get out of that criminal cesspool.

Ramsey's Girl:

Chef Ramsey is the man! There is NO way he would fake it, I'm sure all of you uneducated Americans probably don't know that he already has Ramseys Kitchen Nightmares in England on the BBC and he has had no problems over there but as soon as he gets to sue-happy America look what happens you greedy bastards!! I'm sure the man was a horrible cook and needed to be fired way before Ramsey got there. Get some work ethics people and grow up, its a freaking show for god sake, you're a bunch of morons.

Titanosaurusrex:

Gordon Ramsay can kiss my ass. He can call everyone else to the carpet, tell 'em off, crap on them and then send them on their way and its alright; however when he gets called to the carpet he cries like he's being tortured. Whatever. Grab your shit and get the hell out of the States, man!

sgt. spiker:

Gordon, why don't you come over to the real "HELL'S KITHCHEN" (aka:Baghdad))and talk to me or anyone in my squad the way you talk to people in your little make believe "kitchen". I do not watch your show however, have found it impossible to avoid the commercials, in every commercial I have seen you are berating and yelling at someone who has no way to defend themselves. I call that being a bully and a coward.

Jen:

As a comment upthread said, if Gordon Ramsay is a bully, please, never ever work in the food industry because he's a kitten. (He's also damn good at what he does.) When it comes to the lawsuit-happy, he's right, this country is pathetic in how much it tolerates. We'd pay a lot less for everything, especially health care, if people would stop suing for everything. As for filthy kitchens--believe me, no one needs to stage those. If you want to eat out, try not to think about how seldom the Health Department really does inspections.

Ranger:

Ronal Corbett said: "
Gordon Ramsey found the perfect descriptive word--unprofessional. That's exactly what I saw in his behavior everytime I watched part of his show last season. There's a guy who desparately needs some anger management guidances. I can't imagine anyone more rude than he."

Uhh. Its TV not reality.

CBLV:

Funny how this blog turned into pseudo-political commentary. You're all geniuses, and I'm now offended by all of you who don't agree with me. Expect your overly litigious-because-I-have-hurt-feelings lawsuit momentarily.

CBLV:

Funny how this blog turned into pseudo-political commentary. You're all geniuses, and I'm now offended by all of you who don't agree with me. Expect your overly litigious-because-I-have-hurt-feelings lawsuit momentarily.

RobertInTexas:

I wouldn't loan this guy my microwave....

AD:

HES RIGHT

Roger:

Wow talk about taking something out of context, he's not calling America the most pathetic nation in the world -- he's saying it's pathetic that the inhabitants of this nation don't have the personal accountability or sense to face reality, so they file frivolous lawsuits to try to earn a quick buck on behalf of their negligence. GO CHEF RAMSAY!

Robert Burnett:

The responsibility for being understood lies with the speaker, not his audience. The fact people have to guess his meaning only shows he's a lousy communicator. And, as is well known, also a lousy people person. (That Jaime clown also talks like he has mush in his mouth.)

Like most Englishmen, he is full of himself, arrogant, supercilious, and above all silly. Consider this: these are the same jerks who immediately fired Winston Churchill in 1945 after he saved their pathetic country from defeat. Again, they fired the greatest statesman of the 20th century for some Marxist cockroach!

You wouldn't go to some bald-headed barber for advice on how to grow hair. So why go to a chef from a country not known for its culinary arts to learn how to cook? American culinary arts is an amalgam of its many diverse cultures. We have absolutely nothing to learn from the kidney pie crowd. Aren't these same sophisticates the ones who wrap their fish 'n chips in newspapers?!!!!

TamprePruf:

We are the most powerful nation in the earth, that is true. But do we need to be such a bunch of babies? These posts are ridiculous - "why doesn't he go home", etc. Being the most powerful nation on the earth gives us the ability to take criticism in stride.

Scoreboard44:

I guess I like his BBC version of Nightmares and plan on watching the one on Fox.

I thought his statement was quite accurate about our society and it's tendency to sue for everything that we feel is wrong.

The guys a Brit and a great chef, but just because he gets pissed off on television because of bad cooking doesn't mean he's a bad guy.

Everyone...and that's the problem....needs to lighten up a bit.

Less lawsuit, more gravy.

Betsy Ross :

face facts folks.....americans are becoming the biggest, damnest wimps in the world....whining and crying....ramsey is right, this situation is pathetic....these restauranteurs believing their own BS into thinking they were professionals...ramsey strikes me as an over-the-top passionate professional chef...working in commercial kitchens IS HELL!!!...why should he portray it any different?...so go blow your nose, just dont forget to clean your hands when you march back to the kitchen...duh!!!!

Scoreboard44:

Robert Burnett:

Ramsey was taught in French cooking schools and has recieved the coveted Michelin star for his work in his restaurants.

His New York and London restaurants have very much a French flavor to the menu.

No kidney pie there.

Greg Hunt:

Ramsey is a jerk ,I hope the guy gets the money.

Dean:

He went to a New York restaraunt to fix their problems? It's New freekin' York. It's a filthy city anyway. How about you and your clowns come to the real America. The real America is everything from Nevada to West Virginia.

B:

People, people... let's not get carried away with this US vs. UK crap. Read the man's comments carefully. He correctly points out that the US is the most litigious society around. Remember that where he's from, the individual who files and loses a frivilous lawsiut has to pay for the defendant's legal fees as well as court costs (not such a bad idea). I think his show is hilarious... although he may have trouble eating corn-on-the-cobb with no teeth if he spoke to me in the same way he speaks to everyone else. Remember, it's all gamesmanship. I look forward to the new season.

-B- Florida, USA

John Steele:

Mr. Ramsey

Welcome to America, land of the instant celebrity and the instant lawsuit. Don't like the outcome of something? Sue them, there is always a lawyer ready to sue and a court willing to let them. The politicans and lawyers like to preach at us that we are a nation OF laws, but we've become a nation ABOUT laws. But what can you expect when colleges graduate more lawyers than doctors and engineers.

Shakespeare was right. Now we know what the rest of us have been putting up with for decades.

UGH UGH:

hey drudge morons. read the whole article before you get your panties in a wad. christ people, drudge winds you up with misleading headlines and you fall for it every time.

Mike:

Well, I think the "pathetic" comment comes from the frustrations of the instant and plentiful lawsuits we have here... and was not meant as a general observation... and in this sense, I agree. The legal system here is totally out of control, and it is pathetic.

But in general... America still shines when compared to the rest of the world, and is vastly less corrupt legally than many countries (just visit Mexico if you doubt that)

Chef JMH:

I am an Executive Chef who worked under many European chefs along the way. Gordon is not unlike any of those I have encountered. I tolerated it well and it did drive me towards excellence. Once the chef knew I was aware of the tactic and high enough on the chain of command so to speak, he might crack a smile at me after reacting loudly to a screw-up.

The rude behavior Gordon displays towards those under him is in my world, a thing of the past. If I displayed such arrogance and aggression I would be looking for other work. There are better ways of coaching others and I believe his mannerisms are all show business. Bringing out the best in others, on a more professional level, is not something others might find all that entertaining.

sumomania:

First Ramsay is not an Englishman, he's Scottish.
Second, I think what he was trying to say is that We Americans should stop being such crybabies when someone says something we don't like,don't agree with or perhaps shows the truth over substance.

I watched the BBC version of his show and he seemed like a decent guy. The swearing etc. is for show. IT takes a lot to make cooking seem exciting.

Also, watch the show and his suggestions for turning around a restaurant, they are very decent ideas, and they mostly work.

chris:

yeah i bet he cant even cook popcorn in a microwave

RJ:

The pathetic things are that people waste their time watching this tripe, and most of them believe it's all true, not rehearsed, not set up beforehand, and nobody got paid to act a part. Reality shows, pahhh! They're about as real as the Simpsons.

NickDaytona:

Mr. Ramsey seems to be able to serve it up, but is unable to swallow what's shoved his way. If the guy is going to humiliate people or ruin careers, then he should anticipate someone to retaliate. Instead, he blames America. I guess Ramsey seems to think his slanders should be unchallenged (I thought he was British, not French). Gordon, if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen.

By the way, love your show!

Tony:

Ramsey was referring to the ability of every nitwit to file a frivilous lawsuit, not about America as a country.

Michael Usry:

Get a grip, folks. Ramsay is simply stating an obvious truth about our legal system, which I as an attorney know only too well is in meltdown because of the kind of frivolous, crap lawsuits which incompetent judges allow to go forward. If you want to boycott anyone, boycott the John Edwards types and quit re-electing judges who don't have the gumption to dismiss junk cases. Have you already forgotten the fat-assed woman who sued McDonald's for making her slob of a kid fat? Any sane judge would have throuwn her and her jack-leg attorney out of court in a heartbeat.

CppThis:

Oh man, this guy rules. He's spot on, and everyone bitching about the 'most pathetic' line would do well to actually READ THE ARTICLE instead of just basing your opinions on the Drudge headline. Unless of course you guys are fans of the overzealous lawsuits-for-the-sake-of-lawsuits mentality that's led to such high insurance and medical costs in this country...

Anita:

Everyone hates Gordon Ramsey because doesn't sugar coat the truth and Americans don't like hearing the truth.... I love him!!!!

Stuey:

Hyde and Ramsay are both losers, but I prefer the loser who can make a clean sandwich.

Andrea C:

It seems like we are making a big stink over what could be considered a legitimate complaint. Yeah, American society is embarassingly litigious. Yeah, some American individuals fail to take responsibility for their actions and then blame others for their shortcomings. Yeah, we make headlines about it. Kinda pathetic, when you look at it that way. Certainly disappointing, when you consider the past merit and bright promise that is America. We SHOULD be doing better, and we shouldn't get all salty when someone points out that we are not living up to our personal and collective potential.

Some of the posts here make Americans sound like a bunch of overindulgent parents who become personally insulted when someone attempts to correct or discpline their little hellions (er, darlings.) HOW DARE YOU criticize my child for pushing your child off the teeter totter/biting/kicking/ stealing and wrecking a car!

People, let American society grow up. If I am acting badly, I expect someone to jump my backside about it. If it is someone who cares and wants me to do better, then I appreciate it (doesn't mean it doesn't sting, but I will benefit from it.) I think that this chef has invested enough time/money/interest in America that he has the right to comment on society here. And that is what America is about, after all: freedom of speech. The freedom to make legitimate criticism, preferably but not necessarily in the interests of making things better, IS American. Thoughtful dissent IS the historical, political, and philosphical foundation of the United States of America and, I would suggest, the key to our future.

rpppolyp:

Before the obvious flood of drudge draggers come to slam this "damn scot" for supposedly slamming the USofA, go back to school and get some damn reading comprehension classes under your belt. Funny I didn't let drudge's obvious dolt-baiting cloud my judgement. He's slamming the trial lawyers and litigiousness... Remember, eh? Those folks you mewl about as destroying American (until you yourself wants/needs to sue someone?)

And Burnett: (And the above absolutely applies to you-If the listener is too stupid to get it, doesn't matter the "burden is on the speaker.") Why don't you go to Arthur Treacher's or to Red Lobster you dolt? That saves more authentic chippie for the rest of us!

Mike:

I agree with Anita. She knows what she's talking about. People can't stand the truth so they try to blame others for their own stupidity. If you have a restaurant that's filled with rat poop you deserve to go out of business. Just another example of Americans reaching for the judicial system to bail them out of their own incompetencies.

TheShaftattack:

Please....To belive there is a master chef from the UK is also to belive the world best dentists are Britts as well.

This punk uses his rude personality to attract attention to his show. C'mon how many ways can you prepare fish n' chips ?

The UK peolple are some of the most polite in the world, it's unfortunate once in a while one of them will ruin it for the others.

It's rubbish i tell you, bloody rubbish.

Cave Creek Steve:

Never saw the show and not planning on wasting my time. But, DAVID, this Christianity thing has put you over the edge. I suggest you try another country. But, I'm going to sue you before you leave...

cboeman:

america does suck- stealing rights, torturing people, invading sovereign nations, making a police state where everything's a crime- and my family has lived here since it landed in virginia the mid 1600's!

Mike:

He's right. Thank the filthy lawyers that are tied to the Demoncrat party for this. These fascists won't let any legal reform happen beacuse they're too busy whoring for their money. Fuck John Edwards!

Keith:

again .. as I said earlier:

Ramsay is SPOT on about a growing segment of our society (especially in lawsuit happy New Yecch)! There are WAY too many people in this country who would rather whine and complain and put forth the smallest amount of effort all the while expecting a raise just for showing up. Why not put forth the effort to learn and enhance your skills and help your employer to make more money! Imagine that if you help your employer you will be helping youself! Why not strive for excellence instead and better yourself, rather than looking for the easy way out and complaining about it? Its far easier to be a good employee rather than wasting your time and energy always looking for the easy way out!

Kathy - in Arizona:

The reaction to this comment is proof that Ramsey may have a point. This is the greatest nation, period.

However, we apparently have limited attention spans when some idiot takes offense to a blurb of a comment out of context. He wasn't implying America was pathetic, he was implying the whiny-assed-cry-baby-easily-offended-morons that perpetrate the wide-spread abuse of our legal system are pathetic.

Guess what, he's right!

We look silly and inept when the ambulance chasers obliterate 'personal responsibility' and fabricate law suits out of thin air and/or on behalf of a bruised ego.

Only in America can a complete moron dump hot coffee in her own lap and sue McDonalds for millions!

And only in American can one of these trial lawyer parasites run for President......Twice!

democrats R traitors:

Wow, the democrats have used this article to spew their hatred of America. Democrats make me puke. Chef Ramsay, born in England, loves America more than these sickening liberals.

Dot:

Ramsay calls it as he sees it... and the image the US portrays is a bunch of whiny, lawsuit happy, hicks. Sorry, but that is the truth. Why not try working hard and doing a job right rather than sue for every little thing that may not go according to your plan... geesh!!!

crying out loud:

Oh for crying out loud, this is not a DEMS Vs REP issue! Get yer head out of yer butt and open your eyes for once you loser.

Gobshite:

Perhaps the context of the article really was meant to be irrelevant; as any gaff that would attracts some good ol' fashioned if-you-don’t-like-it-leave innuendo against our closest ally is sure to provide, it’s benign entertainment, albeit at the expense of the British nation. Nevertheless, whether the fortune tellers who predicted that by taking Mr. Ramsay’s words out of context and baiting Americans with the headline “TV Chef Calls America 'Most Pathetic Nation'?..." would showcase Americans as impulsive – have little to be proud of as media representatives tonight, as this is the epitome of yellow journalism.

But then again, the favor Mr. Drudge has done for TVWeek's advertising revenue will surely compensate any feelings of deficiency.

Idea Man:

Here is a suggestion: Change immigration laws so that we give preference to Europeans again (ted kennedy ended this) instead of 3rd world beggars. That way we can get good people like the Chef over here. Oh wait, democrats won't like that since they depend on 3rd world immigrants for votes.

sag38:

I actually agree with him. When it comes to trial lawyers and the mess they have made of this country it is pretty pathetic. What we need is a loser pays system. Talk about stopping a lot of these pathetic lawyers who are destroying our country.

Hank the diner:

Gordon Ramsey's BBC show is tough and real, and this show will be the same thing. The delusional egotists who run the restaurants he visits really need to get their head handed to them on a platter. They are oblivious, disorganized and clueless. Their tunnel vision prevents them from determining what the market wants -- they only see that grand illusion in their own mind. Remember -- these restaurants are disasters, and Ramsay is there to hit them with a two-by-four and try to bring them back from the brink of bankruptcy. And if they can't take forceful directness from a recognized restaurant professional, they need another profession. Like flower arranging.

jflynt:

Ramsey is another loser looking for a gimmick. Go home!!!

How cute the little tyrant is being torn up and crying how unfair he is being treated, and how much things are being created and blown out of proportion for him. How unfair life is!

It is written: you reap what you sow.

My advice, everyone sit back, and clap, and cheer, at every accusation, every outburst of injustice, even when he get sent out the door like a whipped dog. It is just entertainment.
The Blood and guts with someone being stripped of all their natural dignity, judged, was and is, the point of humor, we all knew someone was going, now, the goer is getting got.

I'm gonna put a blank tape in the vcr and use this as a training manual for my children.

bibleguy, pittsburgh, pa USA @ home

Dosen't look good for a come back, unless the writers write in he was supposed to be reincarnated and it was all part of the writers plans.

rpppolyp:

Actually scott, what you said was somewhat overshadowed by the attempt by someone else to bring Katrina into a non-discussion about what a host on a reality TV show about running efficient eateries. What you said was somewhat reasonable up to the point where you lay blame.

Your liberal baiting hit a rather amusing speedbump when you go from blaming Corps for using us like ATM's then jumping on the evil liberals. I'm sure there are a whole lot of dirty f'ing hippees on the boards of major corporations. In fact, I think I saw a flower child lobbying a republican Congress in 2002/2003 during the creation of the last draconian dickensian bankruptcy bill. This at the same time the Fed is expanding the limit Bank of America and Citicorp are allowed to place our savings in high-risk investments. In addition, the banks were bailed out w/ our tax dollars for their lack of judgement in giving out those loans.

See welfare is fine for those that decry it if it goes to a select few.

Point is, you totally got what former Glasgow Ranger Ramsey was saying, and that's great and non-partisan. You just goes off the rails when you turn it into a "blame the f'ing hippy liberals" screed. And I not getting personal in saying that.

Also, blaming video games for societies ills? That is accusing an computer program for some idiot's behavior and taking away responsibility from the perpetrator.

Jenifer:

I had never seen Gordon Ramsay's TV shows before seeing this story linked from Drudgereport.com. This story was interesting to me, so I watched several clips of both the UK and US versions.

Without benefit of reading the full text of the lawsuit, yet after reading several other media reports about this suit, it does seem to me that Martin Hyde is an a$$hat.

Whatever one may think about Ramsay's attitude, I believe he is truthful-- one really does NOT need to "set up" any restaurant in order to witness or "catch" these foul happenings on camera.

I am a fan of Chef Anthony Bourdain (long before his TV shows)and I think perhaps other commenters here might be, too? Bourdain wrote an excellent book titled "Kitchen Confidential" in which he wrote about unsanitary/dangerous kitchen practices (yet didn't dwell on them-- the book is not about that topic, but his Chef experiences as a whole).

Also, any "foodie" who's been using the 'net for more than 6 years has likely visited the website thestainedapron.com and read some of the stories and experiences posted there by food service workers, chefs and servers... etc.

This information concerning improper food handling has been out on the internet for at least a decade; it is only recently that Gordon Ramsay brought it to the TV-watching masses in the UK, and now the USA.

Ramsay's comment about this nation [not supposed to be] "the most pathetic" is being taken out of context, in my opinion. I see Hyde's lawsuit as a knee-jerk, face-saving ploy after he was caught with his pants down. And it is pathetic.

I'd like the Reforme de Torte special, please. Hold the Creme de Bruised Ego.

derrick:

I am american, and I live and work across the water. My american people we really need to wake up. Take it + or - you decide. Damn Bush is president. Who voted? Now whose the ass?

Ben:

Ramsay didn't say straight out that America is pathetic. I think he was just ticked about the lawsuit. He knows the US is now his bread and butter since he moved to L.A. to do his shows for Fox. All you Drudge drones need to stop taking his hysterical headlines so seriously or you will next be thinking that Star and the National Enquirer are the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

senga:

Gordon Ramsey is not necessarily the genious so many believe him to be. He has been known to exhibit a "dearth of inspiration" and culinary "tentativeness and bad decisions" as reviewers of some of his restaurants have noted. And he's an abusive, egomaniacal jackass to boot. In my mind, there is no doubt that much of the production is “showmanship” and that Hyde was probably targeted for humiliation. Ramsey is all about humiliation. I don't care if he grills a good lamb chop, he is a tyranical, pathetic little man. Whether or not the show in question was partially a set-up, I don't doubt the probability of exaggeration for the drama obsessed reality TV viewers. Whether or not a lawsuit holds water is for the lawyers to hash out and eventually a judge... but the judge has initially sent it to arbitration, so there isn't any "taxpayer money" being wasted just yet, Mr. Ramsey, so I think our legal system is working just fine at this point. I am guessing you will pay a little "something something" to make it go away. In the meantime, why don't you go away. Go complain about the problems in your own home country. Oh, and I wouldn't rush to eat at the rat infested restaurant that was the subject of that episode either...

i h8 dems:

another liberal idiot

"derrick: I am american, and I live and work across the water. My american people we really need to wake up. Take it + or - you decide. Damn Bush is president. Who voted? Now whose the ass?
"

Dave:

Gordon Ramsay is right about our litigious culture. Too bad he can't even provide an entertaining television show without being sued by some incompetent numbskull.

And all you patriotic dolts brought here by Drudge's headline, he's not really insulting your country, he's reacting to being sued, and the fact that in America, too many people want their Money for Nothin'.

derrick:

How many people have died of hunger than law suits?


I am America. Damn


What else?
derrick

derrick:

Hey you people that want to come this country. This is what you get. The most ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????. You feel the words in.

derrick

J. Philip, Mt. Olive, Louisiana:


Good Lord, now it's Bush's fault this guy runs a sloppy kitchen ? A few posters need some serious checks on their hatred parameters.
,

derrick:

J. Philip, Have ever been in the Military?

Roland R:

Anybdy who criticises Ramsey for his outspoken opinions and even his language, is dead wrong. It sometimes takes a 2 x 4 to get through to the modern drug-damaged complacent American.

This is a good example of how our "progressive" politically correct school system, news media & overused "court" system are used to vilify & knock down anybody who is aggressive, ambitious, has high standards and believes in competition.

Competitiom - not in our society. Mobody should be better than anyone else.

Excellence in Work Habits & skills - Nope, Have to keep cleanliness and job skills to a minimum & simple, so anybody can get by.

Higher pay for an individual who brings in more customers & makes a company more good will & revenue - definately not. there should be no entry level & minimum wage jobs. Pay for a high school drop-out should be $50,000.00 a year because they have their needs also.

To Chef Ramsey:

GORDON; DON'T CHANGE A THING ABOUT YOURSELF - IN, FACT; I HOPE i GET A CHANCE TO DROP BY YOUR RESTAURANT WHEN i AM IN L. A. L IN ABOUT A MONTH.

KEEP WAKING PEOPLE UP !!!

Mike:

My distain for his rude behavior equals his obvious distain for our Country. My remote will reflect my feelings for this very rude man. He needs to take his attitude to a place where they like people like this obnoxious man.

Robert BurnettHH:

Hey Brit twits: when we see British footprints on the moon you can speak with us as equals. Until then you are nowhere, nohow, and no kidding.

As for Sir Chef Ramsay getting his approval from Vichyite France. Well, so did Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler. Frankly Scarlett, Lord Ramsay d'crappola isn't worth a pitcher of warm spit.

SParky:

He is right fuck all the lawyers, they ruin our country...

Roger:

Wow, they say jump and some of you fucking tards just say how high.

john prete: Gordon is from Scotland you thicko

At least he'll put his nuts on the table not like people like you hiding behind messageboards

Wanker

fred:

Go Chef!

This country is so f*****g soft, it IS pathetic...and for those of you who would "fire his ass"...I've got news for ya, you couldn't AFFORD him. Chef is among the best of the best and it's too bad that most Americans settle for trough feeding such as golden corral where the motto is SLOP THE HOGS and don't spare the tonnage...Americans are too lazy and far too damn spoiled; we are a society who think's we're all special and shouldn't wait in line; a country where daily slaughter of unborn children is government sanctioned and 6 dead stupid dogs cause a national uproar...the good side being that all you "go out and eaters" will eventually poision yourselves to death on the tripe you swill daily; and the natural order of things will commence and the strong will survive.

GO CHEF!

Dan:

Let's see I got this right. Gordon comes here to the United States and makes a hit TV series along with a good income and then calls American's "Pathetic".

Well Mr. Ramsey I will no longer watch your show. Click.

Dot:

What I dont get is that a good number of americans will voice their hatred of anything non-american and slap each other on the back for the wonderful job they are doing of being 'american'... which in itself is retarded.

Then as soon as someone voices something remotely negative about the US, even if it something simple or benign (check wikipedia if that word is too hard for you), they freak out. If you cannot take it I suggest you stop dishing it and trying to impose yourself on the rest of us... and stop acting so shocked and aghast if someone actually doesn't think you are this so called 'greatest nation'

geez... ego problems????

Thomas:

If you guys watched his original show on the BBC, you would know that with that comment, he was being fasicious. Dudes, pissed beyond belief at being sued for going to a resteraunt and saying it's crap.

His swipe at America was really just a swipe at the loser Manager who doesn't get the hint.

Trust me, Ramsay only cares about food and the quality of it.

crying out loud:

This is just another sign that people want to do the minimum amount of work required from them, then expect a medal for it. This Mr Hyde is just embarrassed someone had the balls to tell him that he sucks and he doesn't know how to do his job.

suck it up cry baby.

And maybe everyone else should expect a minimum amount of quality from their restaurants. Those who side with Mr Hyde are just as pathetic as he.

harry Benson:

Ramsey is a phony a**hole whose shows mock those of us who work our tails off in hot kitchens across this country and the world.
Hell's Kitchen is a fake masterpiece. It's an orchestrated concoction of poor acting, lousy food and contrived nonsense.
Ramsey is a dull moron with money whose claim to fame is...???? Precisely.

KStar:

He doesn't need to be in the USA. He doesn't need to work here. Are his anti USA views those of his employer, FOX? Why does this guy even have a work visa? Does he in fact have a work visa? Let the INS deal with him.

Robert Burnett:

I've heard of Mexican, German, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Thai, French, etc restaurants. But never once have I heard of a British one and I live in Las Vegas where famous restaurants abound.

John Bull's Kitchen, if such an animal exists, is great if you like mashed peas with your boiled spuds. Virtually all occupied countries tossed out their British menus when they tossed out their oppressive colonizers. The Americans even tossed rotten British tea into Boston Bay rather than drink it.

I think only the Canadians eat "British" because everyone knows the Canadians are loyal followers of the English and will eat anything approved by the Queen--especially that yummy organ meat called Phillip's Special.

Matt:

I am suing everyone on this message board for offending me in someway!! Consider yourself served. Look how freaking stupid most of you people are, way to take what Chef Ram Jam out of context. Cum grano salis, idiots. This has nothing to do with Hippies, Bush, or whether Cheney looks like The Penguin (he does); it has to do with a restaurant that signed up, willingly to be filmed, and some lame opportunistic twerp that is suing to make money.

Freedom of speech is a 2 way road, means you will hear crap you don't agree with and some you won't. For all you flag waivers that decry Chef Ram jam for speaking his mind and then tell him to get out, you are so close to the mind speak of the countries/ you most despise.

"Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious." -O.W.

Ross:

"Of course America is PATHETIC. How else can we have allowed George Bush to be president not once, but TWICE, illegally. And don't forget the jackasses who actually voted for him.

Posted by Jeff G. | August 28, 2007 7:39 AM"

...And this is why Jeff G needs to turn off his computer & re-insert his liberal finger back up his butt.
Stay on topic doofus! This is about Gordon Ramsey not George W.
Take your liberal "I want the government to take care of me" soap box to another blog.

Lou:

Another friggin' prima donna. Never saw the show, will never see the show. He's only a cook, not a football star or senator. Who cares about this jerk?

veeelchop:

dude is like the "restaurant whisper". he KNOWS what makes them tick, what kills them and he can see quickly what the problems are.

his british show is great. owners, kitchen staff, management often are resistant to change. if they do make the changes I've never seen his plan fail. and he most often suggests simpler menus and improved marketing strategies. but he ALWAYS requires the kitchen be a clean as possible. every time.

anybody who attempts to defend a dirty, unprofessionally maintained kitchen that spews out filth and disease to paying customers needs to see what the inside of a jail looks like.

as far as his attitude and the language he expresses himself with, people don't react kindly to a stranger coming around and telling them they don't know how to run a business. if the restaurant was doing well, they wouldn't be subjected to critique. if you can't take the heat, cookie, ...

I'll watch the american show. it sounds like it'll be gruesome.

American Patriot:

Oh come on. He's just mouthing off. I love America man. It's the best country in the world by two-fold, but c'mon, ... we are being waaaaaaaaay too sensitive here. This is a reality show chef for gods sake. He's pissed off because an opportunist is suing him frivolously for a million dollars. That would piss ME off, how about you?! It bothers ME that, in our society, everybody's out trying to get a free lunch no matter how wreckless the method. Let's stop being babies, take out the pacifiers, and pay a little attention to what's going on in our society. Love your country back and recognize that it is a problem. Let's toughen up folks.

jim Nihill:

I have followed Ramsey's work and he is actually the poster-boy for the American success story. He came from hard circumstances and has risen to the top of his profession. His work ethic is matched only by his traditional family values. If you take the time to listen to him, you will find that he is inspirational and has the best interests of his clients at heart. But if you're a slacker, he'll cut you dead.

paul:

You have to watch Ramsay for a while to understand his style. He's about bringing out the best in people. He takes no credit for their achievements... but acknowledges the power from within the individual to achieve more than they thought they could.

At first, sure... you might think he's rough. That's just the method he uses to get someone's attention - to get over their fears, doubt, and insecurities. If a person has real desire and real talent - he brings it out.

George:

Sorry America, Chief Ramsay is correct about the filth in most restaurants. My nephew went to school at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and learned the correct way to prepare food. After school a number of restaurants wanted him to work for them. He went to one 5 star restaurant and left after he watched a cook pick up a steak off the floor and serve it. He tried to work at other restaurants but they were filthy. He now works at a place that values good clean working conditions, great food and does not accept excuses for any devation.

Darrell Mc Neill:

No one is forced to live in America, all one needs to do is leave. If you don't like life in America, leave. The door opens boths ways, for those who seek freedom, and those chickens who just want to complain. America is the biggest giving country bar none. Without America the rest of the World would be without hope. Believe me, you will not be missed. Try North Korea, or Cuba, or just about any middle east country. You'll be back, fast. And I do mean fast. Darrell :)

Alma Horstmann:

If your an American then Gordon Ramsey and his ilk are our acestors and is precisely what most American's aspired to be as a nation builder. That is before our men turned into limp wristed, sissyfied, mama's boys living with their parents until they find themselves or society kicks them in the ass. If you find Mr. Ramseys comments hurtful, the truth hurts. I for one carry a proud American Heritage, and personally i'm ashamed of the lack of personal integrity, honesty and responcibility that seems to be acceptable today.You defenders of Mr. Hyde, do you really want your children, your parents, yourself to dine in the described cesspools of arogance and irresponcibility... Thank You Mr. Ramsey for calling the kettle black. Wake up all you girliemen.

Marty Minor:

Ramsey is spot on with his comments. His show is excellent, and I hope he makes millions exposing how Restaurants USA try to shovel crapola down our throats.

ugh:

Man......
Americans are so freakin egocentric. I get a little vomit in my throat reading the exceptionalism you people feel you are owed for being born in a country that would rather spend trillions of dollars killing to steal, than actually working for a living in a competitive capitalist world.

You guys do remember capitalism right? I guess the free market should only be free for you.

John:

I have never seen Ramsay's show and don't care to. However, he does have a good point. If you read the article and not the headline you would get his point. This country has become a bunch of wussies and feel they should get compensation for a stubbed toe which was their own clumsy fault in the first place. These frivolous lawsuits costs us all money. Take responsibility for your own mistakes and quit asking for a free ride!

He's right: restaurants are often filthy. We're supposedly a big, prosperous country, and really shouldn't put up with it.

The Drudge headline is -- surprise, surprise -- another example of Matt Drudge's knack for writing a hot lead, even if doesn't match the story. Nowhere did Ramsay insult America. He's calling on us to run bad restaurants out of business. Bully for him.

Bill L.:

Way to go, Gordon.

Face it folks: the US is a great nation, and I would unabashedly say it's the best on Earth. But when we stick our heads in the sand and insist that it's so great that our legal system doesn't need adjustment so that people don't sue at the drop of a hat, or that that our public school system isn't cranking out too many kids who think that self-esteem is more important than knowledge, we're hurting nobody but ourselves, and we're diminishing our chances to REMAIN the best nation on Earth.

Ramsey's got it right; our legal system is pathetic.

Judith:

This is the idiot that raises horses in England for food.
Just use your search engine.
What a "CLOWN."

Bryan:

I fully support Mr. Ramsey's views of America. We live in a country where someone can spill hot coffee on themselves and then sue the serving restaurant for millions because the coffee was hot. Basically no one in this country wants to acutally be held accountable for their own stupidity, and this little nugget of truth goes on up to the highest levels of our country. We truly are PATHETIC.

ugh:

Judith, are you a typical American?

Is there a reason you are telling untruths? Perhaps you, like your entire administration, just misspoke.

Gordon isn't raising horses to eat. If you actually had proof you wouldn't have tried to pawn off the "do a search". Do you have the same little regard for the people in your real life as you do on the internet?


Evets:

Chef Ramsey: My wife and I were big fans, until you made that last remark. Too bad, so sad.

It just proves how fashionable it is to speak badly of the U.S. these days and that all you foreigners really want is our money, and our military protection.

You won't realize just how damaging that statement was for a few months, maybe a year, but when you do, it'll leave a mark.

In the meantime, Id rather pay to eat a rauncy Big Mac than eat at one of your places for free.

No more "Hells Kitchen" for this family.


Doug:

The guy who was fired (Hyde) is suing because he is being ridiculed on Ramsays show. Hyde asked HIS boss to get Ramsey there to help the failing restuarant only to become the scape goat for the chef who quit the week earlier. He'll never get a job in that field again because of Ramsays inacuracies/slander...so there you go. What would you do really?
We're litigious because we can be. Just go ahead and try to get tort reform passed by all those lawyers in the Congress and the Senate.
As for Ramsays'comments, who really cares what some silly, little, Simonesque, English, smarter-than-thou, Hollywood wannabe says anyway?

charles t. sherwin:

Lordy be, we have certainly covered all the issues on this forum. One more: you are what you eat, and most of what is being fed here by the liberal, hate-Bush, Anti-America writers is horse shit, so...chew away and swallow if you choose, and Ramsey will cook his way to the bank, bad teeth and all. And its all George Bush's fault...if that nice John F'n Kerry and Algore just would have won those elections; if that Senator from Idaho would have just peed outdoors instead of going into the rest room: all of this bantor would be to no avail...if Clinton would have gotten VD from Paula Jones...if Genefer Flowers would have had his love child...if Hillary would disavow liberalism, socialism, and ALL homosexual behavior. And, global warming made Canada like Arkansas. And pigs fly...

Elmer Fudd:

I was born and raised in this country, so I can speak as an American, not some uppity limey. But the judicial system here in the USA is indeed a bloated, corrupt, disgrace -- a mockery of Justice that allows lawyers to rob individuals and businesses blind. Many lawyers are no better than armed thugs -- the only difference is that lawyers use a briefcase, legal loopholes, and gullible juries instead of a loaded gun. You can get sued in this country if you look at someone the wrong way; they'll just cry "emotional distress" or whatever other phrase-of-the-day is testing well with juries, and they have a good chance of cleaning up at the expense of some poor innocent slob. Too many people and businesses have been raked over the coals and literally ruined in just such a manner. It's one of the many problems that is eating away at this once-great nation. Wake up, kiddies, this country is less than 250 years old, it's a far cry from "tried and true" and we are experiencing breakdowns and corruption in all sectors: cultural, economic, legal, and political.

As for this particular suit, I thought the last season of Hell's Kitchen was rigged to fill out the, ahem, diversity requirements; for that reason I will no longer be tuning in. So, I am not particularly on Ramsay's side where "reality-show integrity" is concerned. But there is nevertheless a valid point about this country and its incessant stream of lawsuits.

williejr:

I bet he sure liked those greenback gingo dollars he took back across the pond. I lived in NYC for 14 months in a loft apt. above restaurant row and I agree most of those places had some mouse/bug problems. These buildings have been around for 50 years or more and were not designed for restaurant use. They are not secure as far as being tight enough to keep the little animals out. The delivery doors are always being opened and closed. Some of the critters are actually carried in by the delivery people with the little things hiding in boxes of merchandise. One of the main problems is the dirty laundry, greasy towels and rags, tapletops and napkins smelling and attraching the mice and bugs. The garbage that is bagged but left out in the open doesn't help matters either. Also a lack of enough inspectors and some of the working inpectors being on the take.

Sean:

I think everyone is reading to much into this. His comments are obviously directed at the person making the accusations not the country as a whole.

Sean:

Oh, and fred, your an idiot, but I don't think I need to state the obvious...

Larry:

TAKE YOUR TIGHT BRITISH A**** out of our country then, you stuck up, little... I GUESS HE FORGOT, he makes his money off us, the ones he slanders! I WILL NEVER again watch his pathetic little show.

Munge:

Gordy = Ty without the bullhorn. Maybe they can start slowly backing away a dessert cart for the Great Reveal at the end. "Hey, here's your Baked Alaska you've always wanted!"

How pathetic is it that a garbage Nielsen (something like .001% of the US population) merits anything more than than mockery, or simply an abject out-of-hand dismissal? Q.E.D.

Jenny:

Pathetic is what I would call you, Gordon Ramsay.

Evets:

Oh, please! He, and many others, has had the same lawsuits in the UK!

Knock off the political carp for a minute, will ya'?

WE are Americans. We need to stick to stick together and not let outsiders tear us apart anymore.

Do we have issues? Of course we do. Who doesn't?

Do YOU let your neighbors tear your household apart and criticize your family? If you do, you're just sorry. Most of us don't. So, why should we continue to allow these foreigners to do it?

I don't know about you folks, but I am dang sick and tired of it, and I would think you would be, too.

No matter who is the President, or what our internal issues are, we need to be ONE as Americans, not as anti-American sympathizers.

Please, get a grip on what's important for our Country.

Don:

He s a homo.Who cares what he thinks.How else did he get all those wrinkles on his chin. From eating chips?

Scott:

I don't watch much TV, to busy with life, but I check Drudge and saw this.

Why would somebody watch a show about a restaurant? I take it this Brit makes good food and yells?

How many loud mouth yelling Brits are on TV? I always thought they considered us loud and rude, yet we can't find loud rude people on our own?

I understand his comments. Sounds like he wants his cake and eat it too. Come to the US to make some money, but with that comes everything else. Business here is aggressive. I hate lawsuits just as much as the next guy, but don't play with a bull if you don't want the horns.

I don't go screw with somebody in a bad situation when they know I'm a good target. That's why successful people stay away from the unsuccessful, they'll take you down with them personally or by a lawsuit.

fruity chef:

Stay home fruity chef

Pete:

Evets, please get a grip on reality. The quote was taken pretty out-of-context, and made a lot of sense when read in the way it was meant to be. This guy was fired because he was running a hell-hole of a restaurant, and now expects to become a millionaire because of it. That is pathetic. And the US is pathetic in a sense for encouraging that type of behavior.

If you're going to blind yourself to criticism, then you'll never improve. That's a pretty pathetic attitude.

Sen. Craig:

I think I ran into him in a Minnesota Bathroom. (at least a couple hundred times if you know what I mean).

I did him republican style. Stuck him right in the corn shoot

Sen Craig (R)

Jake:

Excuse me. Sen Craig is not a Republican. Here is another example of liberal propaganda.

Gar:

mmmm, food :) what were we talking about?

Sen. Craig:


Jake,

Sorry my young lad I am a Republican and I am as gay as Karl Rove and that Male Prostitute he hired to through softball questions to the President.

btw what are you wearing.

Sen Craig (R)

ugh:

hahaha. Craig IS A REPUBLICAN. Turn off FoxSpews.

Foley (R)
Cunningham (R)
Libby (R)

Evets.....

If you people stayed within your borders then none of us 'anti americans' would care what kind of inbred society you were creating. But since American exceptional capitalism seems to mean you spend all of your money building the force needed to steal the worlds resources, you are GOING to hear from the rest of us every time you pop your greedy little heads up.

Like here.

Astalavista baby.

chris:

Absolutely right! The usa is full of fat, whining, greedy, self-absorbed people who think for some reason that they deserve better!?!?!? Americans don't even care about their kids. Just themselves.
And the politicians? haha They suck fag dick like the romans. Pretty soon child porn and molestation and gay sex will be accepted. We're half way there.
What a disgusting society we live in.
Gee... i'm an american.
I hope and pray that someone destroys our pathetic country.
What a bunch of filthy loser$ we've become.

Barney Frank:

Sen. Craig,

Where have you been all my life?

JUNGLEBUGGER:

Hey UGH,

Why don't you have another drink, but don't let the seat hit you in the back of the head.

May Hemm:

Hey, guilty until proven innocent. How come you never hear about incidents like this in the ladies room? Gordon, lets hope that even though the food sucks, there are no fags spanking the monkey in the crapper. Especially a member of that august body, the US Senate caught with his palm wrapped around his hog.
Mitt is toast. This guy was gonna be his vp. He was clean, only had one wife, etc. Now it turns out he's
a closet queen. Rudy starts looking like a saint.
Gordon, back to England with your fag ass. When we can find someone who cares about your spread cheeks we'll call you. Don't hold your breath, hoto.

ugh:

Hey Barney, glad you dropped by.

These rupublicans are such hateful bigots. Stupid as dirt too, most of them.

They can't see that Liberals don't care if our reps are gay. What we can't stomach is hateful bigoted hypocrites.

In most Liberal eyes Craig just became a little more human. It's the knuckle dragger's on the right that now hate him.

superman1954:

Gordon Ramsey is one of the best chefs in the world. Not only is he a great chef, he is a great teacher for other chefs. There are many chefs who have set new standards for themselves because of Chef Ramsey. That means many people enjoy better dining directly and indirectly because of the chef and his shows. Plus chef Ramsey is insanely funny, his passion for food is inspiring and the only people who don't like him are dirty and lazy people who show up at work and want a check, but don't want to work or care about quality anymore. As far as attacking another government because the chef doesn't like being sued for no reason by another bottom feeding lawyer in America. Shakespeare suggested "killing all the lawyers". That is sound thinking in any century.

bob phrapples:

We're the only country that gets PAID to be idiots!! Are you kidding me?! We spill hot coffee in our laps and make millions! We can't even go out anymore without worrying about being sued for calling some one the wrong word! Grow up people, get an education, and stop it with the "if you don't like it then get out" bull! America started as a nation that took in foreigners with open arms, now we're so stuck up our own asses we can't even read a goddamn article and understand the whole meaning!!

Homo Sapien:

Ramsey has no problem dishing out the b.s. Apparently he has no game when there's a return volley.

Jake :

exactly bob,

as I was trying to say earlier Sen Craig must have been working for the Dems. This is all a setup to mess up Mitt's chances.

chris:

We're all foreigners you stupid ass. Can't you read life and get the meaning.
Did you go to college and get a 4.0 in beer and stupid ass 101?

Barney Frank:

to all you Sen. Craig haters: GET OFF HIS BACK

Bulldog:

I bet you this guy "ate" at his "restaurant":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Gannon

sweetasapeach:

His shows are like a train wreck

booby:

Just another BUTT-WIPE from Ingland I bet he dont complain about the money

Octoknees:

People on he left aren;t abou blaming America first, they just are more willing to question the way things are.

Michael:

His quote is like reading an email - the emphasis is your own and may not be what was intended.

Having heard Ramsay talk about America befoe I believe he thinks this is the greatest nation.

I believe he is saying to this Hyde guy and ones like him "Don't be so pathetic" you're dragging America down.

And he is right

Roger:

Oh yeah,a cook....his opinion about America is really taken to heart.

Jenifer:

LOL Bulldog! They may also have eaten at this "Special Sauce" Chef's restaurant:

http://nymag.com/news/features/16576/

"Onan The Vegetarian
The story of a raw-food guru turned “subway perv.” "

Hmm?

andy:

Wow, if we could convert the amount of stupid here into natural gas, Ramsay could power his kitchen cooktop for centuries.

Attention: really, really dumb people.

Ramsay was saying that frivolous lawsuits are beneath what one would expect of a strong and great people.

Yet, we have them.

Lots of them.

Implying that we have a lot of stupid, weak, and sad people among us (and, yes, this includes many of you with your idiotic ranting against Ramsay, illustrative of your third grade level of reading comprehension).

All you've done is proven, to a modest degree, Ramsay's point: America may be great, but it sure has its share of idiots.

Don:

Andy,shut up. Your a Homo too. Go make out with that rotten tooth Ramsay. Dont forget the tetnus shot. Stooge

Don:

Mac, move to England and get your free heroin. If you dont like USA, get out you drunk bastard.

Tallgirlali1:

Most Americans are complacent, unobserving, & apathetic when it comes to eating out. That is, until a newspaper article warning patrons of a particular restaurant to see their physicians because there is an outbreak of hepatitis B.
In this instance a cook was responsible for making several people quite ill. The cook, as well as the patrons ended up in the Emergency Room! These patrons trusted this restauranteur to serve them good, wholesome food. He failed in doing so. All employees of any restaurant should have compulsory complete physical examinations prior to being hired and periodically thereafter.
Have you ever had a case of food poisoning? I have, three times. It wasn't a barrel of fun. I was sick as a dog. When I eat out, I want to be able to eat properly cooked food, served in a clean environment, be it simple or elegant. After all, I am paying the bill!

To: Chef Ramsey: Thank you for waking people up to the possibility of acquiring food poisoning from a filthy kitchen. Roaches, rat, and mouse excrement are not part of the meal!
There may be some Inspectors on the take, but a little reporting to the management as well as the City would do a lot in cleaning up these pigstys.

However IT TOOK CHEF GORDON RAMSEY TO BRING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION!
Well done, Chef Ramsey! I would eat in your kitchen any day! Good luck to you in bringing about a healthy change for those of us who occasionally eat out. I look forward to all your shows. You are real!
Anyone who complains about you is foolish. I can virtually see how these people live, their dirty homes Roach and Rat central! My hat is off to your daring to expose lazy pigs who expect to make money at our expense!

andy:

Don, before posting again, please consult both a grammar guide and a dictionary, as you only serve to make us Americans look stupid.

USA #1:

You know why we are the greatest country ever, its because we have the intelligence to come up with You Tube then post videos of fat kids fighting and chicks making out. Just for that alone we are the greatest, plus the the big mac, whopper, KFC, Wendy's triple burger. Kick ass movies like Die Hard, the Godfather, Star Wars (not all of them just 3,4&5. Tv channels dedicated to just golf, Football and playboy.
How can any one argue with that. Cmon, who's with me on this. USA USA USA USA!

Rob McIlwraith:

Hey Mr. Ramsay
I am a working chef in my own restaurant. I want to tell you that I think that you deserve all the respect in the world. I,ve become an avid fan recently and think that you are an exceptional chef and propriator. I hope I am fortuanate enough to meet you some day.
As far as all of these idiots who think that the U.S. is the only country in the world, we have become such isolationists and backwards that I fear for this country.
Your fan
Rob
P.S. I would like to write to you about some advice if you will be willing to give me an address.

John Smith:

I've had enough people complaining about how stupid, rude, arrogant, and fake Chef Ramsay is. He is one of the most successful chefs in the world! None of you have seen the UK edition of Kitchen Nightmares. You young Americans have had the privilege of not knowing enough about world issues to say these rude and derogatory things about them. The truth is, you're too young to know and understand anything! So go on with your silly rants about Ramsay not being real. Go on being bigots for taking his words out of context. Ramsay does believe America's a great country, yet it's you Americans who take everything for granted. Yeah, sue me because I made your coffee too hot! Sue me because I wanted to protect your children. Sue me for stopping you from getting away with that poor woman's purse. Sue me for tripping you on the grass!!! THAT'S pathetic.

Ruth Villarreal:

Take a look at some of the restaurants that people go to "get good food." What about the fast-food place that was shown on the news with mice walking around? Don't you think someone like Gordon Ramsay would make people feel safer about where they dine?
If these restaurants want the respect of their patrons, keep the place healthy and safe.
I hope one day to go to one of the restaurants I will be seeing on this show!!
Has anyone ever kept track of restaurants where people have gotten food poisoning or died?
More power to him!!!!

Bernard:

If you don't like what Ramsey has to say or do, then don't look or listen. People say Ramsey has shit to say about the us? What about Americans talkin shit about other countries? What's the difference? As far as lawsuites go here, well only in America can you put a hot cup of coffee between your legs, burn yourself, sue and win. If you can't handle realty shows or don't like Ramsey then switch over and watch Barney!!!

Rose Calderwood:

Have any of you forgotten that Hyde is from London? He is not an American. Although he filed his case in America, he is BRITISH. This time the remark about America should have been reserved for his fellow Brits and as far as I'm concerned they're both "wankers".

Rachel:

I know of Martin Hyde via a friend and from what I hear he is just as fake as Ramsay claims him to be. The lawsuit came about because his precious little ego couldn't take the fact that Ramsay HATED him. He wasn't happy with his job and planned to quit regardless but saw this show as a way to go out with style and maybe achieve fame. Believe me, he knew EXACTLY what he was getting himself into.

Cindy:

Gordon Ramsay is very professional. He doesn't mollycoddle the whiny, weeping, 'do everything for me' type of people that was a handout. This country needs more people like him over here. To kick our butts out of complacency.

That fact that he is royally HOT is just a bonus! He is like the Scottish version of John Wayne!

amber yvonne:

hey hey i dont what the hell you guys are talking bout so i thought id say hi
HI
bye

Stev:

I thot I, as an american, would throw my 2 cents into the mix.

I used to think Ramsay was a bit harsh but when I saw his uk nightmare series, then I started to understand why he is so hard (the conditions of some of the restaurants were disgusting, & the staff were usually clueless). If you never been exposed to good cooking &/or training then your probably going to have low standards from the get go. There is a method to his madness, & it makes for interesting TV.

The way he breaks people's bad cooking habits and replaces them with good ones reminds me of a drill sergeant. He replaces inefficiency with order & discipline. If people would just follow his advice they would succeed by providing good food & service to repeat customers.

I like him now and its even gotten me thinking to pull out one of his recipes and cook a special meal for the family.

He's alright in my book.

Stev


p.s. BTW if you dont like him, then just turn to another channel.

p.p.s. as for bad mouthing brits or anyone else for that matter, i dont do that; i spent a lot of time along side a lot of good folks from all around the world - sure there are bad apples everywhere, but the majority of overseas folks have been really nice (you get what you give).

chris g:

America needs a loser pay court cost system to end all the bullshit litigation. Ramsey is making a good point. And our country is in big trouble.

mark:

wow what a fascinating web site cant believe your all on about 1 man he must be the most famous chef ever in the entire world and he comes from blighty in the imortal words of gordon about this discussion "done"

Todd:

We need a lot more people like Ramsey in North America!

Gordon is telling it like it is!

"Pathetic" is putting it lightly in my opinion.

Kim:

Gordon, you're right. This is the most pathetic nation which is why these slimy people come here and run rat filled restaurants! They do it because our govt is too busy helping other pathetic nations so they don't help themselves!!!!

kim:

By the way, get out while you still can and take me with you.

Eric:

>> The health dept. closed the resturant for Christ sake, what more proof do you need than that.

Didn't the article say the health dept. closed the restaurant a week after the show was shot ? Seems to me this is more proof of what a lousy job the heath dept. was doing. How has this restaurant existed in this condition for so long ? And the place was shut down after all the cleanup and improvements were made ? Now that the place is finally okay we close it ? What the hell sense does that make ? And it was still in bad enough shape to close at that point, then why were the show's producers still allowing food to be served even after the makeover ? Ramsey should have contacted the Health Dept. as soon as he saw how bad it was.

Noob:

I think you're all pathetic. Every one of you. It's not about Gordon at all. If you paid any attention during the show, you'd notice that he has a 5 star restaurant just down the street. If he didn't know anything about food, I doubt that he'd have as many 5 star restaurants as he does.
It's about people who don't own up to the responsiblities they have. Hyde didn't do his job and it cost him. Now he's trying to make up for his own impotence by pulling what Americans do best, sueing someone because his feelings got hurt. Everyone want stuff handed to them on a silver platter and Gordon got it all the right way. They just want a piece of his pie because they're too damn stupid to make their own.

Susan Meece:

I wouldn't eat in any restaurant that Mr. Hyde was the operations manager of. In fact all of those managers and the owner should have known what was going on. I wonder how many people got sick from eating there. Chef Ramsay I would eat at any restaurant that you owned. Not all restaurants have rats, mice cockroaches, and flys. Unless you eat in a nursing home that is the only place that I can think of.

Kailuacats:

I know I'm a month late on this blog, but this episode was just shown in Hawaii. JMJ - This episode seems to have hit a very strong nerve on both sides. I don't think that Chef Ramsay meant any of his comments to pertain derogatively to the people of the United States as a whole (by the way, "America" and "Americans" pertains to more than just the citizens of the United States). Don't we all misstate things every so often? All in all, the show was entertaining. Isn't that what TV is supposed to do? The fact that he did some good for the restaurant is, as we say in my family, "gravy." Mr. Hyde was manager. He was in charge. He was in charge for a couple of weeks. It only takes me one or two seconds to see bugs and/or smell mold in my kitchen. I guess he should apply for compensation under the ADA because he has a disability by not being able to see what's in front of his eyes or smell what's under his nose. Grow up people. Sometimes we have to take responsibility for our actions or inactions. We also have to lighten up. Not everyone can be, or be required to be, politically correct all the time. Where has this country's sense of humor gone? Oh, by the way, I am a conservative Republican so, David (8/28/07, 6:11 a.m.), have at it. But, remember, this is a blog about the show, NOT the war, NOT Christianity, NOT politics. Although, I think Chef Ramsay's shows points out problems that both of our countries share and that both of our countries have individuals that are determined to succeed no matter what obstacles are put in their way. He is helping some of them do just that. Applause and Mahalo.

Hoffbug:

I have been a professional exterminator for 23 years and I can tell you that restaurants like that one profiled in this episode exist in every community.
Next time you see a pest control truck outside of your favorite eatery... Dont freak out thinking their is a problem in the place! Be GLAD that the management has taken the time to insure your food is being prepared in clean and pest free environment.
IMHO...The roach problem and the rat droppings filmed for that episode were real and could not be faked to that level.
Gordan Ramsey is nuts! but he has a proven track record and is a perfectionist.
IIRC... didnt Mr.Hyde RESIGN (quit)at the end of that episode???

Frances:

Mouse Droppings? A fEW??? Those were RAT droppings and a RAT TRAP. And those WERE REAL ROACHES!!
That Martin is an idiot, and in support of his vacuous mentality, what does he do? He sues of course.
Ramsay had him dead to rights. That guy WAS a total craphead.
If I'd have been in Martin's shoes, I'd have cleaned out the place less than five minutes after the guy who ran things quit.
Ramsay's rants are nothing compared to what I'd have done and said in that place.
Staff would be running faster than roaches for cover after my reckoning.
Martin was going to be canned anyway. I'd have fired him for EVER using his cell phone for one thing. And to be lying around like he was??
I hope the Abitrator tosses this frivolous suit. The guy quit, so let him go.
Ramsay nailed him right off. He was taking advantage of Mohamed and will do it again to his next employer.
Staging things indeed. You can't stage rat crap and roaches! let alone rotten food served on filthy plates!!

B:

I find it amazing how these forums frequently deteriorate into the most childish arguments that forget about what the original subject was. To those of you who are attacking Gordon Ramsay, personally I don't think he's that bad of guy. I don't really like his excessive swearing either, but the guy wants to see restaurants succeed, and he's not shy about telling them the realities of running a restaurant. It's not easy, and it's not for the out of touch or lazy. I don't believe Dillon's was staged, that place was absolutely disgusting. No wonder-that lazy bum Martin was just sitting on his arse all day long talking nonstop on his cell phone. The accusations Gordon made of him sucking off Mohammed were 100% true.
He did nothing to manage that place. He always tries to blame others-notice that? The owner of the place seems to have put too much trust in Martin, he was so thoroughly out of touch with what was going on in his establishment that he would have had to shut the place down if Gordon wouldn't have educated him and his staff on running a restaurant. Getting rid of Martin and hiring Vikas Khanna was the best decision Mohammed made as far as I saw. Would I like to eat at Purnima now? You bet I would. From what I see it looks like they have some really nice, exotic Indian cuisine that's very appetizing. But unfortunately, this old trucker lives too far from NYC to visit Purnima. But if I ever visit NYC I will eat at Purnima.

Melissa McGahee:

I'd miss Ramsey. He's awesome.

K.Polston:

I love the show. Ramsey is a proven leader. I wouldn't want to receive his wrath, but I am not willing to go on a reality show and subject myself to his critism. If you have watched any reality show, you know it isn't always going to be pleasant.
Plus, I must add...Chef Ramsey is sexy!! Ü

jake:

I think it's sort of funny, yet yet some what embarassing, that all these retards are trashing the guy and twisting his words around. His remark about being the most pathetic is in reguards to these fraudulant jackasses that want everything in their life handed to them and can't step up to any sort of accountability. We became the greatest country on the planet from our ingenuity, resolve, hard work and dedication to making the world a better place to live, free of opression and tyrany. It's been a downward spiral for the last quarter century. All you have to do is take a look around. Now we have to put warning labels on coffee cups because some jackass didn't know it is served hot, now out comes the lawsuit against the restaurant for serving a product that was to spec? Fast foods restaurants getting sued by obese people who can run up a $20 single tab at Taco Bell then goes and sits on their a#% the rest of the day in front of the t.v. The chosen term I think hit the nail on the head "pathetic"
I only wish that I could get away with calling people out at face value when I see it and get to keep my job (Culinary field for 16yrs) and not have to go to any sort of sensativity class for having to take up the slack of untalented people who have no business being in the restaurant industry. If you hire crap it mutiplies and becomes the standard. The next thing you know you're on Kitchen Nightmares (IF YOU'RE LUCKY-IF NOT YOU JUST GO INTO CHAPTER 11). Sometimes the best and only way to get someones attention is to slap them in the face. "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!" - GOD BLESS YOU CHEF RAMSEY!

ceeooo:

“Every restaurant has mouse droppings"..What?!? No sir, they do not!

Gordon Ramsay, (who is Scottish, not English, BTW, is a very professional and talented chef who is not only making an entertaining program (and the money from it), but who is also spending his time trying to do these restauranteurs who are in trouble a favor. I would like the producers of the program to actually tell us who the person/persons are from these eateries who call their offices and ask them to come and help; at least that way we would know (pre-lawsuit!) which moron called for help and advice and refused to take any!

Chef Ramsay is not known for mincing his words, and I don't blame him for his comment above. It is absurd for a business to call in for help, fully knowing that what transpires will be televised, and then "pretend" that the producers hauled in rat droppings, rotten food, and the bad attitudes of the staff!

If memory serves, Chef Ramsay has been sued in the UK as well by a restaurant that was televised on the BBC there, and the woman who owned the place refused to take a leadership role in her own establishment, ignoring totally the advise that Chef gave her. She also based her lawsuit on "sour grapes".

If you are a PC person and don't care for Ramsay, please don't watch the show; this is why you have a remote control. For the more honest amongst us, he is a genuine genius and a master at resolving the problems, business, personal, and culinary, of drowing concerns.

If you truly believe that Chef Ramsay and his staff have to fabricate kitchen nightmares, I challenge you to take the time to ask your waiter next time you go out to eat if you can see the kitchen!

Rick:

Gordan Ramsey is absolutely correct the litigious nature of our society is pathetic it is a joke.
To everyone who thinks he is just being an ass. You must realize all good Chefs scream and yell all the time. It's just how the business is. When you are dealing with very independent people you have toget your point across somehow. I wish more people would tell it like it is, instead of worrying about everyones feelings all the time.

Neen:

People need to read things more closely. In Ramsay's comment he was referring to the ease of litigation in our country and the simple minded things people will use to create drama. And if you would take the time to watch him a bit before you criticize him, you'd pick up on (if ur somewhat inteligent) the fact that he is very sarcastic in his dry British humor. He's actually quite funny. What's so wrong about what he said? Americans cannot deny we are sue happy, and he was merely making a sarcastic remark about that fact. Why are people wasting time attacking this man for a simple remark he made in jest. Don't we have worse people to focus our hatred on? American themselves are saying much worse things about or homeland. Look at all the idiots who've drummed up the conspiracy theory that our own people were behind 9/11. Remember what Tony Blair said "a true measure of a country is determined clearly by the number of people who want to get in, and the number of those who want to get out. America is awesome, be proud, and stop being so sensitive. It only shows insecurity. Oh, and,,,Eat at "London" in NY,,,then try to say he sucks!!!

J:

I used to deliver meats & provisions to an average of 15-25 restaurants a day. From the 4 star to the greasy spoons. Ramsey doesn't need to fabricate a thing & like the poster above says go ahead & ask to see the kitchen & wait for a response. It's usally an insurance excuse. The irony here is that the roast beef joint (greasy spoon) with the full visible kitchen is usually cleaner than your ritsy steakhouse serving $60.00 rib eye where all you can see of the kitchen is that porthole window.

J:

I used to deliver meats & provisions to an average of 15-25 restaurants a day. From the 4 star to the greasy spoons. Ramsey doesn't need to fabricate a thing & like the poster above says go ahead & ask to see the kitchen & wait for a response. It's usally an insurance excuse. The irony here is that the roast beef joint (greasy spoon) with the full visible kitchen is usually cleaner than your ritsy steakhouse serving $60.00 rib eye where all you can see of the kitchen is that porthole window.

Jenna:

I think Ramsey Gordon is a great chef!! Most people don't like to hear the truth and Iam very happy that there are still people out there who won't suger coat stuff to make others feel good.I have more respect for someone who tells me like it is than to try and jump around whats really going on.Alot of restaurants are crappy and dirty because I for one think alot of people have lost the pride in their work.I don't think he means we are a bad nation he is saying to take pride in what we do. He is helping alot of people out by helping them get their businesses in order and if by chance people see a cockroach crawling around the floor and decide not to eat there even after Mr. Ramsey has left well than I think the only fault lies in those who "ran" the place before.What I think is wrong is people get mad when we ALL need a little constructive criticism or else how well we ever learn from anything..everyday is a blessing and I love the term "you learn something new everyday" and for those upset at Ramsey well just let it go its not worth getting upset over.

Ramseyfan:

Hey wouldnt you get upset if you just ate a meal than after going into the kitchen..which the general public doesn't usually do,{think about that}and sees bugs and rancid food all over even something you have just eaten than I would freak right the hell out to ecspecially if I just seen the same thing go out onto the floor for someone else to eat...YUCK!! I would be screaming also!!

Chef Ramsey is world famous. Anyone who knows anything about him would know when he speaks you should listen. No one is perfect, but regardless if you like his personality, he is successful and he is good. Also I've seen all his shows in BBC and in the US and I think if you watch them you'll see a fair and straight forward side to him. One thing for sure he's honest. He pulls no punches and he gets right to the point. You can't grow as a person in any area of your life unless you are pushed, shoved even, with honesty to wake you up and let you know there is always, I mean always, room to improve. Check out his website, read the awards, books, and on and on I could go. Of course he's made mistakes, will make mistakes...no one is perfect but we need more people like this that will step up and state the truth. He owes these chefs (Hell's Kitchen) and these establishments (Kitchen Nightmares) nothing, he owes them nothing... yet he helps them at least get the chance to listen to sound advice and learn from Chef Ramsey's own mistakes and turn their business around and make a profit. Who doesn't want that in any kind of business. Before you get all defensive, make sure you know what your talking about before you start blasting off. You might find that your own anger and Gordon Ramsey is your knowledge that he's hit a button, a nerve, in your own life, in your own kitchen. Maybe instead of getting mad, find out why the buttons there, maybe you can be that much better at what you do because of his honesty. God Bless!

Lilly Dawes:

The man is a hundred times more accomplished than any of you ankle biting corporate kiss asses that criticize him. He's wealthy and enormously successful because he's smart and doen't whine and doesn't tolerate dumbass whiners and lazy ass slugs. Its about time people got off their asses and quit blaming everybody else for their shortcomings. He's one of the few real men I've come across in a long time.

Hurtin Albertan:

To: Robert Burnett, I wouldn't say we Canadians are loyal to Britain, at least not all of us. As far as I'm concerned the queen or king (not Liz in particular) can bite me. I think it's an obsolete system of governmant. Sure Americans may be a bunch of babies (see the movie "Idiocracy") hell they even make fun of themselves. But every nation has it's flaws. Here in Canada the government rapes it's citizens for every dime they have and they waste money on stupid things. (ie giving themselves a raise when there is a surplus rather than paying the national debt.) As far as I'm concerned the Canadian government is full of liars and scumbags moreso now than ever before. And I also believe America is the same way. But what do I know. I grew up in a small town and it is unbelievable how stupid city folk are. PS I love chef Ramsey. A fake is someone who to chickenshit to say the things he says.

Mo:

America is the most giving country in the world. They give out lawsuits like confetti. The great management style Ramsey will be shred to pieces if he stays in the USA. We need his talent back in the UK! All u fat yankees go back to your supersized burgers and donuts.

mike19:

As a chef in America, Chef Ramsay is one of my personal favs. I TOTALLY see his side, and those restaurants probably don't even need help looking disgusting. Watch the UK version, and it's the same thing. I say GO CHEF RAMSAY! I also agree with one of the earlier posts that why can't this guy be president? We do need a no bulls**t kind of guy, whose very straight forward. CHEF GORDON RAMSAY FOR PRESIDENT!!

Mark:

I read some of the posts but do not have time to read the rest. Mr. Ramsay is spot on, there are restaurants that people pay good money for good food.

Gordon in person and to his family is from what I have seen is a normal person. When it comes to food and restaurants he is a no compromise kind of person. I also agree with one person who posted we need more kind of people like him. Honestly I have watched these shows and some of these a holes running these places need a kick in the ass.

We need him to come to Canada and out some of the many lame restaurants here that server basically crap!

Paul:

What a lot of fucking losers. The nerve of Mr Hyde,(who appeared to be fucking idiot of the highest degree, to file a suit that now makes him the biggest fucking idiot on the planet, is absolutely ridiculous. He must be as stupid as he looked and acted. Also if ANY judge has a quarter of a fucking brain (which is doubtful) they will simply rip up the paperwork, or better yet roll it up and shove it up Hyde's ass.

Sheryl:

Holy crap you people, FOX is actually showing a QUALITY reality show that isn't fake, stupid or pre-scripted and it actually helps this country of ours and you all critize it.
Would you like to eat in those restaurants before or after Gordon fixes it? Yeah, that's what I thought....I'm sure you all answered after.
If you all just watch his shows on BBCA, then you know he is not pretentious, he is rude, but true and original.
Check him out on the BBCA and watch The F word and his Kitchen Nightmares. Maybe you all will learn how to cook and not critize.
I agree, America is the land of the "Let's sue your ass." Aren't we all proud of ourselves?

Leon James:

you are the bomb! I startd cooking this year after watching your shows. Its now a very joyable passion.


thanks for the insite!

Gee S.:

I've worked in plenty of restaurants in NYC. And although I did not run the kitchen, those boys back in the kitchen cleaned every single day as if the health department were going to drop in at any second. Needless to say the kitchen was eF'ing spotless and nothing was ever rotting in the corner in the fridge! I knew this because I was the one who had to tour the health dept. around the restaurant, the bar, & the kitchen when they came in. If they saw anything wrong they would give you a chance to fix it (a warning), LETS SAY ONE WEEK. After that they would just show up to see if the problem was fixed. My point is there is no excuse for such filth. I'm sure they were warned. Had I been in Chefs' position I would have thrown not only Martin but the entire kitchen crew out on there asses!!!!

Fucking pigs!!

American Girl:

Ramsay is right. We as Americans have become pathetic! There are way too many lawsuits out there, and way too many lazy americans looking for the get rich quick fix. Frivolous law suits are out of control and are doing nothing but hurting everyone! Wake up folks. It is time to start taking some accountability for our own actions!

Diana:

Anyone who feels Chef Ramsay is insolent should double check the kitchens and bathrooms the next time they dine out at their favorite bistro.

As a new chef and business owner hes my hero of the day!

It should be a chefs expectation that his kitchen, his staff and his food be impeccable.
The only way to continue success is through integrity of your product. There is no gray area there.

If those complaining were really watching they would also see Chef R applaud each small success
achieved by any staff member of a restaurant he
overhauls. Credit where credit is due. Kindergarten is where everyone takes a trophy home whether they win or lose, not the kitchen.

Kudos Chef Ramsay! For your blunt and unwavering
approach to what a well run kitchen and eatery should be.

charlotte e reed:

Let me get this right.... he invited Gordon Ramsay to the restaurant to "fix" it and when he finds out that he is actually the problem... he quits, and walks out.... then sues? That is clearly another instance of that man riding the coat tails of yet another person. He needs to get a clue he is not cut out to work or for that matter fit to work in any restaurant. Even fast food is too good for him..
They say if you can't stand the heat...
Martin is a raving lunatic that has his head so far up his bum he has no real sence of reality.
When you work in the food service industry you have to have high standards and a sense of urgency. What self respecting manager lies on a bench and lets a server caress his head? At least he had the decency to quit before he got fired!!!

Christine:

What strikes me as hilarious is the difference in the reactions to Gordon on the part of the chefs/staff on the American vs British versions of Kitchen Nightmares. Gordon acts pretty much the same in both shows but in America it's much more exciting...screaming, storming out, rat droppings, temper tantrums...I love it, can't get enough of it!!!!!

Ramsey was spot on and martin behaved like he was on drugs. There were three managers and from a profit standpoint he was unneeded and added no value. But the roaches and rats I was surprisd Gordon didn't call the police and health code inspector right then. GR commented on another show he wasn't just shocked by the rotten food and basement conditions, but that they knew he was coming and he was scared to think about what the place looked like before it was "cleaned up".
GR took that the whole joint to the back of his kitchen 2 blocks down, it was mouseless and droppingless and roachless, and also the British lady was warned too. GR fixed the problems, then GR visited back and she had let it go. It wasn't GR's fault she employed some 23 year old snot while she tended bar.

Tony C :

I agree with the one guy that "he should be president pf the USA"
As a culinary student I think he has the right attitude for no bullshiting in the kitchen. I may be a junior in highshcool, but I highly dout you can bul shit a bulshiter! And thats just tobad if he hurts your fellings. I like the guy but if he pissed me off I might just knock him in his jaw!!!

Tony C:

Any one who might think thier feelings might be hurt by Gordon thats just to bad. The culinary wourld is filling up with a lot of beataround the bush men and women that call themselves "Chefs" Ramsey is the first to come straight out and open his mouth!!!!

Pat:

The guy bringing the lawsuit is British!

Pete:

Watch how this guy works and what you'll see is not rudeness, but passion. We all work in different ways and the way he gets his point over is with colourful metaphors. Despite his brash confrontations, notice his general demeanour - he actually does give a crap. He's been in similar situations that are portrayed in these programmes, so he knows what he's talking about and knows what is required to get these places out of their awful positions!

If you don't like stuff like this, go back to Friends/Frasier or your other safe tripe.

Bethany:

Honestly, Americans are all just too big headed for my taste...and yes i'm an American, everyone is all about "oh well we helped here" and "we did this for everyone else" and "we're such a selfless country" "we're so giving and loveing and forgiving" ect, it's all bullshit, we don't know what the rest of the world is all about because we're too bust with our thumbs up our asses to realize just why so many other countries hate us!

Yes, so Ramsay may be a bit rude, why? you ask, well it's because he tells it like it is! he's not going to go around and beat around some bush to make everything sound alright! the places that get on Nightmares are in desperate need of help, and they have to stop denying the truth or beating around it, they need someone to not beat around the bush.

Ramsay's words have been taken a little out of context, but essencially his calling America pathetic is just truth. No beating around the bush, we are, we're a bunch or egotistical fat asses who can't take a second to look at how we act, and how things really are in the rest of the world. we all have the idea that everything we do is right, and now we have to force our ways onto other countries and other people. honestly America, get over yourselves! ~Fellow American

I think that Gordon Ramsey pretty well says it as it is and these people ASKED him and the production crew to COME to THEIR establishment, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND>>>>>>> AS THEY SAY...IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT... STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN!!!!!!!

Mechelle Lindsey:

Thank you Fox for the show "Kitchen Nightmares" love Chef Ramsey and have learned much about the business.. I myself would be scared shitless to work for him but know he was only pushing me to find my best and make money for the business! Anyone who can not understand that by watching the show is missing the mark of understanding completely.
Never stop the straightforward talk and sorry to hear of the lawsuit (it wasn't a complete surprise coming after that episode). The lawsuit is a joke.

Jen:

wow! Americans really are ignorant and dumb! Not all of you, but most!

Jen:

wow! Americans really are ignorant and dumb! Not all of you, but most!

Brandon:

I for one have worked in the restaurant business for years and even though I would like to think myself well accomplished, I would give anything to have one of the most respected and successful chefs ever evaluate my establishment. Forgetting for a moment that his food is amazing, and that his menus are innovatively fresh and delightful, he operates some of the most lucrative restaurants in the world. I watch this show (both the US and UK versions) and it never fails; some pompous owner of a failing restaurant, arguing that “everything is fine” and “this menu works well”, well obviously not or you wouldn’t have called the show for help! I for one love the way Chef Ramsay is firing back at this lawsuit and the idiot bringing it.

E!:

I have watched both the UK and American versions of "Hell's Kitchen", and before saying anything else I should probably mention that I am of neither nationality (i like to think that makes me non-biased).

Ramsay is harsh and crude because it is the only way to assert power and influence in such an enigmatic industry. Can you imagine him saying; "Please would you be so kind as to listen to what i am saying, and be respectful by allowing me to finish my point without being interrupting all the time?" And actually getting anywhere with it? Being from a conservative background i must admit that at first i was stunned by his language and mannor. I soon adapted and, although i do not approve of such language, as it seems to be a part of everyday life that one cannot avoid i mentally block it out.

To attack someone personally because they expresed their beliefs (and to take what they said out of context) i find to be very rude, especially because i thought Americans encouraged the right to free speach. I have seen so many people mouthing-off in here, both Americans and Brits, that i am astonished. If an American or a Brit made a comment about their own country and were criticised about it they would be livid. Personal attacks solve nothing, they just create unnecesary hatred.

As for Gordon Ramsay, perhaps he should have been more careful about his wording and making his point clear. However, he is a skilled chef who has consistently worked hard for the good of other people as well as himself. I will continue to watch his show. In my view he is a legendary chef and deserves praise where praise is due. Remember, behind that celebrity exterior beats a normal human heart. Ramsay can be hurt and humbled just as he can be filled with pride and happiness.

For some of you out there: remember to think before you speak. Believe me, it is good advice!!!!

E!

Jonest:

Ramsay rocks!!!

paubry:

OK i am late into this but I just watched this episode in the UK, and having seen it I just knew that this Joke of a manager was going to raise a court action. So I googled and guess what he did... god what a suprise, me I am watching the UK get almost as bad as the US for raising Litigation for pointles reasons, what for, in most cases GREED.
I am not against the US and hey you might think that you dont want my opinion, but Ramsay love him or hate him but he is professional and actually very good at the business side not just as a chef, his net worth is over $100 Million, still think he is pointless. As for get out if you dont want to live in US, He doesnt he lives in the UK. And Gordon doesnt do politics, he does cooking and he believes pationatly that we all deserve good food served in professional CLEAN restraunts offering us all what we pay for, so if that means he shouts at those that are not doing the business properly then i am glad, cause we benefit. And If you dont want to see it, then dont watch, but if you do you might see that more often than not we accept poor food, in shocking restraunts.

androulovich:

America, Uncle Sam, The great US of A!!!

Have you ever stopped and wondered why you are the most dispised country in the world? You monopolise everything, everyone and when someone says anything you can't handle - sue them!! For you lot, it's "do as I say not what I do". If you don't like what I've just written, then tough, because thats how the rest of the world thinks.

People who don't like Gordon Ramsey, are generally people who are ill-disciplined and lazy - if just a fraction of the world's population was as diciplined, down to earth and honest like him then the world would be a lot better place to live in.

miclle:

I really think, if people really thougth about it the way he tries to help people and show them how cook good food , people that sad bag him degrade him the they do , need to wake up and take in what he is tring to get out to people wake up befor its to late. I HAVE WATCH EVER SHOW AND I DO NOT HAVE A PROUBLE WITH SO IF YOU DONT WONT WATCH IT ( CHANGE THE CHANNEL )

micllesculley:

I think its a bloody good show if your not a hard ars in your kitchen , your shit cook and wont get anywhere in life so take in what you can because you wont get a better chef

Gavin:

Top bloke Ramsey. The English shows are better than the American shows. Why do american shows always have to put backround music in.

Terrible kitchen, wouldnt eat in a place like that.

Terry:

Darrell Mc Neill obviously has his head up his ass if he sees us as the most giving country in the world. Riches country....by far! Biggest bullshitters?...NO QUESTION! Quickest to sue over nothing?.....Damn straight! But the only thing we give is our dumb ass hollier than thou attitude to people who don't really want it. We are on the bottom of the list when it comes to giving preventative healthcare to our own people and that includes below RUSSIA! We suck at giving our starving and homeless millions food and shelter! We still have not given anywhere near enough to the hundreds of thousands of families struck down by Katrina and yet we give Billions to a country we destroyed in the first place. Don't knock every word this guy says about the good old USA. Much of it is based on fact if you just open your eyes. I love the country but it's time for a major change in who has their finger on the button.

MIKE BENHAM:

IN ONE EPISODE OF HELL'S KITCHEN GORDON EXPLAINS I ONLY SHOUT TO GET THROUGH TO YOU,IF I SHOUT YOUR GOING TO REMEMBER,IF I DON'T YOU WON'T.
IT'S NO DIFFERENT TO HOW THE ARMED FORCES DO THINGS IT'S STUPID TO THINK IF GORDON ASKS NICE ENOUGH THINGS WILL GET DONE WITH THE URGENCY THATS REQUIRED.
I DON'T KNOW RAMSAY PERSONALLY BUT IN MY OPINION WE COULD DO WITH A FEW MORE STRAIGHT TALKING FORWARD THINKING PEOPLE, HALF THE PEOPLE I MEET IF THEY HAD A STRAIGHT BONE IN THIER BODY YOU WOULD FIND IT'S GENERALLY THE BROKEN ONE.
BUT ANYWAY IF ANYONES INTERESTED I'M GOING IN TO BUSINSS SELLING WISHY WASHY PEOPLE THIER VERY OWN INCH OF BACK BONE FOR THEM TO GROW.

Weesa:

I agree with Mike, but also to add to his point, if he is so unprofessional then why is he worth so much money and so successful.

It's about time someone gave the americans a swift kick up the arse and brought them back down to size.

If these restuarant owners and their staff were so good at their menus and preparation, they would not have gotten themselves into the trouble they do, and some actually appreciate Gordon's time and effort.

That twat sueing needs to actually look in the mirror and realise his sh#t does actually stink!

MIKE:

AS FOR THAT SO CALLED TWAT SUEING GORDON I THINK I WON'T SELL HIM A INCH OF BACK BONE, I THINK I'D RATHER SELL HIM SOME ROPE LETS FACE IT IF HIS LIFES REALLY THAT SHIT I'D BE DOING HIM A FAVOUR.
WHAT A TWAT! AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON'T KNOW WHAT A TWAT IS, ITS A C*#! THAT DOESN'T WORK PROPERLY!

Mike @2:

GOrdon ramsey has like 12 resturants hes was famous before the shows that place was a shyt hole on tv and bullshyt if that's normal. Martain looked like a total twat sleeping on a couch a worthless piece of shyt. I'm so fucking tired of people blaming others for fucking up. That idiot could have fixed the problems. This country is way to sue happy. AMerica is pathetic when we do shit like this. THis should be the best country in the world and fucks :martin" like that screw it up.

Frank:

What's disgusting to me is that so many folks are angry at Ramsay rather than being outraged and focusing on what was found in that filthy restaurant. The truth is, most NYC restaurants have filthy kitchens,but most people choose to close their eyes to that figuring all must be OK otherwise people wouldn't go there.

Ramsay is hard to listen to sometimes, but I was glad to see the brutal truth being shown.

I'm proud to be an American and not too proud to acknowledge when there are problems.

PHAT SAUSAGE:

you only see what the producers want to see.
GET A GRIP ON YOUR SAUSAGE!!

noramsey:

Anyone know why his face looks like that? was he in a motorcycle accident or a burned by a greese fire?

Rodney:

Shaun,

I think you have no clue what you are speaking about and are just a wanker yourself. First of all, the Monarchy in England has no power in how the country is run and have not for many decades. The royals are kept for tourism... yes... people from other countries, like yourself. So if you really think people who think a Monarchy is needed are patetic, look at your neighbours arsehole, they are the ones who spend millions every year to come to England because of them!

Michiko:

Hi! Hot picture alert! If Paris Hilton is your fave, then I have a website for you to see. Who wants it?

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