My New Hero
Posted by bmac on October 16, 2007
I’m a huge Gordon Ramsay fan. I just like the way he does things. Coming as I have, from the world of construction, I understand how effective a little in your face screaming can be, especially if you’ve done something really stupid. Nothing motivates you more than having your mistake loudly pointed out to you, in front of your co-workers. You learn real fast to not make stupid mistakes. Gordon is great at this. He’s harsh, but at the end of the day, wants people to do well and have high standards. You know you’re not gonna be able to slip one past him.
I’ve worked for quite a few bosses like this, although my bosses didn’t really mean well, they were just dicks, knowlageable dicks, which makes it even worse, but they did make me perform at a high level, if only to not have to get into a screaming match with them. Lotta screaming in construction, stuff that, in an office, would probably result in a lawsuit.
Hells Kitchen is great, but I love the Kitchen Nightmares show, especially the English version. For the American version, they “Foxified” it, ramping up the screaming and hyper fast editing. The English version’s way more low-key. If you get BBC America, check it out.
It may sound odd, but Gordon Ramsay is kind of an inspiration to me, maybe because I don’t have anybody screaming at me anymore, but after I watch one of his shows, I go into my own business and try a little harder for perfection, even though my business has nothing to do with food.