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Gordon Ramsay Talks About the Latest Season of Hell's Kitchen

Gordon Gets Chatty About Hell's Kitchen 4

Although the fourth season of Hell's Kitchen doesn't begin until Tuesday, April 1, Gordon Ramsay has already begun hyping the show. This season the stakes are high and the competition is the most stressful to date for both the competitors and Ramsay. Unlike previous seasons, the wannabes are not competing to cook at some restaurant in a Vegas casino resort. This time around the winner will become the chef at Gordon's own, much-hyped restaurant, London West Hollywood in LA. I recently sat in on a conference call with the bad-boy chef. To hear what he had to say,

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On London West Hollywood:
Gordon Ramsay
: I have to say, opening up in New York taught me a lot. London’s a tough market, Paris is a tough market, but New York, well, that’s extraordinary. Everything I learned and didn’t do in New York I would put into place here in the London West Hollywood. Here, in LA, trust me, there will be fireworks from the canapés right through to the desserts. It’s not going to be sedated, heavy, rich French cuisine; it’s going to be a light and American, California style with a bit of a Japanese influence.

The style, the feel and the décor of the dining room is vibrant. It’s very LA, very cool fabrics, lots of silver, lots of nickel, brushed stainless steel, and lots of cream fabric. It’s going to be fast, it’s going to be furious, and more importantly, we have that level of intimacy, that level of fun without being long winded. That’s really important.

On tasting the contestants crappy signature dishes:
GR
: I get really frustrated because they know I’m coming. So when a chef is that incompetent or stupid or lazy in terms of health and hygiene. . . . When people say, “Oh, you’re doing that for the cameras,” no, I’m doing that because if you work in this industry and we’re going to spend 25 or 30 years in the kitchen trying to master our craft, how stupid do we have to be to put together a venison tartare with capers, shallots, parsley, lemon juice, egg yolk, and combine that with a scallop tartare with, again, ketchup, lime juice, and white chocolate bound together with caviar? What type of nut is going to actually come out and eat and pay top dollar for that level of stupidity?

It does hurt. You’d think they’d perfect it in a way that says right, keep it simple, focus on the ingredients, and when we go out for lunch or dinner, let’s be honest, it is the flavor that holds the memory. The presentation is one thing, but the execution of flavor is what draws you back to a restaurant.

On what celebrity he would absolutely love to cook for:
GR
: I get excited cooking for anybody, to be honest. I’m cooking for Nelson Mandela’s birthday party in Hyde Park this summer. I suppose if I wanted something really fun and sexy, it’d have to be Cameron Diaz. She’s tall, she’s beautiful, and she loves pink meat.

On why he decided to give this season's winner a job at one of his restaurants:
GR
: I cringe sometimes when everyone talks about a reality show with no integrity. So I thought about this idea of me looking for a chef. Is it promotional? No, of course it’s not! I’ve never been any form of marketing tool in order to promote my restaurant.

Sometimes I get a lot of criticism from the industry because it’s not the real deal. Well, it is in the premiere league. If you want to go to the top, then of course you have to weather the storm. It’s not all plain sailing, and it’s not all about creating little pitchers out of watermelons. I get very frustrated when things go wrong, clearly.

Putting my neck on the line and looking for a chef for my own restaurant was almost an investment, from my point of view, a way to make sure that we continue searching for talent and propelling it. Yes, I want to put my money where my mouth is and prove to the industry that any winner of Hell’s Kitchen is more than qualified and capable of standing alone in my kitchen, that’s for sure.

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chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Nice interview.
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
i love this show!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Brown Eyed, I completely understand. Part of me wants to spank his tushie with a spatula in a fun sort of way, but the other part wants to rap him over his maddening head with a Lodge cast iron skillet! :)
thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
I really love the Gordon we get to see on the original British Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. On those shows, more than on HK or the American Kitchen Nightmares, you get to see the side of him that truly wants to help and that has such an AMAZING passion for food, and it helps make his tirades somewhat more understandable. Still, even though I can see where the anger comes from, I don't want to really justify his abusiveness. There's something about Gordon that I think makes many want to excuse his viciousness, but if it were someone else or if it weren't on national TV, he could easily find himself on the wrong end of harassment suits with no problem. I just have to tell myself that people coming on his show or working for one of his restaurants MUST know what they're getting into, and have made a willful decision to take what he dishes out in the hopes for furthering their careers. Nonetheless, I can WAIT until this season starts, and I like that the prize is at his own restaurant this time. I know there have been charges that the first two seasons didn't really get the prize as offered: Michael was supposed to get "the restaurant of his dreams" and then Gordon offered to take him to England to train him personally. According to an interview with Michael I saw, I think during a special FoxRealtiy did where in addition to showing all of the episodes, they added about 15 min to the running time of the show and filled that with interviews with many of the season's participants. Michael said that he and his wife quickly found that the London gig wasn't going to work for them, so they ended up giving him all the kitchen equipment that had been used on the show - and then rented it back from him for the 2nd season! (LOL) Heather was supposed to be the Executive Chef at one casino restaurant and ended up as the Senior Chef - a lower position - at a different restaurant in the same casino. Rock, from what I understand, though, DID get the prize as it was promised, and I hope that since the new winner will be working at Gordon's own place, he'll follow through on the prize appropriately.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I'm gaga over Gordon (although I am happily married)! Love Hell's Kitchen, love all the cooking shows, competion, anything to do with food equals fun for me.
indielove indielove 8 years
"Seriously, though, I think if he was yelling at me, half of me would be scared, and half of me would just want to make out with him. That's so wrong." Half me would want to yell back, the other half...makeout with him. :rotfl:
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 8 years
Chef Ramsey can cook in my kitchen any day. ;) Seriously, though, I think if he was yelling at me, half of me would be scared, and half of me would just want to make out with him. That's so wrong.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
I love this show, I can't wait!!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
I find him so attractive and scary at the same time. All excited about this show's return.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
at least they've changed the prize up a little bit. i think that they may want the prize a bit more knowing that it's going to be as a chef in a restaurant that will get a lot of patrons when it opens as opposed to the vegas place. the chick that won and was at the red rock - that's a good gig - but maybe not as prestigious
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
yay, cant wait.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I wish I could go to the Hell's Kitchen restaurant, wouldn't it be a great story?!
jy jy 8 years
Can't wait. And so glad he opened a restaurant in LA, much closer for me because I'm dying to try out his food.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I love him!!! So glad you posted this. I didn't know the new season was starting.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"loves pink meat" oh gordon you bad boy
mswender mswender 8 years
So excited!!!
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