Food Rated R: Chef Ramsay

Recently I came across the start of the Hell’s Kitchen TV show. Chef Ramsey spewed out three quick expletives in the first couple of minutes. Amazing, an R rated cooking show.

In 1964, two years after I arrived in the US, I was lucky to land a waiter job at a restaurant run by the owner, Mr. Harvans. He was an eclectic and consummate chef, dedicated to the craft. A few weeks into my job, he learned about my interest in western cuisine and saliently began teaching me the fundamentals. Mr. Harvan’s commitment to excellence in all areas of the restaurant, his discipline, nurturing of the staff, and attention to details were admirable.   One evening, soon after the start of the dinner shift, he came out of his office visibly perturbed. Walking behind him was the newly hired receptionist, Mary Lu, in a low cut dress, and as she walked past, she left a strong trail of perfume. Mr. Harvans was mumbling his disappointment and shaking his head. He handed her a napkin and what appeared to be a small bottle. No harsh words were said. Sheepishly, Mary Lu went to the lady’s room and reappeared with the napkin strategically placed and pinned to make her more presentable.  A strong smell of man’s aftershave compensated for the overwhelming scent of her perfume. We overheard Mr. Harvans exclaim, “This is a family restaurant and the focus is on what we serve.” Recently, while switching through the TV channels I came across the start of the Hell’s Kitchen TV show. Chef Ramsay had a big frown across his forehead as he spewed out three quick expletives in the first couple of minutes. Two teams of aspiring chefs were competing in this segment at a restaurant in Las Vegas. Amazing, an R rated cooking show. I grabbed a pen and started jotting down the banter among the team members. Each of the bleeps is represented by #@*&. #@*&   Hit me Hit me Hit me H*ll Cry baby I hate cooking for children I don’t like children at all Kids #@*& Burt #@*& Stupid Stupid She thinks she is a #@*& #@*& Get off your #@*& horse Shut the #@*& man #@*& idiot #@*& off Up ladies #@*& attitude #@*& off These steaks are #@*& big, not my fault Wow #@*& I #@*& quit, one of the chefs walk out Can’t believe I #@*& up Information would have been better #@*& earlier #@*& #@*& My fish is dying It gets #@*& bad A child (customer) comments to his parent, “The chef is yelling.” You got to be out of your #@*& mind I’m going to nail #@*& guy #@*& me Last one was #@*& rare steak Oh #@*& I looked at the clock; the show was only half over. It appeared as if the student chefs were competing more for the number of bleeps than the preparation of the ordered dishes. I wondered what Chef Ramsay was competing for. For a moment I thought the show should be renamed, ChefBulliesRUs. The graduating chefs then could spread their newly acquired bullying expertise to restaurant kitchens across the country.  Bon Explétive.  Mr. Harvans would not be amused; I believe he would have sent everyone to the washrooms with a toothbrush and a piece of soap. What do you think? I invite you view the www.familygreensurvival.com website and learn about Our Family of Programs. Your comments and suggestions to help us meet our mission are most welcome.  gkapur@familygreensurvival.com

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Barbara June 08, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I made #17 in the "Eating Right When Budget's Tight Cookbook" on the familygreensurvival.com website. I used red lentils and it was delicious.
Gopal Kapur June 09, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Thanks Barbara. I invite you to visit our FamilyGreenSurvival website and take the NoFastFood Pledge, also tell your family and friends about this pledge to eat only nutritious foods http://familygreensurvival.com/nofastfood-pledge-registration-form/ Gopal.


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