everyone knows i love watching the food network and cooking shows. they’re so exciting, and it’s fun to watch chefs creatively think up new dishes on the fly. if i could be anything for a day, it would definitely be either a celebrity chef of a fine dining restaurant a la bobby flay, mario batali, gordon ramsay, etc. or an awesome musician a la christina aguilera or gwen stefani. the emphasis, however, is on the one day. i’m sure their jobs look way harder than they actually look, and to that end, i don’t think i mind living my relatively “normal” life…
speaking of normal, i recently started watching gordon ramsay’s “hell’s kitchen.” let me tell you – this show is not your normal cooking show. in hell’s kitchen, 16 chefs compete against each other in teams until only 1 chef remains standing. the competitions include creating the best signature dish, blind taste tests, speed tests, and creativity tests where each chef must create a visually pleasing and equally delicious dish out of a set of unusual ingredients. think kumquats, salsify, blood sausage, mangoes, and prunes. mm.. the combination sounds delicious.
what makes the show unique and definitely not normal is the fact that the name of the show is incredibly appropriate given its content. gordon ramsay’s kitchen is exactly what they say it is – hell’s kitchen. there is so much screaming, yelling, smashing of undercooked halibut, angry kicking of garbage cans, and absolute chaos. “all of you! come here! oh, look at this halibut. it’s raw, raw, raw!” ramsay would scream as he throws down the dish of halibut, sending pieces of undercooked fish flying everywhere. gordon ramsay never lets a less than perfect dish out of his kitchen. you better be on your toes if you want to be in his kitchen and compete in hell’s kitchen. i think i’d very much prefer to be outside his kitchen peacefully enjoying his fine dining food rather than inside his kitchen running around like a chicken with its head chopped off.
that said, i would love to try out one of his restaurants. in particular, i want to try restaurant gordon ramsay at the london hotel in new york. it’s definitely not somewhere i would go on a regular basis (given its crazy expensive price tag), but i think it’s a terrific place for those extra, extra special occasions or celebrations. take a look at some of the dishes on his menu. don’t they look fabulous? i would love to sit at the chef’s table (which is located inside the kitchen) and experience the pace and drama of the kitchen firsthand. after seeing these pictures, wouldn’t you, too?
restaurant gordon ramsay at the london hotel
such a beautiful and colorful dish!
each dish looks like a work of art…
getting the meat’s temperature right is harder than it looks, apparently!
a delicious tower of chocolate and a side of housemade ice cream – a perfect ending to a perfect dinner!
another dessert – gorgeous!