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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gordon Ramsay Tossed to the Sharks (Warning: Contains graphic photo)

Gordon Ramsay celebrates capturing and killing a rare shark
(Courtesy of the Daily Mail)
Looks like celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is taking another hit. When will he ever learn…

This time Ramsay has been caught in the act of hypocrisy to the fourth power by the UK’s Channel 4. The TV network just learned that Gordon Ramsay went shark fishing only 18 months ago, just before filming “Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait”, a show about the potential extinction of sharks.

In photos, provided by someone in attendance during Gordon Ramsay’s shark hunting expedition, Ramsay is shown (shirtless) celebrating his capture and kill of a rare shark.

The Shark that Gordon Ramsay Killed
 Just when you thought Gordon Ramsay couldn’t sink any lower, he surprises you with a more horrific act. Well, Channel 4 isn’t having it. Apparently, this was the straw to break the camel’s back. Ramsay's £5million deal with Channel 4 ends this June and insiders say he has “no chance” of getting a similar big-money contract again.

While I’d like to believe Ramsay could learn his lesson from this, I know it’s about as likely to happen as it is for me to sprout wings and fly.

Visit the Daily Mail for more info on this story. See the new post below for the video - but just a warning, it's very disturning.


It looks like Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares isn’t just about the restaurant anymore. According to The Daily Mirror, the Kitchen Nightmares’ star and executive producer has added a number of irrelevant questions to the Kitchen Nightmares contestant application. How much a contestant weighs, as well as their height, eye and hair color are just a few of the questions that have been added. But my favorites of all of them are these:
  • Have you ever had a restraining order filed against you?
  • Does your family have a history of depression?
  • Are you easily upset?

Actually, the one regarding a history of depression seems to be fair.

A friend of mine had filled out an application for Chef Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (as a joke) and told me that they had similar questions on the application he filled out, which he thought was strange. Considering that Kitchen Nightmare’s is supposed to be focused on the restaurants and not the contestants, asking such personal questions doesn’t seem right.

Moreover, Chef Gordon Ramsay should be focused more on cleaning up his muddied image instead of adding to his laundry list of drama and evil doings.

Are those questions even legal? But then again, does he really care?

More on Gordon Ramsay and Hell's Kitchen:
The Sharks that Gordon Ramsay Killed: The Movie (warning: video contains graphic violence)
Gordon Ramsay Tossed to the Sharks (Warning: Contains graphic photo)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait is Worth the Watch

Gordon Ramsay, from "Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait"
I just watched “Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait” and boy do those Brits know how to rip out your heart and turn it into sashimi. I had been somewhat aware of the “finning” issue, where sharks are hunted for their fins. But I found myself in tears for sharks around the world when I watched Ramsay’s Shark Bait.

Gordon Ramsay is passionate in his mission as he travels from London to Taiwan to Costa Rica. The world-wide demand for “shark fin soup”, a dish known for its status, but not necessarily its taste, is rapidly growing, especially in Asia. But the acts that are committed in order to supply this demand are horrendous.

Shark poachers around the world catch their prey, cut off their fins and then discard the rest of the shark’s body or use for bait.  The show had a gruesome scene where a hammer head shark’s fins were cut off as it flopped around, and then it was thrown back in the water, mutilated and helpless. I’m not Miss Green Peace, but I was mortified.  Sharks have always been seen as powerful and majestic creatures.  To watch such an amazing animal treated so inhumanely is just so... wrong.

Thanks for the nightmares, Gordon Ramsay. No – sincerely, thank you. I may just go out and join Greenpeace (or at least become one of their biggest advocates).


It looks like Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares isn’t just about the restaurant anymore. According to The Daily Mirror, the Kitchen Nightmares’ star and executive producer has added a number of irrelevant questions to the Kitchen Nightmares contestant application. How much a contestant weighs, as well as their height, eye and hair color are just a few of the questions that have been added. But my favorites of all of them are these:
  • Have you ever had a restraining order filed against you?
  • Does your family have a history of depression?
  • Are you easily upset?

Actually, the one regarding a history of depression seems to be fair.

A friend of mine had filled out an application for Chef Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (as a joke) and told me that they had similar questions on the application he filled out, which he thought was strange. Considering that Kitchen Nightmare’s is supposed to be focused on the restaurants and not the contestants, asking such personal questions doesn’t seem right.

Moreover, Chef Gordon Ramsay should be focused more on cleaning up his muddied image instead of adding to his laundry list of drama and evil doings.

Are those questions even legal? But then again, does he really care?

More on Gordon Ramsay and Hell's Kitchen:
The Sharks that Gordon Ramsay Killed: The Movie (warning: video contains graphic violence)
Gordon Ramsay Tossed to the Sharks (Warning: Contains graphic photo)