Gordon Ramsay has accumulated many accolades in the culinary world. He is a world renowned chef and restaurateur. His restaurants have been awarded 15 Michelin stars in total. But at the end of the day, nobody cares about his accomplishments in the kitchen! It’s his wonderful tirades that have made him a mega star and keep people tuning in to his shows week after week.
Ramsay had British versions of his now famed television shows (Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares). The geniuses at FOX (no I’m not being sarcastic) came up with the idea of bringing these shows to the States, but not without a few tweaks. In the British version of his shows, the focal point was the cooking itself. In the American version, Ramsay is a raving lunatic as the focal points are his explosive tirades and drama between the contestants. Reality TV is a guilty pleasure among Americans, and at the end of the day, they aren’t tuning in to learn how to sear scallops or make a soufflé. They’re watching to see Ramsay absolutely lose his mind and which aspiring chef he’s going to berate next.
Over the years, there have been some highly entertaining and memorable confrontations involving Ramsay and the contestants. Most of the time, Ramsay gets the better of the duels as the contestants just replies with a “yes chef.” But there have been other instances where the contestants fight back! Here are the top 10 most memorable confrontations.
There is some aggressive language in these videos, so move forward with caution!
10. Pumpkin Risotto (Hell’s Kitchen)
This one was unique because the riff wasn’t between Ramsay and a contestant. It was a customer taking part in a dinner service on Hell’s Kitchen that was causing the kerfuffle. He (obnoxiously) deemed that there was not enough pumpkin in his risotto. Not satisfied with the maître d’s response, he marched up to the kitchen where Ramsay was cooking and had a hissy fit. He then matter of factly states, that he just wants more pumpkin! Chef Ramsay gives a great reply as this poor guy is left standing there contemplating if he wants it “whole or diced.”
9. The Lamb Sauce Freak Out (Hell’s Kitchen)
Oh Garrett, we hardly knew thee. At least his atrocious cooking will be forgotten, as all he will be remembered for is when Chef proclaimed him to be a “fat useless sack of f*** yankee-danky-doodle shite.” Keith and Garrett definitely knew how to push the Chefs buttons in Season 2. At this point, Ramsay had reached his breaking point with them. He had a little bit more patience with Keith because he could actually cook, and made it far in the competition (we haven’t seen the last of him on this list). The way this sequence ended was classic, as Ramsay accosts the innocent waiter as he hands him a plate: “f*** off will you please, yeah.”
8. Gordon vs. Abby (Kitchen Nightmares)
This showdown took place on Kitchen Nightmares, which has a completely different dynamic to that of Hell’s Kitchen. In Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay is sent to struggling restaurants that are about to close down and usually does a complete overhaul, from the cooking to the décor.
Most episodes take the exact same trajectory. Gordon comes in, scopes the place out and samples the food. He hilariously trashes it while making a scene, then proceeds to berate the owner and staff. The owner will usually put up a very mild fight, but ultimately concedes. They then have a horrendous dinner service, the owner usually has a Ron Burgundy on Anchorman type of breakdown and Ramsay swoops in and saves the day as he performs a complete overhaul. That’s Kitchen Nightmares in a nutshell!
This episode was different, very different. Abby, the owner of Downcity, was one of the most stubborn owners in the show’s history. She went toe to toe with Ramsay on just about everything. It culminated in an epic confrontation where the chef temporarily gave up on the project. He eventually got her to soften her stance, but it didn’t last long as Downcity is now closed.
7. Keith’s Rude Exit (Hell’s Kitchen)
Chef Ramsay didn’t freak out, lose his temper or even raise his voice. For some reason he didn’t have much to say. Perhaps it was because Keith hit him in a sensitive spot?
As mentioned earlier, Keith was actually a pretty good chef. When Ramsay eliminated him from Hell’s Kitchen, he cited a lack of leadership as the reason for his dismissal rather than weak cooking. Keith wasn’t having any of it: “I personally think that you have a (bleep) for Virginia.” This was a pretty strong accusation by Keith and he may have hit Ramsay in a weak spot because the chef has been accused of multiple affairs with a number of different women. Ramsay then demanded to know why Keith had to be so rude: “because you’re rude to me all the time.”
Geez, that point goes to Keith (Very sadly, Keith later committed suicide).
6. LOOK, LOOK, LOOK (Hell’s Kitchen)
There are certain things that drive the chef absolutely mad. Overcooked and undercooked food are at the top of the list (particularly scallops), but a close second is when people waste food for no reason. This cappellini debacle pretty much sealed Melinda’s fate as Ramsay discovered how much pasta she had wastefully tossed in the bin: “LOOK, LOOK, LOOK!” His voice got so high pitched, that if he uttered 1 more “LOOK,” his head may have very well exploded. People still laugh about this one to this day.
5. Ben Gets Owned (Hell’s Kitchen)
There have been many “Ben’s” on Hell’s Kitchen, but Ben from Season 4 will go down as the most memorable. He botched everything he touched during the dinner service and couldn’t even cook a piece of salmon properly. You had to feel bad for him as Chef berated and belittled him like he was a piece of garbage.
But seriously, he was delusional. How could he not see that trap coming (1:08 into the video)? Did he really think Chef Ramsay was going to compliment him after delivering one of the worst dinner services in the show’s history? You could literally see the elation on Ben’s face as Ramsay appeared to be complimenting him…until the rug got pulled from beneath him!
4. Boris Imitates Chef Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen)
Well, at least it was a good impression. But how thick do you have to be to openly do an impression of Chef Ramsay in his kitchen? He fully knew that Ramsay would hear him as he was within an ear shot, fully knew that Ramsay would go off on him and make him look stupid, yet he did it anyway: “what’s your f***ing crack? What’s your game?”
At the end of the day, Chef Ramsay decides their future as he is the only judge and his opinion is the be all and end all. You have to be incredibly idiotic to pull a stunt like that. It would be like going on The Apprentice and telling Donald Trump that his hair looks stupid.
3. Giovanni is a D*** Face (Hell’s Kitchen)
The chef was vexed here and all that was missing was some smoking coming from his ears. Giovanni probably should have just taken his medicine, it would have been much more painless. If you’re going to talk back to the chef, then at least make it worth your while and not simply comeback with a lame: “Yeah but I’m not d***face, chef.” Ramsay literally walked up to him like he was The Terminator, it wasn’t pretty. This was probably the most hilariously angry Chef Ramsay has ever been on Hell’s Kitchen, but it was apparent that a lot of it was “put on” and exaggerated for the spectacle. At the end of the day, he is playing a role on television.
2. Near Rumble At The Secret Garden (Kitchen Nightmares)
Well this one really jumped up a notch…the chef and owner of the Secret Garden, Michel Bardavid, genuinely upset chef Ramsay as his tirade wasn’t solely for theatrics. It was a very real, heated confrontation that involved personal slurs towards Bardavid.
The problem was, not only was Bardavid not being receptive to Ramsay‘s ideas, but he was also constantly inferring that he was just as good a chef as Ramsay. The latter notion really grinded Chef Ramsay’s gears and ultimately set him off into a regrettable tirade. He referred to Bardavid as a “French pig.” Ramsay had to actually be losing his mind to let such a slur slip out. It’s obviously inappropriate to slam French people as a whole, because of one arrogant, incompetent chef. But hey, Ramsay maintains he was happy: “I’M F***ING HAPPY.”
1. Chef Ramsay vs. Joseph (Hell’s Kitchen)
The undisputed number 1 and most talked about confrontation in both show’s history was this showdown with Joseph. It’s number 1 because it was the closest that there’s ever been to an actual fist fight between Chef Ramsay and one of the contestants as security actually had to step in and separate them. It also garners so much attention because there’s a certain “what if” factor. Gordon Ramsay is a black belt, but Joseph was an ex marine. If security hadn’t stepped in, it’s intriguing to think about what would have happened.
Joseph was a bit of a nut bag right off the hop, and was clearly suffering from some severe issues. It’s mind boggling how he actually got selected to be on the show as they usually weed out the crazies. At one point, Ramsay asked Joseph to try out one of his brussel sprouts because they were not cooked properly and he made a scene about not being offered a fork: “I AIN’T NO ANIMAL.” He also made it clear on the first episode that he planned on butting heads with Chef Ramsay.
All Ramsay did was ask him for 2 nominees and why? As he’s done on every single episode of the show since it’s first airing. Get some help, and watch the step!