tifosi77 wrote:I don't really watch KN, but we have BBC America on at work a lot so I hear a lot of episodes. I honestly have a hard time believing some of these restaurants are as bad as they are made out to be. It's depressing.
I think it's a little of both, I'm sure that alot of the restaurants are picked based on the makeup of the staff so that Gordon Ramsey can have someone to go head to head with. I will say that I've worked in enough restaurants in my life that I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes it's just an honest mistake or oversight, and sometimes the people who are supposed to care don't. I will say that I saw a cook at a restaurant I worked at (which will remain nameless and has since closed), drop a burger on the ground, pick it up and put it on the bun and send it out to the table. He looked and me and did the shhhh (talbot style...). I'm sure that wasn't the only time it happened. That combined with seeing them pick mold off of bread and the general uncleanliness of the place was enough to make me quit. One of the biggest problems in alot of restaurants and you see it alot on KN is that they're poorly managed. The kitchen manager or chef orders too much food and then keeps it too long to avoid wasting it. The fear of running out keeps people from ordering reasonably. Managing a kitchen is not easy and it's not a job I'd ever want to have. I love to cook but I never want to manage a commercial kitchen and that's why I'll never pursue having my own restaurant.
I'm sure it's sensationalized and they look for a very specific mix of staff personalities, poor management, and a restaurant that's pretty far on the skids to make for better TV, but I think there is a fair amount of truth to it as well.