But The Hook was there first.
Fifteen years earlier, in fact.
Chef Ramsay, not content with having three shows on television - including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef – has apparently decided to shine a light on the seedy underbelly of the hotel industry.
What a novel idea, right?
Of course, Ramsay is going to focus on dysfunctional hotel owners, rather than guests. The Fox network (who else?) is behind the series where the “even-tempered” chef will partner with a team of hospitality experts, traveling across the country to try and fix every aspect of struggling hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts.I know many of you are thinking “Just what makes this guy think he’s an expert on anything beyond the kitchen?”
I know I though the same thing when I saw the first commercial for this series, which airs in June. As it turns out, Ramsay has hotel experience, having studied hotel management as a young man, and having worked and owned hotel-based restaurants throughout his career. And besides, he’s Gordon frickin’ Ramsay, he can do ANYTHING, right?
In his own words, “These are stories that everyone can relate to, because virtually all of us have had a bad hotel experience that’s turned a holiday or business trip into a total disaster. It’s time to put the hospitality industry to the test.”
Of course, Ramsay’s “winning formula” is so simple, its sick:
- He strips the establishment in question down to size in both operating scale and formula. Restaurants are given a simple, cheap-to-prepare menu that appeals to anyone.
- He surrounds himself with true experts.
- A small army of tradesmen does all the hard work virtually overnight; usually while Ramsay rests his foreign head on a soft pillow and devises a fresh batch of curse words to hurl at anyone in his path.
Ramsay simply infuses common sense into struggling restaurants and I’ve no doubt he’ll be doing the same thing with the hospitality industry. It doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to run a hotel; just a lot of operating capital and qualified, competent personell.
But the traveling public have undergone a change in attitude over the course of the last few years – to say the least. Look closely and you’ll see it everywhere.
The real challenge is dealing with the endless of parade of douchebags that wander through the front doors every day. People have allowed their own common sense to wander to the back of their brains these days.
We simply don’t treat each other with courtesy or respect these days and dealing with that truth is the real challenge when running a hotel in this day and age. I’d like to see Gordon Ramsay do my job for a week without whipping out a cleaver and calling someone a “stupid donkey!”
BEFORE WE PART WAYS YET AGAIN…
June 9. 2012 10 A.M – 7 P.M.
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Niagara Falls. Ontario. Canada
For full details, click here, fan boys and girls!
- Chef Gordon Ramsay Coming Back For More ‘Nightmares’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gordon Ramsay to star in hotel-themed reality show (hotelier.typepad.com)