Gordon Ramseys Kitchen Nightmares USA had its day?

9. April 2012 09:01 by Foodshack in TV Shows  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Here in the UK we are currently being treated to the latest version of Kitchen Nightmares on Channel 4.  For me it is a must watch programme with is brilliant formula of life cant get tougher than this through to the end of the week and wow we made it!
Family members believe that its the same thing every week and say that it has had it's day, but I am not so sure.  Yes the format is the same,  It starts off by showing the in-fighting and then Gordon Ramsay turns up and hates the food and the decor.  But to me that is just on the surface stuff.  The real story starts when he starts to break down the family and staff.  Learning what makes them tick and the personal reasons they have got into such a mess.
But for me that is when the programme really starts to come into its own.  A lot of people in the world really don't see how bad things are until they hit rock bottom.  Even with Kitchen Nightmares they call Gordon in expecting him to have a little look around and say that he can't see what is wrong and then seem totally shocked with his honest and to the point opinions.  There are suggestions that all of the shouting and crying is for the camera.  But I find this hard to believe.
The reason the programme works so well is more down to the passion which Gordon brings to the show, his love of food and cooking is evident in this programme as it looks like he has very little to do with the re-model or branding of the newly relaunched resturant.
In series five we see him work really hard to re-establish family values and respect whilst in Los Angeles, whilst trying to save a family restaurant called The Burger Kitchen.  This has to be one of the most fractured families in the history of Kitchen Nightmares, and I am sure one of the most rewarding episodes ever filmed.  Basically the owner took his sons inheritance money without asking, and then told him how he managed to fund the resturant.  The father also then has no respect for his son or the views of others to the Burger Kitchen and thinks everyone is out to conspire against him.   pulls everytIn this episode Gordon seems to sear less and show a massive amount of compassion for the owners son and together they all manage to start to work together.
In my opinion Kitchen Nightmares has not had it's day.  Yes it may be the same old format but the different characters and Gordon's passion help the programme stay fresh and vibrant.
Visit the Channel4 website for more details on Kitchen Nightmares USA

Is the Kindle the future for recipe books?

5. February 2012 22:25 by Foodshack in Cookbooks, Kitchen Gadgets  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)



Are you using your Kindle as a kitchen tool in order to save those sagging shelves and replace the books with a TV or an American Fridge?




I ask this question as someone who has an obsession with cookbooks. I love reading them, with their glossy pages and amazing photos. But I am finding more and more that I am using my Kindle to find recipes from the internet.

 I regularly cook out of my cookbooks and love to be able to compare the finished dish to the one in the picture which is not possible with the Kindle's display. With a cookbook I do not have to worry if I splash something on it or have my hands covered in flour. Buy I am still wondering if the Kindle is the way forward.

However I am concerned that if I continue buying cookbooks I might need a bigger house or worse have to start selling some of the older ones. The Kindle is a reading device and more or less that’s it! It is great if all you're doing is looking at text. Cookbooks are full of rich content, and I am worried when I feel like the cooking experience might be lacking with the Kindle .

But the big question is this. If I am looking for a recipe for a particular dish, do I need to know what the finished dish looks like? For me it is important as I would not want to serve a dish which is horrible in colour and texture.

Due to the success of the likes of the Hairy Bikers and Gordon Ramsey, publishers can finally offer decent cookbooks at an attractive cost for lesser known cooks on the Kindle and in print. So getting a digital version of a cookbook that takes up less space in my kitchen which is cheaper than a printed version is an attractive proposition.

As you might be able to tell form this article I am still in two minds if I should go all the way and convert my cook books to the Kindle or just buy a bigger house. Have you been converted to cook books on the Kindle? If so let us know your thoughts.

Click here to see a selection of books available on the Kindle

Gordon Ramsay Professional Grill Griddle

30. January 2012 17:28 by Foodshack in Celebrity Chef, Kitchen Gadgets  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

The proof of the Gordon Ramsay Professional Grill Griddle is in the eating!

This griddle heats quickly and cooks thoroughly which is mainly down to the fact that the heat can be controlled. Most importantly, the plates are easily removed for cleaning. The Gordon Ramsay Professional Grill Griddle is sturdy and well-put-together. Some customers say that this grill is better than the equivalent George Foreman product.

Cooking has always been Gordon Ramsay's passion and his no-nonsense approach in the kitchen is evident in this grill.

This multi-functional grill, griddle and Panini press opens out to double the cooking surface. It has an adjustable floating hinge for the even cooking of thicker foods and toasting of deep-filled Panini’s.

Two non-stick, Grill / Panini plates and two griddle removable plates are included which are dishwasher safe. Two drip cups are also included to catch the excess fat and a scraping tool for easy cleaning.