Ramsay's Best Restaurant

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Ramsay eatery battle balances compliments with criticism.

Parents say

age 13+
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age 13+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The underlying message of the show is that restaurant owners should work hard and constantly strive to do better. The series offers some insight into what goes into running an outstanding restaurant. The show favors family-run eateries over chains.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ramsay’s comments can be harsh, but they are offered in the context of creating a better dining experience for the customer and building a better business for the restaurateur. Many of the restaurants featured are family owned and run, and demonstrate a commitment to clients.

Violence

Arguing and yelling frequently breaks out in the kitchen. The competition is often referred to as a “war”.

Sex
Language

Words like “ass,” “s--t,” “piss,” and other strong language audible. Curses like “f--k” are bleeped.

Consumerism

Local British eateries are competing in the challenge.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and other alcoholic beverages are served during meals and/or used as ingredients. Chefs and assistants are seen smoking after the service is over.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this restaurant competition featuring local British restaurants competing for the chance to be recognized by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s is less fiery than Ramsay's previous reality shows. In Ramsay's Best Restaurant, the chef serves up some respectful complements to chefs as well his usual strong criticism (including salty language like “s- -t” and stronger bleeped curses).

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 April 8, 2011

i rate this title IFFY for 13+

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What's the story?

RAMSAY’S BEST RESTAURANT features celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay as he challenges restaurants to compete for his ultimate seal of approval. The chef pits two exceptional British restaurants serving up similar types of foods against each other in three separate challenges, which includes serving a full meal to a large group of diners within a two-hour time frame, being secretly filmed while unknowingly serving food critics, and having the chefs face-off in Ramsey’s own kitchen. Throughout each test Ramsey offers his traditional strong criticism and advice. At the end of the three challenges, one restaurant is chosen to continue the nation-wide competition in hopes of ultimately being crowned the celebrity chef’s favorite eatery.

Is it any good?

The reality series features the celebrity chef offering his traditional fiery-mouthed commentary about the events that go on in each restaurant as each establishment scrambles to prove why they are the best at what they do. But unlike most of his other shows, Ramsay serves up equal portions of constructive criticism and respectful complements thanks to the high caliber of chefs and eating establishments he is working with.

The show offers some interesting insight on how both food and service must complement each other to create an outstanding dining experience for both the restaurateur and the customer. It probably won’t appeal to kids, but older foodies will find the show both interesting and entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what goes into building a good restaurant. Is it enough just to be a good cook? What other things do you need to think about?

  • Do you think Ramsay’s over-the-top personality is intended to create more drama in his reality shows? Why or why not? Why do you think restaurants are driven to become Ramsay’s favorite pick, even if the title does not come with any additional prizes? 

TV details

For kids who love food and reality

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