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Although it's his job to offer criticism, Ramsay is often brutal in his comments about people's failures and tends to resort to offensive language to make his points.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but a few vomiting scenes as Ramsay shares his dislike of certain dishes. He can also get very hostile and angry.
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Anything and everything is part of standard conversation. "Damn," "s--t," "ass," and "hell" are audible, but Ramsay's personal favorite, "f--k," is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Ramsay is his own brand at this point.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Diners drink wine and beer with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this restaurant-set British reality series comes with a strong-language advisory for good reason, since star Gordon Ramsay makes no effort to temper his infamously foul mouth in other people's kitchens. "Damn," "ass," and "s--t" are used frequently (and are all unbleeped), but nothing is as popular as Ramsay's many variations on "f--k" (that one is bleeped, sometimes so frequently that it's hard to understand the surrounding dialogue). He's also rudely critical of restaurant employees' and owners' shortcomings and doesn't shy away from personal attacks.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers familiar with Ramsay's fiery brand of criticism will expect nothing less than the brutal honesty he brings to his consulting gig; tensions rise quickly as he lashes out at everyone he feels is coming up short. No one's feelings are spared as Ramsay hurls red-letter insults for inefficiency, lack of skill, and sloppy work habits. But when he turns his efforts to teaching, he shows a bit more patience -- and it's here that his true expertise shows through. Ramsay helps owners simplify their business plan, honing in on a customer base and designing menu choices to match their needs. He teaches chefs how to cut costs and increase efficiency -- and, in some extreme cases, how to cook.
If you like your entertainment brimming with confrontation and tense moments, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is right up your alley; if not, you might want to pass. It feels more like a soap box from which the foul-mouthed chef can unleash his fury of insults and four-letter words than anything else, and by the end of each hour, the process of weeding through bleeps (which replace his favorite word, "f--k") to cobble together the actual dialogue becomes tiresome. There's so little actual substance here that there's no reason to think you'll be missing anything by turning it off.
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