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  • As a self-confessed Anglo-phile, this show fulfills my need to check out the British culture. Chef Ramsay is one of the most compelling personalities on either side of the pond. He is so passionate about his profession, which usually leads to yelling, screaming and cursing. Not many other professions can get away with this.

    My favorite part of the show is the "Recipe Challenge" where a celebrity challenges Gordon to cook the same dish. It's hilarious because--unbelievably--Gordo usually loses these, and his reactions are priceless.

    This is such an entertaining show which shows 2 sides of Gordon: at home--with his adorable kids--and at work.

    "Now F*** off out of my kitchen!"
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    Hot-headed celebrity chef and celebrated restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is now into his second season of "The F-Word" - the weekly food magazine which mixes recipes, celebrities, consumer affairs, and just some good ole Ramsay bad temper.

    So what IS the "F" in F-word - well officially it is food, but "f" course it really is a pun on Ramsay's infamous penchant for barking profane syllables at the failings of his employees when they don't deliver the perfection that he endlessly strives for.

    There are some changes for the 2006 season, mainly that Gordon's mission is to encourage more people to have Sunday dinner (last year it was to encourage more women back into the kitchen), raising pigs for a Sunday roast in his back garden (instead of breeding Christmas turkeys), and rather than holding a weekly cooking talent contest he is inviting teams of amateur cooks to help him prepare the meals. The most entertaining part of it is that these Joe Public cooks are much more adept at giving Ramsay some of his vituperative language and put downs straight right back at him - which has been made all the more interesting that C4 now screen it after 9pm, meaning that the swearing isn't bleeped out this time around.

    A welcome return is the "Celebrity Recipe Challenge", when a celebrity guest challenges Ramsay to make a better well-known delicacy, and then it is up to the restaurant patrons to decide whose version is better.
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    In my opinion, this is a really great show. I love Gordon Ramsey's uptight personality and attitude. And to the first commenter...The "F" in The F-Word does not stand for the profanity either. He's even said in this new season that it clearly stands for "Food" not his infamous foul word. I loved Hell's Kitchen when he was the host-like guy for it, and I love The F-Word just as much. Gordon Ramsey is a fantastic cook and a great show host guy. I hope that he continues making shows like the ones he had made, because I enjoy watching him yell at the people. And please, Gordon, DON'T KILL THE PIGS!!!! But if you do, it's alright, and don't show us it, because it's too painful to watch someone kill an animal.
  • jboothmillard6 July 2006
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    I didn't watch Hell's Kitchen, but I would have wanted to, and I missed the first series of this really good cooking documentary show. Gordon Ramsay presents a programme of challenges, skills, recipes, celebrities and wannabe chefs. Every week Ramsay gets new non-skilled chefs to create starters, mains and desserts for 50 customers, and they have to prove themselves as worthy chefs with 150 customers paying. Also, Ramsay brings in a celebrity in the kitchen to try and beat him at making a delicious meal for some judging customers. There are many episodes with Janet Street-Porter exploring the choices of alternative (and possibly controversial) foods, other guests, in the restaurant, discovering recipes, and going against Gordon in the recipe challenge, have included Giles Coren, Martine McCutcheon, Al Murray, Joan Collins, Les Dennis, Jonathan Ross, Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie, Richard Wilson, Jimmy Carr, Davina McCall, Colin Jackson, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Sharon Osbourne, Kathy Burke, Dermot O'Leary, Jeremy Clarkson, Ronnie Corbett, Cat Deeley, Ricky Gervais, Johnny Vegas, and Gordon's wife and kids. It is remarkable how much Ramsay uses "the f word"/swears, but also how funny it can be, especially when he does it to the French guy at the restaurant. Gordon Ramsay was number 84 on The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols, and he was number 82 on The 100 Worst Britons (for his arrogance I guess). Very good!