05 December 2006
One of the few reasons to turn my television on is Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, where the profanity-loving chef gives blunt advice to owners of failing restaurants on how they can improve.
On tonight’s show he visited a restaurant in Liverpool run by a mother and her two twenty-something daughters (there was no father/husband in sight for some reason.) At the outset, being interviewed before Gordon turns up, the trio of females naturally seem to see themselves as female before anything else. Lots of emphasis on how it’s a female-run restaurant, talk of girl power and such nonsense.
“Sistahs are doing it for themselves,” one of the daughters bragged triumphantly, referring to the restaurant her and her mother and sister are running, rather amusingly straight after we’ve been informed their restaurant is a hundred grand in debt and often gets only about two bookings each evening.
Naturally Gordon Ramsey pulls no punches when he gives them his typically honest opinion of their rock-hard prawns, stodgy mash potato and generally rubbish and shambolic set-up.
Most restaurant owners on the programmed are men, and whilst some tend to get a bit pissed off at first, most take the criticism, act on it and eventually get things turned around fairly quickly.
Naturally the trio of gobshite scouse women don’t. They get fired up, emotional, and most predictably they object furiously to any hint of disrespect. Or, rather, they object furiously to anything other than a failure to treat them like Princesses. They also couldn’t cooperate. The mother was technically the manager, but both daughters wanted to be in charge, and they descended into bickering at every opportunity.
There was a female chef who was pretty good, as well as male chef, a young self-trained lad who didn’t really know what he was doing, but the mother in charge (the two chefs were unrelated to the three women though) refused to accept responsibility, incapable of accepting that anything was wrong. Even the young chef, after originally grumbling a bit after Gordon told him he was “fucking shit” at cooking, later shrugged it off and decided to listen to Gordon’s complaints.
On the other hand, when Gordon was giving a pep-talk to the whole staff, whilst the two chefs (the young lad and another female chef) listened quietly, the mother and two daughters got all upset. One got hysterical, blamed all the others and stormed off, squealing hysterical and indecipherable abuse over her back.
Later the hysterical one failed to turn up on a Sunday due suffering a big hangover, and when she turned up, when Gordon tried to calmly give her some advise on arranging tables, she walked away, and when he called her back she was blubbering. He told her to calm down that he was only trying to help…and she walked away, tears welling up, yet again. The young guy, the chef, barely batted an eyelid when he was simply told that he if he didn’t get up to speed he should be fired, and later listened patiently as Gordon taught him some new dishes. In contrast the females were going to pieces should they be criticised in any way.
Now that’s good telly; seeing women going nuts when anyone dents their shaky little egos.
Finally, there was one revealing comment when Gordon, whilst trying to price the new menu, asked one of the daughters – just out of interest – how much she would generally expect to pay for a decent meal at a nice restaurant. “I wouldn’t, I’d get my boyfriend to pay,” the gummy parasite smarmed.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 9:59 PM
At 10:11 PM, byrdeye said…
she walked away, tears welling up, yet again. The young guy, the chef, barely batted an eyelid when he was simply told that he if he didn’t get up to speed he should be fired, and later listened patiently as Gordon taught him some new dishes. In contrast the females were going to pieces should they be criticised in any way
Exactly – if you really notice – men act mature these days, while women throw temper tantrums like little spoiled brats if you don’t deepthroat their egos with every breath.
SHAME ON YOU if you enable this tactic, though. No need to soften blows to women…they want equality right? You tell it like it IS and let them take it like mature adults. If not, that is THEIR PROBLEM.
At 11:35 PM, Rob Fedders said…
Hmmm, sounds very much like the places I’ve worked at that had hired too many females.
I once worked at a place with six women and two men. It was the most back-stabbing, mean, tear-filled, screeching & shrieking shit-hole I’ve ever worked at. Just fucking ridiculous. If it wasn’t a government organization, I’m positive these dizzy bitches couldn’t have made a profit even if they were raiding a wishing well.
It always surprises me that women don’t acknowledge the evil in other women, because after working with a few women, I can tell you first hand that they all KNOW about the hysterics and mind games that women employ on other people every day. Thats why deep down they all despise each other.
Must be more of that herd mentality that keeps them from publicly criticizing their gender – as in, protect the herd.
Does anyone else every notice when you hear the feminists yammering on about how valuable women are to the workplace, because of their unique perspective or blah, blah, blah… THE ONE THING I’ve never heard a feminist claim that women have brought to the workplace is higher profits!
At 11:57 PM, mfsob said…
Profits? Who cares about profits? We just want to validate our feeeeeeeeeeeeeelings of self-worth!
*goes off laughing hysterically*
At 1:25 AM, Anonymous said…
I agree. Working with women blows. They seem focused on just about everything EXCEPT actually doing their damned jobs.
At 1:39 AM, Anonymous said…
The giggle is:
Who gets more in life: The woman who has a failed restaurant, or a man who works his ass off to make a restaurant successful?
Answer: Depends, if a woman marries a very successful man, she has the same lifestyle as him, but she doesn’t have to work.
In this case, I would advise the women who are deeply in debt to get breast implants. That always works with men. At least get a dip-wit to pay off your debts before you find someone else.
At 3:30 AM, Anonymous said…
The problem is …
Guess who has a better life:
a) A guy who tries to make a go of a restaurant the best he can … or
b) A woman who marries a guy who is successful in something.
Men just don’t friggin’ get it. She doesn’t HAVE TO “succeed”, if she does, she’s the successful woman, but if she doesn’t, no one will think of her as a loser, but she can just attach herself to a man.
Slowly, slowly, equal should mean “equal”.
At 11:10 AM, Pumpkinhead said…
“I wouldn’t, I’d get my boyfriend to pay,”
Says it all.
At 3:12 PM, The Man On The Street said…
So let me see if I get this correct. We have a restaurant that is run by three related women which is essentially failing. In debt up to their eyeballs….
They bring in a MAN to help fix the problem created by these women and they fight it ever-which-way….and cry when they are shown the err of their ways….
Did I get it right? OK. Just checking.
At 3:41 PM, ChicagoMan said…
Same thing here and with my ex.
Women can NEVER take criticism. They immediately go bat shit on you if you tell them they are wrong or give them some advice.
However it is ok for them to nag you all day long.
At 6:18 PM, Anonymous said…
Females have one objective in life: feel good all the time.
No matter how bad things are to an objective observer.
Gordon was popping their Happy Bubble. Out came the daggers…
Denial and Prada are a girl’s best friend.
At 6:26 PM, Peregrine John said…
And that, friends, is the meaning of the word “quintessence”.
At 7:03 PM, ntk said…
Ramsay, by the way, is the legend who pointed out that most womyn can’t cook:
Can’t cook, won’t cook
We love you Gordon!
At 5:29 AM, Anonymous said…
NTK’s link is great and just as easily applies to American women. My brother’s ex-wife and later girlfriend could not cook and claimed they were never taught how. They sure knew how to stay on their asses at home and watch TV, though.
At one time girls routinely took home economics (“home ec”) courses in American high schools, which taught how to do things around the house including the basics of cooking and creating meals, not to mention such activities as sewing, child care, and budgeting. However—and the girls had a legitimate complaint here, I believe—they were locked out of taking other courses that were “for boys only”, and my opinion is that the skills in home ec class should have been taught to all students, not just girls. Boy Scouts learn some of these same things as survival training and no one calls them sissy.
My mother went through high school in the late 1950s-early 1960s during a time when girls were routinely excluded from science classes. She has often wished she had been able to take chemistry then, but she wasn’t permitted to. So there was a legitimate issue with girls being locked into a particular curriculum at one time. That obviously has changed.
Lawsuits over the issue starting in the late 1960s and continuing through the 1970s around the US led many US high schools to drop home ec entirely, which is one big reason why today’s skanks can’t cook and are as useful as a football bat around the house that they want to stay home in while some guy works his ass off to support them. And as we’ve seen in too many recent news articles about abused and killed children, they often can’t even handle the child care properly, which is one of the main excuses they use to stay home.
I don’t know what classes British girls take, but it seems clear that these three running the restaurant had little or no “home ec” schooling.
At 12:36 AM, Anonymous said…
Well, now that they’re allowed to take science courses, none of them want to anyway, and for good reason. It’s too much work for too little reward.
What is better: have a miserable life until your mid-30s studying, then make a lot of money for a lot of hours worked, or; enjoy life as much as possible, then around your mid-30s work a reasonable amount of hours to have enough to get by? A woman gets to bypass BOTH of the negatives and take only the positives, just get the status and money of the guy that spent most of his nights alone studying, while having had fun her entire life. A doctor should never get married. A lawyer probably shouldn’t either, but at least the lawyer had a decent life beforehand.
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous said…
I’m 45 year old guy, never taken a home-ec class (although they were available to me in the Canadian school I attended) but I can still cook. All it took to learn was a couple of small paperbacks on the basics and after that recipes on the backs of wrappers on the stuff you buy. It’s simple.
For a lot of women though it’s more like a political statement.
“Can’t cook??? WON’T COOK YOU OPPRESSIVE MANPIG!!! GET OUT THERE AND COOK FOR YOURSELF GAWD DAMMINT!!! and while your out there make me something as well, I’m hungwwy.”
Translation = “I’m a selfish lazy bitch because I know I can get away with it”
At 12:34 PM, Anonymous said…
‘Ramsay, by the way, is the legend who pointed out that most womyn can’t cook:
Can’t cook, won’t cook
We love you Gordon!’
Does it matter that women can’t cook? All you lot here seem to do is have a wank, then eat a pizza, so gourmet skills seem pretty down your list of priorities.
At 6:36 PM, byrdeye said…
“For a lot of women though it’s more like a political statement.”
Bingo…read the 3rd & 4th signs here.
At 8:18 PM, Anonymous said…
anon @ 12:34:
If I can just do that myself, what do I need a woman for to do the same thing? What benefit is there to a man in a relationship? Women insist on sleeping around now, and they refuse to contribute at home or provide any sort of emotional support, so why bring the cow home when you can get the milk for free, and the cow just keeps giving that milk to everyone else anyway?
With women’s refusal to learn basic domestic chores, us men have figured these things out on our own, and now your scam is exposed: this stuff is ridiculously easy to do. Only a woman would be stupid enough to give up a cushy “job” at home because she is being “oppressed.” Only a woman is stupid enough to believe being given an easy life is oppression.
Well ladies, you got what you wanted, now don’t complain to us now that you’ve made yourselves worthless and impossible to get along with.
The next generation of women are rapidly abandoning feminism anyway. Why should we waste time with you worthless used up hags when the younger generation has seen you and despises you? If we want to get ass-raped in divorce court, it will at least be to an attractive woman a decade younger than ourselves.
At 7:02 AM, Scottie said…
You hit it on the head with this one. Those three women are an insult to women who are actually doing something. I’ve been fortunate to be exposed to all sides of the spectrum. What kind of an example they’re showing to the young lady who actually has passion for the trade? The young lady who actually listened shows she is going places. While those three little girls are going to places such as banks begging them for loans to clean out their debt. If someone is giving them advice on how to run a business, they should shut up or sell it. If those types are crying for equality, they should learn to take it what is with a grain of salt and move on. Oh, yeah, I forgot. Those little girls do not want to learn and never will. They will cry to their husbands, boyfriends, and s/o’s to help them fix a life they f’ed up all on themselves! What a damned pity. If my mother read that article, she would go over there and beat those three whiny girls’ asses.