Gordon Ramsay is known to be a tiny bit scary on his reality TV shows. Just a touch, yes…But really, has there ever been a blonde and blue-eyed human being on this earth who has been able to scare the bejesus out of so many people?
2. Making Old Ladies Cry
This guy has led many people to tears on his reality TV shows — grown men and women. But in one episode of his now-canceled show, Kitchen Nightmares, the chef made an old lady cry. Yes, bastard, that’s what I thought first too. But this time, Ramsay didn’t shout, scold or do anything bad to the lady.
The video of the lady being reduced to tears was shot back in 2010. However, it was released on YouTube recently and in a very short time, this video was watched by millions. It seems people like watching old women cry.
What people enjoy even more is giving their opinion on the old lady’s reaction. Ultimately, people didn’t show much sympathy for the lady who was reduced to tears when she didn’t like how Ramsay and his team changed her restaurant. People are calling this woman “miserable,” “annoying” and “ungrateful.” Why are people so mean?
You see, the old lady cried on one of Ramsay’s shows called Kitchen Nightmares. On this show, the chef visits restaurants which are failing. The chef makes the owners see what’s wrong with their business and how it can be improved.
Obviously, Ramsay makes good television while he’s diagnosing the restaurant. The guy critiques the employees, the horrible food, and bashes everything else. But hey, if he didn’t, it wouldn’t be good reality TV, would it? At the end, the owners get a newly decorated restaurant and a new menu, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone…
…But not for the case of one old lady called Adele. The latter was underwhelmed by Ramsay’s restaurant makeover. In the video, Ramsay warns Adele before seeing her newly decorated restaurant in New Jersey, saying “I told you the change would not be subtle, and it's important you embrace change.”
Before Adele and her staff get to see the new restaurant, Ramsay tells them that it has been renamed from "Flamangos" to "The Junction." Adele raises an eyebrow at the name change, confessing that she is “not happy” about the new name. When she enters the restaurant, things only get worse.
While her staff was “oohing and ahhing” as anyone does on reality TV show makeovers, Adele was sulking at what she saw. Despite lighting the place up, the restaurant still feels unlit. Basically, it looks like a badly lit cafeteria space, at least, this is what I’m seeing (sorry professional decorators who aimed for a "retro-chic vibe").
Her employees were shocked by their boss’s reaction — cue the reality TV gasp! “I loved what we had... and this is a very drastic change,” Adele goes on to say. The lady even adds quite blatantly, “I regret it right now” — cue another dramatic gasp.
Before you start raising eyebrows at this lady, think about what she’s going through. This woman is clearly nostalgic and the change feels too drastic. Yes, change is good, you might say but it doesn’t mean that because it was professionally decorated, then automatically she must fall in love with what she sees.
Ramsay is perceptive enough to realize this woman is sad because she is nostalgic about what she had before. The chef reminds her that this is not about her but about making the restaurant work for her clients. He tells her: “You cannot be personal about nostalgia that hasn't worked and you have to embrace change.”
Adele won’t have it, however. When she sees the menu she thinks it’s too “limited” and believes customers won’t be excited to come in when they see it (they weren’t coming in before so it won’t make too much of a difference.) Maybe Adele was right because the restaurant closed down in April 2011.
Or maybe Ramsay was doing the impossible and the restaurants were doomed before he intervened. The reality TV show featured 77 restaurants who got an "intervention" but only 19 are still operating under the same owners. Maybe leaving them to run their course would have been a much better reality TV show.