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Heston Blumenthal vs. Gordon Ramsay

October 4, 2018

Before going deep into this subject let’s have a close look at the two giant chefs:

Gordon Ramsay: Gordon James Ramsay Jr. OBE (born 8 November 1966) is a British chefrestaurateur, and television personality. Born in Scotland, Ramsay grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total.[1][2] His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, has held three Michelin stars since 2001. First appearing on television in the UK in the late 1990s, by 2004 Ramsay had become one of the best known chefs in British popular culture, and, along with other chefs such as Jamie OliverNigella Lawson, and Delia Smith, he has influenced viewers to become more culinarily adventurous.[3][4]

As a reality television personality, Ramsay is known for his fiery temper, strict demeanor, and use of expletives. He often makes blunt and controversial comments, including insults and wisecracks about contestants and their cooking abilities. He combines activities in the television, film, hospitality, and food industries and has promoted and hired various chefs who have apprenticed under his wing.

Personality: Surprisingly contrary to what you see on TV shows, Gordon Ramsay is genuinely a friendly guy who knows what he wants in life say the majority of people who have met him. They also think that his TV personality is purposefully exaggerated. he is cordial, charming, personable, confident, humorous, dedicated, fast-paced he leans towards the friendliest and most approachable compared to the others.

What you should observe on all the shows is how he acts in the kitchen and how he acts outside the kitchen – he has a on/off switch. As soon as he enters a kitchen, his business mode turns on and he gets serious. As soon as he walks out, you can see him laughing/smiling and joking around while being the charming person he really is.

The way Gordon acts in the kitchen is something he must have gotten from his trainer the titan Marco Pierre White who was so tough that he made Gordon cry when he was still his apprentice.

 

Heston Blumenthal: Born in KensingtonLondon on 27 May 1966, to a Jewish father born in Southern Rhodesia and an English mother who converted to Judaism Blumenthal has stated that he considers himself Jewish.

Heston Blumenthal – a British celebrity chef who is proprietor of The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, which was voted Number 1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2006, and is one of restaurants in Great Britain to have three Michelin stars.

Heston Blumenthal is the philanthropist and humanitarian who is deeply concerned about the state of the world, for which he has great compassion and idealism. He has a utopian personality, and will spend his life trying to realize some aspect of his utopian dream, sacrificing money, time, and energy for a better world.

Personality: Heston Blumenthal seems mysterious and different. People see him as serious and studious. Heston is highly independent and self-sufficient. His exceptional intelligence and wisdom are quickly noticed, and people respect him. Blumenthal is not the one to attract people on the basis of his warmth or compassion – though he may be loaded with both – but because of his obvious insight into life’s mysteries.

He is hard to get to know, and is often withdrawn. It is common for people to see Heston Blumenthal’s focus turn inside of himself in the middle of a conversation.

There have been periods in his life when he had little concern for his clothing or fashion, while at other times he is very aware of his clothing and uses it to make a specific impression. His confidence increases when he knows he is well dressed.

He is recognized as spiritual and religious, with his very own ideas regarding the purpose of life and the Creator. He is an inspired speaker, but only when discussing subjects that really interest him. Otherwise, Heston is not a big chatter.

 

Who is the best? Gordon Ramsay VS. Heston Blumenthal

This is a very hard debate and opinions are split regarding who you like the most as a person. All agree that these two guys are kings in Cooking but when it comes to “who is the best” things start to get complicated.

That being said, questions such as “best restaurant”, “best chef ever”, “best type of cuisines” are all questions that anybody who attempts to answer with certainty is lacking a crucial understanding of cooking.  When one asks “best chef”, are they measuring by Michelin Stars? Do we measure by the most technically skilled chef? Do we measure by awards and accolades a chef has received?

Which is clear, Ramsay has more Michelin stars and has been successful running more restaurants but Heston has changed how food is cooked and presented. Ranked in the world’s 50 best restaurants, Heston’s Flat Duck restaurant was awarded the highest possible accolade giving him ten points out of ten for the second year in a row.

To have an answer to this debate, we should have a clear mind about the definition of “the chef”. Most of the people will define the chef as a trained professional cook who is proficient in all aspect of food preparation but the truth is the chef is more than that. The term chef derived from “Chef de cuisine” the director or head of a kitchen. Think about the captain of a boat to better this concept. As a good captain has the duty to lead and bring all the staff together for a safe and smooth journey, a good chef must have the ability to keep kitchens running smoothly, to overcome day to day obstacles together with the staff.

Difficult to say that Ramsay fulfills these criteria. It is ok to fire people when they become liabilities but firing almost everybody at the same time is a sign of chaos. Let alone the fact that some employees sued Ramsay for several reasons including non-payment of wages.



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