Gordon Ramsay’s vocabulary

It is clear that I am hardly the only viewer of the fifty or so programs on television featuring Gordon Ramsay who has observed that the chef/host/author/Malibu homeowner rather fancies the word “stunning.” He refers to stunning cakes and pies; stunning soups and sauces; stunning steaks and chops; stunning shellfish; stunning lamb’s tongues; stunning rice, barley and lentils; stunning pots, pans and cutlery; stunning whisking technique; stunning judging (by his Master Chef co-hosts); stunning bed linens (in the Hell’s Kitchen dormitory); and stunning negotiating (by his agents at CAA).

On an episode of Kitchen Nightmares he tried adapting the word into an adverb – “This prune whip is bad…stunningly bad” – but you could tell it didn’t fall very trippingly off his tongue. That was a one-off and, one hopes, taught him to stick with what he’s good at.

One time I heard him say, “Here I am in a stunning jet helicopter – that I could, by the way, buy if I wanted to – circling stunning downtown Los Angeles. The view is simply stunning.”

Mr. Ramsay’s limited vocabulary annoys more people than just me. I have signed the Change.org petition intended to stop the madness and I encourage my readers to do the same.

It is easy to complain but my criticism is of the constructive sort. I have compiled a list of words and phrases that Mr. Ramsay can easily merge with his current limited roster of descriptors. Here is that list, along with suggested applications:

  1. “I want you to make for me a saliva-generating key lime pie.”
  2. “For your next challenge you will recreate this quite attractive cheese enchilada.”
  3. “Now that is a strikingly beautiful plate of veal brains!”
  4. “You and your teammates will prepare an astonishing haggis.”
  5. “If you don’t shape up over there on garde manger I’m going to deliver a forceful blow to your head with a rolling pin.”
  6. “As winners of the Lightning Round you will all fly on a stupefying private jet to go jet-skiing on jaw-dropping Lake Mead.”

With just a little study time, Gordon Ramsay can surely improve his vocabulary and I am here to help however I can.

3 thoughts on “Gordon Ramsay’s vocabulary

  1. It’s funny, I have only just found the bloke on You Tube (having wilfully avoided his television programmes the past decade because of his vaunted explosive persona), and noticed ten minutes into the video, how limited his vocabluary is. In typing precisely that into a search engine, I found this blog.

    I assume Mr. Ramsay is competent in the kitchen; it’s regrettable that his presentation skill has not been refined, however he’s a confident working class chef bereft of charm, presenting to the working class television viewer (if the working class have a mansion in the South of France, they would feel even more at home with Mr. Ramsay and his diminutive kit-bag of adjectives and adverbs).

  2. Lol – I beg to differ. . .

    Gordon Ramsay’s favorite word is f**k generally followed by the word “me”.

    I just saw a television commercial with Gordon Ramsay and I thought you know he has a very limited vocabulary he only knows one, two word phrase which is f***k me and then I googled it and found your article.

    1. Hi, Gina,

      I have neglected my blog of late and apologize for the tardy response to your comment. I am of course aware of the limits of Chef Ramsay’s vocabulary — at least that which he lavishes upon us TV viewers — and only hope there is more to his verbal abilities than what he shows as part of his schtick.

      No doubt he’s a talented chef. I only hope he isn’t an asshole all the time.

      (I’ve only had one meal in a Ramsay restaurant — “London” in West Hollywood, c. 2008 — and I couldn’t tell you a thing about it. Unremarkable!)

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