Is Gordon Ramsay nicer on his BBC show? -- We compare ''Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares'' to ''Hell's Kitchen''

By Michael Endelman
July 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Is Gordon Ramsay nicer on his BBC show?

Is Gordon Ramsay an angel or a demon? It depends on which channel you’re watching. In Hell’s Kitchen (Mondays on Fox, 9 p.m.), the Brit chef takes his snarling shtick to absurd proportions; on Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (Wednesdays on BBC America, 9 p.m.), he’s a tough-love savior to failing restaurants. Here’s a glimpse at Chef Jekyll and Chef Hyde.

RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES VS HELL’S KITCHEN

FAVORITE PHRASE

RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
”Where is your passion?” (Or the urgent demand: ”Put some passion into it!”)

HELL’S KITCHEN
”Move your fat ass!” (Sometimes combined with ”You donkey!” or ”You’re f—ing useless!”)

SIGNATURE MOVE

RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
Takes the chef or maître’d for a walk in a picturesque location and gives them a brotherly, confidence-boosting pep talk.

HELL’S KITCHEN
Samples a dish, scrunches his face, and then throws the plate on the floor before screaming, ”Start it again!”

PET PEEVES

RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
Frozen foods, prepackaged sauces, or anything used on Food Network’s Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee.

HELL’S KITCHEN
Bad hair, drooping pants, slouchy posture, and pretty much everything else about his sad-sack contestants.

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