Here on FOX we obviously love ourselves the wacky, the weird, the dark, the edgy, the snarky, the rude, the genius, and the downright insane. Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay embodies more than a few of those descriptors, which must be why we have so very much of him on the air throughout the year. Between MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and the new reality series Junior MasterChef (coming soon to a FOX schedule near you!), we are serving up your fill of Chef Ramsey and then some.
One of the longest running (altogether) of his reality cooking game shows, MasterChef originally aired in 1990 as a program in the UK created by Franc Roddam. It is now in 35 countries such as Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Iceland, Malaysia, Romania, and South Korea. MasterChef Australia is actually the most popular television series in that country. Aside from each country hosting and airing their own version of the show, there are several ‘spinoffs’ of the original concept, including MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef, and Junior MasterChef. When the reality show first came to America in 2000 and 2001, it was hosted by Gary Rhodes and aired on PBS. In 2010 FOX took the show over, installed Gordon Ramsay as the host, and Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot filled the judging duties.
Hell’s Kitchen is another reality cooking show based on a UK series of the same name. This time the series was actually created by Gordon Ramsay, aside from being hosted by him (with Scott Leibfried, Andi Van Willigan, and James Avery serving as Sous Chefs and Jean-Philippe Susilovic and James Lukanik serving as Maitr ds over the seasons). It began its run on American television in 2005 and has now managed eleven runs on the air and has become popular re-broadcast in other countries including France, the Czech Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, and the Middle East. In Hell’s Kitchen contestants form teams and compete to win the ultimate prize of a job as head or executive chef at a swanky top restaurant. Past winners have gone on to Tatou in Los Angeles, Araxi Restaurant and Bar in Whistler, Gordon Ramsey Steakhouse in Paris Las Vegas, and Savoy Grill in Savoy Hotel, London. Along the way Hell’s Kitchen has been nominated for three primetime Emmys, two People’s Choice Awards, and even a Teen Choice Award.
Unlike the previous two reality shows, Kitchen Nightmares is not a competition style series but instead plops Gordon Ramsay down in the midst of a failing restaurant. He then tries to teach the owners and chefs to not only cook amazing meals, but how to keep their businesses afloat. Once again this is a reality cooking show based on one from the UK (Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares), though developed by Daniel Kay instead of Ramsay himself. The show began airing in America in 2007 and has now managed six seasons. Each one contains mostly stand-alone episodes that each focus on a different restaurant project. Some episodes, however, include visiting previous restaurant locations to see how they have fared after filming the show.
Hell’s Kitchen currently begins airing on Thursday nights at 8pm starting on May 23rd. Kitchen Nightmares just had its season finale on May 10th, and MasterChef has its season premiere on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8pm (where it will air for two hours every week through the summer).
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