Pretty much every time Gordon decides to have a little fun by making a joke or pulling a prank at the expense of Jean-Philippe and his unflappable stuffiness.
Or the pranks he pulls on the chefs. One episode had them woken up by chickens, which they were to catch and bring down to the kitchen, then he took one as if to butcher it.
Time to prepare these chickens. (brings cleaver up, then drops it next to the chook) Not these chickens, you doughnuts.
Another time was in season 7, where Chef Scott woke them up to get changed, and the chefs think they're going to a slaughterhouse. They see a pig pen outside, think they're adorable, then see Chef Ramsay grimly sharpening a knife. Turns out they weren't to butcher the pigs, but chase them for ingredients attached to them.
For that matter, about half the insults he throws around are absolutely hilarious, as long as you aren't fond of the recipient. For someone who specializes in the Cluster F-Bomb, Ramsay's occasional use of "bozo" will crack you up.
Then there was that time in season 6 (the vegetarian challenge for kids) that has Ramsay grab onto Jean Philippe and throw him around like a ragdoll...with poor Jean being the target of confetti and party poppers!
The blind taste test often evokes these. Expect some truly Epic Fail moments. Like confusing lobster with egg yolk.
On a few occasions, a customer will go up to the kitchen and ask Gordon some questions. While no malice is intended, the customer is interrupting kitchen operations and the customer gets a good telling off. The funniest instance is in this video, where a particularly persistent, not to mention particularly busty, female customer is verbally pwned. (Said guest proceeded to ruin two dishes in revenge and had to be escorted out by security.)
A subtle, but priceless example in the season 2 finale. As Chef Ramsay looked over Virginia's dining room, he praised the lighting because ladies liked to be lit up. Virginia commented "It's interesting that you know that."
Jen's reaction to the "lame duck" incident in episode 5.
Ramsay: What is that?
Jen: That's a duck breast.
She wasn't lying. The duck breast was the only thing on the plate. And it was rubbery and overcooked at that.
There's also Chef Ramsay's reaction when the domes come off, and he just looks like he's trying not to explode.
Before the food was served, there's the soon-to-be married couple's entrance into Hell's Kitchen. As they're walking in, Ramsay starts clapping for them...only to turn around and give an annoyed, "Clap, you idiots!" look to the contestants.
Rock and Bonnie have to clean the dorms, where Bonnie says she cannot clean despite being a nanny and needs to eat, drink, rest, etc. When Rock sarcastically asks if she needs anything else and she asks for a foot rub, Rock makes an absolutely hilarious bug eyed crazy face like he's about to snap clean in two, worse than when he scored his own bleep-o-fucking meter on having to sort through trash, this time it's clearly Played for Laughs.
The chefs getting assertiveness training. Bonnie in particular takes it Up to Eleven.
Bonnie's reaction to the covered up lobster tank, thinking it was a piano.
In a deleted scene from the finale when Josh and Vinnie are on Rock's team, they make the mistake of asking Sous Chef Scott how long on the garnish. His reaction is priceless.
Sous Chef Scott: Am I in charge of the garnish now because you two fucking dickheads can't handle it? Green beans are coming right up. How long on the garnish because you two douchebags can't handle it? "How long on the fucking garnish?" I love that.
Craig's first appearance on the Confession Cam wearing his Nice Hat. The camera has zoomed out to where his head is barely in the frame so you can see how freaking tall his hat is.
In relation to that chicken episode above, there's a shot of Bobby, the guy who calls himself the "Black Gordon Ramsay", stroking the chicken in his hands in nervousness. One of the contestants (I believe it's Jason) covers his chickens eyes.
During one of the punishments, the losing team had to dress up in white jumpsuits. Louross decided to have a little fun with his by hiking it up so his head couldn't be seen and running around as though he was a ghost.
Jason was unable to keep his soufflés from sticking to the cups, and mentioned to Ramsay that he was going to try brushing sugar and cocoa around the rim to prevent this (for those of you that don't know, this is the first thing you're supposed to do when cooking a soufflé). After hearing this, Gordon stood there slack-jawed for a few seconds before going to the counter in between the kitchens...and bashing his forehead against it repeatedly.
Episodes later, Louross is tanking hard on the meat station and his beef wellington isn't going up to pass. Petrozza gets a crazy idea: slice a sliver off to reveal that the meat's cooked well. Louross is cursing and stating that it wouldn't work. Cue Scott stating it was good.
Louross: (in confession cam) Oh my god! That was the most ghettoist thing that's ever happen in this kitchen!
During one of the punishments, Jean-Philippe is trying to get a smile out of Jen, which doesn't work. So later on, he brings in a live crab and starts teasing Jen with it.
In season 4, the assertiveness training that the last 3 contestants got. In preparation for getting a chance to run the kitchen, Gordon teaches each of the contestants how to be more aggressive. Seeing Gordon encouraging them to scream at him and cuss him out is priceless.
Robert was single-handedly keeping the appetizers flowing during Lacey's ultimately fatal meltdown on the meat station, and got going so fast that he ended up busting open the seat of his pants. Even if you consider that type of thing to be puerile, Robert's nonchalant reaction to the situation in both the kitchen and the Confession Cam inserts was brilliantly funny. (RIIIIIIIIP!)
"I'll cook in my boxer shorts. I don't give a fuck."
Honestly, Robert may very well be the funniest contestant the show has ever had:
(To Lacey): "Dude, I swear to God, if you win this, I will hang up my coat and become a crack whore dude."
(Upon hearing Ben's idea to put poached halibut on the menu): "I can just imagine a group of old fuddie-duddies sitting around in the dining room going [in a faux-sophisticated tone] 'I'll have the poached halibut, with extra poached please'."
(Finding out he has to make a dish of only 700 calories): "I take 700 calorie BITES."
(In an increasingly high-pitched voice): "Can't take da heat, get out da kit-CHEEEEEEEEN!"
During the blind taste test challenge, Robert and Giovanni went up against each other. Neither got a single point. One particular moment comes from their confession cam reaction to the pea tendrils.
Giovanni: Pea tenders? What are those?
Robert: Pea tendrils? Do I look like I eat fucking pea tendrils?
Episode 9 was particularly funny. During one of the challenges, Paula (a normally rational contestant) was looking for a piece of kitchen equipment and she asked Chef Ramsay if he could find a chinois for them. Predictably, he told her to fuck herself and asked her if she wanted a latte as well.
In that same episode, Chef Ramsay calls Ben a "shellfish bastard" when he found that Ben was hiding a bottle of alcohol.
Paula's nomination in Episode 11, even though she had a flawless performance that night (and most of the past ones for that matter). Andrea had by far the worst performance that night, but won an immunity card from the recent challenge, leaving options very limited. When Andrea told Chef Ramsay Paula, he was taken aback (while Paula actually chuckled) and asked why. She justified it with "lack of communication," which was blatantly false. He noted to himself that this should be quick. He asked Paula why she should stay. She started explaining how she felt like she had been a solid performer throughout the competition. Chef Ramsay cuts her off in the middle of her first sentence and tells her to get back in line. He wasn't kidding about it being quick.
Episode 13. After a good dinner service, the cooks had a little fun with Chef Ramsay.
Chef Ramsay: Look closely. Do you notice anything different?
Paula: Your hair?
Chef Ramsay: My hair? No, not my fucking hair.
Andrea: You have a spot on your jacket?
Chef Ramsay: (looks down at his jacket first) No! What's different?
Andrea: You're smiling!
Chef Ramsay: Exactly!
The finale, when Chef Ramsay "announced" the winner. (Warning, spoiler alert)
Chef Ramsay: The winner... of Hell's Kitchen...lives in Florida.
An early episode had a scene in which Chef Ramsay scolded Seth for his ineptitude in cutting beef, telling everyone to "Look at the fucking waste!" During this scene, there's a quick shot of Ben's reaction, which can best be described as, "D8".
Twice in the premiere where Chef Ramsay suffers a Heroic BSOD, once over pasta and once over lamb chops, and he begins to lose his voice he's so worked up.
"Look. At. This. Look! Look! Look! What the fuck is this?!?!?"
After Joseph's meltdown, culminating in him attempting to challenge Gordon to a fight he storms out of the dining room... and trips over the landing where the bar is situated. Ramsay, not missing a beat, says "Watch the step."
Gordon had a little kid impersonate him and tell the candidates they suck. It starts with four contestants see a silhouette of Ramsay pace back and forth from upstairs looking flustered. Cue the kid coming down the stairs. This sets up the challenge to make eighty vegetarian dishes, except it turns out that once done it's for eighty vegetable hating kids. The look on each chef's face tells the story: they're hosed. Dave's reactions were particularly hilarious:
Dave: I don't work well with children!
Dave: (passing out dishes with his good arm) That's me, the one armed bandit! (cut to him in confession cam) I basically sold myself.
Mini-Gordon also had some lines that were absolute gold:
Mini-Gordon: Dave, I don't know how you do it with one arm. Bloody hell, if you were a horse I would've shot you by now!
The sausage-making challenge. Oh my God, the Double Entendre puns just went flying, including such lines as "Gentlemen, clearly comfortable with your meat." (To put this into context, several of the men had hand-made sausages before, while the women were a little more nervous.)
Although a lot of people found Tenille annoying, they have to admit that she had some funny one-liners. Like her reaction to Suzanne's drawn out monologue while showcasing the crepe she made.
"You sauteed some meat and onions. And put it inside a crepe. Just say that!"
"Suzanne, there's five minutes left. Why are you asking me NOW how I feel about the menu?"
Jim also deserves some mention.
Chef Ramsay: Jim, do me a favor.
Jim (confession): I'm not intimidated by anybody.
Chef Ramsay: Take your coat off.
Jim: (immediately) Ok. (takes coat off)
Jim (confession): [Beat] Alright, I'm a little intimidated by Chef Ramsay.
Some of the one-liners in his confession cam segments also count. Especially his description of Jean-Phillipe coming in on a boat with a "sock stuffed down his pants."
When Ramsay asks Jean-Philippe what his problem with Van is he says there's a language barrier.
Ramsay: What do you mean a language barrier? He's speaking English, you dick.
Jean-Philippe: I know but he's from Texas.
Ramsay turns away, unable to stop himself from smiling
The final 3 were tasked with creating dishes suited to a specific nation's cuisine. Dave received Indian, which he had never cooked before, and he was struggling to pick a protein for his dish, as he knew that in Indian culture, certain animals were highly revered, and some of those animals were on the menunote This is actually a lot less difficult than it seems; the only two big meat no-nos in India are beef (forbidden by Hinduism, India's biggest religion) and pork (forbidden by Islam, India's second biggest religion). Dave summed this up perfectly, in one of the funniest possible tones:
Dave: The goal is to not cook an animal that India worships...
He chose pork for his dish, and learned that pork was definitely not a meat you served to Indians. His response:
Dave: Why did I choose pork for my protein? I just screwed myself up.
In one episode, part of the blue team's punishment was to drink a blended-up mixture of various fine dining meals, resulting in this quote, which Dave's deadpan tone made hilarious:
You're not supposed to drink duck.
Tennille thinking venison was lamb for one of her dishes. Ramsay instantly knew it wasn't a lamb.
Sabrina: They kept calling it lamb, there is no lamb that's purple.
In the episode that followed the start of Joseph's meltdown, Ramsay opted not to eliminate either of the nominees (Lovely and Tennille) due to Joseph removing himself and Tony having been eliminated earlier on. Ramsay had one more thing to say before dismissing everyone: "I'm nobody's bitch", while mimicking Joseph's accent. This got a laugh out of all of the contestants, and was likely a much-needed bit of whiplash for them after the past couple days of drama.
Ramsay did it again in the outtakes (shown while the credits were rolling during the finale). In the same way as Joseph, he tells both Kevin and Dave "You are nobody's bitch", making them crack up once more.
Seeing the normally straitlaced high school teacher Ed get drunk in the dorms was hilarious.
When a little girl was drawing a picture while she was waiting to be served her food. Her drawing? An image of Gordon Ramsay screaming "YOU DONKEY!"
The final line...
Jay: Hopefully I can get [Holli's] pants off tonight!
From the first elimination round of season 8:
Gordon: Are you the most experienced chef in here?
Gordon:...You been cooking longer than me.
Everything that Raj does in general. Especially in one episode where he does karate moves while drunk, made even funnier thanks to the editor. A quote from one reviewer:
THEY MADE A MOON COME OUT OF RAJ'S DRUNKEN HANDS WHILE HE WAS DOING KARATE. I teared up.
This line from episode 4:
Jill: Well make us something delicious for dinner!
(Drunk) Vinny: I'm delicious.
From the same episode, Trev complains about his team with Gail.
Narrator: Trev may have not got lucky last night, but both teams are hoping to score.
The Blue Team lost a challenge where the punishment was being made to sort trash for recycling. As the Red Team left for their reward, Trev (who had been transferred back to the Blue Team after a short stint on the Red Team) ran towards the Red Team covered in trash and yelled "GIVE US A HUG! DON'T YOU MISS ME?" The Red Team proceeded to run away.
During a challenge Sabrina is ready to propose to guest judge Chef Ludo, then when she works out from him speaking French that her dish is visually not up to par she dumps him on confession cam, only to beg to be taken back when he thinks it tastes good.
At one point, Raj starts eating food in the middle of service. Boris asks him not to in this queasy tone, and then Ramsay notices and calls him out. At which point, Raj starts gushing about how good the food is, to which Ramsay gives him a Death Glare. Cut to Raj stillgushing about the food, and then back to Ramsay giving him an even more intense Death Glare. And Raj still doesn't get the hint to shut up. Cue confession cam.
During the fusion challenge in the penultimate episode before the final, Trev is tasked with fusing Chinese and Mexican food. He notes that there is a lot of spice in his dish, which causes a pan fire (intentionally). When the flames finally die out, Ramsay walks behind Trev and drops a fire extinguisher on the counter
One of the blue team's punishments for losing a challenge was to peel a massive amount of grapes. Tommy started cracking a lot of incredibly bad grape-related puns, which Natalie got tired of. Combined with the tedious job of peeling, this culminated in her throwing grapes onto the floor and stomping on them, shouting that she was done with grapes. Tommy then made another related pun, and Natalie answered by throwing grapes at him.
Elise tells Ramsay that the reason why her Beef Wellington didn't cook right is because Tommy, who wasn't even on her team, scored it improperly during prep work. Ramsay stares at her slack-jawed for a moment, then waves her over to the blue kitchen, where Tommy is working. "I wanna see what you say to him, c'mere you."
Made funnier by the fact that the tape shows Tommy clearly telling Elise that he isn't going to score her Wellingtons, which jump cuts to a scene of Elise scoring the Wellingtons herself.
Jennifer and Elise are put up to leave, Jennifer because she never talks in the kitchen and Elise because, well because she's Elise. "I have two chefs, one who can't fucking talk, and one who can't fucking shut up".
Chef Ramsay actually summons a bigger fish and scares the contestants.
In the finale, Paul and Will open up a giant present box, where the past contestants make their entrance from. Tommy makes his memorable by mooning the two of them the moment the box is opened. Paul then drops this gem.
In the first episode, sous chef Andi removed a wig, revealing that she's just as bald as sous chef Scott! Even better, Scott said that the contestants would have to shave their heads to prove to Ramsay that they are dedicated to the competition. Two people actually did get their heads shaved by Scott, and then he told Danielle, who in the confessional had said that she didn't want her head shaved, that it was her turn...but Ramsay appeared at the last second and told Scott to leave the contestants alone. It later turned out that the two people who had their heads shaved were friends of Scott's, and Andi was wearing a bald cap.
Royce, after having utterly struck out at trying to wrest leadership from Patrick, tried to hit on Kimmie by asking her if she wanted to use him as a loofah! The man is such an example of Small Name, Big Ego it's impossible not to laugh when he gets his butt handed to him (which happens often).
Even more hilarious was when he failed miserably at one of the challenges, his dish had a piece of hair in it! Everyone's reaction was priceless.
Kimmie's "rap"(if you can all that) in the 9th episode.
The girls sighing over David Beckham in episode 11. Particularly Christina:
He's come in riding a unicorn with rainbows behind him, eating a cupcake. He is a magical creature. I like girls, and even I think Beckham's fucking hot.
Three of the four final chefs have garbage-sorting as a punishment, and Justin is about to be sick from the smell:
Barbie: If you're gonna puke, do it in the organic one.
When Barbie is running the pass, she calls out the orders while facing away from the kitchen, Dana makes fun of her in the confessional by facing away from the camera whilst talking:
Dana: Barbie! We can't hear you if you're not looking at us!
In the finale, Ramsay declaring that, for the first time ever, he is going to declare the winner immediately following service. "The winner, of Hell's Kitchen Season 10, is...Tavon!" For reference, Tavon was the first eliminated contestant, who failed to live up to his "executive chef" title.
Also from the finale, Justin was yelling at Royce for messing up the fish, and Royce was shown imitating Justin in the confessional as such:
Royce: [clutching his face] I'M FREAKING OUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTT!!! I CAN'T KEEP MY FACE ON!!!!!!!
Barbie's facial expressions throughout the entirety of season were flat-out hilarious, especially whenever she displayed suspicion, surprise or annoyance.
Ramsay's reaction is that's such a silly statement he pulls faces trying not to laugh.
Jean-Philippe's long-awaited return to the show after three seasons off...consisted of him walking through the front door carrying a ton of luggage, tripping over a chair, and getting yelled at by Ramsay. You expected any different?
Episode 5, overweight contestant Jeremy briefly went to the hospital after getting dizzy during the blue team's fourth straight punishment, and upon his return, informed his worried teammates of the doctor's diagnosis: "I wasn't eating enough". The rest were quite incredulous.
In the finale, Anthony said in the confessional about Nedra:
"To use one of Nedra's analogies, she's struggling like 'two fat bitches'. I don't know what that means but she seems to be doing it."
Simone saying that Ramsay reminded her of a teddy bear, and her strategy would be that every time he yelled at her, she'd just close her eyes and repeat "teddy bear, teddy bear, teddy bear..."
Mike's decision to use pre-packaged tortellini and canned tomatoes in his signature dish. When he first reveals his tortellini isn't fresh, Ramsay's head snaps up, his eyes narrow, and pretty much everybody else in the room goes "Oooooh!"
After the chefs are woken up by a group of BMX bikers, Ramsay announces that they will also be doing some bike riding. Right on cue, who should come jauntily pedaling up on a string of connected tricycles? Jean-Philippe!
Blink and you'll miss it, when the chefs are woken up the noise is so loud Andi is wearing ear muffs. The contestants wish they were so lucky.
Bev: JP, he's just so cute on these little bicycles! He looked so happy, I just wanted to pinch his little cheeks!
The Running Gag of the Blue Team calling themselves "Azul" ("Blue" in Spanish). They turn it into a war cry!
Melanie does a little dance in the confessional booth after her win. While most of the confession booth shots are chest-up, Melanie's is waist-up.
In episode 8, Jason gets yelled at for raw chicken. Normally, this is NOTHING to laugh at, since raw chicken is potentially deadly, but Chef Ramsay makes one hilarious comment:
Ramsay: "THIS CHICKEN IS REDDER THAN YOUR F—KING BEARD!"
Episode 10, after the red team is ordered to finish the blue team's service after their ejection:
Kashia: "The blue team's attitude stinks. That's why y'all got yo asses KICKED OUT DA KITCHEN!"
In episode 11, the blue team wins a daytrip to an indoor skydiving machine, and when they arrive, Jean-Philippe is inside! This is exactly as funny as it sounds. Seeing Jason's and Gabriel's faces flapping in the machine as well is almost as funny.
Jason's Evil Laugh. The show even added stock lightning and black and white filter to make him sound like a Disney villain!
Jason: I am the evil pork master! (cue maniacal laugh)
During episode 12's challenge, in which contestants pulled ingredients out of a fake grocery store in the dark, Anton had this analogy:
"Shopping in the dark is just like lovemaking: You have to feel your way; feel for that particular texture. Y'know, silky or smooth, soft or hard, it's all about the hands."
In episode 14, the red team was rewarded with an ice skating lesson, and Scott seemed to be picking it up the most, leading to him attempting a jumping spin...where he promptly landed flat on his face before even getting off the ground.
In the same episode with the taste-test challenge, Ramsay pretty much trolls the people who were eating the sample foods with a ridiculous grin on his face.
In episode fifteen, Scott's dish in the points challenge is getting praised by the judges, and it looks like he's going to win... And then Chef Paul turns around and gives it a two. It's absolutely hilarious to see Scott's face go from a pleased expression to an absolutely blindsided one in the space of about half a second.
During the Blue Team's punishment, poor Rochelle has to clean the toilets, and ends up losing her lunch. When she comes into the kitchen after finishing, she looks so absolutely cutely woebegone that everyone else starts laughing.
And then the morning after, Scott asks Joy how she's feeling. Her reply is "Really crabby, but good morning!"
In episode 17, Scott and Jason won the challenge and earned a day of winetasting, while the women had to sort the trash. When the men returned, the trash-covered women wanted to hug them; Scott ran away, while Jason gladly hugged them. Immediately afterwards, as they walked in the door, Jason nearly plowed over sous chef Andi; she gave him a Death Glare and Jason said...
"She scares the HELL outta me!"
Later on, Jason is so hungover he is late to prep and is sluggish when he gets there.
In episode 18, Rochelle slices the tip of her finger during the punishment, and has to be rushed to the hospital. Nothing funny about that, but Joy's and Melanie's squicked-out reactions were HILARIOUS. Rochelle's fingertip was STILL on the counter after she left, and neither of them could look at it, let alone get rid of it, so they walked backwards, hand-in-hand, and Joy dropped a napkin over it. She missed.
Jason's experience in the reward challenge can only be described as him screaming the whole time.
In the very same episode, we have the Narrator's comic book related puns.
Stan Lee is sitting at the chef's table as the night's guest of honor, and his running commentary as he watches the chaos in the kitchen is hilarious. At one point he notes "I gotta figure out a way to turn this into a story".