The place where it all started for Gordon Ramsay
Filmed in mid-late 1998 and aired at the start of 1999, Ramsay's Boiling Point
was a five-part TV series depicting Gordon Ramsay setting up his first restaurant — called "Gordon Ramsay" — in London after walking out on his previous employers. Many Cluster F-Bombs
and quite a few sackings take place as Gordon attempts to establish himself as a restaurateur, has a friendly rivalry with former mentor Marco Pierre White, and attempts to earn a coveted third Michelin Star. He doesn't get it
A follow-up series, Beyond Boiling Point
aired in 2000, depicting Gordon's continued attempts to get a third Michelin star and failing again
, along with coping with a lawsuit (and assisting Marco Pierre White with his own legal troubles), cooking for Tony Blair
and Vladimir Putin
, sparking a war of words with just about every food journalist in Australia, and ensuring that both "Gordon Ramsay" and his new restaurant "Petrus" continue to operate well.
Ramsay's Boiling Point and Beyond Boiling Point provide examples of:
- Arch-Enemy: A.A. Gill, the then food critic for the Daily Mail sees himself as this to Ramsay, as does Australian critic Cherry Ripe. Ramsay himself only vaguely acknowledges his rivalry with the former, and doesn't care at all about the latter once he leaves Australia.
- Berserk Button: Just about everything you'd expect from Ramsay, though in Beyond Boiling Point he takes particular issue with some of his chefs trying to pass off week old produce as new stuff.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Averted, for the most part. Ramsay is a touch more vitriolic in Boiling Point than usual, but the series still provides just about everything you'd expect. The only big difference between the 1998—2000 Ramsay and the modern-day one is that he doesn't own quite as many restaurants.
- Genre Savvy: In the last episode of Boiling Point, when Bramley Apple lobbyists are protesting outside of Ramsay's restaurant for his actions earlier in the series, one of the protesters admits to a reporter that the best their protest is likely to achieve is an insincere apology from Ramsay, and in fact will probably just give his restaurant a ton of publicity.
- George Jetson Job Security: Not quite the extent that you might expect, mind. One of Ramsay's waiters gets himself fired during the restaurant's first service for drinking straight from a bottle in front of customers. Another one gets fired later in the series for serving two tables the wrong appetizers, but otherwise most firings are only inferred to have taken place between episodes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ramsay is depicted as being this with Marco Pierre White and Marcus Wareing. Unfortunately, by about 2007 none of the three were on speaking terms with each other.
- He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Ramsay's reaction toward A.A. Gill after having a bad review written about his new restaurant, to the point where when Gill returns a few weeks later Ramsay immediately throws him out.
- Jerk Ass: It might come as a shock to find that Ramsay somehow manages to turn his Jerkassery Up to Eleven in Boiling Point. Rather than just yelling at the chefs and staff members at his restaurant he goes on lengthy tirades against them, using just about every insult imaginable. By Beyond Boiling Point he had toned his act down just a little.
- Money, Dear Boy: The reason why Ramsay agrees to endorse Bramley Apples despite personally preferring the Granny Smith variety. He goes on to discreetly substitute Granny Smiths for Bramleys in a recipe at a press event for the latter apple, and not-so-discreetly makes insulting remarks about the brand's spokesman, both of which end in a pretty massive case of Insult Backfire.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Ramsay's original maître d' in Boiling Point has been moved to Marcus Wareing's restaurant by the time of Beyond Boiling Point. Considering how often he's the target of Ramsay's ire in the first series, it's not too hard to imagine why.
- Small Name, Big Ego: An accusation which Ramsay and many food critics throw at each other over the two series.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Given out pretty frequently in Boiling Point. By the time of Beyond Boiling Point Gordon mostly restrains himself to just calling people idiots whenever they make mistakes.
- Troll: Ramsay takes great delight in doing this to just about everyone he can.
- With This Herring: Ramsay's opinion on the electric ovens he's forced to work with at a banquet the night before the 1998 World Cup final.