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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008
C-c-careful, They Might Hear You
Ramsey won't f-f-fade away, is the title of a front page news story in The Age newspaper today, as they report on a Senate inquiry into swearing on television, instigated by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi who viewed an episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, where the chef described a sous-chef as "this little cunt" and used the fuck word 80 times.

What's fascinating is that The Age has jumped the gun with this story, before the Senate has even released its report, second guessing its conclusions. Why the hurry?

Do you think that perhaps they've noticed what is going on over at their rival newspaper, the Herald Sun? For their recently revamped Tuesday supplement, extrafood, the Herald Sun has commissioned Ramsey to write a regular column.

Maybe there's some nervousness over at The Age, who described Ramsey as a potty-mouthed chef. Is this the first shot in defence of Epicure, their regular food supplement?

Let me say this, Gordon Ramsey swearing is not front page news. Game on though.
 
  posted at 9:04 am
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9 Comments:
At 10:49 am, Anonymous Duncan | Syrup&Tang said...

Maybe they're just frustrated that they haven't managed to squeeze so much as a 'damn!' out of Jill Dupleix.

I find Ramsay's spot on tv so interesting just because we've never before heard this much and type of swearing on telly from a real person! Imagine if all the panel and talk shows were like this... The Footy Show could give it a shot!

 
At 11:45 pm, Anonymous ntsc said...

In the states they not only beep him, but blur his lips. My Drill Instructor in boot camp wasn't as foul mouthed.

 
At 2:30 am, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Potty-mouthed chef: he really did say all that. Wouldn't get my best performance.

 
At 8:26 am, Blogger neil said...

I have seen Jill give it to Delhia Smith in the neck, so she has potential. You're not trying to get poor Sam Newman in any more trouble I hope?

Hi ntsc, you would have to go a long way to find someone who could better him in the cussin' stakes. You guys really go all the way to protect yourselves from swear words.

Hi tanna, makes you wonder what influence his parents must have had on him.

 
At 8:36 am, Blogger Dani said...

You know I don't find him that outrageous (or overwhelmingly interesting for that matter). I've worked with too many chefs with similar mouths. I am always mildly amused by Age vs Herald Scum battles though.

 
At 9:57 am, Blogger gigi said...

As ntsc pointed out, Ramsay's 'bleeped' and 'blurred' out so much here that I'm not even sure what he really looks like. ;D Funny what you said about us protecting ourselves from swear words. We certainly seem to be a very delicate bunch. Ramsay must be laughing his @%$ off!

 
At 1:33 pm, Anonymous Duncan | Syrup&Tang said...

When did Jill give it to Delia?! I must know!

 
At 8:40 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi dani, ah, the battle scarred veteran. I wonder why so many top (and good) chefs talk to staff like that, is because it's always been done like that or is it the only way a good kitchen can function? It will be fascinating to see how this newspaper battle plays out, you can bet the Herald Sun has noticed that full page of job ads, not to mention all the other advertising.

Hi gigi, well now you know what he's been saying! I thought you guys were okay with swear words, didn't Sex and the City have an episode that featured the word cunt in a very literal use?

Hi duncan, it was about two months ago on Market Kitchen, even Tanna Ramsey looked a bit shocked.

 
At 8:57 am, Blogger gigi said...

Ah, yes (!) but that was cable (subscriber) TV. When the show aired on regular network channels, it was a much edited and paler version of the original.

 

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