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16 August 2009 @ 11:58 pm
An observation on the state of american TV  
While flying to LA, I got to watch some BBC america. The chef from Hell's kitchen was on some different shows. To my surprise he was nice, friendly and cheerful. Apparently US TV execs are selecting for people yelling at other people. Is this what the public wants, or just what they think the public wants.
demon tree bearbikerwalla on August 17th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
He's the most famous British chef right now. I love his Kitchen Nightmares show which is like Restaurant Makeover. Several times though, he's had to deal with restaurant owners who are screaming tyrants and he shouts right back and gets them back in the game.

The Hell's Kitchen ads are way worse than the show.

I think he wants to hire people who won't break when yelled at like that but instead going "gosh, maybe he's yelling because I made a critical mistake. okay. not going to do that ever again." and continue working. Rather like Basic Training only without guns.
Binkbinkbink on August 17th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
bikerwalla makes a good point, and now I understand. I thought he was just foul mouthed and let fly to give the U.S. audience something exciting to view, but it makes sense to harden someone who is going to be put under a lot of pressure later.

The CMU architectural department had a policy of trying to make the students cry during their presentations of their projects so they wouldn't cry when presenting to a client.