It’s good to be back. John and I recently went on vacation to Las Vegas. We had a great time as we immersed ourselves in the culinary world that IS Las Vegas. Next week I will give my opinions on two moderately priced (for Las Vegas) eateries; Gordon Ramsay BurGR and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. For right now I want to dish on two of my favorite celebrated celebrity chefs; Gordon Ramsay and Tom Colicchio.
Both couldn’t be more the same and yet so different. Both are very passionate about food, keeping the integrity of their highest quality ingredients, and their reputations in the kitchen. Colicchio and Ramsay both have accolades galore and numerous cookbooks. Both have a passion to educate and motivate those who want to go into the culinary arts field and have made a career of showing their culinary prowess on national television.
I have read and cooked from their cookbooks and their recipes on the internet. I love how they use simple ingredients to create a culinary adventure for all your senses. Granted not all their recipes are simple but in my opinion if you put your mind to it, you can do it. John and I have visited their establishments and most times have not been disappointed. As in all restaurants some places we visited had a few hiccups but not to where you would not patronize the restaurant again. Also, both are committed to various charities and for me that is a huge high point. It’s not only about the food, but also giving back.
Both chefs have worked extremely hard to further their gastronomic passion and ventures. In my opinion they have not lessened their work as they got older but are still striving to perfect their vision and artistry. They are not resting on their laurels, but continue pushing the envelope to create a taste sensation not to be missed.
Tom Colicchio puts all the focus on his ingredients and does not hide them in overpowering seasonings or sauces. The philosophy is to emphasize the ingredient and the craft of cooking. His favorite seasonings are salt and pepper.
Gordon Ramsay loves to cook with fresh food and to prepare them simply. He uses top quality ingredients and doesn’t cover them up with overpowering flavors.
As it is known they both want to emphasize the flavor of their products not cover them up.
However, their personalities and styles could not be further apart.
Tom Colicchio is known as the nice guy, which doesn’t mean that he is not able to get across what he means in his critiques. He is honest and will tell you plain and simple what it is that he doesn’t like and what he does. He is charming and witty, and that makes for good television. His boyish smile doesn’t hurt either.
On the other side of the coin, Gordon Ramsay has been called a lot of things, but I don’t think nice guy has been one of them, at least not in the kitchen. He is honest and to the point, but does it in a more reactionary type of way. Okay, the guy swears a lot. He can be downright mean in the way he presents his opinion, but you have to give him credit as you always know where you stand with him. But you also get to see some of his fun and charming side in out-of-the-kitchen shoots.
To leave this dish on the positive side I want to commend both chefs on their culinary expertise. I love their passion, their styles and how they give back in their charities. They both have a passion to teach the arts and have worked hard to where they are now. I see many great things for them in the future as age has no limits in the kitchen, but it is passion that pushes you forward. They both want to pursue that culinary experience, and I’m so glad they are doing it in a public way so that I can experience it with them.
Thank you Chefs for sharing both the good and bad with us. I know I have learned a lot from watching and reading about you both over the years.