Chef and practicing Buddhist Eric Ripert dropped some serious philosophy on Twitter this morning concerning chefs as leaders, and in particular, Gordon Ramsay:
Smart chef lead kitchen by sharing, teaching, inspiring with respect. Not insulting, abusing,humiliating their team... Nothing personal against Gordon Ramsay but he is a poor inspiration for professional chefs in his shows. Who perform better scared,insulted? ... I have my bad days to but always try to improve. TV or not it is no excuse! Ultimately I believe in the goodness of Gordon but he is very wrong
This isn't the first time Ripert has publicly disagreed with Ramsay's bully chef schtick. Back in May, he said pretty much the same thing to pal Anthony Bourdain:
[Ramsay's] doing something on TV that's absolutely scandalous. He's supposedly entertaining on TV and showing that abusing people is the right thing to do. I think it's totally, excuse me for the word, bullshit...He goes back home, I go back home. I look at myself in the mirror, I'm happy with myself. I am not sure he is happy with himself looking in the mirror.
This is a theme with Ripert, perhaps because while he was coming up in French kitchens, his chefs were mean, and even violent! Because of this, Ripert told Jimmy Kimmel "I try to use vocabulary that is not insulting." He even tries to teach his son all about positivity using the chef as metaphor, saying, "At the end of the day, the chef who is screaming cannot be happy. Maybe he is feeling powerful, but he is blind powerful."
It's kind of great that Ripert extends this positive philosophy to Ramsay himself. We believe in the goodness of Gordon, too, Ripert.