I used to love the programme, ‘Gordan Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares’, which was first aired in Britain, and then in the States. And the difference between the US version and the UK version always amused me. In the UK version, Gordan Ramsay is gentle, calm, and polite, and yet at the same time, honest and firm — and the pace of the programme is relaxed, the music is subtle, definitely no violence or eruptions of frenzy. But in the US version he presents himself as an arrogant, jumped-up, know it all, who goes about angrily tearing restaurants to pieces.
Would something akin to the British Bake-Off be popular in the States? We in Britain love watching it for its gentleness and tradition. But would this manner satisfy audiences in the States? Or would the producers have to add in drama, hysteria, story lines, conflict, and eruptions of emotion? I can’t imagine such a scene. After all, it’s a bloody baking show.