Film/Television Video

Gordon Ramsay Goes Off On Hotel Owner For Not Paying His Employees

For everyone in the restaurant industry, from owners to chefs to servers, Gordon Ramsay could easily be as frightening as the Grim Reaper himself. It’s safe to say Ramsay can turn into a complete savage when it comes to ensuring that owners and chefs are doing everything in their power to produce quality cuisine for customers.

But, after watching this clip from Ramsay’s series Hotel Hell, it’s clear that the fiery chef is willing to stand up for employees who feel they aren’t getting fair treatment. That’s exactly what happened during his visit to the Juniper Inn, a luxury bed and breakfast in Vermont.

In this episode, Ramsay meets a hotel owner who seems to be obsessed with opulence and excess, but needs a reality check in fair employment.

The visit to the Juniper Inn got off to a rocky start after Ramsay was served a plate of, “testicle-sized crab cakes,” and a rack of lamb that wasn’t up to his culinary standard. However, he becomes infuriated to learn the hotel’s staff is being severely mistreated and underpaid, with the head chef earning less than $400 a week.

Things only get worse when the head chef explains that he hasn’t been paid in three weeks — all while the hotel’s owner just purchased a $100,000 luxury motorhome.

“What are you doing to these people?” Gordon asks the owner in dismay. “This is their livelihood. This is your responsibility.”

It’s great to see Ramsay acknowledge that it takes more than a good cook to make everyone happy.

Hit-Or-Miss Technology

Robots are Stealing All the Food Service Jobs

We’ll be lucky if robots only steal our jobs, rather than also enslaving civilization and mocking our weak sacks of soft-muscled frailty. Roughly 47 percent of jobs will be replaced by robots over the next 20 years, says one Oxford University study.

The fast food industry is specifically at risk, since labor and food costs represent 60-70 percent of industry revenues, according to a Cornerstone Capital Group report, while the recent national dialogue about a $15-hour minimum wage for quick service employees may speed things up.


And it’s already moving quickly. I mean, it seems like just yesterday I first saw servers using tablets instead of notepads. That’s been evolving too. Earlier this year, Olive Garden said it was going to install Ziosk tabletop tablets at all its restaurants by the end of 2015, so right there, tech’s limiting servers to basically just food runners.

But now robots are locking down kitchen gigs too! Hell, Momentum Machines went ahead and actually invented a burger-flipping robota step hopefully more toward Futurama than Terminator—and the bot can do up a burger every ten seconds. In short, the robot replaces three full-time kitchen employees, which is what the company’s founders intend to do. Why make employees more efficient when there’s money to be made selling “employees” to restaurants?


And there are a lot of jobs for those robots to take. We’re talking 2.4 million servers, about 3 million cooks and food preparers, and 3.3 million cashiers. It hasn’t exactly been a booming industry either. Since 1987, fast food eateries have grown at 0.3 percent per year, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That number is about to skyrocket if the government starts tracking robot employees, who never need vacation days, tips, or HR. So I hope you all enjoyed visiting your favorite server at that local country-themed family restaurant or rolling your eyes at every single server at Buffalo Wild Wings, because those days might be over soon.

Fast Food

McDonald’s Looks to Hire Up to 50,000 Employees in One Day

Looking for a job? In a rather unprecedented move, McDonald’s has announced that April 19 will be National Hiring Day at participating locations across the country. In fact, the fast food giant is looking to hire up to 50,000 workers nationwide at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants for both part- and full-time positions.