The Year in Food 2007


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Chef Ramsay Spears Own Rep

At this point any 12-year-old can probably do a passable Gordon Ramsay imitation: Adopt a British accent and start swearing like a pirate with Tourette’s. But though the controversial chef’s overexposure has both good and bad implications for his career, a spearfishing incident earlier this year may have done some real damage. In brief: Self-described “fucking action man” Ramsay did not, in fact, catch a sea bass off the Devon coast during the filming of his show The F Word. Someone else did. And he claimed credit. Whether the debut of his new American program, Kitchen Nightmares, will overshadow the incident—either damning or laughably minor, depending upon your point of view—remains to be seen. —James Norton