Gordon Ramsay (Kitchen Nightmares, Fox)
At first glance, Gordon Ramsay comes off as a bit of an asshole. (Of course, he's an asshole who gets shit done, and we respect that.) Look a little deeper, though, and it becomes apparent that Ramsay isn’t such a bad guy.
Here’s the thing: The dude is a pro at cooking and running restaurants, and he does genuinely care about his field. He comes off as an meanie on the four shows he has here in the states—Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell, and MasterChef—but take one look at, say, the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares, or the British series Gordon Behind Bars (where he taught prison inmates how to cook) and it’s easy to see that Ramsay really loves what he does.
The asshole persona gets ratings, and you’d be mad, too, if you were going to people’s shitty restaurants to help them get better and they gave you a hard time. Take this year’s infamous “Amy’s Baking Company” episode: Both Amy and her husband, Sami, were the most ungrateful, annoying, poisonous people to ever grace the series, and Ramsay tried to help them even after they insulted him time and time again for critiquing Amy’s culinary abilities. How Ramsay hasn’t just pulled out all of his hair from the stress of dealing with ridiculous people like this is beyond us.