“I don’t know if it was really as bad as all that, I just don’t cower at another man’s feet. I have too much self-worth inside of myself to have to beg for mercy.”
Andrew Forester, the chef who is also a farmer, walked off out of Hell’s Kitchen willingly Tuesday night after Chef Gordon Ramsay railed on him with one of his famous rants.
Forester is only the second contestant to kiss off the Chef before he was eliminated and that is a decision Forester tells us he doesn’t regret.
“I’m very proud of that,” he begins adding, “[Ramsay] is certainly not trying to help you and if he is trying to help you I certainly don’t understand the delivery of his message.”
Sounds like venomous comments, but actually Forester is far less angry than what we saw when he stormed off the show.
Question is, why did he apply for Hell’s Kitchen in the first place knowing what Ramsay was like? Turns out he didn’t and hadn’t seen the show.
One of Forester’s employees applied for him. Then, when it appeared that he’d be chosen, Forester provided his bio for the producers and agreed to appear – with only a vague understanding of the Chef’s teaching techniques.
“You know what I learned? I never want to be like that man,” Forester says of the experience. “It wasn’t worth the stress. Gordon Ramsay didn’t give me my joy and he can’t take it away from me.”
It was Forester’s runny spuds that brought on the wrath of Ramsay, but he will forever defend his decisions when it comes to how he preps potatoes. He also will never understand why Chef Ramsay insisted that his method was the only way to cook them. As far as Forester is concerned there is no rational reason for using the Chef’s system…beyond control.
“If you control by fear that is the weakest form of control you can have,” Forester insists. “If you don’t obtain self-control you can’t control anything else. Inconsistency is the only consistency in his kitchen.”
But, there are no hard feelings believe it or not. Forester just plain disagrees with Chef Ramsay’s style. And he doesn’t think for a second blame the other contestants for undermining him. He places that honor firmly on Ramsay’s shoulders.
“Ramsay sets everybody up because it’s entertaining.”
And Forester has sage advice for the remaining chef wannabes.
“Know your self worth.”
Ah, but then there wouldn’t be a show.
Hell’s Kitchen airs Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.