Ramsey's kind of an asshole character and a showman. Hes NEVER really discussed "cuisine"
clever or unique food prep. He just goes on about the business of basic restaurant ownership and operation . Its a show that is rooted in snarkiness as entertainment.Actually it was more a show about hygiene and design .
Taking a losing restaurant and turning it around is a theme thats been done over and over on local cable . Ramsey was just a new character type.
In fact, Ramsey parallels the popularity growth of several asshole led shows like "hotel management", Barroom advice , Jesse James builds cars, Your own "Top Gear" which was very entertaining because Jeremy Clarkson was a complete patrician asshole. Donald Trumps tv career followed the Jesse JAmes era when assholeness was considered a TV asset.
BTW, Hell's Kitchen" or "The F Word" were first done inthe UK. US producers found a novel talent and lured him to do a similar show in the US. SO your beief that theres no US talents doing such shows in the UK, is acomment on entertainment, not food prep. We got tired of WEmeril La Gasse, Paul Prudhome, or "Giardia"
Alton Brown ' early stuff goes way back even before Ramsey but its being rediscovered in reruns of shows like "Good Eats"
Weve got 100's of TV channels all devoted to some different formula. There are some high quality hows and some very huge piles of dreck.
Fargo nd Sopranos could NEVER have been made in UK because you guys really have no frame of reference. Same thing with westerns, such a shoow type is born of chaos not order.
like mcg says, thats just my opinion.