Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A crack in the market?

You've doubtless seen these very 'in your face' Gordon's Gin adverts around the UK on hoardings and billboards.
Personally, I think they've missed a golden marketing opportunity here ... Mr Ramsay is advertising the wrong product.


p.s. I'm not a Photoshop user by nature or vocation and this is not a real ad. So please don't submit it to the Photoshop Disasters blog!

10 comments:

The Factory said...

I'm always a bit concerned when I look at Ramsay because he's only a couple of years older than me, and yet has a face like a limestone rock formation. Is it the stress of running a business empire, is it the hours he's spent in a baking hot kitchen, or is it just the result of 20 years of swearing and shouting ?

Whatever the truth I am positive that he looks at least ten years older than me. God knows what he'll look like at 50, like 'The Thing' out of the Fantastic Four I reckon.

Jon M said...

You could have filled his mouth in too! :-)

Stevyn Colgan said...

Well, he makes me feel good ... I'm five years older than him but I'm nowhere near as creased. He looks like he needs a good ironing.

Blog Princess G said...

Saucer of milk with that? ;)

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

My apologies, I have no idea who this person is.!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Oh, was I being too catty? Miaow ...

For those of you beyond these shores who don't know him, Gordon Ramsay is one of Britain's most celebrated chefs. He is bedecked with Michelin Stars and various other trophies and was awarded an OBE by the Queen. That said, he's also known as a cantankerous, shouty, almost bullying perfectionist. But people queue up - prole and celebrity alike - to work with him because he is a brilliant chef and an extraordinary businessman.

There's a UK TV show called 'Hell's Kitchen' where celebs try to work for him for a week. It's hilarious, if scary. Recently, he's done some other shows (Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares)where he acts as a troubleshooter. He goes into failing restaurants and shows them how to turn their business around. The most recent series was set in America where, it must be said, they didn't like his bullish methods at all. But he got some serious results. One seafood place went from near bankruptcy and closure to award-winning within six months ... and all he changed was their working practices.

I respect what he does ... but I can't say I like the man.

Blog Princess G said...

The results fascinate me, and also the depths to which some establishments have sunk before he comes along to read them the riot act. Almost makes me afraid to eat out any more. I think he's just very passionate about what he does. He's very emotional, I don't think he shouts and curses just to get a response. Unfortunately here the trailers for his shows focus on all the language with great glee, which is why I didn't bother to watch for a long time. I just figured he was a lout. Typical wretched advertising. They didn't show us what sort of results he was getting. I can only take his outrage and his ludicrous clients in small doses though.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

He in fact *does* need ironing, with the iron turned to "high steam" to make sure it does the job! tee hee....

Everybody knows this dude except for me....might help if I turn on the 'telly' once in a while...

Stevyn Colgan said...

You shame me ... looks like I spend too much time in front of the Idiot Box ...

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

well, stevyn, between cooking dinner, cleaning up, walking the dog, blogging, etc etc....no time left. oh, also the remote control is M.I.A. on a regular basis...so, can't even turn the tv on..