Hell’s Kitchen Sneak Peek

July 25th, 2006 | Posted in MAD Magazine

As promised, here is a quick peek??ᬨ‚Ćof part of??ᬨ‚Ćthe pencil rough for the MAD “Hell’s Kitchen” parody. This is a “reality” show that starts with 12 contestants all trying to be the last chef standing??ᬨ‚Ćto win their own resturant in Las Vegas. This is a caricature of the main antagonist, head chef Gordon Ramsey. He is a very interesting guy, very magnetic and highly volitile. He makes the show pretty entertaining. He also has a face that a caricaturist would salivate over… a heavy brow, craggy features and a nose like a potato glued to his face. This one is much better than my first attempt.


It’s likely this blog will feature the Dreaded Deadline Demon in the near future…


  1. zwallenfang says:

    Looks great! After your potato nose comment, I can only picture a potato peeler stuck in his nose.

  2. cvanoni says:

    I hope this isn’t too far off topic – but is Ramsay’s inconsistent eye shape the result of a reference photo, or is it a conscious effort to eliminate symmetry?

    As a young lad I noticed Drucker had a habit of one eye rounded and one eye sloped. I presumed it was to make his drawings more interesting.

    ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Corbett

  3. Tom says:

    That was done on purpose to help achieve a more crazed and manic look. Nothing makes someone look more crazy than having eyes that are different in shape, size or expression.

  4. Matt. says:

    How do you even go to the bathroom with a deadline like that? Great work by the way.

  5. Tom says:

    Thanks. While I can’t always respond to these comments, I do see them and greatly appreciate them. It’s nice to know somebody is reading the blog!


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