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Title: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 06, 2010, 10:20:02 AM
Yes, I like the show. Schadenfreude for me!

Anyway, there is this contestant on the show this season that moved to the US from Naples, Italy 13 years ago but still has this thick accent. He's basically the Tommy Wiseau of this show....which is awesome!  :D


"Oh Hai, Reality TV show"
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 06, 2010, 11:44:52 AM
This and Kitchen Nightmares are the only reality TV I watch.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 06, 2010, 01:01:16 PM
Another Gordon Ramsay fan.....Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen, Cookalong Live, US and UK versions.

That Pizza chef didn't make me think of Wiseau so much because he seems to have a much better command of the English language - even if his grip on reality is questionable.

Hell's Kitchen frustrates me sometimes. As much as I love watching Ramsay rip these donkeys apart when they mess up (couldn't fault the one girl for laughing at the way he insulted one of her teammates - it was funny), do they ever check the backgrounds of these contestants? They're passing themselves off as Executive Chefs and otherwise being in the business and then they come up with the "Who knew cooking a scallop was so hard?" crap.

And even if they do fake their way onto the show, haven't they watched previous seasons?  If I for some reason tried to get on there I'd be practicing cooking scallops, risotto and wellingtons day and night until the day I report....

Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 06, 2010, 03:47:42 PM
I loved watching the guy last season who said he was an expert on fish and then he burned or undercooked every single fish he was given to make :D
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Bob on June 06, 2010, 03:49:34 PM
I loved watching the guy last season who said he was an expert on fish and then he burned or undercooked every single fish he was given to make :D

Maybe he meant he was a vet and not a chef.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 06, 2010, 03:51:32 PM
I loved watching the guy last season who said he was an expert on fish and then he burned or undercooked every single fish he was given to make :D

Maybe he meant he was a vet and not a chef.

You had to wonder as the season went on,it was insane.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 06, 2010, 04:24:36 PM
You know how the one chef mistook crab for lobster....

The lobster was for the risotto.  What was the crab there for?  Or where they kind of laying a trap?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Rattrap007 on June 06, 2010, 04:40:19 PM
Yes, I like the show. Schadenfreude for me!

Anyway, there is this contestant on the show this season that moved to the US from Naples, Italy 13 years ago but still has this thick accent. He's basically the Tommy Wiseau of this show....which is awesome!  :D


"Oh Hai, Reality TV show"

"Oh hai Chef Ramsey.."
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on June 06, 2010, 04:41:53 PM
The lobster was for the risotto.  What was the crab there for?  Or where they kind of laying a trap?

I'm imagining some guy staring at the crab and the lobster for about a minute then panicking and diving out the window.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Bob on June 06, 2010, 04:59:17 PM
The lobster was for the risotto.  What was the crab there for?  Or where they kind of laying a trap?

I'm imagining some guy staring at the crab and the lobster for about a minute then panicking and diving out the window.

He should have just used both and called it seafood risotto.

Yup, that is me, ice water In my veins.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 06, 2010, 08:41:32 PM
I love how they studied the recipes, got to watch instructional videos on how to make the food and they STILL fucked up the risotto
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 06, 2010, 08:55:00 PM
I love how they studied the recipes, got to watch instructional videos on how to make the food and they STILL fucked up the risotto

EXACTLY!!!

Imagine you're the "lucky" owner of the place one of these dickweeds work.  What a wonderful advertisement for your restaurant.  "Our kitchen is staffed with people who can't boil water even with written instructions....and even then maybe not."

I mean, I can understand a few screw ups here and there because of the pressure and not meeting Ramsay's standards (as opposed to what they're used to) but really....
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on June 06, 2010, 08:59:58 PM
New season!?  Yaaay!

I love Kitchen Nightmares.  I watch Hell's Kitchen as a substitute for KN... since I burned through every ep (no pun intended), both U.S. & U.K. versions in like a month.  Those 2 and Survivor are the only reality shows I watch.  But I suppose we all have our guilty pleasures.   ;D
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 07, 2010, 09:59:48 AM
Only "reality" TV I watch is Ramsay (and the UK stuff is more real than the US, IMHO), "Deadliest Catch", "Top Chef Masters" and "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" (which is only kind-of..)

I thought about checking out "Undercover Boss".....but I can't help but wonder how real that could be.  Could the people really not suspect something - "We're going to come to your place and film....and, oh btw, you're going to get a new employee during that exact same time that those cameras are going to follow obsessively.  Complete coincidence...."
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: MontyServo on June 07, 2010, 10:26:21 AM
I would love to be a contestant on Hell's Kitchen, just give me a year to prepare.  :P

I have seen so much of the show that I would know what to expect straight away.  Like PSCD said earlier, learn how to cook a scallop, learn how to cook risotto, perfectly every time.

Also learn how to cook fish, and meat to order.

On the first episode, I was hoping that he would split the teams up after that first service.  Everybody sent upstairs would now be the red team, and everybody that stayed downstairs would be the blue team.  It would be a neat twist.

I really want to eat at one of Ramsey's restaurants.  I have eaten meals at 4 celebrity chef's restaurants (2 in Vegas and 2 in Orlando).  Emeril Lagasse's restaurants in Orlando (Emeril's Orlando) and Vegas (Delmonico Steakhouse), Wolfgang Puck's in Orlando, and Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill in Vegas.  Of them all I was least impressed by Emeril's in Orlando.  The best steak I have ever eaten was at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill.  It was a chipotle glazed Ribeye and it was awesome!  Next time I go back to Vegas I want to eat at Mesa Grill at least 3 times since there is so much on the menu I want to try.

 
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 08, 2010, 12:41:25 AM
On the first episode, I was hoping that he would split the teams up after that first service.  Everybody sent upstairs would now be the red team, and everybody that stayed downstairs would be the blue team.  It would be a neat twist.

I would like to see an end to this "men vs women" thing in the teams....

I don't think it hurts anything but I don't think it helps.  Especially when the chauvinist pig stuff  from the guys starts....

I'd love a chance to eat at one of Ramsay's restaurants....but I doubt I could ever afford it.

Did try to keep an eye out when they were advertising for restaurants in South Florida for Kitchen Nightmares to see if they then advertised for people to come eat during filming....but I guess I'd moved away by then.  Then again, looking at the restaurants they did get (Le Bistro, Ana Vincenzo's and Fleming) I'm not sure I missed anything,
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on June 08, 2010, 01:29:08 AM
If you like Ramsay, try to catch The F Word. It's possibly my favorite of his shows.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 08, 2010, 10:10:03 AM
"F Word" is good....until they get to the part where they kill animals on camera (which seems to happen every episode).  And then I'm out.

(not a bleeding heart vegetarian - just don't like it and it reminds me that for everyone of these animals who are at least being treated humanly there are dozens out there that aren't)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: MontyServo on June 08, 2010, 01:28:56 PM
"F Word" is good....until they get to the part where they kill animals on camera (which seems to happen every episode).  And then I'm out.

(not a bleeding heart vegetarian - just don't like it and it reminds me that for everyone of these animals who are at least being treated humanly there are dozens out there that aren't)

Or when he raises an animal all season long at his house with his kids, only to slaughter it and eat it.  I suppose he is trying to make a point about where our food comes from, but it still is a bit off-putting that he lets his kids name the animals that they know they will eventually eat.

Speaking of Ramsey, if I ever decide to take on a cookbook Julie and Julia style, it will be one of his.  I've been wanting to do something like that for a long time (not blog about it like the movie, just for my own personal experience).  Anybody here ever do something like that, cook every recipe in a cookbook?

On a side note, does anybody here have any of the 4 cookbooks featured on Top Chef Masters last week?  A couple of the chefs on there have been making some interesting items, and I was wondering if their cookbooks were worth seeking out.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 08, 2010, 01:35:47 PM
"F Word" is good....until they get to the part where they kill animals on camera (which seems to happen every episode).  And then I'm out.

(not a bleeding heart vegetarian - just don't like it and it reminds me that for everyone of these animals who are at least being treated humanly there are dozens out there that aren't)

Or when he raises an animal all season long at his house with his kids, only to slaughter it and eat it.  I suppose he is trying to make a point about where our food comes from, but it still is a bit off-putting that he lets his kids name the animals that they know they will eventually eat.

Only thing is, that is kind of common on farms as well.  My Mom lived on a farm as a kid - they had "pet" chickens and the like.

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On a side note, does anybody here have any of the 4 cookbooks featured on Top Chef Masters last week?  A couple of the chefs on there have been making some interesting items, and I was wondering if their cookbooks were worth seeking out.

I am SO far behind on Top Chef Masters I don't even know which chefs are on this season....
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 08, 2010, 05:25:20 PM
"That is just going to make me go slower because you are pissing me off".  Wow,talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face :D

I think I know who is not making it to the end of the season.

What was up with the guy who didn't even know one desert?!
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 08, 2010, 05:29:45 PM
Wow,if you mess up water you are in trouble.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 08, 2010, 05:32:36 PM
So many things going wrong I feel like I am watching an episode of Chef!.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 08, 2010, 09:05:52 PM
Oh...you're commenting as you watch....

I'm still at work. I won't get to see this until some time tomorrow.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 09, 2010, 08:47:24 AM
Salvatore's schedule to become Tommy Wiseau is coming along nicely. Apparanlty some chick cheated on him, which he just had to mention to Chef Ramsey.

Let me guess, she was just so beautiful, but she betrayed Salvatiore with his friend Mark


Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 09, 2010, 09:04:10 AM
Salvatore's schedule to become Tommy Wiseau is coming along nicely. Apparanlty some chick cheated on him, which he just had to mention to Chef Ramsey.

Let me guess, she was just so beautiful, but she betrayed Salvatiore with his friend Mark




 :D

What an awful service.

No one won :scared:

Boy they really screwed up.

I don't get why you would come on this show and then leave after Chef Ramsey. yells at you,was he not expecting it?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 09, 2010, 09:19:29 AM
Salvatore's schedule to become Tommy Wiseau is coming along nicely. Apparanlty some chick cheated on him, which he just had to mention to Chef Ramsey.

Let me guess, she was just so beautiful, but she betrayed Salvatiore with his friend Mark

So if by some miracle Sal makes it to the final two or three and they bring in the family members, he'll be visited by some drug-selling, socially retarded kid that he's putting through school?   ;)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on June 09, 2010, 09:25:10 AM
Salvatore's schedule to become Tommy Wiseau is coming along nicely. Apparanlty some chick cheated on him, which he just had to mention to Chef Ramsey.

Let me guess, she was just so beautiful, but she betrayed Salvatiore with his friend Mark




Everyone betray him.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 09, 2010, 09:39:39 AM
Salvatore's schedule to become Tommy Wiseau is coming along nicely. Apparanlty some chick cheated on him, which he just had to mention to Chef Ramsey.

Let me guess, she was just so beautiful, but she betrayed Salvatiore with his friend Mark

Everyone betray him.

When he makes a dish that includes "scotchka" as an ingredient, I'll believe it.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 10, 2010, 12:51:55 AM
Ahh...got the answer to my question. The crab goes into the mashed potatoes (at least according to what Mikah - ? - said about the garnishes she was making).

Can't imagine what main you'd serve that with but....

Of course you can't trust Fox editing but it's starting to look like half the competitors this year are going out the front door.   ???

Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 10, 2010, 06:03:21 AM
Since we lost two this week, we will probably have a week where no one gets booted.


I think Maria is the worst. (the chcik that laughed first service) She was all gung ho about Autumn being the one on the chopping block, then Ramsey says he disagrees, then rasmey talks about leadership, and Maria immediatly crumbles and says "I can't beleive I almost gor rid fo Autumn". Way to stick to your guns.

Personally I think Autumn is bitch and if I voted for her and Ramsey sent her back in line, I would at least stand by my choice
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 11, 2010, 12:01:14 AM
Unfortunately, I think we're stuck with Autumn for the "drama factor" for some time to come...

Same way they did with Lacey and Robert and several others who were allowed to stick around much longer than they really deserved - but someone decided they were "good television".
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 15, 2010, 01:48:30 AM
So....has anyone heard what Fox is going to do about Obama's speech/Hell's Kitchen?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 21, 2010, 01:01:23 AM
Since we lost two this week, we will probably have a week where no one gets booted.

You called it.  Unfortunately, it was the week when we could have gotten rid of one of the two who make me want to punch my screen.  At least we don't have to hear "I got it" anymore.

And while I'm kind of rooting for Salvatore as an underdog....he's been in the US how many years did he say?  Sixteen or something like that?  And he can't write English at all?  So if he can't write it that would also mean he can't read it?  How does he read the tickets at the pizza place?  Or the cans and containers of ingredients?  Last time I was in a professional kitchen all the labels were stark white with black writing....no photos.

It's natural for anyone to think and speak in the first language you learned - but that's ridiculous.

(and I want to get into one of those "skydiving" tubes   :D)

PS - Don't know if anyone else watches Top Chef too but can I just say....there was actually a city of Miami, Florida before Castro took over Cuba...there was people there and nightlife and entertainment and food....
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 27, 2010, 09:11:42 PM
Yea!  Scott "The Ego That Roared" is gone!!!   "I'm the world's greatest chef....just let me serve you raw Wellingtons and mix blood sausage and prunes to prove it."

BTW, when Ramsay and the sous chefs took over for the Red kitchen did anyone else notice the female chef stick her finger into some of the food to then taste it?  If a contestant had done that wouldn't Ramsay have gone ballistic?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 27, 2010, 09:15:56 PM
Yea!  Scott "The Ego That Roared" is gone!!!   "I'm the world's greatest chef....just let me serve you raw Wellingtons and mix blood sausage and prunes to prove it."

BTW, when Ramsay and the sous chefs took over for the Red kitchen did anyone else notice the female chef stick her finger into some of the food to then taste it?  If a contestant had done that wouldn't Ramsay have gone ballistic?

When did this happen? I thought Maria left of Tuesday....
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on June 27, 2010, 09:58:09 PM
Yea!  Scott "The Ego That Roared" is gone!!!   "I'm the world's greatest chef....just let me serve you raw Wellingtons and mix blood sausage and prunes to prove it."

BTW, when Ramsay and the sous chefs took over for the Red kitchen did anyone else notice the female chef stick her finger into some of the food to then taste it?  If a contestant had done that wouldn't Ramsay have gone ballistic?
I don't think so. Do you see how much they stick their fingers into foods they serve (Ramsay himself touches like every single dish to test it before it goes out). I think the issue is testing with a spoon and then sticking the spoon back in (or perhaps finger).  Bottom line: no double dipping!  Once is ok tho.  ;)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 27, 2010, 10:31:24 PM
Yea!  Scott "The Ego That Roared" is gone!!!   "I'm the world's greatest chef....just let me serve you raw Wellingtons and mix blood sausage and prunes to prove it."

BTW, when Ramsay and the sous chefs took over for the Red kitchen did anyone else notice the female chef stick her finger into some of the food to then taste it?  If a contestant had done that wouldn't Ramsay have gone ballistic?

When did this happen? I thought Maria left of Tuesday....

There were two episodes again last week.

Sorry I spoiled it for you.   :(   I'm 99% sure you can watch it over at the Fox website.

Was going to say something about the Reward challenge too....but I won't now.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: D.B. Barnes on June 27, 2010, 11:02:10 PM
Do you see how much they stick their fingers into foods they serve (Ramsay himself touches like every single dish to test it before it goes out). I think the issue is testing with a spoon and then sticking the spoon back in (or perhaps finger).  Bottom line: no double dipping!  Once is ok tho.  ;)

 :D

"That’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!!!"

(http://www.sogoodblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/double-dip.png)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 27, 2010, 11:24:51 PM
Do you see how much they stick their fingers into foods they serve (Ramsay himself touches like every single dish to test it before it goes out). I think the issue is testing with a spoon and then sticking the spoon back in (or perhaps finger).  Bottom line: no double dipping!  Once is ok tho.  ;)

 :D

"That’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!!!"

Eh..."Mythbusters" disproved that and I believe them

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

In the case of the sous chef though...I'm not worried about her fingers after they were in her mouth.  It's what she had been touching before she put her finger in....

And I've always wondered about Ramsay doing it as well - although I think he usually puts his hands on it after he looks at it and something looks not quite right.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 28, 2010, 04:00:22 PM
Yea!  Scott "The Ego That Roared" is gone!!!   "I'm the world's greatest chef....just let me serve you raw Wellingtons and mix blood sausage and prunes to prove it."

BTW, when Ramsay and the sous chefs took over for the Red kitchen did anyone else notice the female chef stick her finger into some of the food to then taste it?  If a contestant had done that wouldn't Ramsay have gone ballistic?

When did this happen? I thought Maria left of Tuesday....

There were two episodes again last week.

Sorry I spoiled it for you.   :(   I'm 99% sure you can watch it over at the Fox website.

Was going to say something about the Reward challenge too....but I won't now.

It's on Hulu.....not that I watch my TV the legal way.....
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 28, 2010, 09:14:15 PM
Yea!  Scott "The Ego That Roared" is gone!!!   "I'm the world's greatest chef....just let me serve you raw Wellingtons and mix blood sausage and prunes to prove it."

BTW, when Ramsay and the sous chefs took over for the Red kitchen did anyone else notice the female chef stick her finger into some of the food to then taste it?  If a contestant had done that wouldn't Ramsay have gone ballistic?

When did this happen? I thought Maria left of Tuesday....

There were two episodes again last week.

Sorry I spoiled it for you.   :(   I'm 99% sure you can watch it over at the Fox website.

Was going to say something about the Reward challenge too....but I won't now.

It's on Hulu.....not that I watch my TV the legal way.....

Hey....we can't all afford DVRs....   ;)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 29, 2010, 06:10:28 PM
"I've got one ball here, slightly pink"


I love you, Chef Ramsey!
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on June 30, 2010, 12:49:49 AM
Damn it!  Is this going to be two episodes a night all season?  Probably won't get to see these until Friday now...
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on June 30, 2010, 11:41:40 AM
Damn it!  Is this going to be two episodes a night all season?  Probably won't get to see these until Friday now...

I know, they are totally rushing through this season, but doesn't Ramsey have another competition show starting end of July?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 06, 2010, 06:40:50 PM
I don't think anyone this season should be allowed in a kitchen,this may be the most screwed up bunch ever to turn up on this show.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on July 06, 2010, 07:27:16 PM
I don't think anyone this season should be allowed in a kitchen,this may be the most screwed up bunch ever to turn up on this show.
I think last season (or was it the season before?) that everyone was just helpless.  Remember that one big, fat asian dude who broke down to tears the very first night?  At least the blue team this season has been holding steady (esp after the team switching).  I mean, as soon as the red team got Benjamin, both teams seemed to really click together whereas seasons before, they struggled to complete a first service for several several episodes and then they had to whittle it down to 5 till people started working well together.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 06, 2010, 07:30:52 PM
Yeah I guess last season was worse.

Well tonight they started working well together after what's her name left,I guess we will have to see what happens next.

Next week's episode looks interesting.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on July 07, 2010, 07:51:51 AM
I liked Nilka's pouty breakdown
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on August 02, 2010, 02:42:04 AM
Been avoiding this thread because I've been SO behind in episodes but I've finally caught up....

I liked Nilka's pouty breakdown

Liked it too...and that she tried to get him to take her back.  The girl's got bollocks.  I think it was cool that Ramsay said goodbye this time.  She hung in a long time and was never put up for elimination (that I can remember anyway).

And Autumn is STILL flying under the radar? ???

Ben is all talk - except during service. Poor Jason deserved a little bit better. And Holli and Jay all over each other is making me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

Ramsay is still Ramsay...and that's mainly what we're here for.

This other program however...."Masterchef".   They're starting out like "American Idol"...which I'm not happy about at all.

Seriously, you've got 100 aprons and you're acting like you're not afraid you're going to give them all out before you see everyone?  Or that you'll send someone good home and have aprons left over at the end?  They know who is and isn't staying and this is "theater".  And all of this crying and the sob stories....*gag*  They do the little bio things about a contestant coming up and we're supposed to believe that they went to the time and trouble to film something at home with someone who ISN'T going to make it into the competition?

And then it looks like it's going to turn into "Top Chef" with non-professionals.  Which as long as Ramsay's the one keeping an eye on them it could be good.  The other two....the other chef and the restaurant owner who reminds me of the investors they used to have on "Shark Tank" on ABC....not so much.

Speaking of ABC, they've scheduled "Wipeout" up against "Masterchef"..... :(  They rerun "Wipeout" on Saturdays sometimes but....
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen (The 8th Season)
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 22, 2010, 10:20:29 PM
Anyone catch the premiere tonight?

So I guess they're casting this show to include 30 to 50% psychos intentionally now?

BTW....anyone as disappointed in "Masterchef" over all as I was?  This could be the first Ramsay show I haven't finished recording and may dump the episodes I have.

Meanwhile, he's launched another show in the UK called "Ramsay's Best Restaurants".  Only watched the introduction.  They got recommendations of restaurants around the UK and they're going to have them compete against each other.  The first episode is Italian restaurants. Does make me wonder though as they evidently bus in their own people to do the judging - and then have the entire bus load descend on the place and expect the place to take care of everyone at once...  Gotta sit down and watch this.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen (The 8th Season)
Post by: stansimpson on September 25, 2010, 10:10:38 PM
Anyone catch the premiere tonight?

So I guess they're casting this show to include 30 to 50% psychos intentionally now?[
Yes!  Sabrina and Raj are absolute mental cases.  I thought Raj was eccentric, but now I'm thinking he's got the lowest IQ (and possibly EQ) of anyone there.  Sabrina is going to be cancer for the Red Team. I really want to see her voted off but the opening of the first episode shows she's going to make it very interesting.  And what's with the lady with the breakdown?  I swear it looked like she was having a stroke.  Overall... it's a mixed bag of psychos and crazies.

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BTW....anyone as disappointed in "Masterchef" over all as I was?  This could be the first Ramsay show I haven't finished recording and may dump the episodes I have.
I watched a couple eps. I've seen every ep of Kitchen Nightmares (US and UK series) and every Hell's Kitchen season... and just don't have the interest for it.   :P  It's interesting... but there's something about it that just doesn't have any pull for me.  Even less than Ramsay's "The F Word".

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Meanwhile, he's launched another show in the UK called "Ramsay's Best Restaurants".  Only watched the introduction.  They got recommendations of restaurants around the UK and they're going to have them compete against each other.  The first episode is Italian restaurants. Does make me wonder though as they evidently bus in their own people to do the judging - and then have the entire bus load descend on the place and expect the place to take care of everyone at once...  Gotta sit down and watch this.
Perhaps it's "Master Chef" that has disappointed me, but that doesn't sound that interesting.  Maybe a commercial for it will entice me or sumthin.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on September 26, 2010, 12:29:11 PM
I enjoyed Master Chef. And I love The F Word (the pig season was my favorite).

And I'm seriously beginning to wonder if Raj has Asperger's.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on September 26, 2010, 07:50:54 PM
Just watched the latest episode.  2 eps in and already some wildly strange moments.  Notice this is the first time a contestant has left for undisclosed medical reasons (I swear Antonia had a stroke)?  And what's with all the guys unleashing on Raj?  Looks like something was edited out.  The guy's a Lenny Small man-child with the auspices of a grown man.  They don't realize this?  Also, I gotta hand it to Vinny for telling the customer not to order sides.  The problem was that he got caught.  After 2hrs, I'd certainly do everything I in my power to get my customers faster service.  But Ramsay was also right cuz, ultimately, Vinny is meddling with the meals (and that's something only Ramsay should do). Makes me wish Ben got more of a tongue lashing for calling out orders last season.   :D
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 28, 2010, 11:15:40 PM
I don't get sending Curtis home without a chance to come up and defend himself.

Yeah, he screwed up the sushi - but his partner in the challenge Trev didn't do any better.  He just lucked out that he didn't get that station.

(and yet, Trev has the nerve to sit in front of the camera and bitch about Curtis not being able to make sushi?)

Also, btw....you'll notice that neither of the women who screwed up the sushi challenge were put on that station for dinner service.

Anyway....about Ramsay's Best Restaurant....

In some ways, it's part Kitchen Nightmares for good restaurants.   He puts two restaurants through their paces.

First with 30 people bused in all at once for dinner.  Ramsay watches over the whole service just like he would in a KN..

Then by sending in a mystery diner with a hidden camera (two hidden cameras actually since someone at another table ends up providing a different angle).  These diners aren't out and out pains in the ass but they do intentionally make some demands just to see how the front staff and/or the kitchen handles it. Ramsay then has each restaurant in to see the tapes and he critiques them as they watch.

Finally, he has both kitchen crews into his own restaurant to serve a meal.  And then he decides a winner over all between the two. First episode was two Italian places and the second was two East Indian restaurants.

I haven't looked it up to find out how many parings there will be in the season but at the end all the winners will compete against each other.

Right now my only major complaint is that these places are in the UK so even though I'd really like to try one of Indian places, I can't.

If you find the "F Word"/"Cookalong Live" Ramsay to be less than and only like the "Hell's Kitchen" version....this isn't for you.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Artie on September 29, 2010, 10:35:28 AM
This is off-topic but seems like a good spot to discuss it

Did you anyone see the Chopped Champions finale on Food Network last night? 

That was a great hour of TV - four great chefs all being challenged to do their best work.  No fighting, no "drama" just real skill being put to the test.  That's what "reality" tv should be.   
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 29, 2010, 12:54:43 PM
I love "Chopped" but I don't have the Food Network anymore....and they don't stream their stuff (as far as I know).
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 29, 2010, 02:24:03 PM
I feel sick....   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

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Another Ramsay TV chef suicide

September 28, 2010

A New Jersey restaurateur once featured on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" -- and told by the TV chef that his debt-ridden eatery was "about to swim down the Hudson" -- was eerily found floating in the river after jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

Joseph Cerniglia, the 39-year-old owner of Campania in Fair Lawn, is the second chef to commit suicide after appearing on one of Ramsay's high-heat, reality-cooking series.

Cerniglia -- once the executive chef at Manhattan's famed Gallagher's Steak House -- had been deeply in debt when his Italian eatery was featured in the first season of "Kitchen Nightmares" in 2007.

During the series, foul-mouthed celebrity foodie Ramsay would verbally bash down-on-their-luck restaurateurs in hopes of getting them back on track.

"Your business is about to f - - king swim down the Hudson," the brash Brit berated Cerniglia, a married dad of three who lived in Pompton Lakes.

Ramsay fumed about the eatery's huge portions, lousy food quality, poor service and the sophomoric antics of the kitchen staff.

"Why did you become a chef-owner if you haven't a clue how to run a business?" Ramsay railed at Cerniglia.

Cerniglia conceded that "Campania definitely has its share of problems, big problems."  He noted that the once-popular restaurant had fallen into desperate straits.  "I'm financially in trouble -- the debt of the restaurant alone is overwhelming. My personal debt -- wife, kids mortgage -- that's a lot of debt," he moaned on the show.  "I owe my purveyors about $80,000 right now in cold, hard cash . . . I can't see us going on another year."

Cerniglia's wife, Melissa, sobbed during the show, "People like us put everything on the line for a dream, and I just want to see him have the time to succeed.  If this business fails, we will lose everything."

Cerniglia's business managed to survive after Ramsay made a series of changes and held a grand reopening.  In fact, patrons yesterday said the eatery had been thriving.

"The place is really doing well -- the parking lot is packed on weekends," said a woman who works at the tanning salon next door.

Another salon worker, Evelina Grzymala, 22, said Cerniglia was grateful to Ramsey for helping him turn his business around.

"[Cerniglia] said Ramsey was intense but that he turned out to be a nice guy, that in the end, he helped him out," Grzymala recalled.


"I don't believe Joe's gone," she said sadly. "I saw him here last week, and he was on his cellphone, waving and walking by, like he always did."

Cerniglia killed himself Friday afternoon. Authorities said a motorist called 911 after seeing a man standing on the George Washington Bridge just before 1 p.m. His body was later recovered from the river.

Cerniglia's family posted a message on his Facebook page saying they wanted "to thank all of the friends that have sent their condolences" -- and asked that financial donations be sent in lieu of flowers to support his widow and their three sons, Evan, Michael and Nicholas.

In a statement issued this morning, Ramsay said, “I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of 'Kitchen Nightmares.' Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”

The first person to star in a Ramsay show and then kill herself was chef Rachel Brown.  Brown, 41, competed on Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" -- a series pitting aspiring chefs against each other -- in 2006.

She had been eliminated on the fifth episode, but returned to the series for the finale to help chef Heather West nab the top prize. Brown shot herself to death in her family's Dallas home a year later.

I was pulling for these guys so much.  Such a beautiful family.  And they were on the "Revisited" show and things were going so much better for them.

Found out about this from this article...

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Rachel Brown, "Hell's Kitchen" Suicide: Was Reality TV to Blame?
Posted by David W Freeman

Suicide claims more than 34,000 Americans every year, and it looks as if two recent victims had one thing in common:

Both were former contestants on a reality show notorious for dishing out tough love to aspiring chefs.

Joseph Cerniglia, 39, of Pompton Lakes, N.J., apparently leaped to his death yesterday from the George Washington Bridge, the New York Post reported. The owner of a restaurant in suburban New York, Cerniglia had appeared in 2007 on "Kitchen Nightmares," a show that subjected struggling restaurateurs to harsh criticism from English foodie Gordon Ramsay.

In 2007, 41-year-old Rachel Brown reportedly shot herself to death after appearing on "Hell's Kitchen," another show that featured Ramsay.

Ramsay is famously tough on contestants.  "Your business is about to f - - king swim down the Hudson," Ramsay told Cerniglia, the married father of three, according to the Daily Mail.

Does that kind of talk drive people to kill themselves?  Probably not, says the former president of the American Academy of Suicidology, Dr. Robert Yufit.

"My guess is that both of these people had major problems before appearing on the show," Yufit told CBS News. "I would almost bet that the show itself should not be held responsible. I would say say that the show might have tripped off something else that was going on in their lives.

Yufit, a Chicago-based clinical psychologist, said he wasn't acquainted with the particulars of the deaths. But, he said, the ways Cerniglia and Brown apparently killed themselves suggest that both were determined to die.

"Shooting yourself and jumping off a bridge are extreme situations where death is almost a certainty," he said. That's not the case with pills and other, less violent forms of "self-harm, he said.

IMHO....IF there was any connection at all for either incident, it could have been that people who go on these shows sometimes think that being on these shows is going to transform their lives for good and forever. That they're going to be the next Elizabeth Hasselbeck...a woman who got a TV job (she's not qualified for) and married a quarterback because she ate bugs on "Survivor".

And when it doesn't live up to what they've built up in their minds it's going to be, they get depressed.

I'm not saying that's what happened in either of these cases - just a possibility.

http://www.youtube.com/v/0e8qDvbsH5g?fs=1&hl=en_US
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Compound on September 29, 2010, 03:35:06 PM
Ow. Well, I was just popping in to note that Season 3 & 4 of Hell's Kitchen would be released on DVD in the next few weeks, but now I'm just kind of sad.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on September 29, 2010, 08:19:14 PM
When I saw the headline at first, I'd guessed it was the guy at the Handlebar....this really surprised me.

Another thought....Ramsay's been doing KN in the UK longer than in this country...and one season of Hell's Kitchen as well...

No one there has gone to that extreme.  And if you saw the one with Allan Love (Ruby Tate's) you thought he might have tried it right there on camera, he was that stressed.....

So if you're going to make any connection of suicide to the show, what does that say about Americans?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on September 30, 2010, 08:44:21 PM
Gee, that's sad.  I had known about Rachel Brown, and I conjectured it was suicide. She was really tight with (my favorite Hell's Kitchen contestant ever) Heather West, and that has got to totally suck for all her loved ones.  The bridge-jumping guy tho reminded me of this documentary I saw called "The Bridge" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwl-Pa_QT0M).  That's actually helped me a lot to comprehend the people who make those decisions.  Most surprising is how many change their mind on the way down (according to accidental survivals).  I remember reading about how the brain has trouble comprehending that things in life change, so someone who is depressed can often times just not see that and make stupid, permanent decisions.

All that aside, I just watched the latest ep (Ep 3):
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Hmm... Chopped Champions, eh?  My situation is more like PSCD's.  I don't get Food Network, and without streaming, I'm SOL.  But I'd love to see Hell's Kitchen tone down their drama.  My suspicion for that (among many) I think is cuz, being in their 8th season, I'm sure they're running out of qualified top-notch contestants so they make up for it with bigger personalities.  I think the same thing may be going on with "Survivor" as well (after 20 seasons).  Speaking of which... I'mma go watch the latest ep right now!   ;D
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 01, 2010, 10:35:27 PM
For the first time, I am not enjoying this show...

(and considering we had to suffer through two seasons of fat-ass Robert, that's saying something)

Sabrina and that mouth is like the white noise they use to torture prisoners.  And she said in so many words that she has six months of previous experience?  Yet she's knocking other people?

Wow....I had a job holding up a sign in front of a restaurant for a few weekends to make some extra money....I think I'll put in my name as a contestant for next season!!!  I guess as long as I act like a ghetto ho wannabe I'm good to go?

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Meanwhile, "Ramsay's Best Restaurant" had another episode...this time Chinese places.  Although, IMHO, it's kind of "too fancy for their own good Chinese places".   Again, Ramsay has to go a little "Kitchen Nightmares" in this show....even though these are supposed to be the best restaurants in the UK.  It's interesting.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 02, 2010, 08:23:32 PM
One last word on the subject...

(I'd started seeing these things before but I didn't want to say anything until it was confirmed)

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Too Quick to Blame Gordon Ramsay for TV Chef's Suicide?

Fri., Oct. 1, 2010 6:01 AM PDT by Joal Ryan

So, who's out of line now?  Not Gordon Ramsay.

But wasn't it just days ago the suicide death of New Jersey chef Joseph Cerniglia was all but pinned on Ramsay's hotheaded Kitchen Nightmares persona?

Wasn't Exhibit A the fact that Cerniglia was on Kitchen Nightmares? Wasn't Exhibit B the double fact that Cerniglia was yelled at by Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares?

And wasn't Top Chef judge Eric Ripert's expert tweet-imony the clincher? (Chided Ripert: Ramsay is "very wrong.")

Sure. It all made for an airtight indictment of Ramsay, not to mention reality TV.

Until, that is, the rest of the imperfect story (http://www.eonline.com///uberblog/top_stories/b203294_More_Kitchen_Nightmares_Uncovered_Suicidal_Chef_Had_Cocaine_Arrest.html) came along: Cerniglia's drug problems; Cerniglia's personal problems; Cerniglia's problems with almost everything but Ramsay and his TV show.

Now, before we rush to judgment and conclude that Cerniglia leaped to his death because the married but separated man was dating his pastry chef, let's just admit: We don't know. We don't why Cerniglia committed suicide.

And neither did anyone who was tsk-tsking Ramsay.

Yesterday, after the first reports of Cerniglia's troubled life surfaced, Ripert returned to Twitter. "For the record," he wrote, "my comments on Ramsay were not related to the recent tragedy…"

Are we going to express disbelief that Ripert just happened to have lit into Ramsay on the same day Cerniglia's death was reported?

No.

We're going to give Ripert the benefit of the doubt that it seems some didn't give a certain under-fire star.

As for the last word? We're going to give that to Curtis Stone, late of Celebrity Apprentice, who said of Ramsay to E! News: "We were old mates and worked together a long time ago in London. I know him and I don't wanna kill myself."
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on October 09, 2010, 07:34:02 PM
Currently watching the latest ep, and I just gotta confirm with someone else........ doesn't Nona look exactly like a female Chris Farley?


(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/NonaisFarley.jpg)

I think so anyway.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on October 09, 2010, 07:47:36 PM
Currently watching the latest ep, and I just gotta confirm with someone else........ doesn't Nona look exactly like a female Chris Farley?


(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/NonaisFarley.jpg)

I think so anyway.

Holy Crap, she does!

And she is very annoying. I would ike her and Sabrina to get booted next
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on October 09, 2010, 08:28:52 PM
Currently watching the latest ep, and I just gotta confirm with someone else........ doesn't Nona look exactly like a female Chris Farley?


(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/NonaisFarley.jpg)

I think so anyway.

Holy Crap, she does!

And she is very annoying. I would ike her and Sabrina to get booted next
I've wanted Sabrina to be gone since ep 1. She has the worst attitude of any contestant on any HK.  It's like she's a bratty, selfish 13-yr-old girl in a group of adults.
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Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 09, 2010, 11:07:55 PM
I've wanted Sabrina to be gone since ep 1. She has the worst attitude of any contestant on any HK.  It's like she's a bratty, selfish 13-yr-old girl in a group of adults.

I'm starting to think that Sabrina would have to take a dump on the plates served to Ramsay's family next week.....and even then, he might find some reason to send someone else home..

I'm not enjoying this show this season at all because I spend most of it wanting to reach into the screen, grab that [expletive deleted], pull her tongue out at the root and shove it up her ass.   Every word out of her mouth is something stupid or her pot/kettle/black shit (she rarely wins points in challenges but it's always someone else who "lost it for us") and it's like nails on a blackboard.  In fact, it's gotten so I'm not hearing much of what she says anymore since the minute she starts talking I'm telling her to shut the fuck up and "c u next time".

If Ms. Six-Months-Experience-And-I'm-Better-Than-Everyone makes it to a black jacket, I think I'm done.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on October 09, 2010, 11:28:14 PM
I've wanted Sabrina to be gone since ep 1. She has the worst attitude of any contestant on any HK.  It's like she's a bratty, selfish 13-yr-old girl in a group of adults.

I'm starting to think that Sabrina would have to take a dump on the plates served to Ramsay's family next week.....and even then, he might find some reason to send someone else home..

I'm not enjoying this show this season at all because I spend most of it wanting to reach into the screen, grab that [expletive deleted], pull her tongue out at the root and shove it up her ass.   Every word out of her mouth is something stupid or her pot/kettle/black shit (she rarely wins points in challenges but it's always someone else who "lost it for us") and it's like nails on a blackboard.  In fact, it's gotten so I'm not hearing much of what she says anymore since the minute she starts talking I'm telling her to shut the fuck up and "c u next time".

If Ms. Six-Months-Experience-And-I'm-Better-Than-Everyone makes it to a black jacket, I think I'm done.
Yeah, or at least a serious change of heart.  Man, what I'd pay to see her comeuppance.  I hope it's gooood, yknow?  Like Ramsay totally letting loose like no one else before.  In her defense, she's not the worst cook.  Melissa, Emily, and Boris are surprisingly inept.  Sabrina just sucks as a person.

Sadly, if you think this is bad, you should see "Survivor".  This girl Naonka(sp?) is the worst!  I'd rather have 5 Sabrinas than 1 Naonka.  The show's great when she's not on.  Unfortunately, she's the only thing dramatically interesting on her tribe so she gets a good amount of screentime. 

These shows better start kicking off these nutjobs early or learn from these "mistakes" and stop casting these Big Brother rejects!
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 10, 2010, 12:24:16 AM
In her defense, she's not the worst cook.  Melissa, Emily, and Boris are surprisingly inept.  Sabrina just sucks as a person.

But I have to wonder if having to deal with Sabrina and all of her drama and her slacking off when Ramsay isn't around doesn't screw everybody else up.   Look at Trev - who isn't perfect but isn't bad either - who had to keep after her instead of concentrating on what he was doing.  If he'd messed up something while trying to get her to get her ass into gear, who would have gone home for it?  Ramsay mentioned that Emily looked like she was "zoned out" - maybe that was her defense to that constant irritant that is Sabrina.

And yeah...Boris is another one that makes me scratch my head.  But there's always been a "Boris" in every season....somebody that it seems that Ramsay thinks is better and will pull it together even when they're screwing up more than someone else who has left.

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Sadly, if you think this is bad, you should see "Survivor".  This girl Naonka(sp?) is the worst!  I'd rather have 5 Sabrinas than 1 Naonka.  The show's great when she's not on.  Unfortunately, she's the only thing dramatically interesting on her tribe so she gets a good amount of screentime. 

These shows better start kicking off these nutjobs early or learn from these "mistakes" and stop casting these Big Brother rejects!

That's what I always felt set this show (and admittedly "Top Chef") apart from those other reality shows that I avoid like poison.  "Hell's Kitchen" didn't cast complete wastes of space who just wanted to be on TV. No one would go through this if that's all you wanted. And even if the editing got a bit creative to heighten the drama....

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

.....the basic competition still felt as real as things could be despite the people knowing that everything is being filmed.  This season with Raj the nutcase and now this other one, it all feels like a joke.  And worse, it's a joke on the contestants who are still there to compete.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on October 10, 2010, 08:02:02 AM
I just ignore Sabrina when she's talking, but what annoys me and that the Red Team will constantly try to get her booted off when there are (were) weaker cooks on the team! Emily and Melissa SHOULD have been sent home before Sabrina because they suck at cooking.

Also, I think keeping her around is a good test. LEt's face it, there is no way she will be in the final two, but, if a cook can handle her bad attitude and still come out on top, that shows true leadership. People have to deal with Assholes in their job, everyone does. I think Trev has a huge star now that he has worked with Sabrina and made her do prep work, something the other girls could never do. That shows real leadership on Trev's part.

Nona I can't stand because she thought Sabrina should be put up for elimination when Nona can't cook scallops. If you get booted from your station, you should be put for elimination. End of Story. Sabrina didn't get booted from Garnishes, she just had a hissy fit, and Trev's attitude toward her showed much more leadership potential than the rest fo the red team's.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 10, 2010, 11:56:29 AM
Nona I can't stand because she thought Sabrina should be put up for elimination when Nona can't cook scallops

If scallops are the criteria, then Rob and his "Bon Appetite" salad should be out of there, too.  How many sets of scallops did he ruin before he finally got them cooked correctly?  Four or five?  Sounds like luck more than skill.

And why is Boris still there?  Four out of four stations.....

Sabrina's has had more than hissy fits about her stations - starting with her first dinner service bring up the meat even though the rest of the stuff wasn't ready.  And I keep thinking about how the winner of this is also going to be some kind of promotions person for the wine company - you can see right now that she has zero people skills and you wouldn't want her in that position.  So, why keep her around except to aggravate everyone?

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If you get booted from your station, you should be put for elimination. End of Story

When did Emily get booted?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on October 10, 2010, 05:32:59 PM
Currently watching the latest ep, and I just gotta confirm with someone else........ doesn't Nona look exactly like a female Chris Farley?


(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/NonaisFarley.jpg)

I think so anyway.

Yeah, we had this discussion last week. Poor Nona.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on October 10, 2010, 05:35:21 PM


Sadly, if you think this is bad, you should see "Survivor".  This girl Naonka(sp?) is the worst!  I'd rather have 5 Sabrinas than 1 Naonka.  The show's great when she's not on.  Unfortunately, she's the only thing dramatically interesting on her tribe so she gets a good amount of screentime. 


The worst part: Naonka is a P.E. teacher! She has access to people's kids.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on October 10, 2010, 05:44:52 PM


Sadly, if you think this is bad, you should see "Survivor".  This girl Naonka(sp?) is the worst!  I'd rather have 5 Sabrinas than 1 Naonka.  The show's great when she's not on.  Unfortunately, she's the only thing dramatically interesting on her tribe so she gets a good amount of screentime. 


The worst part: Naonka is a P.E. teacher! She has access to people's kids.
My brain shuts down when I think of this.  I think it's some survival technique that's allowing me to fight an aneurysm or something.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on October 11, 2010, 03:45:14 AM


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If you get booted from your station, you should be put for elimination. End of Story

When did Emily get booted?
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Nona got booted from Scallops and Trev had to make them. And it's not that cooking scallops is the criteria,. I think the criteria should be based on that nights dinner service more than anything. And while Sabrina has a bad attitude, she hasn't done a bad job of cooking (although she did get saved by Melissa with the pork)

But again, keeping the worker with a bad attitude is a test for the other chefs
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 11, 2010, 09:58:49 AM
And while Sabrina has a bad attitude, she hasn't done a bad job of cooking (although she did get saved by Melissa with the pork)

So....Sabrina got "booted" from her station when Melissa saved her....and now Melissa's gone because Rob (who took many times to make proper scallops himself) kept rejecting the scallops she made.

And Trev is "running" the red team even though he couldn't make sushi any better than Curtis who got sent home for that.

I understand now.

 ;)

And, btw, IF Sabrina is doing so well, really believes that she herself is the shit....and that Ramsay knows talent when he sees it....why does she keep turning into a raging shrew every time she's put up there?  You'd think she'd consider it just a guarantee that whoever she's up against is a goner.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on October 13, 2010, 03:29:35 PM
Sabrina didn't get booted from the station, she asked for Melissa's help and got it. And she goes spastic when put up for elemination because she is young and full of CRAZY  :D


Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on October 14, 2010, 08:40:48 PM
100th dinner service?  Coool.  I just wanna know... why couldn't Season 2's winner make it?  ??? Aw well.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: anais.jude on October 15, 2010, 03:43:39 AM
Danny looked sooooo hot last night
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on October 15, 2010, 12:09:57 PM
Danny looked sooooo hot last night
Haha.  I hardly recognized him.  He certainly cleans up well.  I wonder when he cut his hair.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 15, 2010, 08:48:57 PM
"I got my hooker boots on!"   :o

And always with the flower just kind of stuck there in her hair...  She's like a 12 year old who thinks this is how to dress like an adult.

Meanwhile, Trev tries to make the team look good by holding Sabrina's hand all night at the meat station and makes her look competent in the process....

BTW, much as I'm rooting for Nona because it would be nice to see a "non-glamorous" gal win for once....I'm thinking Gail has this.

Danny looked sooooo hot last night
Haha.  I hardly recognized him.  He certainly cleans up well.  I wonder when he cut his hair.

Looked grown up and polished, didn't he?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 26, 2010, 02:20:00 PM
Fox just sent me their "Inside Scoop" e-mail and it has a link to 100 cooking tips (http://www.fox.com/hellskitchen/cookingtips/) from Hell's Kitchen contestants....

The ones from this year, everyone is giving a couple of hints about actual cooking.....

Sabrina's are like "Deep Thoughts" rejects....what a surprise.   :D
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on October 31, 2010, 12:30:58 PM
Has it been on the last two weeks?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on October 31, 2010, 12:41:32 PM
Nope.....freakin' World Series.

New episodes won't be shown until November 10th....

But first they are going to show the last two episodes aired of this season on the 8th in case anyone can't remember what happened....and because Fox seems to have forgotten that VCRs, DVRs, Hulu, YouTube, the Video on Demand on most digital cable, the streaming video on their own website and all other the other (sub-rosa) ways to get the episodes exist....

 ::)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 08, 2010, 11:56:05 AM
Waiting for the new episodes - which it appears I'll be watching exclusively online because the truncated version of DirecTV that comes with the rent has the video of the local Fox station but not the audio, for some reason (and there's no point telling the landlord...they'll just say that I don't know how to work a TV...and supposedly I'm the only one who ever complains about anything being broken).....

Anyway...been watching "Ramsay's Best Restarurants".  On the eighth episode of  fourteen and we've gotten to our first double episode in this series - after choosing the last finalist between two Spanish restaurants and we then go straight into the first semi-final.

The first half is as good or perhaps better than the usual...but then we get to the semi-final.

For some reason that still has me scratching my head, they decide that they need to get rid of two of the contending restaurants in the first ten minutes or so.  This is based only on a visit each from secret diners.  They take four out of the eight (why aren't all eight considered for elimination together?) and two are unceremoniously bounced.  Ramsay can't even come to them personally - he does it on the phone.  And I'm wondering....is this what they intended all along?  Did they get halfway through the series and go, "Shit, pitting all these places against each other is going to take forever."  If they couldn't handle eight restaurants why did we just go through this for eight weeks...perhaps to only see a place we were rooting for go down on the word of one person's meal?  Maybe there is something of a "promotional fee" of different levels involved here somewhere...   :-\

So we lose two restaurants immediately.  The other two are told to make up new restaurants that will operate for the one night with a set amount of money to spend.  Can you say "Top Chef Restaurant Wars"?   Only in the case of "Top Chef", the members of the teams have only met a few weeks before and are also competing with each other on the show over all. These people work with each other every day.  And STILL one of the places makes a "dog's dinner" out of some of it!

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Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 10, 2010, 12:51:32 PM
VIEWER ALERT!

New episodes tonight!!!!   The blind taste test.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 14, 2010, 09:29:19 AM
So, Sabrina - that low rent piece of humanity who should be running the kitchen in a Cracker Barrel and not a fine dining establishment in a four star hotel - is part of the final six....

And in Ramsay's Best Restaurants....

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Still enjoy watching Ramsay...but I'm starting to wonder about some of these decisions.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on November 15, 2010, 09:34:51 PM
In Sabrina's defense (::shutters:: ), she's been pretty consistent and a stronger cook than others.  But yeah, as a personality, she needs to go away.  She is not an adult.  She is a child who has no concept of her emotions or how others see her (Sabrina the Teenage Witch?  You bet!).  The teeth-gritting part for me was when she said Trevor should be voted off because of his attitude.  Whaaaat!?!  I woulda spoke up right then and there and asked if his attitude was worse than anyone else's.  Then direct it at her.  Then called her out.  Then quit for not being able to be in the same room as her.

But enough about her.  I had to share this amazing screenshot of Russell being fake-sent home.  Even tho Trevor put him up, he was just as surprised as Vinny (and everyone else):
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/Picture11-2.png)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 15, 2010, 09:55:09 PM
In Sabrina's defense (::shutters:: ), she's been pretty consistent and a stronger cook than others.

She's screwed up on the line.  Worse, she's thrown others under the bus during services.  But she screws them in challenges most of the time too.

She a drone....not a Queen bee.

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I had to share this amazing screenshot of Russell being fake-sent home.  Even tho Trevor put him up, he was just as surprised as Vinny (and everyone else):
(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u160/stansimpson/Picture11-2.png)

The show's playing that card way too often now....but that's a funny shot.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on November 15, 2010, 10:03:55 PM
The show's playing that card way too often now
Oh definitely.  Even in Season 1, they rely on it so heavily.  I'm more surprised when they're called out and not sent back!   :D  That's what was so stand-out this time.  They're usually surprised and/or relieved but the looks on their faces here were of genuine shock (which tells me Russell was waaay stronger than, dang, I forgot his name already).
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 15, 2010, 10:11:00 PM
The show's playing that card way too often now
Oh definitely.  Even in Season 1, they rely on it so heavily.  I'm more surprised when they're called out and not sent back!   :D  That's what was so stand-out this time.  They're usually surprised and/or relieved but the looks on their faces here were of genuine shock (which tells me Russell was waaay stronger than, dang, I forgot his name already).

Rob?  Who I think was 0 for 4 in the taste test?
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on November 15, 2010, 10:26:28 PM
The show's playing that card way too often now
Oh definitely.  Even in Season 1, they rely on it so heavily.  I'm more surprised when they're called out and not sent back!   :D  That's what was so stand-out this time.  They're usually surprised and/or relieved but the looks on their faces here were of genuine shock (which tells me Russell was waaay stronger than, dang, I forgot his name already).

Rob?  Who I think was 0 for 4 in the taste test?
Yeah... almost everyone blew that taste test tho.  I forget who, but mistaking pork for chicken (was that it?) is downright unexcusable.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on November 15, 2010, 11:54:03 PM
The show's playing that card way too often now
Oh definitely.  Even in Season 1, they rely on it so heavily.  I'm more surprised when they're called out and not sent back!   :D  That's what was so stand-out this time.  They're usually surprised and/or relieved but the looks on their faces here were of genuine shock (which tells me Russell was waaay stronger than, dang, I forgot his name already).

Rob?  Who I think was 0 for 4 in the taste test?
Yeah... almost everyone blew that taste test tho.  I forget who, but mistaking pork for chicken (was that it?) is downright unexcusable.

Worse. It was filet mignon they both mistook for chicken.
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on November 16, 2010, 10:02:57 AM
The show's playing that card way too often now
Oh definitely.  Even in Season 1, they rely on it so heavily.  I'm more surprised when they're called out and not sent back!   :D  That's what was so stand-out this time.  They're usually surprised and/or relieved but the looks on their faces here were of genuine shock (which tells me Russell was waaay stronger than, dang, I forgot his name already).

Rob?  Who I think was 0 for 4 in the taste test?
Yeah... almost everyone blew that taste test tho.  I forget who, but mistaking pork for chicken (was that it?) is downright unexcusable.

Worse. It was filet mignon they both mistook for chicken.
:gouge:

"Give me both your jackets!" -Chef Ramsay (or at least what he should've said right after that)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 17, 2010, 09:07:00 AM
The show's playing that card way too often now
Oh definitely.  Even in Season 1, they rely on it so heavily.  I'm more surprised when they're called out and not sent back!   :D  That's what was so stand-out this time.  They're usually surprised and/or relieved but the looks on their faces here were of genuine shock (which tells me Russell was waaay stronger than, dang, I forgot his name already).

Rob?  Who I think was 0 for 4 in the taste test?
Yeah... almost everyone blew that taste test tho.  I forget who, but mistaking pork for chicken (was that it?) is downright unexcusable.

Worse. It was filet mignon they both mistook for chicken.
:gouge:

"Give me both your jackets!" -Chef Ramsay (or at least what he should've said right after that)

Something I agree with wholeheartedly as it was Rob and Sabrina who both thought that filet mignon was chicken....but then couldn't even identify cheddar cheese!!!!   Rob at least got somewhat close with American.  She thought it was provolone!!!   And then she IDs smoked mussels as ham?!?!

And she can't even fall back on the excuse of smoking messing with her taste buds...
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 18, 2010, 09:30:12 PM
BTW...saw something about the show moving back in the schedule tonight.

Does that mean there was only one episode or....?

(thanks in advance)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 19, 2010, 07:01:48 PM
FINALLY!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on November 19, 2010, 09:39:48 PM
Thought this would be appropriate.  ;) :D

http://www.youtube.com/v/tFvDFTiHQfU?fs=1&hl=en_US
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 19, 2010, 11:33:13 PM
However, I'll never forgive them for that montage of her at the end of the episode...like all of that was something we WANTED to relive?

BTW....did you catch the line, 'Trev has successfully tossed Sabrina's salad!'   :D
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on November 20, 2010, 11:17:00 PM
Hahaha!!  I TOTALLY did!  I was waiting for a wink or a chuckle or just something.  There might've been a timpani drum in the back but I certainly was giggling like a 2nd grader when I heard that.   :D
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 21, 2010, 06:42:30 AM
Hahaha!!  I TOTALLY did!  I was waiting for a wink or a chuckle or just something.  There might've been a timpani drum in the back but I certainly was giggling like a 2nd grader when I heard that.   :D

Probably left out any drama sting or similar sound because it would have alerted the censor FCC.

(I keep forgetting - Fox doesn't really censor anything)

Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: stansimpson on November 21, 2010, 09:52:53 AM
Hahaha!!  I TOTALLY did!  I was waiting for a wink or a chuckle or just something.  There might've been a timpani drum in the back but I certainly was giggling like a 2nd grader when I heard that.   :D

Probably left out any drama sting or similar sound because it would have alerted the censor FCC.

(I keep forgetting - Fox doesn't really censor anything)


Then you must be watching a different Chef Ramsay than me! ;)
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 21, 2010, 10:14:26 AM
Hahaha!!  I TOTALLY did!  I was waiting for a wink or a chuckle or just something.  There might've been a timpani drum in the back but I certainly was giggling like a 2nd grader when I heard that.   :D

Probably left out any drama sting or similar sound because it would have alerted the censor FCC.

(I keep forgetting - Fox doesn't really censor anything)
Then you must be watching a different Chef Ramsay than me! ;)

Particular words, yes. Anything else....especially when it's getting ratings (Family Guy)....message is "go for it".
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: gbeenie on November 21, 2010, 05:53:06 PM
BTW....did you catch the line, 'Trev has successfully tossed Sabrina's salad!'   :D

Yeah, we looked at each other, and I said, "Did the narrator at least look up when he came to that line in the script, and say, 'Really, writers? Really?!?'"
Title: Re: Hell's Kitchen
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 25, 2010, 04:29:49 PM
Finally saw the whole episode....

Yeah, Gail was in her own world for part of the night....and she messed up on fish again (which may have been partly Jillian's fault because she told her that some of the salmon was partially done)...

But Jillian had to have Russell hold her hand all night at the fish station AND then brought up raw eggs to be served....

(She's saying at this point she doesn't know how to cook scallops? Again, even if you're not going to learn to cook this stuff before you start your time on the show - god only knows why you wouldn't - how about using the kitchen upstairs to practice?)

Plus all the nonsense with the meat from Trev....

I don't know that Gail should have been the one.

And am I the only one who doesn't give a rat's ass when there's someone who's famous for being famous in the dining room?   Unless they'd caught Paris Hilton trying to do lines off of the Royal Doulton while she waited for her meal, I'm not interested....   :P