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Hell's Kitchen Recap 5.1: 16 Chefs Compete

Hell's Kitchen Recap 5.1: 16 Chefs Compete

We recently introduced you to the contestants on the new season of Hell's Kitchen, and many of you said you were excited to watch the season premiere. After watching the first episode last night, it's safe to say that this season, there'll be lots more of Gordon Ramsay in store. To hear my first impressions and discuss the episode (warning: spoilers ahead),

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  1. Don't you wish the show told you which restaurants the chefs came from?
  2. It bugged me when Lacey presumed others think, "Here's another pretty girl trying to be a good cook." Did her comment get to you as well?
  3. Isn't it strange that Colleen didn't get high marks for her dish and isn't trained formally as a chef, yet she charges so much money to train other people how to cook? Wasn't it awkward when she offered to serve Gordon a bite? And what was up with him not being able to pronounce her name?
  4. Did Gordon make the right decision by choosing the winning team based on dining room service?
  5. Is it just me, or does Lacey seem immature, Seth like a Gordon groupie, and Giovanni mean, unskilled, and a little shady?
  6. Was Wil stupid or respectable by nominating himself for elimination?

If you didn't catch the episode, here are my favorite quotes from the show:

Gordon to Robert: This dish is clumsy. Like you.

Gordon on Colleen's signature dish: You seriously charge $300 to teach people how to make that crap?

Giovanni on cooking: It was an easy way to get a girl to my house. Instead of taking them out to dinner, I could bring 'em home . . . then you move on to the next level.

Lacey, on the girls' canned team name: Not everyone wanted "Spice Rack," because not everyone has a spice rack.

Seth on Gordon calling him "Forrest": [Insert Forrest Gump accent] Gordon and I will be like peas and carrots once again.

Photo courtesy of Fox

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Janice09 Janice09 6 years
I agree with the girl who said that Ji is better at injured than Lacey and Colleen. I was saddened to watch her leave because Ji quickly became my favorite contender. What she did was noble though and I hope that they bring her back to the show. I found that she has a web site, http://www.chefji.com with photos and you can email and even vote as to whether to have her back to the show!
Food Food 7 years
@shiningeyes: I totally agree with you about Colleen! If she doesn't get her act together, the show might just ruin her culinary career.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
Haha, Lacey is evidently going to be that "contestant we love to hate". Pretty? Um. And she has no line experience?! Why is she even on the show? Blatant Fox ratings ploy. I think Colleen probably made the mistake of her life going on this show. She had a good thing going, charging $300 for cooking lessons when she's had no actual training. After she's tossed off Hell's Kitchen, I iamgine she's going to have a much more difficult time trying to find students.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
Yes it bugged me when Lacey said that especially since she's not pretty! LOL...my hubby and I were laughing like huh? Where is the pretty girl!? I cant wait for next week!
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
I dislike Lacey and Colleen already..they need to go and FAST.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Where do they find these people?!?! Is it just me or is the talent on Top Chef at just such a higher caliber? Out of everyone who auditioned this is all they could find--I think this every year--these people CANNOT COOK! None of those plates of food they cooked for Ramsey would ever see the light of day on Top Chef--most of them were just heaps of food! Lacey is ridiculous and I loved the Forrest Gump accent/quote!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
1. Meh - they're like fresh meat for the grinder. It helps not to think of them as actual people. 2. Almost everything that Lacey did got to me. 3. She gives Nebraska a bad name. I think that Gordon and the producers think they've got a real source of tension on the show, given that she's an instructor. I'm not surprised that she's a lousy chef and yet an instructor: I'm surprised she's not trained and yet an instructor. 4. Well, both teams were abysmal, so there's not a whole lot else to go on. 5. It's not just you. 6. Respectable. Remember when Petrozza did it last season? He got high marks for it. Unfortunately, it seems only to help when you don't also suck during service. It's getting to be a pretty tired show - lots of idiots crying on camera. Carol seems strong, so does Ben. Ji and Coi have had virtually no screen time, which means that they're safe for now.
Food Food 7 years
@Jude C: Agreed. I really want to like Ji and Carol, too. I think they seem competent. Let's hope they don't disappoint!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
1. Don't you wish the show told you which restaurants the chefs came from? Yes!
2. It bugged me when Lacey presumed others think, "Here's another pretty girl trying to be a good cook." Did her comment get to you as well? Oh, definitely! She's not pretty and can't cook! But you know they'll keep her around forever, just for entertainment purposes. I hate her already!
3. Isn't it strange that Colleen didn't get high marks for her dish and isn't trained formally as a chef, yet she charges so much money to train other people how to cook? Wasn't it awkward when she offered to serve Gordon a bite? And what was up with him not being able to pronounce her name? Correen's probably just good at marketing herself. She sure didn't seem very competent at all.
4. Did Gordon make the right decision by choosing the winning team based on dining room service? Hmmm. I thought it was a weird decision, but just one of those "we have to do something different and both kitchens sucked too bad to pick a loser" things.
5. Is it just me, or does Lacey seem immature, Seth like a Gordon groupie, and Giovanni mean, unskilled, and a little shady? Yep, all three! And I can't stand Danny.
6. Was Wil stupid or respectable by nominating himself for elimination? I think it was honest of him, but stupid at the same time.
I'm so excited this show's back on! I want to like Ji or the girl who did waitress duty.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
he was brutal to that woman Colleen. $300 for lessons, wow!!
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