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Hell's Kitchen - 3.1 Recap

Hell's Kitchen - 3.1 Recap

Last night Fox aired the third season premiere of "Hell's Kitchen", hot shot British chef Gordon Ramsay's reality show. It was my first experience with Hell's Kitchen and what a memorable, yet traumatizing, experience it was. Why anyone in their right mind would volunteer to go into Hell's Kitchen is beyond me. You couldn't pay me in Dior handbags to put up with the condescending, rude, and completely disrespectful behavior and attitude of Ramsay. Sure he is a world renowned chef with Michelin stars and acclaimed restaurants, but in my opinion, no amount of fame, fortune, or success should grant you the right to poorly treat, profusely curse, and yell at people you hardly know. This of course, is the entire premise behind Hell's Kitchen. Twelve contestants have joined Ramsay in the kitchen for a chance to be the head chef at a new Italian restaurant in Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Vegas. Unlike Top Chef or the Next Food Network Star, in this competition the contestants have to cook in a real kitchen for real people. To see my thoughts on last night's episode - including my top 5 favorite Ramsay quotes - just,

The show begins with Lord of The Rings type music, a voice over, and the contestants being driven to the kitchen in large black SUVs. The 12 competitors, equal parts male and female, are greeted upon arrival by the restaurant's maitre'd, Jean Philippe - whose accent sounds oddly fake to me. Ramsay appears on a balcony like the Wicked Witch of The West and orders the crew into the kitchen requesting them to prepare a signature dish or as Ramsay says, "you on a plate". Time's up and Ramsay lavishly opens one platter after another asking the creator of the dish to kindly step forward and explain their dish. He hates all but two or three of the dishes; giving compliments to the attractive, long haired Melissa and to Eddie, the guy with a growth-stunting kidney disease (why do reality shows always have a token odd contestant???).

Next they are separated into two teams, the boys versus the girls, and are told that they will cook in the restaurant's kitchen on opening night. An hour goes by and neither team can get an appetizer ready, the girl's fail miserably to fry an egg and the boys' pasta, according to Ramsay, "tastes like gnat's piss." Brad takes the lead for the boys and things look up as they start to crank out 29 of their 50 appetizers. Julia, the short order cook, has a breakdown because the girls ignore her and don't let her attempt to fry an egg. Aaron, the big Asian cowboy, cracks and starts to cry after he can't temper eggs for ice cream and has cooked the chicken until it is dry and inedible. In the end the boy's run out of chicken and lettuce, and the girl's never catch their stride. Ramsay shuts Hell's Kitchen down and the customers leave angry, unfed, and hungry.

Ramsay declares the girl's as the night's losers, although both teams performed poorly. Melissa is asked to nominate two members of her team for elimination. She nominates Tiffany, the girl who couldn't fry an egg if her life depended on it, and Joanna, the feisty African-American girl who picked a fight with just about everyone but Ramsay. In the end Tiffany was justly eliminated.

In case you missed it here are my top 5 favorite Ramsay quotes from this episode (I recommend reading them aloud in a growling tone with a British accent):

  • "Where's your horse? I've never met an Asian cowboy... you are one chunky monkey, aren't you? How big are your f**king fingers?"
  • "Your pasta is like glue."
  • "Sir, would you mind wiping the snot off of your face before we have chicken and snot?"
  • "Ladies I've never seen girls b*tch so much... it was just evil and twisted hell's b*tches!"
  • "Touch that egg! It's like a plastic silicone implant!"

Finally, does anyone know where I can find a recipe for chicken fried chicken penne???

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mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I hate this show. I hate myself when I watch it on occasion. People who sign up for it have more greed thna self-respect. Ramsay makes Simon Cowell seem like freaking Maria Von Trapp!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
everyone says how nasty Gordon is but did anyone see the show with Jamie Oliver teaching people how to cook? He wasn't so nice to them either. I don't remember how they got the contestants, but yeah. They got to make food for the prime minister!
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
he can be rude and nasty as much as he wants, he's an awesome chef but also ever since reading bourdain's books he details that in the kitchen all the chefs get really nasty with each other but it's "normal". but yeah, i agree with siren he was pretty nice with aaron (Asian cowboy bear shaped chunky monkey), ramsay knew when to push a button and when not to. anyways, if anything his rude behavior is just preparing them for what a real kitchen is like. Anyways, i'm rooting for Julia! i wanna see the underdog win for some reason.
siren6 siren6 10 years
I was shocked at how little training most of the contestants this season seemed to have. Given that, I'm unsurprised that the first dinner service was so horrific. Do you think the food Gordon judges "inedible" is truly inedible, or is it massively exaggerated for the cameras? If none of those people could manage to get a single course completed, how were they holding down jobs before the show? It's baffling. I thought Gordon was actually pretty nice to the blubbering cowboy guy, all things considered. Really Dude, put the cowboy hat away and pull yourself together.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Haha, I've been waiting for Buzz's review! I love this show. I love Ramsey. I don't care how nasty he is! hahaa. "It tastes like gnat's piss!" was my favorite. WTH was up with all the CRIERS!!!???? OMG!! You KNEW what you were getting into and yet you CRY and QUIT! (I also thought the same thing with the first dishes - who would go on there and make a spicy dish when everyone who watches that show knows that Ramsey doesn't like things spicy!?) I felt REALLY bad for Julia. She really should have stepped up from the get-go. The perfect opp would have been when Ramsey was there - she could have said "CHEF! I can do the eggs!" and he would have said "THEN GET OVER THERE (OH BLOODY HELL!)" But really, Tiffany was a BITCH! Who cares where they came from!? They made the show JUST LIKE YOU! The Asian Cowboy was what, a retirement planner? His guys weren't being jerks to him because of it! Anyway, Julia is my new Pony because she got shafted so badly. Oh, and the contestants put themselves through it for the reward - just like all the other shows with giant butthole judges. :) (Wow...that was long...I've really been waiting all day - and I'm really not a giant loser.)
jendudley jendudley 10 years
This show is the best. I love it. I am so glad it is back on. I cannot imagine working under him. Is he ever happy?
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 10 years
The man's crazy... but great! I love the show! And his swearing.
a-geek a-geek 10 years
Worst "contestants" ever. Couldn't they at least get one decent chef in the mix? I will probably watch this season sparingly. Ah, who am I kidding, I'll still watch all episodes.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
LaLa, lol!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Did any of the contestants have to carry around deer? hehe
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I love this show, it cracks me up!
Food Food 10 years
calibabi - I know! I was thinking the same thing, seriously don't you know what your'e getting into? But seriously, why would anyone want to put themselves through this, talk about masochistic people! My biggest problem with this show is the music and narrator, it seems like it's trying too hard.
JCP0240 JCP0240 10 years
i love this show - it is hysterical - but i always get the biggest cravings watching all the yummy food. calibabi i totally agree w/ you! last year i don't think they finished a dinner service until the show was half way over!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
The silicone egg is the best quote! Oh man, he is one angry man. I felt bad for the crying cowboy, but dude, pull yourself together! That chicken fried chicken penne did sound good, didnt it!?
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I keep seeing previews for this and wondering why anyone would put themselves through it. But hey, whatever they want to do. But maybe I'll check it out, see if I can handle listening to Ramsay's comments!
calibabi calibabi 10 years
admittedly, i really do like this show. the only thing i don't understand about it is the customers at the restaurant. don't they know what they are getting into before they come?? they shouldn't get so cranky because they should know that it's going to take FOREVER to get their food. especially on opening night.
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