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Let's Dish: Hell's Kitchen 4.4

Let's Dish: Hell's Kitchen 4.4

The women shone on last night's installment of Hell's Kitchen: they won the pasta challenge and completed the dinner service before the boys. It was the first time in Hell's Kitchen history that children were invited to dine in the restaurant. The menu featured kid-friendly foods like pasta, hamburgers, onion rings, and barbecued chicken. The simplified menu allowed the chefs to finally find a rhythm. To address some of the main issues of the episode — Ramsay often refers to the chefs lovingly as donkeys so wasn't it ironic when live donkeys were part of the kiddie entertainment? —


Let the discussion begin!

  1. Isn't it weird how many of the contestants were chefs in the past but have since moved onto other professions? Example: Ben used to be a chef and is now an electrician.
  2. Was the pasta challenge an unfair test of strength between males and females?
  3. In a real kitchen, does someone have to stand around and hold the pasta while it dries?
  4. Did anyone else notice the dated-looking paper doily underneath the sad onion rings?
  5. Was Vanessa over exaggerating the degree of her burn?
  6. Who should emerge as a leader of the blue, all-male team?
  7. Was Jen's performance worthy of Ramsay's praises?
  8. Was Ramsay being too hard on Ben?

And now, let's recall some of Ramsay's finest moments:

  • On the chefs' pasta-making skills: OK bloody good effort! I've seen more energy in the last 20 minutes than I have the last three services.
  • On Jean Phillipe's stuffy attire: Come here you, it's a family service. Take your f***ing tie off. You're like a f***ing stick. Walk straight you f***ing doughnut!
  • On Matt's barbecued chicken being sent to a child when it was still raw: Gentlemen raw chicken! Matt it's pink and bloody. Come here you. What the f*** are you doing? It's the tartare again with you, isn't it? F***ing donkey!
  • On the small, bad hamburgers the boys were cooking: Why are we cooking the burgers off so early?! They're like ice hockey pucks! Are we a fast-food joint now?
  • On Craig's performance in the kitchen: It's raw — so how long? He doesn't even answer! He's not giving me an answer. He is making me f***ing nervous, oh my f***ing god!

Photos courtesy of Fox.

PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
You gotta love this show
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
lol, I was glad they finally got rid of Craig. But I felt a little bad for the guy. Remember that big chef's hat he wore because he felt so insecure about his height? 1. I don't think it's strange that a lot of people were once chefs but have moved onto other professions. A chef's life isn't always that glamourous or even well-paying enough to support a half-decent lifestyle. But if you have that love for cooking, I guess it just calls you back home. :-) 2. Gordon took into account the quality of the pasta produced, so it wasn't just about who had enough strength to put out a lot in a short amount of time. Nevertheless, Jen was impressive in this challenge! She pushed through the pain and got it done. 5. I don't think Vanessa exaggerated her burn! A grease burn isn't like the sort of burn you get when you pick up a hot pot with your bare hand (although that hurts a LOT). I wonder what they're going to do now with her? There's no way she'll be able to use that hand. 6. I don't know who should emerge yet as the leader in the male team. They all seem to be floundering or reaching. 7. I thought Jen was pretty kick-ass in the pasta challenge. I don't think she's had any major screwups in the kitchen yet, has she? I can't remember. 8. I think Ramsay was being too hard on Ben. His potential hasn't emerged yet, but he certainly wasn't the only one that was celebrating too early in the men's group. --- I can't really see any of them yet as being a great head chef.
wondermit wondermit 9 years
Oh Yum, I'm so glad you brought up Craig and the percentages. It was hilarious. And I agree that last night's episode was finally a good show. At first I thought gordon was being hard on ben because he sees potential in him, but it really seems like he doesn't care for him.
verily verily 9 years
She was burnt with extremely hot oil. I really doubt she was exaggerating anything. Unfortunately, there's no way she can remain competitive with such an injury.
Food Food 9 years
I just remembered my favorite part. At the end when ben said he'd give 100% and matt said 125% and then craig said some weird thing about not knowing percentages. That cracked me up!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
Vanessa seemed to be over exaggerating, but then she said she's going to meet with a plastic surgeon regarding her burn wound... I couldn't stand Craig...thank god he's gone!
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
to me, the ben parts were the funniest, esp at the end when he thought he was getting a compliment, but instead got his ass handed to him... i was happy for jen...but boy does she have a gigantic mouth... oh yeah...craigs angry outbursts were sooooooo funny...i'm gonna miss him...
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I thought it was weird how they wanted to put ice on her burn. My dad was a fire chief and he always said really cold water is better than ice.
mylove3 mylove3 9 years
By the way- did anyone else catch Ramsey's sunglasses burn line on his face? Someone had some fun in the sun but forgot the SPF!
mylove3 mylove3 9 years
I don't think that Vanessa over exaggerated the burn at all. Right after the lady with the ointment told her she was going to the hospital they cut to her hand. If you look closely you can see skin hanging off of her pinky finger at least. Some burns shock the area and work their way out in terms of damage. This is likely the case since she was involved in a grease-fire. Great episode though!
chibarosa chibarosa 9 years
Wow, I pulled a Jen there. Sorry about that.
chibarosa chibarosa 9 years
I agree with fuzzles. I think that when it comes to Ben, Gordon 1) wants to make darn sure that Ben really wants to be a chef if he's going to invest so much in him. Ben already changed careers once, and 2) I think Gordon is testing Ben because the blue team needs a leader and Ben very well could be the one to pull through. In this episode the guys said that they thought Ben was the strongest chef on the team, so Gordon wants him to prove himself. Whatever doesn't kill Ben will make him stronger. I felt bad for Ben, especially when he stepped up when Chef Scott asked for a volunteer - Ben tried to exhibit leadership skills, and what did he get for it? He had to shovel poop. Other thoughts: I think that Craig was deserving of his send-off. I think that Matt should be the next guy to go. Jen wants so badly to lead, and I want to like her, but gosh she's got such a big mouth. Sometimes she just won't shut up. I think she means well, and hopefully we'll see some development soon. I don't know about Vanessa. Looks like she's hurt pretty bad but should she really stay? Can she help the red team or pull them down? Glad that Shayna finally got to talk on camera! I'd see her in the opening credits and be like, "Who IS that girl?"
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
SugarCat, You can catch it on Fox's official website, usually a day or two after it airs. And, no commercials! WooHoo!
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Grr, I missed it.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I don't think that I will ever forget Craig wearing that ridiculous toque on the season's first show. Classic Ramsayism: "If you ever wear that hat in my kitchen again I'll shove it up your ass sideways. To me, Craig will forever be The AssMan. ;) As for Ben, I think Chef Ramsay sees a bit of something in him and is literally baptizing him by fire to see if he has the cajones to lead a kitchen.
ruthieroo ruthieroo 9 years
1.Was the pasta challenge an unfair test of strength between males and females? I guess not, since the girls kicked booty. 2.In a real kitchen, does someone have to stand around and hold the pasta while it dries? lol nope they showed those stainless steel stands. 3.Did anyone else notice the dated-looking paper doily underneath the sad onion rings? Yeah weird wasn't it? 4. as Vanessa over exaggerating the degree of her burn? I don't think so. I think it was pretty bad since we saw the flames and I bet she won't be able to compete, esp if she has to have plastic surgery. 5.Who should emerge as a leader of the blue, all-male team? uhhhh. Ask me next week. 6.Was Jen's performance worthy of Ramsay's praises? I do think so, she brought the team up and continued to work them thru both the challenges. And they won. 7.Was Ramsay being too hard on Ben? Yeah I think he was. I just don't think he likes Ben for some reason.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
I love it when he calls them Donkeys! Hilarious! And I totally thought Vanessa was over exaggerating about her burn. I didn't see any skin peeling off when she was getting ointment put on her hand!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
It was one of the better ones. I can't figure out what Ben did to Gordon to save my life. He hates that kid. It looked like Vanessa burned herself pretty bad. It might not be third-degree but at least first or second. I don't particularly like Jen, but she did seem to rally the girls. This has been an interesting season so far. I want that Corey girl gone and then I will be oh so happy.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Gordon is going to blow a gasket and stroke out some day.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
me too.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
oh shoot, I missed it!
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