May 30 2005

Hell’s Kitchen, Episode 1

With Survivor and The Apprentice over, you thought you were probably all safe from reality tv coverage on my blog…NOPE! Welcome to Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen!

For those of you unfamiliar with Gordon Ramsay he is a 3 Michelin Star chef, has been voted the best chef in England for 9 years and is ultra-famous for his temper which was documented in Boiling Point and Beyond Boiling Point.

Normally I am not fond of shows all about yelling and tempers, but the thing about Ramsay is that if you actually listen to his anger, listen PAST the yelling, he is ALWAYS right. It is about food safety, a better dining experiance and making sure that people live up to their potential in the food service industry.

All that being said, Hell’s Kitchen is taking 12 contestants into a resturant run by Ramsay where they will be put through tests. Split into two teams, each week one team will lose and Ramsay will send one aspiring chef home. The pot of gold for the winner is a resturant of their own.

In episode 1 we were introduced to all 12 contestants and each had 45 minutes to prepare a signature dish to introduce themselves. Only 2 received begrudging compliments from Ramsay. The contestants were than informed to get ready to start their first test. They were informed that they would be running a resturant that very night.

Here is where Gordon’s perfectionist side comes in. If even one dish in an order does not meet his standards, the whole tables orders are chucked and started over. Now obviouslly the people in the resturant were in on the whole concept, because NO ONE wait around for over 2 hours for their entrees. It was amazing to watch just bungling these 12 contestants were, but was amusing at the same time.

Long story short, some people never got their food, the red team lost and Carolann was sent home for her lack of motivation.

This show will air each Monday at 9 EST/8 CST. Next monday will have a rerunning of the first episode before the new episode. You can tune in at 8 EST/7 CST for the rerun. I’m already hooked!

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