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Jul 10, 2007 08:07 AM

Hell's Kitchen July 9th

I'm almost embarassed that I continue to watch this show. It is only about drama, ratings and self-promotion of Gordon Ramsey. The lobster challenge was definitely not won by the red team. Ramsey only wanted to pose with attractive women for the magazine photo shoot and not a bunch of ugly guys.

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  1. I have to agree (oh and I'm equally embarassed that I continue to watch it, but there is nothing else on at that hour - although I could always just turn off the TV I guess...). Somehow, I just don't think the guys would have made as nice a Charlie's Angels photo op :-)

    And that was just heinous to send Rock over there to p/u the trash. Talk about throwing fuel on the fire!

    1. I watched some of this show for the first time last night. In between the cursing and yelling and the "yes chef" and "no chef" I can't say that I learned anything about cooking or food in general from the show. At least on Top Chef I got some new ideas for cooking as well as dining. Maybe I missed that part?

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      1. re: Chinon00

        It is purely about the drama of the competition. You won't learn anything from the show.

      2. 1. If it embarasses you to watch, then -- don't watch.

        2. OF COURSE it's about drama, ratings, and Ramsey's self-promotion. What is ANY television show for? Esthetics?

        3. The worst episode of H.K. is better than the best episode of anything containing Emeril Legasse. Talk about drama, ratings, and self-promotion!

        1. Does anyone alse think that Melissa looked strung out on crystal meth or something?

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            I think that Melissa has been looking worse and worse as we go. Last week, I kept thinking that I wouldn't eat anything made by someone with long stringy hair hanging all over, for most of the show she didn't even have it tied back. I admit I didn't see last night's show, but she really turns me off. Almost as bad as taking pasta out of the garbage bin to serve to a client.

            1. re: nieves

              I kept wondering why she isn't wearing something to tie back her hair. Isn't that a requirement in a professional kitchen? I know when I cook, my husband occassionally finds strands of mine wandering into the food, and mine isn't nearly as long as hers.

            2. re: C. Hamster

              Agreed - and what's with the little soul patch Melissa seems to have developed over the last few episodes? LOL Did she have some kind of an accident we never heard about?

              Rock's over-reaction over losing the challenge was WAY over the top, IMO. Yeah - OK - it sucks that you lost. But banging and slamming and swearing up and down and sideways was a bit much. (Although I do agree it wasn't fair to have him go over to get the trash at the photo shoot.)

              And what's up with Jen finally revealing that she's worked in some very high end kitchens? I couldn't quite tell if she only did pastry in those kitchens, or if she has also been a line / sous chef in those kitchens, and then turned to pastry chef. Interesting turn of events - I would have counted Jen out a few weeks ago, but she's definitely the best kitchen manager on the red team.

              Rock still bugs me - I hate it when he refers to himself in the 3rd person. And he doesn't have the trust of Josh or the other guy the way Jen seems to have with Bonnie and Julia. New prediction based on what I've seen so far - Jen and Rock in the finale. (Although I would dearly love Julia to take it all, just to prove her former contestants wrong.)

              To Chinon00 - HK3 is all about the drama, and always has been, and TC3 (at least this season) is definitely more about the food and who actually makes good food.

              And it looks like the American version of "Kitchen Nightmares" is going to be more of the same - drama, and Ramsay shouting "bollocks!" at everyone (although I do love that word <vbg>). I'm looking forward to the BBC-A's reruns of last season's British version starting on 7/12, where the kinder, gentler Gordon Ramsay is shown.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I was wondering the same thing about Melissa's goatee, or "soal patch". I dont watch the show from start to finish(I usually flip over between innings of the White Sox Games), so I was wondering if she got burned, or if that was a new trend... ; )

                I think Rock & Jen are the best of the "chefs", and as I have stated before I like Gordon, he reminds me of some of the screaming maniacal chefs I used to work with.

                1. re: swsidejim

                  As for the "soul patch", I think it was a big blemish she was covering up with makeup. At least that is what it looked like to me.

                  1. re: Scott M

                    Apparently the thing on Melissa's chin was a grease burn

                2. re: LindaWhit

                  I am curious about the BBC you mentioned. When and where can I find that?
                  Thanks LindaWhit

                  1. re: Tonto

                    Tonto (love the handle! LOL) - go to to check the show schedule in your area. I'd also check your own cable system online to make sure they carry BBC America (although I believe most do).

                3. re: C. Hamster

                  True Melissa looks pretty strung out - her lipstick in last weeks episode was hilarious! All over the place.
                  I think Jen is odd and seems kind of slow when she's out of the dinner service kitchen. Thought they all looked and sounded a bit drunk after the photo shoot, especially Jen - funny.
                  Kinda disappointed that Julia seems to be losing it (crying all the time?) - I was hoping for her to take them all!
                  Also disappointed that Rock didn't tear the photo shoot apart...that would have been Fox worthy.
                  After last night, I'm not rooting for anybody anymore. But looking forward to them bringing back Aaron and Eddie for the finale!

                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    Yes, Melissa seemed to suddenly become a complete mess in the last few weeks. What the heck happened?? And she looks like Cousin It.

                  2. After last night I said to myself, this program is just a CARTOON. Ramsey has got to be a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and he must be pulling down a lot of loot for his performance.

                    The plot has gotten so predictable, and the set-ups are so obvious.

                    Don't forget, this is a Fox "reality" show, so if the craven Rupert is able to get away with this bogus entertainment and laugh all the way to the bank, think about what he is going to do to the Wall Street Journal when he gets his dirty hands on it.


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                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                      ChinoWayne, come on - ANY "reality show" is going to be as predictable and as much of a "bogus entertainment" show, not just those shown on FOX-TV. Doesn't matter if it's Bravo, MTV, CBS, NBC, ABC or wherever it's shown.

                      It's marketing at its finest / worst - this is what the viewing public says they want based on ratings, so they continue to come up with more and more shows like it. It's all about the dollar.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Oh I agree with you, totally. It was just that it struck me that it was so over the top last night that Hell's Kitchen has become a carton of the genre.

                        And as I pondered on another recent thread, are the restaurant "guests" all getting scale for their performances as extras?

                        1. re: ChinoWayne

                          It (HK3) is definitely becoming a caricature of itself (sort of the way I thought of TC2 over TC1 - only redeeming itself with TC3's concentration on food vs. drama).

                          But I have to admit, I'd still rather watch HK3 vs. Flava Flav and the Flavor of Love, or whatever the h*** it was called on MTV.

                          And I'd assume the "guests" only get paid if they say anything that makes it on-air. (But that assumption could be wrong.) Otherwise, it's face time and the ability to put "Dining Guest - Hells Kitchen 3, Episode 4" on your resume. :-)

                          Updated to add - just read this on TWoP: "A diner, who was paid fifty dollars to eat at the restaurant for free, can't believe he's not going to get dessert. "F*** that," he comments, and BOOM! he's on TV. "

                          So it's WAY less than scale - but they get paid. And hopefully, get on TV. :-)

                          1. re: ChinoWayne

                            Ransey and Fox are actually being sued by a former general manager of a restaurant featured in his upcoming series "Kitchen Nightmares", where Ransey travels around the country spending a week at a failing restaurant trying to turn it around. One of the claims is that Ransey hired actors to eat at the restaurant while they filmed the follow-up to make it seem as if they were doing far better than they actually were. The series is an American version of the British one that has been on for 4 seasons and can be seen on BBC America.

                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                              I read somewhere on the internet that the restaurants "guests" get paid $50 to eat there.