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Nov 14, 2007 06:04 PM

Gordon, Gordon, Gordon

I'm thinking, every week now, we can just copy/paste what we wrote about the previous show. The formula is wearing thin on me. Very very thin - and I am huge Ramsay fan. I really am.

The leprechaun in the kitchen did a sudden turnaround, never saw that happen before on the show, the menu was ditched and recreated, that's new....

I can't quite put my finger on how it's so different from the British version, but it is, and I'm bored with it.

Formulaic, boring and uninspiring.

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  1. What about the saucy little food critic who didn't know how to pronounce mulligatawny? The waitress (Melissa?) should not have corrected her, of course, but she probably enjoyed needling the little twit in front of her friends.

    1. Coudn't agree more. Just finished watching the ep and it was incredibly disappointing. Like you, I'm a huge fan of Gordon, but it seems like the American version of Kitchen Nightmares has gotten weaker and weaker each week. This episode made less sense than ever with the chef's rapid 180 degree turn.

      Unfortunately I don't see much future for this show, which is a shame, because I love the BBC version.

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      1. re: Suzy Q

        Love both shows-but I think what doesn't make sense is such an ambitious reopening like tonight. Inviting all those people seems to be beyond what any restaurant can do with a new menu,new procedures,and new tasks. Overwhelming but I am sure that is done for the benefit of tv drama. And that food critic was so young if she was a food critic it may have been for a high school newspaper.

        1. re: foodseek

          She's the critic for Dan's Paper, from what I gathered, which is a weekly that covers the East End of Long Island.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Dan's Paper is the local free giveaway for the Hamptons. People do read it but it is not taken too seriously.

                1. re: coll

                  "And to add drama to the show, the producers decided to make us wait over two hours for our table. We politely asked them if we could just review the restaurant another day, but were encouraged to act irritated. The cameras were rolling and all of us signed a waiver saying we wouldn't sue the show if they portrayed us as idiots. "

                  Let's see - they *could* have left, but they didn't. They signed a waiver in case they were portrayed "as idiots"....and they still didn't get the clues? Even Professor Plum in the Conservatory with the Lead Pipe could have figured out they were going to be shown up as idiots! How about they just didn't want to lose their potential for their 15 minutes of fame?

                  And I really wish "writers" such as this would edit their own material and learn how to spell Chef Ramsay's last name - there is no "e" in his last name!

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Sounds like she is saying 'It's not my fault they made me do it."

                    I wonder if she really takes herself seriously as a 'journalist'. Certainly from reading the review she's not much of a critic.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Hey Linda, wouldn't YOU love to be a "food critic" in the Hamptons, you could hang out with Lizzie Grubman and all her jet-set friends and with Ina Garten and all her boutique-y friends...

                      1. re: ChinoWayne

                        CW, actually I wouldn't - I'm not into the "beautiful people" scene! Nor would they want me in their scene! LOL

                        1. re: ChinoWayne

                          The first time Ina started laughing I'd be cramming a napkin down her throat, fingernails on a blackboard.

                          1. re: Scrapironchef

                            Two redeaming factors (although in all honesty I burned out on everything on FoodTV a long time ago), Ina can cook, and Jeffrey is a teddy bear, who is lucky to come home to a hot meal.

                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                              LOL... "teddy bear" is about right. He's not very masculine for sure, but he does well to be her foil on the show. Better than those "rent-a-friends" she is always pretending to entertain. They annoy me to watch.
                              I would love to eat her food though. She knows her stuff here for sure.

                  2. re: Withnail42

                    Considering the bad grammar of the piece, I wouldn't think the paper had much prestige.

                    "All four of us, myself, Sabrina Mashburn who used to work here as an editor last year and now attends school full time at Stony Brook Southampton, Victoria Cooper, our Coordinating Editor and Kelly Merritt, our Art Director, at the time were very excited to do the review."

                    Okay, repeat after me, "All four of us, Sabrina Mashborn, Victoria Cooper, Kelly Merritt and I, were very excited to do the review at the time." After you say that, go on and tell us who these people are.

                    1. re: Avalondaughter

                      THANK YOU! I thought the same thing, or close to it..."Myself" wasn't excited to do the review. Arrrgggghhhh!!!

                      And obviously if either Sabrina or Victornia had any real editing chops, one of them would have told the reviewer to rewrite that sentence! LOL

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        The person who wrote the article wasn't the reviewer, it was Dan's (the paper owner's) son, recalling their fun evening. He writes a few articles in every issue and they are all written just like this. It has always grated on my nerves too.

                        1. re: coll

                          Either way, the editors of that paper aren't doing their job. Unless they're not allowed to edit the owner's son, despite the lack of decent writing capabilities.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            The owner IS the editor! It's a small paper.

              1. re: Suzy Q

                I believe the second season is being filmed now, hopefully they will look at some of the feedback and make some changes to improve the show. The news was reporting last night that they were here in Chicago yesterday interviewing restaurant owners who want Gordon's help. I'd love to find out which restaurant they choose before they film so I could have the opportunity to try them before and after.

                1. re: LabRat

                  Given what they usually find in the kitchens of the places they choose are you really sure you want to do that?

                  1. re: Scrapironchef

                    Good point, but I'm willing to take one for the team to test out how much Gordon can really improve a restaurant. I just hope they don't do a place I currently frequent!

              2. The BBC production is more endearing while Fox being Fox, the production is all about sensationalism.

                When I watched tonight's episode, I couldn't believe that the "food critic" said what she did!

                Well, I found her review and now have a better understanding as to why... Fox being Fox!


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                1. re: snoballz

                  "The chicken wings tasted just as they should and the mulligatawny was creamy and warm."

                  wow that's a great food critic. i guess i should have seen it coming when she mentions her apertif of choice is jagermeister.

                  1. re: soupkitten

                    She's as much of a food critic as any of us. I took a look at the Dan's Papers archive. She writes about things like snow fencing on the beach and Rudy Giuliani.

                2. They ‘referred’ to a famous incident in the UK version. In the first season he had to run outside to throw up.

                  I do have a few questions about the show.

                  Why dose the son/chef drive a plumbers van?

                  Why dose a restaurant that is always empty suddenly fill up whn the dad is stuck alone in the kitchen? And why does Gordo think he should be better at a job he has never don before?

                  For that matter where did that sickly deaf assistant chef disappear when the dad was alone then only to reappear the next night?

                  What kind of ‘food critic’ announces their presence when going to a restaurant and pushes her weight around making sure that everyone knew who she was? And on opening night with a new menu? No real critic does that. (Perhaps it was just me but she seemed more of a spoiled little rich girl than anything else.)

                  I also love what it said on the sign ‘Finn McCools- since 2006’.

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                  1. re: Withnail42

                    Regarding that "critic", I thought the same thing. That has got to be the most unprofessional critic of all time.

                  2. I agree though I don't think it's Gordon or Fox. Sticking with a formula is typical of shows trying to grab a large audience on ad supported TV. Survivor is pretty much the same show every week. Despite funding differences, different start times and taking the wrong international flights, contestants on the "Amazing Race" always seem to magically arrive at almost the same time for the finish line each episode. Even the Tonight Show is pretty much the same, not to mention every show that has emulated them. TV execs make very good money not sticking their necks out if they find something that works, even if it's not that good.