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Apr 1, 2008 07:08 PM

Hell's Kitchen this season - I'm out

Who are these people and why are they putting up with this crap? This is a Gordon Ramsey egofest and I don't care to watch. His vomiting tonight set the tone for my uneasiness and the rest was downhill. There's enough misery in the world, I don't need this swaggering, foul-mouthed bully to add to it. Not watching anymore. Thanks. Out.

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  1. While I was looking forward to seeing what might be offered, this seems to be the same old, same old, including previews of next week's episode where they go digging in the garbage from tonight's non-service to see what they've wasted. Nothing's changed, except the menu, and it seems like the contestants were pulled from the bottom of the barrel. Highly disappointing.


      In defence of the swaggering bully. An interesting piece that in no way contradicts your decision to bow out of watching the American show.

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      1. re: Lizard

        Lighten up! It's hilarious! It's no different from the previous seasons, & if you are uncomfortable you certainly shouldn't watch. I agree the contestants seem picked from a shopping mall food court, but THEY signed up for this & are adults. Kitchen nightmares shows Ramsey as an inspiring motivator helping failing restaurants to consider new ways to appeal to the people. It is much different from Hells Kitchen, & shows his charisma despite his iron fist. A classic example of tough love. Taken with the same grain of salt as any other reality show, I find Hells Kitchen entertaining. Maybe a reason for the overdose of mediocre food in America is because no one is yelling in the kitchen.

        1. re: kelarry

          Huh? Why are you telling me to lighten up? I have no position and am just offering a link to an article.

          1. re: Lizard

            Not you! I was responding to the original poster!

          2. re: kelarry

            I admit to finding it entertaining too. It's my one (public) guilty pleasure. A friend of mine works with Bobby on the show. He's actually a very good and respected chef in "the real world."

            1. re: Firegoat

              Then why would he act like an idiotic doofus on the show? For the "drama"? He didn't help out his team, literally walking away from them and left them to fend for themselves.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Well keep in mind the editing. The show is for entertainment... its more fun to show people looking like blithering idiots in the beginning and "growing" later in the show.

                1. re: Firegoat

                  Yes, I completely understand the premise of the show. And Bobby could have been voted off (in fact, he probably should have been canned by Chef Ramsay.)

                  However, I repeat my question - WHY would you want to act like a complete doofus on *national television* and not help your team? Why would you want to present yourself as incompetent and not a team player to potential employers? Sorry - just doesn't make sense to me.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    "WHY would you want to act like a complete doofus on *national television* and not help your team?"

                    I started asking myself that the first time I saw the Jerry Springer Show.

                    I think some people just cannot resist the allure of appearing on national TV, somehow in their twisted minds they think that by appearing on TV, in any context, that they have "arrived" and are now one of the cool ones. They just can't resist the thrill, sort of like an auto-erotic episode, masterbating themselves with a plastic bag over their heads.

                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                      LOL! One helluva analogy, ChinoWayne, but I got it. :-) It still boggles the mind, however.

          3. re: Lizard

            Interesting article, and I don't know how someone could NOT notice the difference between the US and UK versions of Kitchen Nightmares if they've ever sat down and watched them. I had more or less chalked it up to most of the UK versions being older and Ramsey just getting a bit annoyed with the American restauranteurs...who were all VERY deserving of his ire, btw. But the folks on HK seem hand-picked to fail in a way that you're not sure how much of it is them and how much is the situation.

          4. I'm all for the foul mouthing, etc,. It's the disguise part I thought he jumped the bouillabaisse.

            1. It certainly offers a nice contrast back-to-back nights between Hell's Kitchen and Top Chef...

              1. Last night I watched Last Restaurant standing, because I've started to care about the people. (Sadly, Last Restaurant isn't much about the food.) Then I turned to Fox for their early news at my remote intercepted the end of Hell's Kitchen. And I caught the preview.
                And then and there I decided I hadn't missed a thing. That, to quote a British friend, "I didn't need the aggra."