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maisonbistro Apr 22, 2008 07:07 PM

God love him, but someone ought to tell Gordon that tanning with those little plastic glasses to cover your eyes, before taping an episode is a really bad idea - every time the camera turned to his grimacing face I had to laugh. I'm surprised anyone could keep a straight face. He looked like a reverse raccoon.

I think Ben is mistaken. I think Gordon actually sees potential in him that is being wasted by his distraction - maybe I'm wrong - but he seems like a serious guy with potential to be a good (mind you I'm not saying great) chef. I still don't get Bobby. He shows me nothing. And Corey? Does she WANT everyone to hate her?

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    swsidejim Apr 23, 2008 01:45 PM

    I always enjoy the Tuesday night sit-com that is HK, a cook that cannot cook chicken, or hamburgers, a cook who ignores the Chef, other cooks who cry on the line. It's t.v., not a true representation of what a real line at a restaurant is like, or at least none I worked on.

    Hilarious as always.

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      dave_c Apr 23, 2008 04:07 PM

      Thinking of hilarity and crying... my favorite contestant was Aaron the Asian Cowboy.

      He was great on the show and didn't have an ego... Everyone else is just too serious and full of drama. Maybe I just don't consider the HK contestants as serious chefs/cooks.

      I would enjoy seeing the true inside workings of a big restaurant. However, as I mentioned above, I've given up on that idea and just watching for the entertainment value... sort of like the Cops - Taser episode.

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        soupkitten Apr 23, 2008 04:38 PM

        did you guys get a load of the cook who stupidly burned her hand with grease and then was a major wuss about it? and left her station? and the building?

        craig needed to go, yes, but wtf was up with that? before people jump on me, we all saw her hand in multiple close-ups and she wasn't even hurt a 2 on the 1-10 scale of on the job kitchen injuries. slap on some burn cream, get back on the line and suck it up, or get a job at the gap where you won't break a nail, loser. where do they get these people? they're so bad it's boring to watch!

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          maisonbistro Apr 23, 2008 07:15 PM

          Soupkitten - I think you're being a little hard on her. This isn't the first time someone has injured themselves on the show - some hav come right back others needed medical attention. I don't think they showed too many details of her hands (she did say the skin was starting to come off) so as not to gross the viewers out. I am a chef and have burned myself in many places with many things. Hot oil is not one of the better burns to have. And she did have to go see a plastic surgeon the following day. I don't think that was to heighten the drama.

          Plus you see her talking to Gordon about leaving the show - I don't think she'd consider doing that unless she was truly hurt. She said it herself - cooking is all she knows how to do.

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            soupkitten Apr 24, 2008 07:50 AM

            you know, they played the clip of that cook burning herself by picking up the pan wrong several times. they slowed it down each time. if the oil was hot enough she may have received a bad burn, but she didn't have enough contact time imo, she was treated promptly with first aid, and in the close ups her hands looked okay. i guess we'll see in the next episode how badly she was *actually* hurt. notwithstanding: it is perfectly normal to work in pro kitchens with burns and other minor injuries. grease splatter happens and you suck it up and work through the pain-- especially when it's your own fault, it's just not acceptable to bail on everyone you're working with. either way ramsay should send her home, but chances are he won't-- makes for better t.v.

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              Firegoat Apr 24, 2008 08:48 AM

              I'll have to admit I feel for her abit. I had a bad cooking burn on my hand that also required an immediate visit to the ER and the plastic surgeon. While no surgery was done, they did put my arm in a sling and immobilized the hand to minimize scarring and reduce loss of function on the fingers. If they do something similar to her, she's pretty much done because she won't be able to do much.

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                LindaWhit Apr 24, 2008 09:10 AM

                Her arm and hand was completely wrapped in an ace bandage type of set-up, so perhaps the arm burn was worse than the hand?

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      HarryK Apr 23, 2008 11:07 AM

      Took long enough to kill Craig! Whew, finally!

      Yeah, I noticed the over-tanning myself on last night's episode. That's what happens when you have a Brit in California. hehe

      I do think Ben might be correct though. Seems Ramsay is out for him, and Ben is no better and no worse than most of the others. Matt on the other hand is definitely destined to go in the next two episodes I think. Him and Corey.

      1. phee Apr 23, 2008 10:33 AM

        Again, my daughter noticed the raccoon look on Gordon that I didn't notice until she mentioned it. Too funny!

        These folks appear to have the qualifications to make them the head chef at say.....Marie Callendar's or Mimi's. Certainly not a Ramsay flagship restaurant. I enjoy watching but it's for a whole different reason than why I also watch Top Chef.

        And was that Louross with Corey on the previews for next week??? Wouldn't that just totally fit the show for this season?

        Corey, as far as I'm concerned, shot herself in the foot when she picked Cristina as one of the bottom two a couple of weeks ago. She should have saved that little maneuver for when they go to individual competition and not during the male/female team challenges.

        Glad to see Craig gone. He was a mess, and shouldn't be allowed to cook in his own kitchen at home!

        1. dave_c Apr 23, 2008 08:20 AM

          The teaser for next week looks interesting... Louross has a love connection? I hope it's not like that Mexican headbanger dude (from last season???)

          The problems with the men's team is there are too many inflated egos that they're not talking or listening to anyone, using a Top Chef reference, too many Howie's and Joey's.

          What's up with the women's team setting fire to the kitchen? Is it just one contestant that keeps setting of the pyrotechnics?

          Watching HK is entertaining... It's like watching the first few episodes of American Idol where the rejects are featured. I've given up looking at it as a culinary entertainment show... it's just strictly entertainment that just happens to be in a kitchen.

          1. MeAndroo Apr 23, 2008 07:59 AM

            I don't know about it being tanning...it looked like the tan lines only really showed up when he got worked up and his face got redder. But I noticed it for the first time last night, so who knows. Either way it makes for an entertaining visual.

            I'm sick of Jen, Corey, and Bobby. It's amazing how much airtime they devote to Corey because she's sort of the catalyst for all the drama on the girls' side, and I still haven't really found any redeeming qualities other than her willingness to ignore outside influences. I'm still pulling for Louross, but his little pouting session after the opening challenge was disappointing. Is anyone on the men's team displaying actual leadership without just b--ching at each other? I must say, the teaser for next week has me excited.

            Craig, Craig, Craig. Maybe he just can't cook without his hat? :)

            1. LindaWhit Apr 22, 2008 07:41 PM

              I never even noticed that (the reverse raccoon look)! Will have to watch for it next week.

              Really glad Jen stepped up in both the pasta making challenge and the dinner service - she really showed she can lead. Corey's eyerolling during the pasta challenge - get over yourself, girl! Jen at least motivated everyone to keep working to the very end!

              Meanwhile, Bobby is just a big-ass lump of clay. He did squat to actually lead his team. Petrozza did more than he did! I know a poster here on CH says he is friends with someone who works with Bobby, and claims that he's a good chef - but right now, Bobby is just barely a few steps above Aaron from last season. At least from what he's shown so far, which is very little.

              As for the idiots - Corey's still too full of herself from a few weeks back when she won. She's going to shoot herself in the foot. And Craig? Lordy, that is one person who's not firing on all cylinders. WTH were the producers thinking in casting him, but only to show how stupid he really is? How is he a sous chef anywhere? He ignores Chef Ramsay, he ignores his teammates, no one knows what he's doing, and HE doesn't know what he's doing! Good riddance.

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