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May 27, 2008 07:08 PM

HK - So I just have one question

What is Jen still doing there?

She messed up the first challenge - although she refused to take the blame- but were the sauces not ready? I don't think so because she quickly would have pointed out someone else's (read LOUROSS) shortcomings if there weren't, and then she proposes a menu that is simplistic and quite unappetizing. But she won't take the blame for anything... well, if you can dish it out, you need to be ready to take it.

Louross' fault was not standing up for himself and speaking out and taking over.

I really don't know why I keep watching. Why do I? I'm not really rooting for anyone to win (definitely rooting for a lot of people to go home though), don't find the rewards all that exciting - woohoo a trip to the beach... woohoo fancy, and well, I find the show has just lost it's oomph. It had oomph, but now it's gone.

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  1. Sadly, I gave up on this series awhile ago after it became clear it was just another formulaic reality show, ala "Survivor" et al. I'm into watching "Deadliest Catch", which is in the same time slot and is a lot more "Real" in it's content.

    1. I am still watching HK. The problem this season is I don't really have a favorite and like you I have a few I can't wait to see go home. Jen is at the top of my list. I thought the comment made tonight was accurate by her teammate she thinks she has a lot to teach and not a lot to learn. Her menu showed otherwise-halibut wrapped in zucchini-not very appetizing to me. I doubt she will go much further. I do like Ramsey, though, and wish him luck finding an executive chef out of this lot- does anyone know how the contestants are picked for HK? Does Ramsey get involved or not?

      1. Good question. I was really hoping she'd go. And when he brought up Matt & Jen after Louross left, I was hoping he'd send the both of them packing!

        Why do you keep watching? Probably for the same reason as I - I'm half-fascinated, half-scared to think one person will walk away with the win.

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        1. re: phee

          Yeah, I was also totally hoping he'd send the lot packing! It does have rather a train wreck sort of fascination, though. It's like watching wrestling and rooting for the bad guy to lose.

          Out of the rest of them, who the heck WOULD you pick to run a high end resto? I think I'd take Corey/Christina as a package deal. Bobby talks a good game but I don't see the cooking skills to back it up. Petrozza has gotten overwhelmed too many times and is a P-I-G Pig in the kitchen, which I believe is a mortal sin for GK.

          But shouldn't working for GK require skills more in line with what the TC contestants possess? Hire Jen (from TC, not HK)!

          1. re: phee

            I agree, I was hoping He would send Matt and Jen home as well.

            I have not seen a contestant on this show, or Top Chef that has impressed me. All are on their best days line cooks, even though some have mysteriously gained the title of chef somewhere along the way.

            1. re: swsidejim

              Not to worry, by the end of the contest, editing will make it seem like the winner really deserves it, has the chops (ha!), and is derserving of running a restaurant.

            2. re: phee

              I totally watched for Jean Phillipe and Ramsey's ocean wrestling. :)

              1. re: Firegoat

                Ocean wrestling? While my dinner out with friends was good, this could have been interesting! :-)

                And I'm on the "it's jumped the shark" bandwagon; haven't watched the last few episodes - the contestants are just not worth it.

            3. I think Jen is only there for the drama factor, I also think that's why he went back to men vs. women. I don't think any of these guys would have survived pervious seasons. Sad when you think of chefs like Roc who earned it and then compare to this group.

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              1. re: amykragan

                Yeah I think Jen and Matt should have gone. I don't think I could get on the show,but jen's menu was yuk.Glad they revised it,and they still lost.Gordon muight as well open the compition up to regular cooks,average people.Shoot,some of them are far better than this crew.Glad the two girls on the red team stuck together.Oh,by the way, it's weird,but for some crazy reason it seems like Matt was on HK before, his face seems familiar.
                Was he?
                Can't wait to see TC tonight.

                1. re: HollyDolly

                  I agree they needed to revise Jen's menu. But I thought it was unfair to the other team. They did theirs in the time given. A second chance to do the menu could have been an advantage. Luckily they are so bad it made no difference.

                  1. re: Janet

                    I agree I thought it was unfair as well. I was on the phone at the time and missed a lot of the discussion, .... but... both teams had the same time for a menu. If the blue menu sucked, then so be it.

              2. I agree with the consensus. I have no favorites and not cheering for anyone.

                I find the show amusing. Reminds me of Gomer Pyle where Chef Ramsey is Sgt Carter and instead of one Gomer the entire platoon are Gomer's. I watch for the weekly wacky kitchen antics. Ultimately, I'm curious what Chef will do with the winner. Is the winner really employable as an executive chef or will they just offer a cash prize to just go away?

                If the preview is correct, hasn't been so far, Roc will be on next week. He's probably the only worthy winner so far. Hopefully, it's not just a 15 to 30 second spot.