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Jan 26, 2009 04:56 PM

WOOOHOOOO - Gordon and Hell's Kitchen are back this Thursday

Yay, Gordon's back, Gordon's back...

And refreshingly this time around, all the contestants have food related experience that means something.

Gordon's back, Gordon's back....

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  1. excellent, thanks for the heads-up! it's really slim pickings on TV these days, and even Top Chef hasn't done much to fill the void.

    setting the DVR...

    1. VERY glad to hear they have food related experience - hopefully this season is better than the last - I ended up not watching most of last season as it just got boring to me. But Gordon's always good for a laugh or two with his "bollocks!" and various other comments. :-)

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        I LOVE Gordon's bollocks

        Sorry, I couldn't resist. And yes it will be nice to actually have some talent on the show.

      2. Yay - I can't wait! Hell's Kitchen is the only reality tv I watch, besides TAR. Gordon is a hoot. I think this could be a very good season.

          1. re: paris221966

            Not to sweat on everyone's crepes here, but I can no longer stomach Hells Kitchen.

            Yes, I loved the first season -- really enjoyed it, watched it religiously. Ramsey's brutality towards the contestants was amusing at first.

            By the second season, I felt the show had turned into nothing more than a showcase for Ramsey's insult-hurling.

            Hearing contestants being called "fat pigs", "donkeys", and "stupid idiots" just got old, fast.

            But I still love Kitchen Nightmares! For some reason, I can handle Ramsey's insults when they're thrown at wanna-be "executive chefs" like Pinto on the last Kitchen Nightmare: "What in that tiny mind of yours justifies this?" "You wombat." "So, the only thing you don't freeze is the stuff that comes in frozen?"



            1. re: CucumberBoy

              This is why I stopped watching last season - nothing changes. And I've seen ads for this season's HK - and I'm afraid to say it doesn't look any different. Yes, perhaps the contestants have food-related experience, but it's the same old, same old from old Gordo - spitting food out, yelling about various things, and showing how the risotto someone had made wouldn't even FALL out of the pan it was made in when he tipped it over and shook the pan! It looked like day-old oatmeal!

              If this is the food-related experience, it doesn't bode well. I just checked out the bios on the Fox site - there's a 23yo Exec. Chef (although it doesn't say where) who's the "ladies man" this season. @@ And another Exec. Chef with 20 years of experience (and that guy's bio says cooking his way to EC allows him to be the pompous and arrogant person that he is - THAT ought to go over well with Chef Ramsay!).

              But then there's also a Food Court Chef and Quality Control Chef. Three were schooled at the C.I.A., one at Le Cordon Bleu of Las Vegas, and 1 at Johnson & Wales. I don't recognize the community colleges or other educational backgrounds that the others have.

              I'll give it a shot tomorrow. But I'm still thinking that, despite the "food experience", it might still be the same.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Hell's Kitchen is just plain bad. No one who has won that show has gone on to do anything in the culinary world as far as I know.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Well, I've seen no new thread, so I'll respond to myself on this one. It was a lot of the same, despite the deep voiceover saying "this is the best group of contestants we've ever had in Hell's Kitchen!"

                  We had the spit-outs. We had the solid risotto. We had under/overcooked scallops. We had someone "quit" and stomp off (that girl isn't going to make it far) and then come back, but still not know what she was supposed to do.

                  Seems a lot of them have never worked the line before.

                  Best line? GR calling one of the guys "Forrest" and his confessional in a Forrest voice.

                  But yet again - no real high hopes for this show.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    This show isn't about food, it's about Gordon abusing the contestants for our entertainment, and I love it.

                    1. re: Ericandblueboy

                      Very obviously. And the repetitive nature of each season is what makes it so boring to me.

            2. I went cold turkey and avoided the last season. I decided I could do without the screaming and insults.
              Darned if they didn't go and use a local chef this season, one who works at a major local steakhouse.
              So, now I'm tempted to watch for the local lass to make good. If she's treated badly (predictions, anyone?) (Isn't everyone treated badly?), I probably will quit watching and just catch summaries.

              Kitchen Nighmares is enough to make me cook at home.

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              1. re: shallots

                I've never watched the show before. I couldn't stand the promos, and I think Gordon Ramsey is so overexposed that there was no need. But I tuned in last night. He's a bully. No question about it. However, Top Chef is so weak this year that it may be watch a show with a higher energy quotient.

                1. re: brendastarlet

                  I read that one of the people who was rejected from Hell's Kitchen ended up on Top Chef.

                  1. re: Firegoat

                    I'm not surprised as there are thousands of people auditioning - some must make the rounds of the "reality" cooking shows.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      Of course. Those chosen for HK are for their "personality" and dramatic interest potential rather than their cooking skill or talent. Goal of the show is to make money, not to find a great chef. It's Fox, right?