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Ericandblueboy Jul 28, 2009 07:53 PM

Okay, I've never seen anyone go off on Ramsay before so this episode is really unique. As for Andy - he looks like a real chump. Can't cook garlic bread? Screws up scallops? Robert forget the salmon but the blue team is won. As for Tannile - I can't believe she's a chef at a well regarded local chain (Sweet Water Tavern in Virginia) - she can't do shrimp and she can't do scallops.

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    Emilyishere Aug 3, 2009 01:57 AM

    Hell's Kitchen is fake. You can't talk like Ramsay in the kitchen, it's unprofessional. You will get beat up by your coworkers.

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      jujuthomas Jul 30, 2009 05:54 AM

      Manufactured drama or not, it was an entertaining episode! :) Even my DH - who says he *hates* shows like that - sat thru it!

      snicker - frozen salmon wellington! hehehe

      seriously Robert almost fell on his a** 3 times that I saw! and YES the bleep-o-meter is working double time! lol

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        shallots Jul 29, 2009 07:29 PM

        What time is HK on, eastern standard time.
        I guessed 9 (thinking it was too full of bleeps for 8pm).

        HK made me want to learn to cook risotto. Has any interesting dish emerged this season?

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          LindaWhit Jul 29, 2009 08:03 PM

          Surprisingly, it's on at 8pm EDT! But the Bleep-o-F**king-Meter (as it's called on TWoP) is working overtime. :-)

          There are several new dishes; although none are coming to mind. Risotto is still on the menu, but the damn Wellington is finally outta there!

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            sharonanne Jul 29, 2009 08:19 PM

            "the damn Wellington is finally outta there!"

            Replaced by .... frozen salmon wellington!!

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              LindaWhit Jul 30, 2009 07:23 AM

              LOL! Good point. There's still SOMETHING wrapped in pastry. :-)

        2. Fritter Jul 29, 2009 07:51 AM

          I think Joseph was an actor. What a bunch of fake drama.
          YAAAAAAAWN
          The fire department was there to be served. Now who would have guessed?
          Robert has gained so much weight he can barely move in the kitchen.
          Big Boi needs a new career unless he can put it in over drive.
          Andy and Whoopie. Oiye.
          Both of these people are supposed to be real chef's?
          +cringe+.
          At least they simplified the menu so they can complete a service.

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            HabaneroJane Jul 29, 2009 07:53 AM

            agreed on the fake drama. the whole firefighter 'surprise' was, frankly, lame. i wish they'd focus more on the food than the fighting and the drama.

          2. LindaWhit Jul 29, 2009 06:40 AM

            Re: Tennille - the same could be said for Andy - he's the chef/owner of a well regarded restaurant in the South End in Boston and he seems like he's just learning. Turns out he's attempting to write a blog to answer the "popular questions" he's been getting:

            http://fearlesschef.com/ He says he did it for "fun" - I still wanna know why he seems to be screwing up SO badly!

            As for Joseph - like "Louie" before him, I have to believe - HAVE TO BELIEVE - that that was a set-up by the producers for the "drama". There's no way he could be that stupid and that the producers weren't aware of his hair-trigger temper.

            Oh - and can I say OUCH!!! on Kevin's ankle twisting - yikes, watching that ankle go was almost as bad as watching Joe Theismann's leg crumpling under the weight of a linebacker!

            Kevin seems to be the lead on the guy's team. Natural leader. But I guess he and Robert get in each other's faces next week? (Or was that Robert and Andy?)

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              HabaneroJane Jul 29, 2009 07:27 AM

              and what's up with all the in your face fighting? I feel as if the producers are encouraging this for ratings this year. It all seems a bit feigned.

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                Miss Needle Jul 29, 2009 01:56 PM

                Oh yeah. And did you guys notice that after they finished their challenge, they probably only had a couple of hours of sleep (at the most) before they were awaken at 2AM to do the fireperson challenge. And then they continued taping throughout the early morning. I know reality shows are known to sleep deprive the contestants, but this was ridiculous. I can only imagine how tired these guys were, and how testy this will make them. I see a lot more fights in the near future.

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                  LindaWhit Jul 29, 2009 01:58 PM

                  I thought the same thing - they were awakened, then had to cook (assuming that took a couple of hours to film), THEN it's bright and early in the morning and while the women had to get ready for their massage they guys had to clean the fire truck and the kitchen. A bit overboard.

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                Blueicus Jul 29, 2009 07:34 AM

                I'm not saying that every one of those contestants are the cream of the culinary crop, but consider various factors that are working against them.

                Entirely new menu, entirely new teammates, different equipment, different kitchen setup, Gordon's persona, nerves, etc. can adversely affect people's performance... especially in the first few shifts. On a first day of work it's difficult enough to work at a good clip when you're trailing somebody who's been working at a place for a long time, but when you're working with a team who's generally as clueless as you are then the troubles are merely compounded.

                As for going on the show "for fun" I can certainly understand his position. I personally wouldn't apply to Hell's Kitchen for fun, but I would certainly apply to Top Chef... a shame I don't live in the United States, but I think it would be a great experience to meet some interesting people and to challenge yourself on these interesting and wacky circumstances; of course winning is also on my mind too. I don't think I'm some sort of fame 'whore', I don't want my own TV show and I certainly don't want to do cooking demos for throngs of crazy fans. Sure I might get the "villain" edit or the "moron" edit but I guess I can live with it when that happens (not to mention the things some people write on blogs and message boards about these villains and morons).

              3. chowser Jul 29, 2009 06:34 AM

                Tennile works at Sweet Water Tavern? Is she a line cook or a chef there? Even my 13 year old can sear scallops.

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                  chowser Jul 29, 2009 06:40 AM

                  I looked it up. She's an executive chef there. How embarassing for Sweet Water.

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                    Ericandblueboy Jul 29, 2009 06:43 AM

                    Executive Chef at the Rt. 50 branch.

                  2. sharonanne Jul 29, 2009 06:26 AM

                    Still waiting for the finger tip to go. I'm cringing whenever they cut. I'd like to get ti over with.

                    Joseph had to be a set-up, right? If not by the producers then he had decided in his own mind not to take any crap. Unfortunately, he blew up when he wasn't being berated which just made him look insane. Like the LA Times said, it doesn't reflect well on the armed forces and you have to wonder what kind of discharge the man had.

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                      HabaneroJane Jul 29, 2009 07:26 AM

                      I thought Joseph was totally a setup, too, but now I'm not so sure. It seemed real and the other contestants genuinely looked shocked. Gordon, too, actually. I think the set up was between JP and that crazy Texan!

                      This Andy guy is supposed to be a well regarded chef in Boston? He is not looking good at all here and you'd never know it!

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                        Sooeygun Jul 30, 2009 07:12 AM

                        I think Joseph was a set up in that he went on the show planning to do something like that when he felt the opportunity was there. Like he bet his buddies he would do it, or something. I thought Ramsay looked genuinely baffled, like he wondered when Aston Kutcher would come out and tell him he was being Punk'd.

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                      gyc Jul 28, 2009 09:45 PM

                      Wow, Andy's supposed to be one of the contenders, and he looks like a chump, at least from they're showing us.

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                        kprange Jul 29, 2009 05:29 AM

                        You have to wonder how long it actually took to cook the garlic bread.

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