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HK 8/25/09--spoilers

Yay! Robert's gone! What a putz.

Still don't think any of these "chefs" can cook their way out of a wet paper (stuck to the fish) bag.

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  1. His fight with Andy last night in front of GR was like a couple little girls on the playground! How ridiculous. I'm not sorry he's gone... but the other guys shouldn't have let his return ruin their team spirit.

    1. I was kinda disappointed to see Robert go. I thought he was enthusiastic and, when given the chance, innovative. It's hard, however, to stick up for a guy who's got so little self-esteem he does nothing about his morbid obesity. And given the multiple chances he's had to get used to the rack of lamb, even though it's quite a challenge to get it *perfectly* cut, it just takes concentration.

      Big surprise tonight re: challenge. I thought the ladies were going to win hands-down with their assortment of ingredients. But the guys pulled off a fig and tomato sauce which, frankly, has me jonesin' to try the combination at home. The ladies' garlic puree -- we won't know if they mellowed the garlic first or not. *That* much garlic is risky to give to people in a fine dining situation. A strong aioli would have garnered the girls a win.

      I was astounded at the fact that the guys actually *ignored* their chef's table. Now, I know the restaurant was full, but c'mon, they're sitting right there!

      Van really, really screwed up. How on earth can one *not* know that a piece of fish is wrapped in plastic? How can you fail to remove it? (In Van's defense, I don't know how the plastic-wrapped fish could've gotten past Ramsay and his expediters... makes one wonder, huh?)

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      1. re: shaogo

        the plastic was on whatever they were crusting the fish with, and I remember hearing Scott telling them to MAKE SURE they took the plastic off the back of it before cooking the fish. That mistake was inexcusable! and to do it more than once?!?! sheesh.

      2. Thankfully he's gone. He's a baby - what he pulled (fighting with Andy in front of GR) was just childish. Andy was surprisingly calm (at least what we saw) with the stupid stuff Robert was saying to him.

        The earlier challenge - pure garlic puree? WTH was she thinking? Has she never seen this show? I certainly wouldn't have mellowed it down with sugar, as Tennille was saying, however. But a garlic aioli would have definitely worked, as shaogo said.

        The chef's table idea? Seemed interesting at first, but then the back half of the show they virtually ignored that part - perhaps because the contestants were ignoring them? The paper on the fish - come *on* - you know that Ramsay and Scott knew that was there - how could they not? Van wasn't plating the fish himself - either Scott or Ramsay was. So - it was left on for the DRAMA. Pfffttt....

        And yet again - next week's episode has something along the lines of the BIGGEST......SURPRISE.....EVAH! (according to the voice-over announcer). What a surprise. ;-)

        ETA: There was absolutely NO reason (that was shown on the show) as to why Andy was pulled up to the Elimination Line by Ramsay - he shut down the men's kitchen before they got to desserts, which was Andy's station for the night. So he puts Van back in line, but leaves Andy up there? Why? Oh wait - I know - for the DRAMA! Surprising how Andy was ready to leave when Ramsay called out his name - stepping forward and beginning to unbutton his chef's coat.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          I love surprises!

          As for Robert, I think he was asked back to start trouble...not necessarily to compete (just my unsubstantiated hunch).

          1. re: Ericandblueboy

            Your unsubstantiated hunch is probably 100% spot on.

            And if you love surprises, I guess you'll get one once a week from this show. :-)

        2. The guys list of ingredients also called for apples - but hey never mentioned them again (?) - am I imagining that?
          They made a big deal about how the figs were used - I can't see them sweetening the sauce with apples AND figs? Did they use apples somewhere else - did I miss something?

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          1. re: NellyNel

            Good point - they never did mention them again!

            1. re: NellyNel

              I wondered that when they presented the dish... where DID the apples go?!?!

            2. Robert going home makes total sense... He has more "experience" in HK and still produced crud. Robert commenting he'll be back, on HK? No way!

              Van at the chef's table was hilarious. Watcha want?

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              1. re: dave_c

                And the response from the ECs was great "Whatcha got?" ;-) Hey Van - they don't have menus like those in the dining room (although why they didn't, I don't know).

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  despite Van's grievous plastic error I was hoping he wouldn't go home because he is so thoroughly entertaining and I honestly think he has talent..he probably got too wasted in Vegas to pay enough attention to his kitchen duties...that said, this season seems like a joke to me..no one is showing much promise..all they are showing is immaturity, incompetence and inanity ....good riddance Robert..excellent theory that he was brought back to stir things up and whatnot.....as for the rest--I still don't even know all the names of the players on the red team except tennille who borderline peeves and amuses me..and suzanne, i think? Still thinking bald Kevin and montone dude in the ski cap (and fingers crossed, Van), hold the most potential thus far, not that it's saying much.

                  1. re: HabaneroJane

                    and P.S.: that chef's table thing was a waste..absolutely did nothing for the competition or the show.

                    1. re: HabaneroJane

                      You're spot on about this season being lackluster, at best. None -- and I mean none -- of the competitors is anywhere near the calibre of previous contestants. This was more evident in the earlier episodes.

                      You're also right that this season, the boys' talents far outweigh the girls.

                      Compared to previous seasons' "rewards," the Vegas night seemed to be a non-event, and I just don't think it was that big a deal. And GR, again, doesn't join them.

                      I'd hazard a guess GR is *really* angry at his production assistants for picking such a poor crop of chefs.

                      1. re: shaogo

                        I disagree - I still think Kevin's the best of the lot and has been since the show started. He's shown more leadership abilities (and ability to cook) than others on past seasons. He's had a "quiet edit" the past few shows, except for getting yelled at by Ramsay last night for continuing to stir whatever he was stirring when Ramsay called all the guys together. But that's really his "worst showing", isn't it? I'm wondering if they've done the quiet edit and will have him really come out of the gate for a big hurrah at the end...OR if he's going to be a "favorite" who goes home because of some egregious error in Ramsay's eyes.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          I agree that Kevin's the best contestant they've ever had on that show. I think Suzanne actually has talent. Her team-mates don't like her but I don't recall Gordo ever picking on her.

                          1. re: Ericandblueboy

                            Didn't she catch some shite last night? Oh no - that's right - GR yelled at whoever was waiting on Suzanne's pasta, instead of yelling at Suzanne for not heating the pasta when asked.

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              IIRC it was Ariel manning the pasta station.

                        2. re: shaogo

                          Yeah, that's possible. Robert coming back could possibly have been for drama.Or it might be Ramsey thought he saw something in him,after all, he did make it pretty far last season.I think it wasn't so much the lamb that caused Robert to leave, but rather the business with Andy in front of GR that caused him to be sent home.
                          The guy in the blue ski cap, Dave i think is his name? Well why does he look to me like Danny from last season? Could he have a twin? I mean this guy looks familar,and i haven't read his bio either.
                          I see the girls,whatever their faults did well.
                          If Ramsey keeps getting such a bad crop of chefs, he may not decide to do the show much longer.By the way, what happend to Kitchen Nightmares,the american version? Is that coming back on and if so ,when?

                          1. re: shaogo

                            Really?
                            I have never been a faithful viewer -but from what i remember the chefs are always pretty crappy -No?

                            I think Tennile is hilarious!
                            I hope she stays!!

                            "you're crap"!

                              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                I can't stand Tennile since SHE ONLY HAS ONE VOLUME when she speaks.