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Sep 30, 2009 07:32 AM

wow no Hell's Kitchen post yet?

is that because it's so zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz already and because the final four are so unremarkable?

Is that because Dave's monotone voice has put all of us in a coma?

Is that because Tennille's screaming is as annoying as a Whoopi Goldberg lookalike in Sister Act 25?

Is that because even the most promising of the lot, Kevin, overcooked rice for the risotto and at this stage in the game that's just inexcuseable?

Is that because Suzanne is gone and you know you all loved her and the, yawn, drama she caused between the contestants?

or is that because like Gordon, we are just so over the show?

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  1. LOL! I didn't see this until just now... :)

    1. this is the worst batch of contestants ever IMNSHO.
      I'm a better cook than most of them.
      PLUS, I don't swear like a drunken fool, smoke like a chiminey or drink like a lush, nor have I ever gotten a tattoo 'anywhere'. honestly where do they get this nimrods? my husband says they're either WT or TT or from off the set of Deliverance.

      Either way, none of them could possibly run the restaurant in Whistler for Chef Ramsay.
      I think this season is a wash.

      Also, although the poor guy with the broken arm, in my opinion, gets props for hanging in there as I'd have dropped out when it happened. He looks in pain, can handle heavy stuff same as others but must be on pain pills cause watching him describe his dish last night to the judges from F&W or BA whichever it was, was painful for us viewers.

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      1. re: iL Divo

        "I don't swear like a drunken fool, smoke like a chiminey or drink like a lush, nor have I ever gotten a tattoo 'anywhere'"

        But you do realise there are plenty of people who have the same traits you describe and are working in restaurants all over the states and probably in the restaurants you eat in, right?

        1. re: KTinNYC

          So about the smoking thing....

          Why is it that all the contestants seem to smoke? How do they taste food properly?

          I'm not knocking smoking, being an ex-smoker, I just don't get why they all smoke.

          1. re: lyndak

            Hi stress job, smoking becomes an acceptable way to occasionally slip out to take a breather when it opportune. It's just a personal theory maybe some pros can chime in with their theories.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              OK - you're right, when I did smoke it was an excuse to get away from my desk for awhile.

              I think why I noticed is that you don't see many people smoking on TV anymore so it kinda surprised me.

              Did I really sound stressed out? Maybe I should consider smoking again...

              Edited to add.... KTinNYC - I misread your post... I thought you were refering to me being stressed. Agreed they do have a stressful job and I can't say I wouldn't take up smoking if I was in their situation.

              1. re: lyndak

                I used to smoke and work in a kitchen. There was nothing better than going out by the dumpsters, and the fry dump, and smoking a cigarette. I can't forget the fresh air either.......I have to wonder if I were to work in a kitchen again whether I would start smoking again. I like to think I wouldn't,

          2. re: KTinNYC

            let's just say I have been unknowing of the types of people that love the food business as much as I do. all I'm saying and my husband and I agree on, is that they live a life that is unbeknownst to us. we are in shock that so many are so seemingly without much class. does anyone agree or am I/are we alone?

            1. re: iL Divo

              they certainly SEEM rough around the edges, but I try to bear in mind that they are in a high stress situation, without much sleep, working towards something they want VERY much.

              1. re: jujuthomas

                And let's not forget editing. You see only what TV wants you to see. Probably a tenth of what is filmed gets to us.

              2. re: iL Divo

                I think you're more or less alone. Even the Top Chefs admit to drinking like drunken sailors.

                1. re: Ericandblueboy

                  And smoking as well. You don't see much of it in the current LV episodes, but there have always been contestants and hosts (Padma) who are regular smokers (Stefan, Lisa, Dale, Andrew, among others).

                  And while some people like to think that Top Chef is more "classier" than HK, they are both Reality TV shows where the cheftestants consistently use profanity and are encouraged to show classless acts.

                2. re: iL Divo

                  Hard to say about these people. We don't know their family background as to how they were raised ,etc.I admit,I sometimes swear.I guess that's something I might have actually picked up from my dad who was in the AirForce.However,I do know that working in intelligence he had to give intelligence briefings to the higher ups.You had not only regular officers at these things but some general or generals as well, so I'm sure that he was very correct in his language and didn't swear in front of the general.
                  And he had no tatoos .lots of military guys get them, but not my dad.
                  Course he grew up in the 1920s and 30s,when the only people who got tatoos were carnys , cons, and sailors.Respectable folk like our family did not get one.Yes, they are under a lot of pressure, so it maybe a way to leak off steam,the swearing. They may act different in a public setting.When they do circulate amongst the tables at Hell's Kitchen on a few occasions that I see, it does seem they try to be respectful and polite to the clientele.
                  I do think Kevin and Dave are good.Wish Tenille didn't shout so much.
                  Dave's problem when Bon Apitite was there ,I believe was not only his pain meds, but just plain nervousness. It was a big deal to have them there, and i think he got tensed up and all.
                  But yeah, your right.Out side of Kevin, and Dave, I really don't think they have the cream of the crop this time.
                  By the way, did you see they were advertising for contestants for the show?
                  I'm not a chef or anything, just cook at home.I work two jobs so it would be awful hard for me to try out.Doubt they wold take me anyways.

                  1. re: iL Divo

                    I think this is mostly because it is one of the few professions today where you can start out from the bottom and work your way to the top.
                    You do not need a college degree to be a chef.
                    Obviously, you can later become classically trained to reach a higher level , but for the most part - it's simple every day people that run the kitchens.

                3. re: iL Divo

                  It's not Ramsay's restaurant. I wonder if he planned it that way on purpose? ;)

                  1. re: iL Divo

                    That's not ramsay's restaurant. I guess he's run out of places for them given the rate his restos are closing down.

                    p.s. sorry - didn't see anonymoose's comment.

                    1. re: cinnamon girl

                      Wow I didn't know they were closing down. Haven't been keeping track.
                      But, did see that last one voted off yesterday in Houston Airport.
                      Disguised and cussin up a storm while pushing her luggage cart loud enough for all to hear, pretty funny

                      1. re: iL Divo

                        yes the British press often has little pieces about his financial woes and places he's had to close or change his contractual arrangements with (like some of those places he has in hotels).

                        That's hilarious about your airport encounter. Guess she wanted the attention despite the disguise.

                        1. re: cinnamon girl

                          wow, didn't know GR was in financial difficulty, guess we all are, ever the super famous.

                          she was either really angry and couldn't care less who heard her or trying to make herself known, neither would surprise me tho

                            1. re: amysuehere

                              who knows, I just found it odd........

                  2. It is surprise as they said it was the 'most shocking Hell's Kitchen ever'...or is that next weeks episode?

                      1. I personally think Kevin was sabotaged by the show's staff. My theory is he made the rice and stored it and they came back and made a mushy batch and replaced one of his trays. He had managed not to be yelled at/called out the whole show. It was his turn to have the heat on him.

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                        1. re: amysuehere

                          He agreed that he messed up the rice. He never denied it.