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beachmouse Oct 6, 2009 08:38 PM

Nice to see Gordon not attempt to manufacture drama when it seemed pretty clear that only one person tanked on service that night.

I'm now hoping for a Dave win. He's really grown on me over the season- competent and not overly dramatic and funny in the confessionals. And while he'll snark on people outside the kitchen, he does manage to work professionally with the people he can't seem to stand in the house.

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    tobycat RE: beachmouse Oct 6, 2009 10:05 PM

    Ok...I always feel the show is fake, but I watch it anyway...but tonight, Tennille got a make-over, and she started kitchen service with short braids...when he let her go supposedly after service, she had long braids again.

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      jujuthomas RE: tobycat Oct 7, 2009 03:52 AM

      those are not braids, i believe they are dreads. Either way, she had them pinned up for lunch and i believe left it that way during service.
      I am kind of rooting for dave too! i can't believe it, but he has shown some serious moxie pulling his weight with that broken wrist.

    2. Joanie RE: beachmouse Oct 7, 2009 05:13 AM

      I can't believe how cool Dave seemed on this show. He's seemed half retarded most of the season talking in that monotone voice, unable to describe his dishes, etc. But he was really funny and animated which was nice to see.

      Is Kevin's accent real? Does anyone know where he works?

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        LindaWhit RE: Joanie Oct 7, 2009 05:44 AM

        He was born on the Cape, and I think he works at his own restaurant in Connecticut somewhere. The accent has become more noticeable as the show went on, however. Definitely not there in the early eps.

        And very, very glad Tennille is gone. So, SO tired of her constant yelling at the camera. Interesting comments that Dave and Ariel made about her food appealing to the kids.

        Kevin, while he got a bit snarky last week, still seems to be the best...the steadiest in service overall.

        But of course, ONE OF THEM WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THEIR CAREER at the pass next week. Heavens to Murgatroid - WHAT a surprise. ;-)

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          hotwing RE: Joanie Oct 9, 2009 07:44 AM

          Kevin works at the Farmington Country Club in Farmington Ct. From what I have heard he has recently taken a leave of absence. I wonder why.

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            LindaWhit RE: hotwing Oct 9, 2009 08:10 AM

            Hmmmm.....didn't previous winners of HK do the same thing?

        2. coney with everything RE: beachmouse Oct 7, 2009 05:18 AM

          I'm actually kind of sorry to see Tennille gone. She was entertaining. Couldn't cook, which is a bit of a problem, but still.

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            NellyNel RE: coney with everything Oct 7, 2009 10:25 AM

            Me too..
            I really kind of liked her.
            In fact I was so pleased for her when she won the challenge - You could really see the joy in her eyes the whole time. You could just tell that she has never been treated that specially before in her life, and I have to say I got a bit teary eyed. I was so glad she had that one moment to shine before the inevitable.
            She knew her time was up and I thought she handled herself with grace - (when she was saying the other chefs were all awesome) It seemed as though the other chefs liked her as well. Gordon too seemed to like her. Once again - I got a bit teary!!
            Must be hormones!!

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              sharonanne RE: NellyNel Oct 7, 2009 11:18 AM

              And how tacky was it of the others to say Tenille would be uncomfortable in Beverly Hills? She looked just fine, folks. She admitted she didn't know about fine dining when she started but she learned. I still don't know why she shouted at the camera because last night she toned it down a lot. Maybe she's had to shout to be heard in the past.

              I wish her well.

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                LindaWhit RE: sharonanne Oct 7, 2009 11:30 AM

                You think Tennille "toned it down" with her shouting at the camera in the confessionals? I thought it was amped up - a LOT. Perhaps because she was on camera so much.

                That was also one of HK's dead giveaways...having her be shown in the confessional a lot kind of hinted at her win, and that win was almost letting you know she was going to be out of there.

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                  NellyNel RE: LindaWhit Oct 7, 2009 12:16 PM

                  Oh I think Sharonanne meant she was toned down last night - and I think she was too,..but I guess that's because she was sucessful in the challenge and then she was defeated at the end ...so.......

                  I agree with Miss Needle - Kevin seems like the more mature chef ready to go...but ya gotta wonder about Dave - just because he is not well spoken doesnt mean he's not a mature and good chef

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                    LindaWhit RE: NellyNel Oct 7, 2009 12:23 PM

                    I knew she meant last night - and I still think Tennille was amped up last night. Again, perhaps because she was more in the spotlight, we heard more of her, and it just seemed like she was amped up.

                    Either way - won't miss the yelling.

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                      NellyNel RE: LindaWhit Oct 7, 2009 12:32 PM

                      lol - yes you and allot of folks - i would imagine...

                      I did like her and she did say some classic things...oh well..

                      Anyone think Ariel will be in the final 2?

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                        LindaWhit RE: NellyNel Oct 7, 2009 01:10 PM

                        I think it depends on whoever royally screws up at the pass next week. The previews make it seems like someone completely messes up (what a surprise at previews like that, huh?)

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                          NellyNel RE: LindaWhit Oct 7, 2009 01:29 PM

                          yes ...but will it be the MOST SHOCKING EPISODE EVER?????????

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                            LindaWhit RE: NellyNel Oct 7, 2009 01:31 PM

                            But of course, because SOMEONE WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER! Or something like that <g> - can't remember exactly what the over-effusive announcer said at the end.

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                              chowser RE: LindaWhit Oct 7, 2009 03:35 PM

                              Which of course will lead to "THE TOUGHEST DECISION EVER!!!" episode.

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                  NellyNel RE: sharonanne Oct 7, 2009 12:13 PM

                  Yes it was tacky...
                  And she ended up handling herself exceptionally well. She Thanked everyone and showed class.

                  "Maybe she's had to shout to be heard in the past."
                  I think you hit the nail on the head! Spot on!
                  If you remember some of the things she has said in the confessional -
                  "To all those who said I couldnt do anything" and "I'm a fighter"
                  It doesnt take a genius to figure out that she must have had a hard life.

                  I wish her well too

            2. chowser RE: beachmouse Oct 7, 2009 05:41 AM

              Why does Dave keep using his hurt arm to move heavy pans and the good one to open the oven door? Hasn't he learned he can't do that since it happens all the time? Switch arms!

              And, why are they always dripping sweat into the food?

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                grampart RE: chowser Oct 7, 2009 05:44 AM

                From what I've seen on on these cooking shows, sweat dripping in food during prep isn't that uncommon.

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                  LindaWhit RE: chowser Oct 7, 2009 05:45 AM

                  Never made sense to me either...how about use the left hand to open the door and then use the left hand to move the heavy pan down into the oven and then use the left hand to close the oven door?

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                    HabaneroJane RE: LindaWhit Oct 7, 2009 06:59 AM

                    ok now it's time to hit the snooze button on HK. as annoying as Tennile was, she was somewhat amusing. Now it's down to Monotone, Kevin and the other one, what's her name, uh, um, Arielle, that's it. None have personality. But it's a cooking show, I know, I know. Or is it?! How cute was Mini Ramsey? I thought it was his kid but I guess not. Anyway, unless Montone's arm falls off, it should be he vs. Kevin in the finale, for which I suppose I will have to take something to keep me awake. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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                      Honeychan RE: HabaneroJane Oct 7, 2009 10:18 PM

                      I've gotten sucked into this season, thanks to my DH. Yes, the Mini-Me Ramsey was beyond adorable! "You're all a bunch of donkeys!" is my comment of the day at work, and has provided much amusment.

                      I'm feeling Dave might win, but the fact he's still using his wrist wrong gets on my nerves! How hard would it be to use your left hand more, buddy?

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                        mramage RE: Honeychan Oct 8, 2009 06:39 AM

                        I am sure a lot of you are aware of Little Gordon videos, but I will post the link again:

                        www.littlegordonramsay.com/

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                          LindaWhit RE: mramage Oct 8, 2009 06:41 AM

                          I had read before this HK season started that little Gordon would be on the show; wasn't sure if it was true or not. It was a cute little schtick-trick to play on the four left. By their astonished looks, I guess none of them had heard of or seen Little Gordon.

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                            shaogo RE: mramage Oct 8, 2009 08:10 AM

                            Thanks for the link. "Little Gordon" is a hoot!

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                              sharonlouk RE: mramage Oct 8, 2009 09:41 AM

                              Those are hilarious. Did you notice Colin Firth was the dad in the second one?

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                        rockandroller1 RE: chowser Oct 9, 2009 07:06 AM

                        This is what I keep wondering too, but perhaps they are just momentary mistakes and that's all the editing is showing us. It would be easy to make a mistake and use the wrong arm if you're in a hurry.

                        I think there's a fine line between dogged determination and harming yourself and too often the contestants on this show to over that line. Dave has definitely done so IMO. He could definitely be harming his wrist/arm permanently by continuing.

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                          Kajikit RE: rockandroller1 Oct 9, 2009 06:11 PM

                          Dave is the most determined person I've ever seen on Hell's Kitchen... and he can cook up a storm too! I just hope he's not crippling himself permanently in the process! I don't care how great an opportunity it is, it's not going to do him much good if he has to spend the next six months having operations on his arm to try and repair the extra damage he's doing to himself, and then another six months in rehab. The amount of pain he goes through every week gives me a very bad feeling in my gut. :( Still, he's nearly made it so I'm behind him all the way... only three weeks more!

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                            LindaWhit RE: Kajikit Oct 13, 2009 09:38 AM

                            Actually, Kajikit, the finale is tonight....it's a 2-hour episode: "Chef Gordon Ramsay picks a winner in the Season 6 finale following the final dinner challenge, but first there's another dinner challenge to pare the field to two. And before that, the three remaining chefs must prepare dishes from around the world that are judged by an international panel of culinary experts. The challenge winner's family gets to sample those recipes, prepared by executive chefs."

                            Will be interesting to see who the "international panel of culinary experts" are.

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                              NellyNel RE: LindaWhit Oct 13, 2009 10:22 AM

                              Linda - what would i do without you?!

                              I didnt realize tonight is the finale! - I'm so glad you mentioned it because i am going out tonight and now i need to stop home to tivo it!

                              Thanks!!!

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                                LindaWhit RE: NellyNel Oct 13, 2009 10:26 AM

                                Tee hee! Glad I could assist, NellyNel. I had seen a preview last night for the 2-hour finale or heard a blurb about it, and remembered there someone had talked about "three more weeks" so I had to come find this post.

                                I almost ashamed to admit it, but I've been a fan of TV Guide since I was a kid, and now that they're online, they keep their schedules relatively up-to-date. I hate their newer full-sized magazine format vs. their former Readers Digest-sized booklet, but hey - what are you going to do?

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                                  NellyNel RE: LindaWhit Oct 13, 2009 11:42 AM

                                  You're the best!

                                  Ahh you are so right - I really miss the old tv guide - it was such a staple of the household growing up....
                                  Yup - ya can't go back!

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                                jujuthomas RE: LindaWhit Oct 13, 2009 12:26 PM

                                but Linda, is it REALLY the finale tonight? IIRC, last year the finale stretched out to 2-3 episodes.

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                                  NellyNel RE: jujuthomas Oct 13, 2009 01:02 PM

                                  I just checked in case Linda isn't around -
                                  It's def the finale tonight - From fox's web-site: HELL'S KITCHEN - ALL-NEW / 2-HOUR SEASON FINALE"Winner Announced"8 pm - 10 pmEastern time zone
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                                  HELL'S KITCHEN
                                  "Winner Announced" - 8 \ 7c

                                  **2-HOUR SEASON FINALE**
                                  -- "HELL'S KITCHEN" -- (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)

                                  THE FINAL THREE CHEFS BATTLE FOR THE GRAND PRIZE ON THE ALL-NEW TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE OF "HELL'S KITCHEN" TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, ON FOX

                                  Chef Ramsay wants to check out the three remaining chefs' international culinary skills by having them each create one dish from various parts of the world. To add a bit more pressure, he invites international culinary experts to serve as guest judges. The winner of the challenge gets to sit back and relax while the executive chefs cook and serve their signature dishes to them and their family. Then, after dinner service, one more chef gets eliminated and the final two chefs are announced. Meanwhile, in the second hour, the kitchen heats up as the final two chefs go head-to-head in their final challenge and last dinner service. At the end of the episode, one chef is crowned the winner of HELL'S KITCHEN and will become a head chef at the Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Don't miss the two-hour "3 Chefs Compete / 2 Chefs to Winner" Season Finale episode of HELLS KITCHEN airing Tuesday, Oct. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HK-614 / 615) (TV-14; D, L) CC [VIEWER'S NOTE: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is preempted this night - DANCE will air only tomorrow, WED 10/14, this week]

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                                    LindaWhit RE: NellyNel Oct 13, 2009 01:05 PM

                                    And the only thing incorrect about the write-up that you found at Fox is this:

                                    "...one chef is crowned the winner of HELL'S KITCHEN and will become a head chef at the Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada..."

                                    We all know the winner won't become "head chef". :-D

                                    And one thing I've noticed in all the write-ups about this finale - I guess they're not each going to "get their own restaurant" - i.e., they won't split HK in half and decorate their own restaurant? Haven't seen anything about that, so perhaps they've changed that cheesy part of the final challenge.

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                                      NellyNel RE: LindaWhit Oct 13, 2009 01:27 PM

                                      ha ha true!

                                      Wow - good point!
                                      I wonder what the final challenge will be then?

                                      I'm suprised we haven't been bombarded with "THE MOST SHOCKING FINALE EVER" ads.
                                      I guess I don't watch Fox that much

                        2. shaogo RE: beachmouse Oct 7, 2009 11:34 AM

                          Initially, I thought it ridiculous to have the chefs make a vegetarian dish, and then have them critiqued by children! I felt bad for Kevin, because the brief description we got of his dish sounded delightful. Of course Tennille's dish won - her peers mentioned something about her palate, I believe, best matching that of a child's.

                          Tennille did indeed deserve to win her challenge. She got a "cherry" on top of the ice cream of having made it this far. She's not, however, world-class, fine-dining savvy.

                          Due to his performance, determination and ability to stay out of trouble, despite his wrist/arm problem, I predict Dave's gonna be the final one...

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                            Miss Needle RE: shaogo Oct 7, 2009 11:40 AM

                            My vote is for Dave because of the way they're editing him. Ariel is getting the no-edit and Kevin is getting the cocky edit.

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                              LindaWhit RE: Miss Needle Oct 7, 2009 11:44 AM

                              They do tend to give it away, don't they? As I said upthread, I figured that Tennille was going when she was in the confessional a lot prior to her win. And the win sealed that she'd be out of there. There's always at least one per season that happens to.

                              I'd still rather Kevin get it over Dave, but hey...neither is *really* going to be head chef at Aranxi or whatever the name of the Whistler restaurant is named. :-)

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                                Miss Needle RE: LindaWhit Oct 7, 2009 11:55 AM

                                Yeah, as we all know, things aren't always the way it appears on reality TV. Grrr.... the mods keep deleting my (and apparently other people's) posts on the Top Chef behind the scenes thread.

                                I do think Kevin is overall a better candidate than Dave. But the editing is working with me wondering what Dave could do if he had two functional hands.

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                                  LindaWhit RE: Miss Needle Oct 7, 2009 01:12 PM

                                  Yes, I see what you mean (re: your first paragraph). Can't even post that caching of the page before the deletions never happened either - I just got kiboshed on that post as well.

                          2. dave_c RE: beachmouse Oct 7, 2009 12:36 PM

                            Now we're down to three.. Dave "Lefty, Kevin "Gimpy" and Ariel "What her name"?
                            So far they proved they are good line cooks by cooking Chef Gordon's recipes... Can they plan a menu for the finale?

                            I think Kevin has the edge over Dave in creativity. I don't know about Ariel. She seems limited in coming up with her own dishes.

                            For a Top Sous Chef Dave seems great. He hustles and gets the job done.

                            1. sharonanne RE: beachmouse Oct 7, 2009 01:11 PM

                              My husband has a theory that they simply alternate between men and women. It certainly explains Paula not winning last year but that makes this the year of....Ariel? hmmm...wonder if he'd bet with me.

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                                Sandwich_Sister RE: sharonanne Oct 8, 2009 08:02 AM

                                Speaking of Paula has anyone noticed she's in a commercial for a culinary school. I can't remember what channel the commercial was on.

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                                  jujuthomas RE: Sandwich_Sister Oct 9, 2009 09:13 AM

                                  i saw that during the iron chef episode with the culinary students.

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