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Hell's Kitchen starts again September

smartie Sep 5, 2010 07:55 PM

wow another season (sic) is upon us almost. Feels like the last one just ended. September 22nd.

  1. duckdown Sep 6, 2010 02:03 AM

    I wonder what collection of baffoons they will round up this time.

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    1. re: duckdown
      LindaWhit Sep 12, 2010 07:40 AM

      The buffoons have been picked (thankfully, no one from the Boston area, so perhaps I'll forego this season)



      1. re: LindaWhit
        coney with everything Sep 13, 2010 05:30 AM

        Jeebus. I wish they'd give the "boys vs. girls" thing a rest.

        Eastern US vs. Western US? Do a challenge and let the two winning "chefs" pick teams?

        Shake it up a bit.

        1. re: coney with everything
          chowser Sep 13, 2010 11:28 AM

          Smokers vs non? Tattoos vs non? Swearers vs. non? I agree I hate the sex break.

          1. re: chowser
            LindaWhit Sep 13, 2010 11:43 AM

            Well, NO one likes taking breaks from sex, chowser. Just sayin'. ;-)

            And wouldn't it be one gigantor team of swearers vs. a team of no one?

            1. re: LindaWhit
              chowser Sep 13, 2010 03:11 PM

              Ooh, must have been a big Freudian slip.;-) That's what happens when you try to squeeze in a post with no time.

        2. re: LindaWhit
          Joanie Sep 13, 2010 12:04 PM

          Lots of Chicago in there, and quite a few Brooklyn.

        3. re: duckdown
          Indirect Heat Sep 22, 2010 09:09 PM

          Hell's Kitchen. The food-lover's equivalent of American Idol. And I mean that in the worst possible way.

        4. Quine Sep 6, 2010 02:20 AM

          It did just end. and Master Chef is still in progress. What no Kitchen Nightmares (guilty pleasure)?

          But as advertised, "This will be the most " yeah , yeah 'SEASON ever!!!!!!!!!"

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          1. re: Quine
            smartie Sep 6, 2010 05:34 AM

            but we will all still watch it...........

            1. re: smartie
              Withnail42 Sep 6, 2010 09:51 AM

              not so much...

              1. re: smartie
                chowser Sep 6, 2010 05:55 PM

                If only so we can follow the discussion here...;-)

                1. re: smartie
                  jujuthomas Sep 12, 2010 06:31 AM

                  Guilty! I'll program my dvr to record it. :)

                  1. re: jujuthomas
                    Firegoat Sep 12, 2010 12:50 PM

                    I'll watch it. Master Chef has failed to captivate me.

              2. Kagemusha Sep 6, 2010 04:26 PM

                Fed up with Ramsay and his gleeful abuse of third-rate fry cooks with DSM-IV maladies. Kinda like watching your dog get hit by a car every week. This "trial-by-ordeal" cooking show formula has become paralytically boring.

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                1. re: Kagemusha
                  jameshig Sep 22, 2010 05:49 PM

                  Fed up with Ramsay and his gleeful abuse of third-rate fry cooks with DSM-IV maladies. Kinda like watching your dog get hit by a car every week. This "trial-by-ordeal" cooking show formula has become paralytically boring.

                  FTW- THAT WAS AWESOME Kagemusha!!!

                2. t
                  TuteTibiImperes Sep 12, 2010 07:24 PM


                  I watched the first season of HK, and bits and pieces of the second, didn't even bother to catch the third. HK is too focused on the 'drama' or Ramsey's abuse and mechanical reproduction of someone else's recipes on a line for it to be interesting to me. I realize they have to pick some dysfunctional people to get that reality show conflict, but the last episode I watched all I just wished I could slap half of them across the head and tell them to man up or get out.

                  You could drop any of the Top Chef contestants from the second half of the season into HK and they would win the whole thing without breaking a sweat.

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                  1. re: TuteTibiImperes
                    Bob W Sep 13, 2010 11:59 AM

                    That may be true, but it HK can still make for entertaining tv. This is my first season watching Top Chef (since it's in DC and I'm in DC, I gave it a try) and I have to say, kinda boring.

                    1. re: Bob W
                      LindaWhit Sep 13, 2010 12:27 PM

                      This season of TC *is* boring. There have been better - TC7 is the best from a food/cooking standpoint, IMO.

                  2. John E. Sep 13, 2010 12:52 PM

                    God forgive me, but I have watched an occasional episode of Hell's Kitchen. I really do not have much respect for Gordy (he hates that name) and the cooks on this show couldn't carry the jockstraps of the Top Chef chefs (or something similar for the female Top Chef chefs).

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                    1. re: John E.
                      LindaWhit Sep 13, 2010 12:56 PM

                      "...the cooks on this show couldn't carry the jockstraps of the Top Chef chefs (or something similar for the female Top Chef chefs)."

                      Their thongs? ;-)

                    2. s
                      smartie Sep 22, 2010 05:17 AM

                      tonight 8p ET

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                      1. re: smartie
                        Firegoat Sep 22, 2010 05:38 AM

                        I wish it wasn't on Wednesdays... but I can see them not wanting to put it head to head with the DWTS results show on Tuesdays

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                          LindaWhit Sep 22, 2010 05:40 AM

                          But the first hour tonight is also up against Survivor, another reality show powerhouse.

                          1. re: LindaWhit
                            boyzoma Sep 22, 2010 05:45 PM

                            LW - That's what Tivo is for :-)

                            1. re: boyzoma
                              LindaWhit Sep 22, 2010 06:29 PM

                              I'm a dinosaur. Don't have a DVR or TiVo. :-) Besides, Survivor's a better show (as much "better" as reality shows can be <g>). And the Top Chef Reunion show in the 2nd hour is WAY better than HK. :-)

                        2. re: smartie
                          Withnail42 Sep 22, 2010 05:41 AM

                          You're clearly very excited about this show.

                          1. re: Withnail42
                            smartie Sep 22, 2010 02:44 PM

                            it's mindlessly numbing but perfect for feet up midweek viewing

                        3. Withnail42 Sep 22, 2010 07:35 PM

                          I just can't abide all the blatant food wasting just for show. That was one of the things that really turned me off from the show.

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                          1. re: Withnail42
                            smartie Sep 22, 2010 07:57 PM

                            I so agree withnail (and I) saw that halibut being thrown tonight it made me sad. But it happens in every restaurant and home I guess but it's still awful to see.

                            1. re: smartie
                              Withnail42 Sep 23, 2010 04:01 AM

                              No. It doesn't happen in every restaurant. Most places can't afford simply to throw food around. It does happen but here they're constantly doing it purely for show. Wasting for the sake of wasting not cool.

                          2. John E. Sep 22, 2010 09:00 PM

                            Once again, I watched part of this show again. It's like a gawker slowdown on the freeway, you know you aren't supposed to look because it slows down the traffic, but you can't help yourself and slow down and look anyway.

                            The producers of this show must spend an enormous amount of time looking through the possible contestants to find the cooks that most resemble what we used to refer to as 'carney rats'. I know it's not kind, but I've never seen such a collection of misfits since the last season of Hell's Kitchen. There are about 4 cooks each season that I would consider to be almost normal. I don't know their names because I have to click away when it becomes too much for me to watch. They say you shouldn't stare at the sun either.

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                            1. re: John E.
                              coney with everything Sep 23, 2010 05:42 AM

                              "Carney rats" is a perfect description of these so-called chefs.

                              I watched about 30 seconds of this after Modern Family was over....erk. I plan on saving some time and reading the comments here and on TWOP.

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