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Hell's kitchen season 8

OMFG- I just watched the first episode of this season's hell's kitchen and he has turned it into the wal-mart of food/cooking shows. Cooking on tv has now hit rock bottom.

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  1. yeah but next week it looks like someone goes psycho and EMS are called! I love trash TV!

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    1. re: hill food

      How was that any different than this week then? You know what would truly be something 'that's never happened in hell's kitchen" good cooking.

      1. re: hill food

        Are you sure that wasn't in the first episode? I think the woman that got hauled away never to return was the one that prepared a signature dish that made Gordy puke. The pressure must have gotten to her.

        1. re: John E.

          perhaps she had tasted her dish after all and it made her sick!

        2. re: hill food

          Yeah, it will be the MOST! DRAMATIC! HELL'S! KITCHEN! EVER!

        3. I wouldn't be surprised if Sabrina and Raj (and maybe that girl who fainted) were paid actors/chefs specially recruited just to cause trouble and get ratings.

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          1. re: 00chris

            I think part of the fun is dissecting what the producers are doing, Sabrina and Raj should have been shoved, but they make better TV than the ones that did get the hook. I mean psychos generate the ratings, not the agreeable earnest types.I knew Vinny wouldn't get it - too photogenic and Raj? well just a train wreck waiting to happen paid actor or not.

            Real World has manipulated/cast the characters esp. on the SF one in order to cause tension (although according to Dave Eggers the guy really was a tweak-freak, forget his name, Puck?) and I can only guess HK does the same.

            1. re: 00chris

              I was thinking the same thing about Raj, Sabrina and the slow lady.
              These ppl must be paid to be roadblocks, but there are enough odd people out there where HK can bring in these oddballs for free. Why pay for something you can get for free? lol

              1. re: 00chris

                I gotta agree. I have a feeling they were "planted" there on purpose.

              2. It was a total train wreck and I can't believe they're going to pay out $250k to one of these loons. Speaking of, RAJ: straight out of Casting 101 or at least Hell's Kitchen Casting 101: All Three Stooges meets John Belushi rolled into one. But wait, this is a cooking show, right? I found myself playing 'count the smokers' when they were outside. Seems like this one may not be as fuming as other casts. But really, Gordon? Really? (Yes, really, apparently. I'm still watching. Sigh.)

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                1. re: HabaneroJane

                  I love the show in this Jerry Springer 'esque stage. Once they cull out the pathetic, the show gets so boring.

                  Go RAJ!!!!

                  1. re: HabaneroJane

                    <All Three Stooges meets John Belushi rolled into one>
                    No. John Belushi was funny.

                    <I found myself playing 'count the smokers>
                    Funny, I was thinking it would make a good drinking game if you took a shot every time someone said "b**ch." I'd have been trashed before 15 minutes were up. Seriously, though, if I hear that word on that show one more time I'm going to scream.

                  2. My early pick to win? Gail. Seems like one of the few half way sane ones there. I admit to being amused when he had the gal with the boobs hanging out of her dress cover them with a towel.

                    1. Don't all chefs work in 5" heels?

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                      1. re: junescook

                        Those heels were ridiculous. almost as much as that other one's boobs hanging out/
                        meanwhile, where did JP go? To his senses, I presume!

                        1. re: HabaneroJane

                          According to news reports JP is overseeing the opening of one of Gordon's new ventures so he's off this season.

                          1. re: HabaneroJane

                            I MISS JP! I was not impressed with the new guy at all.

                        2. Wouldn't it be great if they could merge Hell's Kitchen with Bridezillas and maybe Houseweives of the Jersey Shore? The mind races with possibilities.

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                          1. re: PattiCakes

                            That is, quite simply, very frightening. :-) I'm not watching HK this season, and it sounds like a good thing. The continual train wrecks continue, I see. :-)

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              you still have time... they have full episodes onlne Linda :D

                              1. re: Firegoat

                                oh good, full episodes online. we missed the episode cutting it down to 12... dvr cut out. sigh.


                              2. re: LindaWhit


                                Do we need an intervention? You simply HAVE to watch this season for its trainwreck value alone.

                                Unhinged Raj and the classic mean girl Sabrina!

                                NASCAR dude!

                                Sleep apnea!


                                "Chinese marching bands!"

                                The cheftestants work in nursing homes and kids camps and maybe even kennels or detention centers. And there's even a cheftestant named KOOK!!

                                It just may be THE BEST SEASON EVAH! Certainly the weirdest, so far.

                                1. re: C. Hamster

                                  Tee hee, C.Ham! THE BEST SEASON EVAH!, huh? :-)

                                  I did catch a smidge of it last night during various commercials - Raj seems to be this year's big crying guy (not that I saw him crying, but he reminds me of that other idiot from a few seasons back). Oy. And I saw that GR brought up a third person (some guy in a regular suit and not in chef's whites?) when he wasn't satisfied with the two nominees. WHAT a surprise. :-/

                                  If it's on OnDemand, perhaps I'll try and catch it. Otherwise, you'll just have to suffer without me. ;-)

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    It's on the Fox tv website right now Linda! You're in luck!

                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                      You're determined to drag me down with you, aren't you? ;-)

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        Yes, yes I am. It wouldn't be a season of HK without snarking with you.

                                            1. re: jujuthomas

                                              Nope, I'm still ignoring it. It's actually been quite nice missing out on the histronics on this show....especially since I *have* been reading and it sounds like it's just gotten worse this season.

                                              I'll just hang out waiting for TC-All Stars, thankyouverymuch. ;-)

                                2. The lack of cooking knowledge from so-called cooks is amazing. One of the women actually said, after Morimoto came on to demonstrate sushi making, "I don't know anyting about sushi, I've never made Chinese food before". (Or something to that effect).

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                                  1. re: John E.

                                    yes! I heard that comment about Chinese food and fell off the couch. I think Hell's Kitchen looks for ignoramuses.

                                    And what about that poor woman who passed out w/ the migraine and left the show. was she a ringer? i thought it was in poor taste that they filmed her on the floor.

                                    1. re: HabaneroJane

                                      My thought was, why didn't you drop the camera and help her! (though I'm sure it was probably a stationery camera etc.)

                                      1. re: HabaneroJane

                                        They knew she was faking it, that's why they showed her on the floor. I think she was a plant so she could intentionally make bad food, Gordy could puke and make everyone else taste it and then this woman could have a health episode and leave the show without having to reveal that she was an actress and not a cook.

                                        Comparing Hell's Kitchen to Top Chef is like comparing a Neil Simon play to Three's Company.

                                        1. re: HabaneroJane

                                          I think she was just exhausted from making gumbo in 45 minutes.

                                        2. re: John E.

                                          I was wondering how many of those "cheftestants" actually knew who morimoto was.

                                        3. Apparantly next week is going to be the most BRUTAL, VIOLENT, DESPERATE and DISTURBING episode in Hell's Kitchen HISTORY

                                          I, for one, cannot wait.

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                                          1. re: C. Hamster

                                            In the promo for next week it shows lots of amublances with flashing lights as if there is some great catastrophe but on the info on the dvr about next week's show it says that they are feeding a group of EMT's.

                                            1. re: edgewater

                                              Damn ... it looked like Raj was gonna cut someone on the trailer for next week...

                                            2. re: C. Hamster

                                              One of youz guys (LW is included in that) needs to go undercover for the next season of HK. We need the inside scoop. Pick your persona, develop a schtick and Make It Work. Inquiring Minds Want To Know!!!!

                                              1. re: PattiCakes

                                                I would love some background as to how they pick the final 12 - a lot of the other reality (sic) shows do have the auditions to view, even if they just told us if they ask for a pic and a recipe it would be nice.

                                                1. re: PattiCakes

                                                  I would do it in a heartbeat, bearing in mind at all times that when Ramsay worked for Marco-Pierre White, he was observed crying and crouching in a corner, saying, "hit me, sack me, I don't care." Sort of equivalent to visualizing your audience naked in order to be able to cope with public speaking. But yeah, I'd go there with the middle-aged mom shtick, and end up smoking some serious A**, and enjoy myself every step of the way.

                                              2. This has got to be the greatest comedy show ever. This group of imbeciles was selected out of "10,000". C'mon, give me a break. I managed large restos for 35 years and would never hire anyone of these jerks to be a short order cook much less offer a $250k salary as head chef. Bring Paula back -- now there is a really good chef.

                                                1. I don't even know what to say about the beginning of this season.....I really don't.....from the "I can't cook Chinese food" re: sushi to just the overall weirdness of the cheftestants....One of these people are going to freak out eventually.....and go postal.....

                                                  And I'll be watching the whole thing!!

                                                  1. To get everyone in the mood for this week's episode, here's a link to the elimination interviews with Lisa and Curtis. I like what Lisa has to say about Sabrina.


                                                    1. Hello all,
                                                      I'm the hugest Ramsay fan alive... But come on...
                                                      What does Fox take us for? A bunch of mindless fools?
                                                      There is NO WAY ON THIS PLANET that at LEAST 3 of those 'contestants' are not paid actors...
                                                      Raj is 100% an actor... He even has a facebook page with Sabrina as a friend.
                                                      Sabrina "she snores, she keeps us up at night..." 100%
                                                      And fainter girl at the start... c'mon.

                                                      Ramsay, you're hot as hell, but your fans are not stupid... Paying actors to be on a reality show with Gordon Ramsay at the helm is just cheap.

                                                      1. The greatest comedy show ever written.

                                                        1. I can only describe the seconds I see while channel surfing past it. Not much to distinguish it from previous seasons. It seems Ramsay-bot is of limited vocabulary and body language.

                                                          Possibly it could be recommended for dieters.

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                                                          1. re: shallots

                                                            There's no way Raj wasn't an actor. This show is a joke. Literally. Now that he's gone, is it even worth watching? I mean, the cooking is a massacre, the cast composed of morons and Ramsay a predictable cartoon character already...oh hell, of course I will watch till the bitter end.

                                                            1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                              It's laughable. Calling his teammates bitches, eating the food while dinner service is going on, cooking the last pieces of Dover sole before they were needed, his bizarre gestures..he's not even a good actor.

                                                              Which leads me to Sabrina -- she also has to be a plant. Why haven't her teammates beaten the crap out of her yet?

                                                              1. re: Bob W

                                                                Yah, in my wildest dreams have never seen anything as disturbing and unprofessional as Raj stuffing his face with send-backs on the line. There's no way he's credentialled at anything.

                                                              2. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                nah raj is probably autistic rather than an actor.

                                                            2. Worst. Season. Ever......At least there is still Top Chef....Don't tell me who won we Canadians are just watching it now.

                                                              1. This show has lost its way. It dawned on me during the last episode that it isn't about cooking anymore. The majority of the contestants are people I wouldn't want to be around or even eat food they'd cooked. I have a soft spot for Gordon Ramsay and his schtick, but when every other person on the show is swearing like a sailor, it gets very old. They lost me.

                                                                1. I plan to include a video of the teenage witch, Sabrina, in my Halloween decorations. It's not been a total loss.

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                                                                  1. re: sharonanne

                                                                    I thought she was Samantha's dark-haired alter-ego...(although obviously not in this incarnation)

                                                                    1. re: hill food

                                                                      I think you're talking about the original show. I can't remember what Samantha's alter ego was called but this was a 90s TV show that my daughter liked. Melissa Joan Hart played the teenage witch.

                                                                      The analogy was weak anyway as the character was nice! If we show a video of this Sabrina we won't get any children ringing our bell.

                                                                  2. HK is pretty ridiculous this season....watching the 9/29 show now......Raj is a total mess - I can't believe he is a chef, tho it was funny how he was eating during service & saying how delicious it was! Tho him saying he's being harassed all the time is getting old...

                                                                    And why have they been showing it in 2 hour blocks?? It's hard to take the show in a 2 hour block....I'm thankful for DVR...

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                                                                    1. re: jenscats5

                                                                      And trying to have them quit smoking?? During Hell's Kitchen? Really? They're all going to go off the deep end....

                                                                      1. re: jenscats5

                                                                        I was surprised only half of them admitted to being smokers. I think last season you could see almost everyone lighting up at some point in the series.

                                                                        1. re: jenscats5

                                                                          Maybe they decided sleep deprivation and verbal abuse weren't eliciting enough drama? Next they'll stop everyone's psych meds.

                                                                          1. re: sharonanne

                                                                            The "Clockwork Orange" of cooking shows!!

                                                                        2. re: jenscats5

                                                                          It may be because Fox will have the baseball playoffs coming on soon and cutting in, maybe they want to get people invested as quickly as possible before the break?

                                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                                            True, didn't think about that....

                                                                        3. After last season, I had to swear off watching this show. I found myself getting really wound up and stressed just wondering who GR was going to bellow at next. This show is so very, very little about food and so very much about humiliation and tantrum-throwing.

                                                                          You know what you are getting with every episode. Some sort of team challenge that usually borders on a gross-out Fear Factor "oh-my-god-are-they-really-eating-that" contest. Then the results are edited every single time to make it look like a squeaker that comes down to the very last "chef-testant." Then, the winning team is whisked away in a helicopter to get a hot stone massage while the losing team (who, you remember, lost by a single poorly-gutted squid), are left to clean the restaurant baseboards on their hands and knees while Jean-Paul makes wisecracks, and the soundtrack plays sad circus music.

                                                                          Later the red team and the blue team are thrown back into the kitchen, and you can bet money that, whoever Ramsay was the nicest to, during the winning team celebration on the helicopter, is the one he is going to bear the brunt of a screaming rant, and probably get a chestful of risotto. The histrionics are utterly predictable, and then after the smoke clears and the losing team comes up with their candidates for going home, GR shocks everyone by tell the two losers "Back in line," and kicks off whoever the producers had already annointed as chump of the week.

                                                                          Well, no more I say! I was tempted to watch this season but like that horrible wreck on the freeway, this time I refuse to look or even slow down as I drive past.

                                                                          1. Just out of curiosity Who would want ANY of these people to be running the kitchen in their fine dining restaurant? What does that say about the restaurant if some imbecile who’s getting yelled at because he can’t sear a scallop in week two eventually “matures” enough to win… and be what in the restaurant? And what is it with always having Risotto and Beef Wellington every single effing episode of every single effing season? Risotto and Wellington… REALLY? I can make those dishes, my twelve year old daughter can make a risotto… no excuse to serve a raw Wellington, it’s called a MEAT THERMOMETER!

                                                                            (rant over, sorry, I’ve lost my interest in the show and Gordon Ramsay’s style in the kitchen is abominable)

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                                                                            1. re: cgarner

                                                                              There's always 3 or 4 and are pretty decent cooks.

                                                                            2. I used to watch. But how many times can you listen to someone be called a 'donkey' even despite each episode being the 'most shocking episode ever.' Ramsay has become a sad parody of himself. The amount of food they waste is disgusting. Inevitably he choses a chef of questionable talent. The first few seasons arguably the best chef won. The last few seasons the best chef never even seems to make it into the finals. Last season the 'winner' was nothing more that a joke.

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                                                                              1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                agreed with the above 100%. "you'll never believe what chef ramsay does in next week's episode, the most SHOCKING ONE EVER." i hear this voice over each week, and i'm like "oh, let me guess, he calls someone 'a stupid donkey' or 'a f*cking cow'" and then he slams a pan, throws food into the bin and denounces everything with a "THIS IS SHOCKING!" (wait, was that kitchen nightmare talk?)

                                                                                however, it's still an entertaining hour of television and i enjoy the clueless antics of people who are obviously delusional about their talent (or make up application skill).

                                                                                1. re: selenster

                                                                                  You've got it. It's ENTERTAINING. I tried watching Top Chef this season because it was set in DC and frankly, it was pretty boring.

                                                                                  1. re: Bob W

                                                                                    And yet it's NOT entertaining to some - me, for one. Firegoat and jujuthomas tried to get me to watch at the beginning of the season (upthread), but I held fast, and I haven't missed watching HK at all this go-round.

                                                                                    While TC-DC wasn't all that great overall, it doesn't have the affected drama that HK does, and it DOES have way better chefs - I watch for the inventiveness of the chefs, not the drama.

                                                                                    Just over one week, and TC-All Stars starts up. I'll wait for that.

                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                      Thanks for reminding me about that. (Jen for the win...)

                                                                                      1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                        Or Richard Blais....or Tre Wilcox....or Tiffani Faison.... ;-)

                                                                                        And Anthony Bourdain's back! I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited! :-D

                                                                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                        I watch ICA for the inventiveness quotient. 8<D HK is for laffs -- no question the chefs are NVG.

                                                                                        Based on your recommendation, I will give TC-All Stars a try!

                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                          I can't wait for TC all stars! :)

                                                                                          We are still watching HK, I still don't know exactly why it appeals to me, but DH and I watch it and laugh, so that's good enough.

                                                                                        2. re: Bob W

                                                                                          i kept trying to watch TC:DC but i think they spiked it with sleeping pills because i could never stay awake!

                                                                                    2. Just saw this link posted on another food board I post on:


                                                                                      More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

                                                                                      Holli, winner of last season, was denied a work visa to work in London...so she gets the cash instead. Looks like the production company, who was responsible for obtaining the visa, couldn't do it. Wonder why?

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                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                        "Legal reasons" That could mean anything from a past arrest to missing medical documentation.

                                                                                        Somehow, despite when her agent said I doubt that the fans will be disappointed. If anything that whole mess seems entirely appropriate given the source, Hell's Kitchen.

                                                                                        Her winning killed off that last speck of credibility that the show held.

                                                                                        1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                          what more coud they do with any of these "winners" than give them a position in name only? Or maybe have them wash dishes...

                                                                                      2. We're still watching. Trevor has more lives than a cat!

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                                                                                        1. re: sharonanne

                                                                                          That Trevor is such an angry guy- he has definite issues in not being able to take responsibility for his own failings. Ummm, if you're so frickin amazing, how come you never win a challenge. Should we remind him of the frog leg fiasco? Dead last Trev, Dead last. I think Gail should have stayed he should have gone home. And the whole steak thing? Seriously Trev?

                                                                                          This season is indeed a joke, as were pretty much all the other seasons, but any dose of GR is better than none LOL.

                                                                                          I can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss lilttle miss Sabrina.

                                                                                          Who watches this for anything culinarily meaningful? It's comedy and drama and stupidity all rolled into one, with GR at the helm.

                                                                                          I predict Russell and Nona in the final, with Russell winning.

                                                                                          1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                            These people don't deserve the final prize. I have watch the earlier seasons, and there were many of the losers from those shows that can far out cook/class these idiots.

                                                                                            Maybe LA Market will deny the final prize...after all, would you let them cook for you? I say, just give them the money....but don't let them work for you...

                                                                                            1. re: Cluggy619

                                                                                              I think that's what pretty much happens every year. None of them seem to be suitable for the positiom- but we also have to remember that this is a highly edited TV show, aimed to get the most drama bang for their buck. I really don't care who wins. It's just entertaining.

                                                                                            2. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                              I agree witht he Nona Russ prediction.
                                                                                              I've read some of Sabrina's post elimination face book posts. She is just as nasty in real life as on the show from all appearances unless that is just her "schtick." Following this episodes basically all her comments were "Nona is fat"