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hells kitchen new season...

Anyone catch this?
Curious as to your thoughts

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  1. I did. I'm getting a bit tired of his formulaic shtick, though. His constant redfaced high-volume screaming begins to sound like loud mosquitoes buzzing after awhile; he'd be ever so much more effective if he was lower-keyed and only "exploded" when it was seriously merited. Clearly by design, to melt the brains of the people on the line and make for The!MOST!EXPLOSIVE!SEASON!EVER!
    Tevon (?) was waaaaaaay out of his league. His scallops were a crime.
    And the pate a choux bungling kinda mystified me - after 3 tries, at a longer time, and it still didn't bake thoroughly? That too seemed a bit staged.
    Just my .02

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    1. re: mamachef

      Ita.....i wish there was a new spin on it..anything
      His rants are mean and boring
      Looks like this year though there will be a whole lotta fighting within the contestants

      1. re: mamachef

        Not pate a choux but puff pastry, but you're right... no way they were that incompetent that they couldn't get it to cook through.

        1. re: acgold7

          Grazie - pastry's not my thing and I goof 'em all the time.

        2. re: mamachef

          This is why I didn't watch. Although I did watch MasterChef immediately following HK. Less histronics there, and Iike seeing what "regular people" can put on a plate.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            That final contestant REALLY touched my heart, Linda. And I had to laugh: Joe smiled at her only because she couldn't see it....
            It seems that they were all genuinely affected by her. I enjoyed that immensely.

            1. re: mamachef

              I will be *very* interested to see how she fares. The runs into the pantry and the timed cooking periods don't bode well for her. And Joe *did* smile for another contestant.

              More tonight...

              1. re: mamachef

                I also watched Master Chef and you can't compare to HK- one is a horrible accident that you just can't turn away from, the other is a genuine "cooking" show. The last contestant was remarkable, and I am honestly in awe of what she can do, but I just don't understand how she can fare alone in a kitchen- it borders on dangerous- in a professional kitchen. Joe seemed to be really touched by her story though and it's nice to see him have a heart- although I didn't appreciate him doubting Monti Carlo (okay, the name is a bit, umm.... out there) or her dedication.

                1. re: maisonbistro

                  I wonder if the Americans with Disabilities Act will come into play--can she have an assistant to pick produce or find ingredients in the pantry, etc? Seemed to be a gracious, lovely lady with an incredible attitude. Wish her well.

                  HK--just can't/won't watch that again. It's too much contrived yelling, fights, crudeness--both from GR and the contestants.

                  1. re: pine time

                    Yes, just read today in theTV section of our local newspaper that she will be given an assistant to do the runs to the pantry. She seems like a very sweet--and brave--young woman.

                  2. re: maisonbistro

                    I agree that there's no way you can compare the two Ramsay shows. Which is why I've stopped watching HK. It's just not interesting - way too formulaic. And since Joanie said there's no one from Boston, I really don't care about the fighting and biting. :-)

                    And I agree, it'll be interesting to see what is allowed on MasterChef- will she have a guide to map the table and the appliance placement? Will she have someone to do her running into the pantry to get her items? I just honestly don't see how this is going to work, but we'll see.

            2. I tried to watch the beginning just to see where the chefs are from, but they don't list that. The head shaving was stupid, the previews of the fighting looked ridiculous, and no one from Boston so thankfully no need to watch.

              1. This season should be dubbed the trailer trash season. I am not dissing anyone, but just with the clips of the fist fights and language and attitude- none of these people belong in a professional kitchen is that is how they behave. I know that editing, ratings etc. have a lot to do with it, but you would think that Fox and Ramsay would get a sense of what the people want, and although a little drama is always interesting- this season portends to be just too way over the top. I love me some Gordon, but it is definitely getting tiresome.

                And as for his rants- this season might be the first time they are actually justified.

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                1. re: maisonbistro

                  This season (especially) it seems like they trawled the ghettos and trailer parks big time. I watch it just the same and look forward to the MC hour that follows.

                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    Kimmie and Tiffany seems particularly trash. Can't wait to watch them bitch slap each other.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                      Add Robyn to that list even though she's from Hollywood, FLORIDA.

                      1. re: Cheese Boy

                        You knew that Barbie was safe from elimination because she pisses everyone else off. I know Robyn hates Barbie but why did Kimmie and Tiffany go psycho on Barbie? Just because she didn't dig for scallops? But she put up 3 of the 6 plates that won their reward.

                        1. re: Worldwide Diner

                          With Barbie, it might be a race thing.

                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                            Do you think they cast real bitchy minorities on purpose?

                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                              Nope ... was just answering the question 'why did Kimmie and Tiffany go psycho on Barbie'. It's quite possible that those two are racist.
                              Barbie put up GOOD food (3 or 4 times) and yet those two bitches were tearing her a new one. It sucks witnessing that sort of thing, IYKWIM.

                            2. re: Cheese Boy

                              I am thinking that there might have been a whole crapload of editing happening- because it just doesn't make sense that all the girls would turn on Barbie. She won them the challenge! I would hate to think that they've all just turned on her because of the color of her skin- and even worse that Fox, and Gordon Ramsay would use that. Okay, I guess I'm naive- but the thought is appalling and disgusting.

                  2. Watched...think the show has run its course. Likely done with it.

                    1. i ended up skipping last season after 3 episodes. i'll try it again. always willing to give Ramsay another chance.
                      does anyone know if the F Word is still running and if BBCA will show it?

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                      1. re: ritabwh

                        I am a staunch Ramsay fan- and have watched all the seasons of HK- but after today's second episode, I think I am throwing in the towel. It is not entertaining anymore- at any level. There is less and less kitchen action and more dorm room smackdown action happening and it seems that will be the trend for this season. I don't watch Jersey Shore because I have no interest in that kind of stupidity, and I'm certainly not going to watch this.

                        As for the F Word- that's a great show. I don't know if they're going to show it here either (Canada) but I certainly hope they do. That is the "real" Gordon Ramsay.

                        1. re: maisonbistro

                          " I don't watch Jersey Shore because I have no interest in that kind of stupidity, and I'm certainly not going to watch this."

                          Exactly. I think the only reason people watch at all is because everything else is in reruns.

                          1. re: maisonbistro

                            I'm surprised you can be a staunch Ramsay fan when he's been like this for however many seasons. Yes he's different on some other shows but for me, this overshadows everything else and it somehow keeps getting worse.

                            1. re: Joanie

                              Joanie- I think he is a talented chef, and if you watch the F Word or another one of his BBC shows (the name escapes me- Britain's best restaurant or something like that)- you get a sense of who he really is- or even Master Chef. The American network (Fox) has turned this how into a joke- HK that is. I wonder how much input he has in the contestant selection- I would be surprised if it were significant. He has been the same throughout the seasons, it's the choice of contestants that has completely gone to pot. It's the direction the show has been taking - you can't compare the first few seasons to the last or what this one is turning into. He's lost a viewer but not a fan. I will watch Master Chef though and look forward to it.

                              1. re: maisonbistro

                                Agree watch the BBC shows mentioned F Word, UK version of Kitchen Nightmares, or Ramsey's best Restaurant and it shows him in a different light. Also watch the Documentaries Boiling Point and Beyond Boiling Point.

                                Masterchef US looks more promising this season but it has a lot to live up to VS the AU, NZ, and UK versions. We just love our drama via editing,

                                1. re: chris2269

                                  Well, the MARKETING people love the drama via editing.

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    Agree, how can you go to a commerial break without dramatic music and fire right? I'd forget to run to the bathroom if it wasn't for that.

                                    Thanks for all the recaps by the way much love:)

                                  2. re: chris2269

                                    As I said, I know most of the other shows and agree he's a different person but the way he is on Kitchen Nightmares overshadows any of those redeeming qualities for me. The show is obviously an interesting premise but the fact that he allows himself to act like that (you can't even say "be portrayed like that" cuz he's obviously doing all that yelling and swearing) just completely turns me off of him. All IMHO of course.