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Hell's Kitchen Spring 2014 season spoilers

I'm too lazy to start a new post every week. So let's just bitch and moan here for the rest of this season.

For the reward challenge, each team is required to make 10 plates of some kind of filled pasta, was it ravioli with lobster? Gordo puts Mike, DeMarco and Gabriel as one group on the men's team, thereby dooming the men's team. Sure enough, the men get off to a good start by putting up 5 good plates before the women even plated 1. But the women's system caught them up. Tied at 9-9, the 3 stooges finally puts up their first plate, which predictably sucked. The women swoop in and won...I really don't want to see any of these men or women in a bathing suit....please stop the flesh showing rewards!!!

The women actually finished their dinner service and then went to help the men. Jason, the anger management issue guy, crossed the line but at least he knew it - did he shove a woman or something? Whatever. Men lose, I think they put up DeMarco and Mike. DeMarco says he's not worse than Mike - even if true, he's not better by much. Gordo then boots Mike - who goes out with middle finger blazing.

Prior to being booted, Mike offered to move to the women's team, to their horror!

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  1. I am intrigued my Anton's voice. He's like a cartoon muppet voice. So I vote for him to win.

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    1. re: Firegoat

      I can't imagine any if them winning.

      And hope any Big Love is off camera.

    2. Lol, I forgot that Mike the Jersey douchey-boy had H!K tattooed on the back of his neck.

      I think the men's team still need to get rid of Ralph and Gabriel (DeMarco got the boot despite the fact that he came out and said he was abandoned by his father - actually I'm not sure if his father abandoned him or his mother). On the women's team, Beth has to go. Frankly, no one stands out on either team.

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      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        I was looking for a recap this evening and stumbled upon an interview with Bev from the ladies team.
        http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforki...

        She actually has some serious cooking chops/experience working for Milliken and Feniger at BorderGrill.

        I really haven't cared enough about this cast to look into anyone's background, but she might be the one to beat.

        1. re: Firegoat

          I think she acknowledged that she was the oldest on her team. I think she can hold her own but she could freak out under pressure.

          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            It looks like Beth is a year older than Bev according to wikipedia. Beth hasn't impressed me at all. I keep remembering the creepy way she was hitting on the old dude.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                I think it's odd several people have commented on her being "old" when at least 3 other women are right at about the same age. Kind of makes you wonder if it was stunt casting for her to "act" old.

        2. re: Worldwide Diner

          DeMarco probably should've gone postal. First he reveals that he was abandoned by his father and that he wanted to make something of himself as a form revenge. His team-mates cheers him on and then put him up for elimination because they think he sucks, not in this particularly challenge, but overall. Way to crush a dream.

          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            DeMarco reminded me of Dana -- always SHOUTING in the interviewie thingies

            1. re: C. Hamster

              there's always someone who HAS to shout. :)

        3. So far no one is standing out. Glad DeMarco got the boot - I couldn't decide if he just didn't have the experience to be there or if he was getting a bad deal from his team mates.
          I'd be happy to see Beth go, the rest of the women seem OK. Beth sure did crumble under pressure on last night's episode.

          1. Were "Parker" and "Joanna" actors or did real people make the questionable choice to get married at 8 in the morning in an "exclusive" ceremony in Hell's Kitchen?

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              1. re: jujuthomas

                I think a lot of times people getting married on reality tv are actually getting married.... just do this for the publicity, to be on TV. It isn't their actual ceremony, they do that another day off site, but have this to make their wedding kind of a destination fun wedding. I mean, if you were invited, how fun would that be?

                1. re: Firegoat

                  Some one on the HK production crew had a friend who was getting married. The producers offered them an 'appearance fee'. This was enough to pay for the 'real wedding' happening in the fall.

                  1. re: Puffin3

                    They gave her good lighting and makeup, who wouldn't take that deal?

                    Although I bet they all went to Waffle House afterward..... or wished they did.

            1. Beth talks about possibly losing her house and the lack of advancement opportunities in the Deep South because she's a woman. She earns some sympathy but not enough to avoid the boot. The editing seems unusually cruel this season, as it shows the remaining chefs kicking the dog when it's down.

              Keisha says she's not dumb or stupid, just "flustrated." I guess she's not more stupid than a former vice presidential candidate for making up words.

              Anton was smart being the rover. I don't know what Melanie wa mocking him for.

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              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                I have been using "flustrated" a lot today.

                It's awesome!

                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                  Anton's voice still entertains me. I could listen to his talking heads all day

                2. Gabriel is the worst chef on men's team. Don't know how he keeps avoiding the boot.

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                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                    I agree but the pizza guy deserved it. I sort of liked him....

                    BTW it was ON DEMAND at 6:30 this am.

                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                      I would love to see Richard win it. Ramsay has always come across as pretty age-ist on his past shows.

                    2. I am so "flustrated" with Keisha. Why can't she cook fried chicken properly? For that matter, why can't Jason do it? BTW, why aren't the fried chicken deep fried? I grew up in the south (Hotlanta baby), and I ain't never seen no fry chicken not comin' out of the deep fryer. Okay, I have, but they suck.

                      Beverly really didn't look sharp in this competition.

                      At this point, I'm most impressed with Anton.

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                      1. re: Worldwide Diner

                        What was the bottle blonde sorority sister on? That was the weirdest, most painful example of flirting I've ever seen. Looked like they hired a grade b porn actress to speak the lines. The other two sorority ladies seemed fresh and normal.

                        Jessica needs to go home. No more cry babies. I'm still routing for Anton, Richard and Rochelle as backups.

                        1. re: Firegoat

                          But Jessica was homeless! That kind of revelvation usually precedes gettng booted.

                          1. re: Worldwide Diner

                            I'm surprised he kept the cry baby. Sounds like there is another competition between the chefs and old chefs coming up as well

                          2. re: Firegoat

                            Jessica looked like she was passing a difficult bowel movement when she was up for elimination.

                          3. re: Worldwide Diner

                            It *was* deep-fried. There were several shots of the chicken coming out of the deep-fryer in baskets, including the very first time the narrator utters the words "Fried Chicken Station."

                            I too prefer deep-fried, but it seems most Fried Chicken aficiandos prefer pan-fried. I've never understood the appeal.

                            1. re: acgold7

                              I think Alton Brown did something on it. I could be wrong but I recall seeing something explaining the science of cooking fried chicken and why doing it in a cast iron skillet partially in oil rather than submerged was better. Of course, everyone's tastes are different.

                              1. re: Firegoat

                                Most people who like pan-fried cite the darker exterior caused by the chicken actually touching the bottom of the pan, but that's the part I don't like. CI loves it, as does AB.

                                They talk about a deep mahogany exterior and a crust that is actually not just crispy but crunchy, but both of those are things I think are not that great.

                                I'll stick with my deep-fryer. As much as we all love AB and take what he says as gospel, he's really seriously wrong about a lot of stuff.

                              2. re: acgold7

                                I saw the deep frying shot, but then they tried to finish it off in the oven? All the chicken served weren't pulled straight from the deep fryer, right?

                                I was just blowing hot air. I like pan-fried as well as pressure cooked fried chicken.

                                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                  Yeah, they tried to finish the raw ones in the oven, but they were undercooked in the DF first.

                                  The properly cooked ones went straight from DF to plate, from what I could see.

                              1. This season is really about kicking a dog when it's down. Each team names its worst cook and they have to face off for elimination. Jessica, the recently homeless space cadet, was the worst for the women's team. Rich, the 48 year old sadist, was the worst for the men's team. I don't get that - Scott, Gabriel, and Ralph all suck more. I'd get rid of Jessica because she's psycho.

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                                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                  I'd get rid of Jessica as well, but I bet he eliminates Richard... she's better drama. :)

                                2. Scott, Gabriel, and Ralph all sucked....

                                  No one on the women's team is getting a good edit....who's your guess as to winner?

                                  It seems like everyone is flawed.

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                                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                    I thought Chris, who got booted 2-3 weeks ago had the best chance of winning! None of them really stand out to me at this point. I think Rochelle could be the dark horse... I hope Anton messes up enough to go home soon. he was obnoxious last night.

                                    1. re: jujuthomas

                                      Rochelle seems balanced, doesn't talk trash, but can she cook? She's definitely flying under the radar. Anton can cook but he seems to have issues working with others.

                                  2. Watching that whiny crying baby beg to stay in HK was just painful. Take it like a woman and go.

                                    Ramsay seems to like Rochelle. Joy seems reasonably strong. On the men's side I still have a thing for Anton because of his weird voice, I like Richard but Ramsay will never pick someone his age, and Jason has something going on for them to bring him back for a 2nd try.

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                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                      Joy - that's the name I couldn't remember. She's DH's pick for the win.

                                      1. re: jujuthomas

                                        Joy's had cooking issues before and she seems to be a royal bitch - but probably the strongest female contestant.

                                    2. No love for poor sickly Ralph?

                                      Who admits to wearing high heels?

                                      1. If I were Rochelle I'd be pretty happy to be off that team.

                                        1. Gabriel deciding not to put himself up notwithstanding other people voted for him was classic. What a dumb a$$!

                                          Jason seems to be doing pretty well. At this point, he and Rochelle seem to be the only balanced people on the show and he's the better cook of the two.

                                          I'm not sure why the women threw Rochelle under the bus - in this case, I guess she is a threat to them and they know it.

                                          Sandra can't communicate worth a crap but I still like her more than the 3 evil ghetto women.

                                            1. re: ennuisans

                                              I liked the three older ladies :D ... look they went down those stairs without holding the rails!

                                            2. This is the second time I opened this thread, thinking it was about Hell's Kitchen, the neighborhood in Manhattan.

                                              1. Wasn't surprised to see Sandra go. Was mostly surprised she lasted as long as she did. Rochelle still seems like the person to beat, that and she seems likable and drama free..... of course, except's for next week's preview where we see her running off in tears. I refuse to believe the editing monkeys that she has a break down and will just assume she got hot peppers in her eyes.

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                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                  I missed the very end. No big loss really. I figured the counting-challenged guy would go. Cuz, well, he can't count.

                                                  1. re: chileheadmike

                                                    Apparently not being able to count doesn't count in Hell's Kitchen. Rochelle pretty much saved his ass. I'm still thinking final four Rochelle, Jason, Anton, Joy.

                                                  2. re: Firegoat

                                                    Kashia needs to stop blaming others for her failed dishes and then cop a f*cking attitude. I can't stand her crying in front of Gordo and then act like a bully away from him.

                                                    I don't know how Gabriel keeps getting by when he can't even count (and they thought he was stronger than Anton and Scott).

                                                    1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                      I agree with you on both. Gabriel seems completely clueless. Maybe he's a fabulous chef and the editing monkeys aren't letting us see it. Anton is a dick, but I'd rather count on him to get food out. I predict Kashia, Gabriel and Richard leave soon. I actually like Richard, but no way is Gordon going to let someone that old win HK.

                                                  3. They keep Gabriel? Why editing monkeys? Why?

                                                    1. And that's why you don't talk back to chef Andi.....

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                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                          Anton can cook but he's always been terrible at communicating with the rest of his team. I'm just surprised the likes of Gabriel, Scott, and I'm so "flustrated" Kashia are still on the show. I would love to see Jason and Rochelle in the finals, and the rest of the bitches can go home.

                                                          1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                            I am surprised Anton outlasted Gabriel and Kashia to be sure. I really expected him to be in it at the end.
                                                            Guess that leaves Rochelle and Jason to cheer for.

                                                      1. Master Yelper gets invited as a judge...Lordy don't leave me all by myself....

                                                        Was the time limit strictly enforced? It doesn't seem so.

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                                                        1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                          i was surprised by that as well. DH pointed out with that many reviews she must have a following and be respected for her opinions... mmmm...

                                                          lots of drama this episode! didn't seem like any of the calendar candidates were up to snuff.

                                                          1. re: jujuthomas

                                                            Did they give it Joy? Her porkmay have tasted good but it looked like shit.

                                                            1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                              to be continued - I guess we'll find out next week!

                                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                I kind of felt bad (almost but not really) for Jason. His attempts to try to bond with Paul since they were the same season. Paul was having none of it.

                                                        2. It's about time Gabriel went home. Definitely overstayed his welcome.

                                                          1. are the contestants being more humiliated than before? it seems so harsh, maybe it's just me but even the "diners" relish the abuse-which I have seen before

                                                            I know it's all just a show but it seems more hateful than ever

                                                            that said I hope the evil santa claus is the next to go

                                                            and btw how many of those chefs said who the f* is minnie driver?

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                                                            1. re: madeliner

                                                              I think Jason's funny. In any case, he shouldn't have been put up last night. The person who screwed up on the team was Melanie (other than Gabriel, who was booted mid-service).

                                                              1. re: madeliner

                                                                Actually I (sorry to say) have watched every season fromt he beginning. I think Gordon has actually mellowed out. For a while he seemed very hell bent on humiliating contestants for physical flaws, like the woman who was quite a bit older or any of the obese people. One of my least favorite seasons was when they had Robert Hesse on (before his surgery) and they knew they were casting someone that was very obese, yet humiliated him by having rewards that he could not participate in. Like the day trip to Catalina Island in the copter that he was too big to go on so he had to go alone on the ferry... by the time he got there no time to explore the island, just turn around and come home. Or the horrible group tricycle challenge Plus calling the women cows etc. He seems much less about that now, and he's had some decent sized contestants.

                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                  I totally agree with you F-goat.

                                                                  He was much more personal and harsh in earlier seasons.

                                                                  The Robert Catalina episode almost made me cry, it was so unnecessarily mean. In a much later season, when Kimmy was too big to go horse riding it wasn't focused on. You just saw all the others on horses and not her.

                                                                  Remember when he had those rumored marital issues and his wife and family showed up in a bunch of episodes?

                                                                  I think that's when the mellowing began.

                                                              2. No comments yet on Keisha's departure? She was so "FLUSTRATED" and upset on last week's episode... FINALLY! I told DH if she stayed I was going to make up a flustrated drinking game, haha.
                                                                predictions on who will go the distance? I like Joy and Scott, I think Rochelle gets too... distracted and upset

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                                                                1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                  Keshia is a liar. She told Mel not to bring up the lobster and then told Gordo that Mel was backstabbing her. Glad that loser is gone.

                                                                  At this point, I think Jason's got the most experience, but this show is never about finding the the best chef. It's about finding the most marketable chef who will kiss up to Gordo. That might be Joy or Melanie.

                                                                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                                    Anyone but Melanie please. She just GRATES. I know a chef needs confidence but she seems to have an excess. I think Joy and Rochelle will be the final two because they're both young and easily trainable. Rochelle, in particular, has stepped up since she's a caterer not a line cook like the rest. Ramsay might see that as a chance to not have to retrain some bad habits. Production obviously liked something about Jason to bring him back another season, but it didn't get Robert Hesse the win when he came back, so who knows?

                                                                2. I thought the reward for the challenge was a ride on a jetfighter but it turned out to be a propeller plane.

                                                                  Joy cracked under pressure.

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                                                                  1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                                    I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking... hey... that's not a jet.....
                                                                    They wasted way too much time on Joy's pity party. She folded fast without Keshia there to back her up.

                                                                  2. My comment is about the AGE of contestants? Even if someone can cook the socks off everybody else, who's gonna just hand then the keys to the kitchen of a "high end" restaurant?? How much management experience can a 20-something even have?

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                                                                    1. re: kseiverd

                                                                      ...as if this whole TV thing is real.

                                                                      I'm guessing none of the contestants 'really' gets the job. The producers always seem to find a way out of it.

                                                                    2. Scott and Jason in the finale. I'm shocked but not unhappy. Scott was always good in the reward challenges and then stepped up at the pass. Jason was steady but his screaming gets annoying. Melanie needed to take her trashy ass home. Rochelle was sweet, but ultimately not experienced enough. I think Scott will win. He's easier to market?

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                                                                      1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                                        we are rooting for Scott - we hoped that it would be Melanie in the final with him because we thought she'd crumble under the pressure. Jason is more of a contender.

                                                                        1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                          I've always liked Scott and I think he'll win.

                                                                          Jason acted very odd at the pass... And he made a lot of enemies among those that will have to assist him.

                                                                        2. re: Worldwide Diner

                                                                          I've been rooting for Scott, too. While he may be picky (construed by competitors as annoying), that's what you want in a head chef. And he's got class. Beautiful family. Yes, I agree he's easier to market. Jason is a good chef, but he needs to grow up. This is for the 'Big Time.'