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Hell’s Kitchen Season 5 Finale

Well, I could have been more wrong about the outcome of Hell’s Kitchen, but not by much. My dark horse Colleen cracked under pressure and got axed just a handful of episodes in, and neither of my frontrunner picks even made the final three. On the bright side, Colleen’s cooking classes are booked solid.

Oh well, there’s always next season, which starts on Tuesday, July 21st.


May 14, 2009 Posted by | Game Shows, Reality, Renewed, Season Finale, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hell’s Kitchen Season 5 Finale

Hell’s Kitchen Season 5 Episode 1: 16 Chefs Compete

Hi, my name is Dan and I’m a Ramsayholic.

They say the first step is admitting the problem.  That said, I must be a hopeless addict because I really don’t think it’s a problem.  Hell’s Kitchen has become my favorite hour of schadenfreude on television.  I’m hooked on the feeling that comes with watching Chef Ramsay tear down these self-important assholes who call themselves great chefs.

Here come the spoilers, so if you missed the premiere, you can watch the streaming video here.

I really enjoyed how they got right into the cooking of the signature dishes this season instead of wasting time meeting the contestants.  We’ll learn all we need to about them soon enough.  Based on the signature dishes and the first night of service, it looks like the front runners are Carol and Ben.

The most deluded contestant by far is Lacey.  Not only does she think making steam pans full of generic gruel for Sodexho makes her an experienced chef, but she apparently thinks she’s attractive.  She actually said that a lot of people will probably see her and say, “Here’s another pretty girl trying to be a cook.” I’ve got news for you Lacey, most of the viewers are more likely to say, “Here’s another sea cow with no skills who fell ass-backwards into a spot in Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen.”  Admittedly, I’m not a fit guy, but then you don’t here me talking about how good looking I am.

My pick for a dark horse contestant? Despite her huge mistake with the sugar in the risotto, keep an eye on Colleen.  Gordon loves to try to break people down, but he often picks on the people he sees the most potential in.  If she can put up with Chef’s shit without quitting or making another major mistake, she may very well find herself at the Borgata with $250,000 in her pocket.

January 31, 2009 Posted by | Premiere, Reality, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments