Review: ‘Hell’s Kitchen vs. Top Chef’

Peter Boyle

This week on "Hell's Kitchen," the red and blue teams are united to become a five-member black team while the "Top Chef" folks took a week off from Quickfires and Padma.

HELL’S KITCHEN SUMMARY: The red and blue teams are united to become a five-member black team. They have to work as individuals and prepare an item for kids at Alhambra High School — where Phil Spector lived and was popped for murder — and Julia is victorious after serving grilled cheese and onion rings. Julia enjoys a trip to Las Vegas with Jen but her dinner service performance is bad enough to get her tossed. The worst cook, though, was Josh, who is fired in mid-service.

TOP CHEF SUMMARY: Cheftestants take a week off so this season’s cast-offs can chat with finalists from seasons one and two.

GORDON RAMSAY’S BEST LINE: Rather than an insult, Ramsay took Julia in his arms, said “I’m really sorry” and offered to pay her tuition to she could go to culinary school.

ANNOYING CONTESTANTS OF THE WEEK: Jen in “Hell’s Kitchen.” “People hate me” she com-plains, probably not realizing how accurate she is.

ANNOYING PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK: Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock resort and its Terra Firma restaurant.

Rather than show the current contestants spending time with last season’s winner, “HK” opted to show commercial for the resorts.

SOON, ALL WILL FORGET: Bonnie throwing away perfectly good monkfish.

TAKING THE LEAD TO WIN: Knowing that Ramsay will overlook Bonnie’s immense shortcomings, but not cut Rock a break for his temper, it’s a dead heat between the two.

WHAT LOOKED APPETIZING?: “HK” refused to show the food of the contestants this week, a thoroughly annoying editorial decision. The kids picked sandwiches but viewers were never allowed to see what was being served.

WHO’S NEXT TO GO?: J-E-N, Jen, Jen, Jen. On “Top Chef,” Hung is teetering on disaster and the judges seem to be watching his every move.

PADMA, IS SHE REAL?: She says the scar on right arm is from a car accident when she was a child, not a marking made by the aliens who invaded her body.

Rather than show her critiquing or consuming, the Padma highlight reel is of her fashions. Look, kids!

The mannequin walks.

Hell's Kitchen vs. Top Chef

"HK"; Fox, Mon., July 23 "TC"; Bravo, Wed., July 25


"HK" Host: Gordon Ramsay

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