Review: ‘Hell’s Kitchen vs. Top Chef’

Gordon Ramsay tests his contestants sense of taste and forces the losers - the guys - to dine on "Fear Factor" fare while the women eat a fine dining establishment that serves food in the dark. Then it's back to dinner service at HK in which countless Beef Wellingtons are overcooked and 65% of the patrons report they would not return.

HELL’S KITCHEN SUMMARY: Gordon Ramsay tests his contestants sense of taste and forces the losers – the guys – to dine on “Fear Factor” fare while the women eat a fine dining establishment that serves food in the dark. Then it’s back to dinner service at HK in which countless Beef Wellingtons are overcooked and 65% of the patrons report they would not return.

TOP CHEF SUMMARY: 13 chefs scoop shellfish out of a tank to make the dishes of their choosing in the first challenge. They have to reinvent age-old American staples for the members of the Miami Elks Lodge.

GORDON RAMSAY’S BEST INSULT: In a polite tone, he passive aggressively asks the maitre’d to get a rather tall woman to stop complaining by saying “take the giraffe back to her table.”

ANNOYING CONTESTANT OF THE WEEK: Bonnie on “Hell’s Kitchen.” She’s able to cry at the drop of a hat; she may have cheated during the first elimination round; and her confusion in the kitchen makes her useless.

ANNOYING PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK: Oddly enough, none. Allfred Portale’s books were the only products mentioned and the Gotham Bar and Grill cookbook is an excellent source of good, basic recipes.

SOON, ALL WILL FORGET: That “Top Chef’s” Brian cooked lobster in a low cholesterol competition. Yes, lobster.

TAKING THE LEAD TO WIN: Ramsay threw out the recommendations made by the contestants, which may hurt Rock’s chances, but he still looks like a leader.

Brian and Howie upped their games on “Top Chef,” but Brian looks to be running alongside Hung.

WHAT LOOKED APPETIZING?: On “Top Chef,” Brian’s Three Rivers seafod dish; Howie’s pork with apple-fennel slaw.

WHO’S NEXT TO GO?: “HK”: Jen; “TC”: Leah

PADMA, IS SHE REAL?: When. She. Reads the. Intro. Duction. so. deliberately. And. barely move her lips, it can a drive a viewer crazy.

Hell's Kitchen vs. Top Chef

"Hell's Kitchen"; Fox, Mon., June 25, 9 p.m. "Top Chef"; Bravo, Wed., June 27, 10 p.m.

Crew

"HK": Running time: 1 HOUR "TC": Running time: 1 HOUR

Cast

"HK" Host: Gordon Ramsay "TC" Judges: Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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