HELL’S KITCHEN SUMMARY:
“Hell’s Kitchen” went with a military theme, starting with the rousing of contestants by soldiers playing Reveille. They then had to serve breakfast to Army and Naval officers. We even had a man down — fainting crybaby Aaron, who was rushed to the hospital — and someone falling on their sword — Jen, who admitted to a grievous error and put herself up for elimination. Too bad not a single dish served all night was more appetizing than an MRE.
TOP CHEF SUMMARY:
Sunshine was the forced theme this week. The quick fire challenge was to create a dish using Florida citrus, or “sunshine” as Padma called it. Then the chefs spent all afternoon in the brutal Florida sunshine serving (mostly) upscale BBQ dishes to Lee Shrager and his guests.
GORDON RAMSAY’S BEST INSULT (tie):
Asked by the maitre’d if he had any suggestions, Ramsey said “Recommend a new restaurant.”
Ramsay first accused Josh of trying to make himself look better by derailing his teammates’ work and then drove the point home by calling him “Chef Sabotage.”
ANNOYING CONTESTANTS OF THE WEEK:
“Hell’s Kitchen”: Bonnie who constantly dissed Julia but refused to take any leadership role. And, she served raw scallops.
“Top Chef”: Joey, who whined like a six-year-old the entire episode and served drumsticks and called it “upscale.”
ANNOYING PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK:
Forceflex trash bags on “Top Chef.” It’s not exactly a brand name people use every day, like Kleenex or Band-Aid. When Padma said “We have some Forceflex to help you with your cleanup,” it was cringe-worthy.
SOON, ALL WILL FORGET:
Aaron, who was dismissed with kid gloves by Ramsay due to a “serious illness.” Hands down, the strangest reality contestant I’ve ever seen.
TAKING THE LEAD TO WIN
“HK”: Julia has emerged as a real leader. Will her lack of experience in “fine dining” hurt her in the end? In this group, one wouldn’t think so.
“TC:” Hung continues to impress. He’s just cocky enough without being obnoxious (yet) and his dishes are creative and unusual.
WHAT LOOKED APPETIZING?
“HK:” Nothing. Julia folding the omelettes with her hands, Joanna serving rancid crab and licking the tongs and Jen digging pasta out of the trash, washing it off and attempting to serve it, all contributed to me feeling like I never wanted to eat again.
“TC:” In the quickfire challenge I found Casey’s S’Mores and Howie’s vanilla butter poached lobster intriguing. Both these dishes landed somewhere in the middle of the pack. And Hung’s sea bass with citrus crumble deservedly won. In the BBQ challenge Brian’s fish sausage looked out of this world and Sara’s Vietnamese BBQ beef left my mouth watering.
WHO’S NEXT TO GO?
“HK”: Jen, one hopes. You can’t run your own restaurant if you think it’s OK to serve garbage, figuratively or literally.
“TC”: Howie, who seems to lack both imagination and organizational skills.
PADMA, IS SHE REAL?: