Review: ‘Hell’s Kitchen: Week 5’

The "chefs" are tasked with catering a wedding reception in "Hell's Kitchen." I've never understood the desire to wed on television but as far as bad ideas go, having this group in charge of your reception takes the cake.

HELL’S KITCHEN SUMMARY:
The “chefs” are tasked with catering a wedding reception in “Hell’s Kitchen.” I’ve never understood the desire to wed on television but as far as bad ideas go, having this group in charge of your reception takes the cake.

GORDON RAMSAY’S BEST INSULT:
To Melissa: “You’re standing there like some little hopped up cavewoman.” And, you know, she kind of looks like a cavewoman with that rat’s nest of a head of hair of hers that she refuses to tie back while cooking food for strangers. Gross.

ANNOYING CONTESTANT OF THE WEEK:
Melissa. After hanging back and flying under the radar all season, she inexplicably decided to anoint herself leader of her team. Not only was she bossy and disorganized, she made more errors than all the others combined and refused to take any responsibility while spending plenty of time placing blame.

ANNOYING PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK:
The only product placement was Bristol Farms, where the contestants were taken to purchase ingredients for their sample menu for the bride and groom. It wasn’t all that annoying but they did show the logo a few too many times.

SOON, ALL WILL FORGET:
The dry, unadorned, overcooked duck breast the women served, leaving Ramsay mortified, embarrassed and livid.

TAKING THE LEAD TO WIN:
Rock is emerging as the most stable emotionally and the most consistent in the kitchen.

WHAT LOOKED APPETIZING?:
Appetizing would be pretty generous but I would have tasted the red team’s puff pastry wrapped brie topped with fresh strawberries or the blue team’s pan seared ribeye with wild mushroom sauce.

WHO’S NEXT TO GO?:
Melissa, who is falling apart before our eyes.

PADMA, IS SHE REAL?
Even though “Top Chef” took a week off, the answer is still “no”

“Top Chef” did not air this week. Return next week for Variety’s weekly “Hell’s Kitchen” vs. “Top Chef” feature.

Hell's Kitchen: Week 5

Fox, Mon., July 2; 9:00 p.m.

Crew

Running time: 1 HOUR

Cast

Host: Gordon Ramsay
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