“HELL’S KITCHEN” SUMMARY:
The final three step up to the plate. First, a Hallmark moment when Ramsay brings out the trio’s moms for a comfort food competition. Jen’s win in the “we ripped off Top Chef” competition is quickly dismissed as she’s eliminated, pitting Rock and Bonnie in the finale.
“TOP CHEF” SUMMARY:
The cheftestants are first faced with a “Culinary Bee,” which Casey wins after difficult challenges such as identifying bow tie pasta. The chefs are grouped into teams of two where they need to come up with a frozen pasta dinner that can be warmed up in less than 10 minutes.
GORDON RAMSAY’S BEST INSULT:
“That sounded like a drunk country western singer.” — Ramsey to Jen while she was trying out her authoritative voice.
Also fun was listening to each of the chefs pull a Ramsey when they attempted to control the line. None can really channel his meanness, but the venting itself will save countless dollars in upcoming therapy sessions once the show is over.
ANNOYING CONTESTANTS OF THE WEEK:
In “HK,” Bonnie wins hands down yet again due to her pathetic, nonstop whining and inability to understand the concept of franks and beans, a culinary staple of latchkey kids. She also sullies the good name of au pairs everywhere by claiming she has no experience in doing dishes, making beds, laundry or, apparently, taking care of children.
ANNOYING PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK:
At first it was the Bertolli pasta used in the “Top Chef” elimination challenge, but then the show quickly became a promo for the Italian Government Tourism Board, as each of the chefs were forced to babble nonstop about the magic of Italy in an effort to prove that were worthy of the final prize: two tickets to the Bertolli motherland.
SOON, ALL WILL FORGET:
Jen. Poor Jen. Not just a moment for the show, but her entire being. The mousy “HK” chef has been sly in the past — hiding her work experience in top kitchens — but personality-wise, there have been Formica tables with more pizzazz.
TAKING THE LEAD TO WIN:
In “HK,” Rock looks to be the favorite as he’s pitted against nanny Bonnie in the finals. I’d say he’d be the hands down winner but “American Idol” taught me talent doesn’t equate to winning.
Back on Bravo, Dale and Casey nab the lead with their pesto and meatball goodness.
WHAT LOOKED APPETIZING?:
On “HK,” Rock’s gourmet spaghetti trio. Simple with no frou-frou garnish. Yummy.
On “TC,” Tre and CJ’s black truffle and chicken linguini. Double yum.
WHO’S NEXT TO GO?:
The big “Hell’s Kitchen” finale is next, and Rock looks like a favorite. Whether that comes to fruition, however, remains to be seen.
On “Top Chef,” Hung looks like he’s just one bad criticism away from a complete meltdown, which will of course make for compelling TV. You know it will be big, and somehow involve saffron.
PADMA, IS SHE REAL?:
I don’t know anymore. I think she’s starting to grow on me.