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Hell’s Kitchen vs. Top Chef

On "Hell's Kitchen," the chefs are asked to whip up lobster dishes to see who goes to a photo shot and who separates recyclables from the trash, while on "Top Chef" the contestants are asked to create dishes to go with gin-based beverages.

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

HELL’S KITCHEN SUMMARY:
The chefs are asked to whip up lobster dishes to see who goes to a photo shot and who separates recyclables from the trash. Then they do a dinner service with the addition of a lobster salad.

Melissa is sent home. 

TOP CHEF SUMMARY:
The chefs are asked to create dishes to go with gin-based beverages for the “quickfire elimination” and then divide into four teams of three cooking a four-course meal for some Miami gourmands.

Just to add to the math: The chefs on each course have to create a trio of preparations of a single ingredient. Camille gets a nice round of applause as the tears are held back and she packs her knives.

GORDON RAMSAY’S BEST INSULT:
This week in came in actions rather than words. The female team created three very basic dishes that did not exhibit much creativity or presentation skills. The men’s team’s dishes looked just as good and had a slight edge in the inventiveness department. Since the prize was a photo shot for In Touch, the good old sexist chef took the ones who would look better in the pictures.

ANNOYING CONTESTANT OF THE WEEK:
Melissa on “Hell’s Kitchen.” Clueless. Deer in headlights. You pick the cliche.

ANNOYING PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK:
It wasn’t that annoying considering I was drinking a negroni while watching, but the words Bombay Sapphire Gin were said a few times too many on “Top Chef.”

SOON, ALL WILL FORGET:
The lovely Camille. She’d win “Hell’s Kitchen” as Ramsay would give her every benefit of the doubt. But she was on “Top Chef” and should not have been making a dessert.

TAKING THE LEAD TO WIN:
Rock on “Hell’s Kitchen.” He showed some passion this week and became a great “reality TV” character. Channel that energy and he’s golden.

“Top Chef” gets tougher and tougher as contestants rise and fade from prominence week to week or even in a single episode. Joey and Leah are suddenly looking a lot better than they initially appeared.

WHAT LOOKED APPETIZING?:
Rock’s fried lobster tail and all the shrimp and beef dishes on “Top Chef.” That plus Dale’s quickfire challenge foie gras dish.

WHO’S NEXT TO GO?:
Sarah is teetering in “Top Chef”; either of the two white guys on “Hell’s Kitchen”

PADMA, IS SHE REAL?:
After being told to start her deserts with the semifreddo, she says “I’m starting with the semfreddo.” Keep watching the left hand to see how long the ring stays on her finger.

 

Hell's Kitchen vs. Top Chef

"HK"; Fox, Mon., July 9, 9 p.m. "TC"; Bravo, Wed., July 11, 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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