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.