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'Hell's Kitchen' recap: Someone get Boris a headband

October 7, 2010 |  7:15 am

All I really want to do is fast-forward to next week. Someone -- some donkey -- apparently fails to make a fresh risotto for a VIP guest. And it's not just any V.I.P. guest. It's Chef Ramsay's family, in "Hell's Kitchen" on a night to celebrate the show's 100th episode.


But until then, I just have some head-scratchers. Is Sabrina any good? She was the "best of the worst" during the prop challenge. But was that luck? She didn't fall prey to the guys' attempts to sway her about who should be elimianted. Was that leadership? All we really know for sure is that she acts like a spoiled, stomping, attacking brat whenever she hears what she does not like. There's no way she's executive chef material, am I right? So how has she lasted this long? Oh, that's right, her temper tantrums are plenty entertaining. 

More questions: Can Nona cook, or just provide amusing commentary? Why is it so hard to cook scallops, which take about 120 seconds in a blazing hot skillet? (It seems like it would be easier to overcook them, and yet these cheftestants keep turning them out raw.) Why does Boris sweat so much? Is Gail the real deal? Does Rob really think he's all that and a bag of chips?

And speaking of temperament issues: Russell! He's clearly catapulted himself to the front of the pack with his leadership, but since when is it OK to use foul language in front of high schoolers? Even if they were worldly high-schoolers from Beverly Hills High celebrating their prom in Hell's Kitchen. Russell may not have liked working at their beck and call, but hey, that was the challenge. I thought that showed such poor judgment, and I half thought he would be eliminated just for that -- what a bad reflection on Chef Ramsay. I would have been furious if someone was mouthing off to my teenager like that. But what do you think? Am I being too sensitive?

Wasn't surprised to see Emily (aka My Cups Runneth Over) go home, or Melissa. We're winnowing the herd.

My reach-for-the-remote moment: Superimposing the faces of rival contestants over the artwork at the Getty. Hilarious, perfectly executed.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Chef Ramsay gives Emily the business. Credit: Fox.