Hell's Kitchen

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Top Chef's Tom Colicchio Shares His Recipe for Success

Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

As Season 3 of Bravo's addictive cooking competition, Top Chef (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET), enters into its third week, we dished with head judge and famed restaurateur Tom Colicchio. TV Guide: Tell us about this season. Colicchio: Most of the contestants are either sous chefs or executive chefs, some have their own restaurants or their own catering companies, and so it's definitely a deeper talent pool this year. TV Guide: What qualities does a Top Chef need? Colicchio: Obviously they have to have a lot of food knowledge, they have to really understand their craft, they need passion and drive and to love what they do. Otherwise they won't stay in the game. TV Guide: Do you have some advice for this season's contenders? Colicchio: Simple is better than complicated, especia read more

June 25, 2007: Taste-testing Practice Turns Stomachs

Ah, the blind taste-test challenge. Every season this is my favorite moment — watching cocky, self-proclaimed, blindfolded “professionals” claim that a carrot is a radish, or better yet, a mango! Tuna becomes prosciutto, and bok choy is, well bok choy... if you’re cheating. I’m actually surprised Chef Ramsay doesn’t put more difficult, horrific food in there. Until I see the punishment, that is!Beef liver, tongue, kidneys, creamed herring… I don’t think I need to go on. Just when I thought the raw-fish fling was the most audacious challenge yet, Chef Ramsay put out barf bags and organs. This challenge definitely takes the cake. This was the third loss for the men’s team, and I have to say, it surprises me. I think most of the men are much stronger competitors than the contenders from the women’s team. And with all the bickering that goes on among the women, I’m truly surprised they’ve held it together this long. Rock conti... read more

Kitchen Nightmare: Gordon Ramsay Sued for Fakery

Gordon Ramsay by Kharen Hill/Fox

Hell's Kitchen host Gordon Ramsay has been slapped with a lawsuit claiming that on his upcoming fall-season restaurant-makeover series, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, he fabricated certain elements for the purpose of cooking up drama. According to court papers cited by ABC News, Martin R. Hyde, the former general manager of Dillons in Manhattan, accuses Ramsay of falsely deeming meat spoiled, simulating decrepit furnishings and hiring actors to pose as customers "flocking" to the rehabilitated eatery. Hyde, who was compelled by Ramsay's verbal abuse to quit his job at Dillons, seeks millions in damages. A spokesperson for Ramsay had no comment on the suit, but claimed that such fakery is "not something they would do." Because reality television is, if anything, real. read more

A Reality Smorgasbord

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi by Glenn Watson/Bravo Photo

For someone whose kitchen prowess pretty much stops at the microwave and the George Foreman grill (New York-apartment size), I am unusually caught up this year in the hot summer-reality trend of cooking competition shows. Those who can’t do, watch in rapt fascination.Two in particular are among my tastiest guilty pleasures: Bravo’s scintillating Top Chef, which looks better than ever in its third season set in Miami, and Food Network’s more modestly entertaining The Next Food Network Star, also in its third season, though this is the first time I’ve watched. My least favorite of this batch, though also popular in the way that some people can’t seem to avert their gaze from any sort of train wreck, is Fox’s shrill and unceasingly unpleasant Hell’s Kitchen, also in its third go-round. (And this is the second consecutive year I’ve decided to bail after just a few weeks. I need to give my bleeding ears some time to recuperate.)Top Chef and Food Ne... read more

June 18, 2007: "One Contestant Falls Seriously Ill"

Oh, Aaron! As soon as Rock had to help Aaron into his clothes (which I thought was very sweet of Rock, by the way), I knew that he was doomed. Well, that and the fact that the episode was titled “One Contestant Falls Seriously Ill.” There was really no surprise who that “one contestant” would be. Poor Aaron just can’t catch a break. First he had to be helped into his clothes, then he set fire to his station, and lastly, he collapsed in the kitchen. I think at this point, it was best for Aaron to throw in the towel (literally). And even though it was obviously in Aaron’s best interest to go home, it still broke my heart a little to hear Chef Ramsay tell him he would not be returning to Hell’s Kitchen.Meanwhile, it was a refreshing change to see Hell’s Kitchen open for breakfast. I get sick of seeing the same meals prepared week after week so it was a nice change of pace... or cuisine, rather. The pace really never seems to change! My first thou... read more

In Memoriam: TV's Mr. Wizard, Two Reality Stars

Don Herbert, who on the 1950s TV show Watch Mr. Wizard taught young viewers the joys of science, died Tuesday after a battle with bone cancer. He was 89.... Real World: San Diego's Frankie Abernathy died Saturday at age 25. No cause of death has been determined, though Abernathy had been fighting cystic fibrosis.... Hell's Kitchen Season 2 contender Rachel Brown, 41, was found dead in her Bedford, Texas, home on May 9, says the Pegasus News. The death is under investigation. read more

June 11, 2007: A Food-preparation Challenge

First off, I wrote a lot of things about Aaron that I just deleted because I felt awful that he appears to be suffering some sort of stress-related medical condition in addition to constant harassment from Chef Ramsay. I will, however, say that his running around introducing himself to the diners was truly idiotic. If there’s anything we know irritates Chef Ramsay, it’s doing absolutely anything that isn’t a direct order. Add to the mess the fact that Aaron’s deboning the fish table-side took 15 minutes, and I feel a little less awful. With sweat pouring down his face, nonetheless. That has got to be some sort of health hazard! However, at the same time I keep seeing flashes of that ambulance from the Season 3 preview and Chef Ramsay screaming “don’t die on me,” and I have a terrible feeling that might be Aaron-related. So I’ll be nice…for now. It was nice seeing the girls' team come together this week after being dubbed “Hell’s... read more

June 4, 2007: "Twelve Aspiring Chefs Compete"

I could have watched the first three minutes of this episode and been hooked on Season 3. Between Chef Gordon’s “don’t die on me” outburst, the ambulance and those sorry-looking-scallops, I’m sold. And then they revealed the contestants. It’s hard to say who I’m going to love to hate the most. Will it be “Food Is Sex” Josh with the raw foie gras? Jen, who fainted on the spot under the pressure of her first challenge? Or Joanna, who thinks she can flirt her way into victory? And, for the record, that chicken-fried-chicken dish? Mmm...I can already feel the tension brewing on the girls team between Joanna and Bonnie: “Do you hard-boil the risotto?” I myself have no idea, but it seems that if Chef Ramsay were about to come after you, you’d figure it out, and fast! I also love Cowboy Aaron, but I can already tell that he can’t handle the heat.Tiffany got the first firm scolding from Gordon. Apparently she can’t cook a... read more

First Look: Who's Sous In the New Hell's Kitchen!

Fox has revealed to TVGuide.com its recipe for the third season of Hell's Kitchen, the reality competition in which a (non-baker's) dozen would-be restaurateurs endure host Gordon Ramsay's verbal flambés all in the name of emerging as the last chef cooking. This time around, the winner will be garnished with the title of head chef at the Terra Rossa Restaurant in the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas, as well as the most savory $250,000 that comes with it. Without further adieu, here's your first look at who's on the menu:• Aaron, age 48, a retirement home chef from Palos Verdes, California• Brad, 25, a sous chef from Scottsdale, Arizona• Eddie, 28, a grill cook from Atlanta, Georgia• Josh, 26, a junior sous chef from Miami Beach, Florida• Rock, 30, an executive chef from Spotsylvania, Virginia• Vinnie, 29, a night club chef from Milltown, New Jersey• Bonnie, 26, a nanny/personal chef from Los Angeles• Jen, 26, a past... read more

Fox Raises Hell's Sooner, Sits Standoff

According to a fresh release from Fox, Season 3 of Hell's Kitchen will premiere three weeks sooner than planned, on Monday, June 4, at 9 pm/ET. For a lead-in, the Gordon Ramsay-fronted competition will have Steven Spielberg's On the Lot, which will regularly air Mondays at 8 starting June 4. The freshman rom-dram Standoff, meanwhile, which was to resurface April 6, has had its return pushed back to Friday, June 8, at 9 pm. read more

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Premiered: May 30, 2005, on Fox
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Premise: Reality fare in which renowned chef Gordon Ramsay tutors---and taunts---aspiring restaurateurs who are competing for the chance to launch their own eatery. Based on a British series of the same name.

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