Hell's Kitchen

2005, TV Show


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

Lot it Be: Fox Announces Premieres, Returns

A few premiere and return dates from Fox:The Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg-produced reality competition, On the Lot, kicks off May 16, then moves to a Monday/Tuesday schedule starting May 28. Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance begins May 24. Hell's Kitchen returns for a third helping on June 25. And the sophomore season of The Loop premieres June 10. read more

Regarding the recent Hell's ...

Question: Regarding the recent Hell's Kitchen rant: I admit that I could never get into Hell's Kitchen because of Gordon Ramsay's attitude, although I now suspect Fox and the producers are more at fault than the star. Not sure if you've seen Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America, but it shows a totally different side to the jerk and is a much better show. It sends the chef to a different failing restaurant each week and shows him trying to turn things around, mostly by helping the chefs regain their passion for cooking. He still curses like a sailor and can be biting, but mostly you realize that he actually wants to help these places become popular. He can be very kind, like in a recent episode when he helped a chef with an alcohol problem. After watching some of Kitchen Nightmares I find myself a Gordon Ramsay fan, although I still can't bring myself to sit through an episode of Hell's Kitchen. If Fox would let Ramsay bring to Hell's Kitchen some of the Tim Gunn-esque mentoring ... read more

This season I've watched ...

Question: This season I've watched Hell's Kitchen on and off, hoping it would improve as it went on, but that never happened. Now that the season is thankfully coming to an end, I have a few questions and gripes. There are some things that I just don't understand about this show and Gordon Ramsay. Why would Chef Ramsay risk his reputation and a lot of money by turning over such an expensive restaurant to be run by any of those inept people who are barely qualified to run a Taco Bell? My second problem is with the chef himself: I realize that a lot of the insults are done for the sake of ratings, but if he acts like that toward his employees, don't you think he would have a few lawsuits by now? There are laws protecting employees from such verbal abuse in the U.S., and I assume that the U.K. must have similar regulations, although I have never heard of any charges filed against him. Last year's show had real talent, and while he was still obnoxious, he wasn't quite so over-the-top and ... read more

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Premiered: May 30, 2005, on Fox
Rating: TV-14
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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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