It Begins... Again -
with a few words from Mr. Gordon Ramsay...
past, I've sometimes been known to lose my temper. But this
time around, things are gonna be a lot different. The competing
chefs will not make idiotic mistakes. And most importantly, I
will not scream. I will not swear.
on. Who am I trying to kid here?"
seen this show before, you know the drill. For those who
haven't, basically, 12 chefs will go through Hell and back,
working in a restaurant under Gordon Ramsay, a world class chef
who will do everything he can to drill perfection into them.
Eventually, 1 will prevail, following in the footsteps of past
winners Michael (who is now the Executive Chef of his own
restaurant in Los Angeles, Tatou) and Heather (who became the
Executive Chef of terra rosa, a restaurant at the Red Rock
resort in Las Vegas). Out of tens of thousands of entries sent
in, 12 have been selected to undergo this grueling process.
aspiring chefs arrive, and are soon greeted by Jean Philippe
(a.k.a. JP), the maitre d' of the restaurant. He begins telling
his life story to the group, but he doesn't get too far before
he is cut off by Chef Ramsay, who is looming above everyone on a
balcony. Ramsay welcomes them to Hell's Kitchen, then sends
them right into the kitchen to cook their signature dishes. As
is the norm here, this is their chance to make a good first
impression with Ramsay. Once everyone is done, Ramsay tells
them that the dishes they just cooked tells him a lot about
them. Now, for the tasting...
(29; a night club chef from Milltown, NJ) - Chorizo-encrusted
doesn't see the snapper at first, until he's told that it's at
the bottom. He wonders if one could really eat it all without
burning their mouth. Ramsay calls it a disappointment, but
Vinnie disagrees. Bad thing to say, Vinnie, especially at this
(22; a chef's assistant from Detroit, MI) - Parmesan-crusted
Chicken with a Whole Wheat Spaghetti
made a drink, a raspberry Bellini, but Ramsay just gives that
back. He says the chicken is "salty dry".
(30; an executive chef from Spotsylvania, VA) - Pan-seared
Scallops with a Potato Gnocchi
is frozen, since he didn't have time to properly make it.
Ramsay liked the idea of the dish, but hated the execution.
Rock knows that the frozen gnocchi was a big mistake.
(26; a junior sous chef from Miami Beach, FL) - Foie Gras
that it's raw. Josh thought it was near perfect, but Ramsay
says it's way too salty. Considering he compares food to sex,
Josh didn't do himself any favours there.
(26; a nanny / personal chef from Los Angeles, CA) -
"Contemporary Cheese Course"
to work one way down the plate, but Bonnie says it goes the
other way. Um, okay. Ramsay says it's different, and can tell
that she's new at this.
(28; a grill cook from Atlanta, GA) - Parmesan-crusted Sea
Scallops with a Vermouth Cream Sauce
(25; a sous chef from Scottsdale, AZ) - Scallop Terrine with
Prosciutto and a little bit of Vanilla Lemon Crème
It should be
noted that Eddie was born with a kidney disease, which hindered
his growth; he's 5'2". Anyway, Brad gets to taste Eddie's dish,
and he thinks it was cooked right. Ramsay says that wasn't
honest, and says it was raw. Eddie gets to taste Brad's dish,
and he says that though it was nice, the vanilla ruined it for
him. Ramsay seems to agree that comment, saying Eddie must have
an amazing palate.
(26; a pastry chef from Hazelton, PA) - Vanilla Crêpe with
she's feeling weak under the pressure after Ramsay's reaction to
seeing her dish. But she recovers, and after the tasting,
Ramsay wonders how much alcohol was put in there. Jen says she
didn't put a lot in it, but Ramsay counters, saying he feels a
(29; a line cook from New York, NY) - Pepper-crusted Steak and
that Ramsay finds her dish to be at least decent, and he does!
He says the steak is cooked perfectly, and he's thankful Melissa
came to Hell's Kitchen.
(28; a short order cook from Atlanta, GA) - Chicken-fried
(27; a kitchen manager from Phoenix, AZ) - Seafood Tostada Stack
Tiffany both try Julia's dish, and Tiffany says it was very
peppery. Ramsay is disappointed, because all the pepper spoiled
what would have been a good dish. As for Tiffany's dish, Julia
thinks it's good, and would order it in a restaurant. Ramsay
agrees, adding that the seafood was cooked perfectly.
(48; a retirement home chef from Palos Verdes, CA) - "Finger
he never met an "Asian cowboy" before, noting Aaron's outfit.
As for the food, Ramsay thought some of it was nice, but there
was too much on the plate.
Ramsay says he's very disappointed, and he needs them to really
up their game. He then announces the prize awaiting the winner
this season; the winner will become the Head Chef of a
multimillion-dollar restaurant at the Green Valley Ranch resort
in Las Vegas, with a salary of $250,000 plus a share in the
profits! Sounds like a prize worth going through Hell and back
for! Then, Ramsay says the teams will be men vs. women, just
like last year...
Vinnie, Rock, Josh, Eddie, Brad, Aaron
Joanna, Bonnie, Jen, Melissa, Julia, Tiffany
then meets Mary Ann and Scott, Ramsay's sous chefs. After
telling the 12 to listen to those two, Ramsay informs them that
Hell's Kitchen is opening the next day, so they'd better get a
good night's sleep, because they'll need it. With that, the
group heads up to the dorms, located just upstairs. Once again,
the dorms look really nice! There, each team gathers in a
separate area, to talk about what they plan to do the next day.
Of course, it's pretty much trash-talking.
day, everyone is up bright and early, getting into their chef's
jackets, and head right down to begin the prep for their first
dinner service. We then hear that each team has 15 menu items
to deal with, using over 300 ingredients. And as usual, every
dish must meet Ramsay's high standards, or else they'll have to
be redone. Brad appears to be taking a leadership role in the
blue kitchen, while in the red kitchen, Julia seems to be
ignored when she's asking to help with... well, anything.
Really, she's the only one on the red team talking. This
prompts Mary Ann to advise the red team to communicate with each
other. Meanwhile, Aaron is falling behind in his prep, to the
point that he's asking for help with ice cream. Luckily, he
does get help from his team. On the other side, Joanna and
Bonnie get into an argument on how to prepare a risotto.
Melissa is rightfully concerned that the red team won't be in
unison like they should be.
At 6:57PM, 3
minutes before the restaurant opens its doors, Ramsay gathers
the teams together for a few words. He asks how Julia is
feeling, and she says that she feels there's no communication
going on in the red kitchen. Tiffany says otherwise. We'll
find out for sure soon enough. As for Aaron... He's already
crying. No, I'm not kidding. He's already cracking up, and
this is all making Ramsay nervous. He's not even sure if they
should bother opening the doors tonight! With customers already
lined up outside, this is not looking good at all. Ramsay tells
Aaron to stop crying, and get it together. Aaron does manage to
calm down, thankfully. With that, Ramsay tells them that he
wants to see some strength and some form of bond from everyone.
After making sure they're ready, it's time to get going!
bickering, not enough serving
which means that Hell's Kitchen is once again open for
business! Customers file in and begin ordering, and the teams
seem ready to handle whatever is about to come their way. The
red team gets the first order, and they respond positively. But
just like that, Bonnie and Joanna are arguing about the
risotto's preparation again! That's not a good sign. Oh, but
that's not all. Ramsay tells Tiffany to throw out an order of
quail eggs that she prepared, saying they feel like "silicone
implants". Julia is hoping to help with the next attempt at the
eggs, but Tiffany says no. Meanwhile, in the blue kitchen,
Vinnie has some spaghetti ready, but Ramsay says it's
overcooked, and it's like glue. So, Vinnie has to restart that
dish. In the red kitchen, eggs are still needed for the scallop
dish, but Tiffany is still screwing them up! Julia, who has
been relegated to cutting up apples, still wants to help, but
Ramsay asks Bonnie to help instead. But she couldn't seem to
get it together, as she is also screwing up! This isn't looking
good at all, but those who haven't seen the show before need not
worry too much; this kind of start is normal for this show.
nothing has been served. And of course, the customers are
wondering what's going on. Either they haven't seen the show
before, or they thought this group would have a much better
start than those in the first 2 seasons. If I was to be a
customer at a grand reopening of Hell's Kitchen, I'd be fully
expecting to get used to the complimentary bread. Nothing
against whatever group that would be there, but I've seen this
show enough times to expect this kind of thing.
Vinnie is trying to get a risotto done, but he needs some
vegetable stock. Problem is, he's told that they ran out.
Already? Wow. So, he resorts to putting water in the risotto.
Ramsay doesn't like this, so he takes Vinnie off that section
and puts Brad in. Vinnie is now relegated to washing the
dishes. Meanwhile, Tiffany is once again struggling with the
eggs. Julia again asks if she can help, but is again turned
down. This leads to some bickering between Tiffany and Julia.
And afterwards, Ramsay sees that Julia is crying! Oh, geez.
First Aaron, now Julia. And it's only the first episode! Julia
explains that she just wants to help. So what does Ramsay do?
He pulls Julia aside and hears her side of the story, then
decides to gather the whole team around. Ramsay decides to pull
Tiffany off of appetizers, then puts Melissa on that section,
and asking Julia to cook the eggs. He then tells them to stop
arguing and concentrate on their cooking! We'll see soon enough
if this helps things...
Over in the
blue kitchen, the blue team is now on a roll, having served 29
of the 50 appetizers, thanks to Brad. One customer in
particular is enjoying his risotto. And Vinnie is doing the
best he can, washing the dishes. Aaron has some chicken ready,
but some of it appears to be burnt. So yeah, that has to be
redone. Aaron is feeling useless, having done nothing right
yet. And Ramsay tells him to wipe the snot from his nose before
going any further. Chicken and snot. Ewww. Back in the red
kitchen, Julia is doing very well with the eggs, and Melissa is
taking charge of things. Thanks to this, 17 appetizers have
been served from them. But still, not all is well in that
kitchen; Joanna is still bickering about how something is
supposed to be done, this time with Melissa. Personally, I'm
starting to think that Joanna is making Season 2's Sara look
good! And again, Ramsay has to tell them to stop arguing.
On the blue
side, Aaron is feeling a lot of pressure. So much so, that he
decides to walk out of the kitchen! Ramsay heads to the back
and sees him crying (again). Aaron tries to explain quickly
that he doesn't really want to quit, but Ramsay tells him to
breathe and relax. In the meantime, Josh is trying to fill in
for Aaron on the meat station. Unfortunately, he finds himself
telling Ramsay that all the chicken they had is overcooked.
Ouch. Back in the red kitchen, they see JP returning a bunch of
dishes to them. Knowing that those need to be redone, Joanna
tries to take charge of the spaghetti. In the blue kitchen,
Scott is yelling about how they can possibly be out of food if
they haven't served any. And we see customers leaving, fed up
with not getting any food. Oh, boy. There's a fire in Eddie's
pan, and Brad tells him he'll have to throw out whatever's in
there. And there's some more arguing amongst the red team. All
of this prompts Ramsay to say those 3 words... "Shut it down."
With that, the service is over early.
With all of
the customers gone, the teams are gathered in the red kitchen
for the results. Ramsay starts by saying that this was
embarrassing. He mentions that the ladies were arguing way too
much, and he mentions to Vinnie how they went 60 minutes without
appetizers. Vinnie says that he didn't know what Ramsay wanted,
and he wasn't shown what was needed, before asking what Ramsay
wanted him to do! Wow. Even Joanna was amazed that he said
that! Of course, Ramsay calls him a "two-faced, lazy little
****er". Rock, in an aside, says he wanted Vinnie to just shut
up. I agree. As for Aaron, he says he's feeling a lot better
now. That's easy to say now that the service is over. Now,
Ramsay has to pick a losing team, since it's obvious that there
were no winners this time. So, he declares that the losing team
is... the red team. He then says that Melissa was the best of
the worst, because things started to happen when she got on the
appetizers. So, it's up to her to nominate two teammates for
elimination. She'll have some time to think about that, as
Ramsay sends everyone back to the dorms.
in the dorms, a few ladies get a chance to talk to Melissa
one-on-one. Julia mentions that everyone knows she hadn't
worked in a kitchen like this before, and can't believe how
little communication there was tonight (not counting the
arguing). She also felt that everyone in there was out for
themselves. Joanna gets the next chance to speak to Melissa,
and she says that only a few of her dishes were sent back, and
they need to remove weaker people. And by that, she means
Julia. Then, Tiffany speaks to Melissa, and she knows the
service sucked. Tiffany says she doesn't want to go home, and
Melissa says she won't be. And Tiffany also suggests nominating
Julia. Geez, all this picking on Julia, just because she's
or bickering: which one goes?
blue team sitting comfortably at a nearby table, looking on, the
red team gathers before Ramsay to find out who will be the first
one sent packing. After confirming that she has made her
decision, Melissa is asked for her first nomination. She
chooses Joanna, due to her "method of communication" (in other
words, her bickering). Then, when asked for her second
nomination, Melissa chooses... Tiffany, despite having told her
earlier that she's not going home. Maybe she figured Joanna is
leaving regardless of who she puts up against her. Anyway,
Melissa's reason for choosing Tiffany is because of how long it
took to get appetizers served.
Joanna and Tiffany step forward, and are asked to plead their
cases as to why they should stay. Tiffany says that she could
have done better than how she did tonight, and that she's
capable of more. Joanna says that she helped her team as much
as possible, showing excellent teamwork. Huh? That's not what
I saw. I saw more arguing from Joanna, and very little (if any)
teamwork. But Joanna does also mention how nothing was coming
out when Tiffany was on the appetizer station. Now, for
Ramsay's decision. He says it's not an easy one, as we see
flashbacks of Joanna's bickering and Tiffany's bad eggs. He
then says that leaving Hell's Kitchen tonight is... Tiffany. I
guess the whole egg debacle was what did it. She is asked to
take off her jacket and give it to him, before leaving. Ramsay
then tells the others that one of them will run a restaurant,
but if they're not going to work for it, they won't get it. And
if they thought this was rough, they haven't seen anything yet.
With that, he sends them back to the dorms.
I gotta say
that this looks to be one heck of a ride for the remaining 11
contestants. The start of this was pretty much what I expected,
but it's just the beginning, and the preview at the start of
this episode seems to indicate that plenty of unexpected things
will happen. As for who I think will win, I'd peg Brad and
Melissa as early favorites from their respective teams. But it
is early, and anything can happen between now and the finale.
things get fishy, the men have a problem keeping their team
together, things get worse during the service, and one chef
makes a disastrous mistake that leaves Ramsay without a choice.