04 May 2008

A Night in Hell's Kitchen

a frozen sign for the town of hell

Have you ever watched the television show Hell's Kitchen? This is the show where 15 contestants via for a shot at running the kitchen at Chef Gordon Ramsey's new restaurant. It is shown every Tuesday night on the Fox Broadcasting Network. It may seem like a dull premise, but it is anything but dull. Ramsey seems to have a PhD in profanity and he doesn't mind giving lectures.
The contestants are split into two groups, male and female. They compete against each other in a weekly competition. This could take the form of cutting perfect 6 ounce portions from a side of beef, to seeing who can make the best pizza. The winning team gets a great reward, while the losing team gets to do some very dirty and disgusting job in the kitchen.

In addition to this competition, the teams must complete a dinner service at the Hell's Kitchen Restaurant. All food needs to be up to Chef Ramsey's standards before it leaves the kitchen and goes out to the customers. This is when he gives most of his "lectures". Ramsey is trying to see who has the best culinary skills and who can stand-up to the pressure of a grueling dinner service
Yes, his methods are extreme, but if you can withstand his tirades and his abuse, and still cook world class cuisine, I think you have what it takes to run his kitchen. It is an entertaining show where you not only get to see how people perform under intense pressure, but you can also gain some culinary tips. It just too bad some of the contestants don't take advantage of Chef Ramsey's education and experience.

As I have stated before, there are only a few reality television shows that I am willing to watch. The reason that I don't watch very many of them is because I hate seeing people constantly sniping and stabbing each other in the back. Isn't that part of Hell's Kitchen? Yes, but for the most part Chef Ramsey doesn't let them get away with it.

The other Reality Shows I watch are The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel and Ghost Hunters on the Sci Fi Channel. I know, quite a leap from Crab Fishing to Hellish Kitchens to Hunting Ghosts but, as they say, variety is the spice of life.



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