Hell’s Kitchen – 8/25/09

It was an interesting yet disappointing night on Hell’s Kitchen. I loved it, as usual, but to avoid spoiling it for those who have yet to watch it, jump with me to discuss the ups and the downs of this episode.

After a terrible dinner service in both kitchens last week, both teams needed to put their best foot forward this week. It starts with the “roll the dice challenge”. Each chef rolls the lettered dice and whatever letter the dice lands on, the chef that rolled will have to choose an ingredient that begins with that letter, in only 10 seconds. After everyone rolls, the teams will have to create a dish out of the ingredients chosen.

The women roll and get such ingredients as rabbit and garlic. The women’s dish comes out great, and looks beautiful, however Chef Ramsay criticizes them on the overkill with the garlic.

After rolling ingredients like haddock and figs, I was concerned with the men’s ability to be creative, especially when they’re still down Robert. I was half right, the men’s dish looks kind of yucky, but apparently it tastes fantastic, and the men win. Their reward is a trip to Las Vegas, where they are pampered and treated like kings.

The punishment for the women is a fierce one, including handling all the delivery trucks coming to do drops all day and night, as well as inventory for Hell’s Kitchen. It was awful, the women actually had to get up in the middle of the night to receive a truck. Tennille was really unimpressed with this and complained the whole time, and for once, I don’t blame her, I wouldn’t be pleased either.

The next day, after a very tiring day of work, the women are even more fired up to do great on dinner service. However, the men return rested and bonded together as a team, announcing that they don’t need Robert back at all, and think they may be better off without him around. I was sad here because I really like Robert and even though he’s not back up to the chef he was last season before his health problems, I think he’s better than most of the chefs here this year. Then, in walks Robert, yay 🙂

Chef Ramsay surprises the chefs by telling them for the first time ever, there will be a Chef’s Table in each kitchen, for which the kitchen is responsible for serving and taking care of. The guests for the Chef’s Tables will be the Executive Chefs from two of Chef Ramsay’s acclaimed restaurants, and they will also be giving a rating for the overall experience and what they observed in the kitchens during the service.

I could see this being a problem because these aspiring chefs have a lot of pressure already on them, and I don’t think they need more, but that being said, it was amusing.

It’s apparent that the day and night of work really motivated the women, because they come out of the gate really ready to win. Their service had a few bumps, but overall it was super smooth and organized. The red team finished their service and waited on the Chef’s Table with quality food and service. I was impressed. The visiting chefs said they would most definitely come back in the future. I was really happy for the women this week. They really needed a good dinner service.

I wish I could say the same for the men. Wow, they were atrocious. Van sent out fish that still had plastic wrap on it, but he didn’t just do it once, the genius did it twice. On top of the lousy performance on the fish station, Van sounded like a fool when he tried to talk to the guests at the blue Chef’s Table. Robert also really messed up during service after having issues slicing lamb, and also undercooking the rabbit. It was really sad because I really like Robert and want him to succeed, so maybe he’s not up to par for the show yet. 🙁

In the end, the red team finished their dinner service and they won for the night and are free of distractions. The blue team are up on the block for a lack of team work, and just a generally bad service. Chef Ramsay named Dave the best of the worst and he really is. This service, he cooked so well you’d never guess he’s been surviving with one hand.

Dave ends up nominated Robert and Van, based on their crappy dinner performances, however Chef Ramsay has a different idea. The Chef sends Van back into the line, and calls Andy out. Finally! Andy is going home! He’s a terrible chef. Wait, what’s this? Robert gets asked to leave? That’s insanity, and I was so upset. I know that Robert isn’t as fantastic as he was last season, but he’s right when he said even at his current state, he’s a better chef than most of the men there. I really hoped that Andy was going home. He’s so aggravating and I can’t stand him. It better be him next week!

Overall, I was sad that Robert was eliminated but I understand Ramsay’s reasoning, and really wish it could have been different.

There you have it. Watch Hell’s Kitchen next Tuesday at 8 pm on Fox.

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3 Responses to Hell’s Kitchen – 8/25/09

  1. Jenny says:

    I’m glad Robert is ok. But I really don’t get why you are so gung ho about him! I couldn’t stand him much really last season, didn’t think he was that great, and this season he came back with an attitude bigger than he is! I’m glad he’s gone. heh *shrug* To each his own, I guess. 😉

  2. Megan says:

    Jenny, I know he has an attitude bigger than he is, but what can I say, he amuses me. Plus I do think he’s a very talented chef, much better than Andy. He was one of my favorites last season so I guess I’m biased. Now i’ll have to pick a new favorite 🙂

  3. Jenny says:

    Hmm, I’m all about Kevin. 😀 hehe