The setting for this new show is in HOLLYWOOD where 12 brave souls will be competing to win the restaurant of the same name as the show. The restaurant is set up like no other place ever. The dining room is one big sitting area with very modest furniture and dishes. The kitchen is what makes the place unique and is divided into two different cooking facilities. Each kitchen can serve 50 people each and is such a coincidence that the place will only hold 100! WOW! How lucky were the producers of the show to find a place like this?
The catch? They will be judged by England’s best chef for 9 years running! Great isn’t it? No, the man is a beast with a foul mouth that uses every name in the book for his contestants. The man is better knows as Gordon Ramsay and he will be berating this dolts on any given topic he sees fit. Just wait…you will see what I mean. Ramsay will be helped by two of his favorite Sous Chefs, Scott and Mary Ann. Scott is a 34 year old chef from LA and has a striking resemblance to Christopher Meloni while Mary Ann would not give her age; she is from New York. Also helping Ramsay will be his assclown Maitre’D Jean Philippe.
I can’t link the pics from the FOX sight so I will give you brief run down of the names and a little bio.
Andrew: A 24 year old office assistant from Livingston NJ claims to have over 10 years in the restaurant industry. I don’t know if child labor was involved but he doesn’t look much older than 15 now. He is a cutie but let’s see if he has it takes.
Carolann: A 33 year old server from Dallas TX says she doesn’t have any professional cooking experience. However, she wants to someday open her own place. RUT RO! She could be in trouble when she meets up with the devil himself.
Christopher: A 35 year old freelance executive chef has a dream of owning numerous restaurants. UM…could someone please clue me into what is meant here by freelance. Freelance? He is doing this for his customers until something better comes along? This could be interesting because I think Christopher may come across about as arrogant as Ramsay himself.
Dewberry: A 33 year old baker from Stockbridge CA has to eat all and then some of what he bakes on a daily basis. Just keep in mind that this may be the last time you see me call him by his real name!
Elsie: A 40 year old executive assistant from Maywood NJ doesn’t have any cooking experience other than cooking for her 6 children. I would say cooking for six children should give her enough experience to compete with these guys but can she even come close to pleasing that mean man?
Jeff: A 28 year old finance manager from Orange NJ actually has 8 years of experience in cooking he just took a year off and now realizes he wants to be back in the service industry.
Jessica: A 29 year old employee headhunter from Huntington NY says she has some experience but not much professionally. This little lady may be well over her head.
James: A 25 year old purchase supervisor with an intense interest in cooking. He says he brings energy and enthusiasm to the table…um isn’t this like telling someone that the blind date they are about to go on has a nice personality? Can someone smell something burning?
Mary Ellen: A 27 year old culinary student from Belmont MA. This would be the type of person Ramsay is looking for (IMHO). Let’s see.
Michael: A 27 year old executive chef from Fort Collins CO seems like he is just laid back and lets things happen and then reacts. A person like this might do well in the restaurant industry.
Ralph: A 36 year old freelance chef from Livingston NJ. This guy comes across as more mature and understanding of how the industry works. Let’s watch to see if this type of experience is a benefit for him.
Wendy: A 32 year old marketing consultant from Milburn NJ says that cooking is a passion and owning her own business is another one. I don’t know if she is tough enough for this competition.
WHEW! I am exhausted just after the introductions. I don’t what happened with casting as we have many contestants from NJ and NY. Maybe it was just the types of peeps they were looking for.
The 12 arrive at Hell’s Kitchen to be greeted with cold champagne to celebrate getting this far in the game. Andrew says that he has two dreams, 1) to be a state senator 2) to own a restaurant. If the restaurant doesn’t work out he says, “welcome to politics”. I Andrew should start kissing hands and shaking babies because I don’t think he is going to be long for this game.
Jean Philippe shows up to make sure they remember they are in a game. He says that the pimple on Satan’s ass will be arriving in 45 minutes to judge the contestants signature dishes. The dishes should give some type of insight to their personalities. The sous chefs are with Jean and they scream out that everyone should get to cooking…the game is on!
As the herd runs into the kitchen, Wendy goes postal because she can’t find a set of knives. Someone has already claimed every set she picks up. She runs from one side of the kitchen to another screaming that she HAS to find a set of knives. Bitch is tripping!
Then we flash over to Elsie (why do I have a huge urge to make a cow joke here?) as she is letting her knife fly through something. She makes an unpleasant face as we learn she has cut her finger. Wow! This didn’t take long, 5 minutes into the show and someone has already sliced his or her finger. Something tells me it won’t be the last.
Mary Ellen is glowing as she is shown preparing her dish. She is making an endive salad with roasted walnuts. Okay, I have no clue how Mary Ellen defines salad but her dish has 2 ingredients…endive and walnuts. This is going to be interesting but I would not call it a salad.
Time is up and they must have their food plated. Ramsay makes his grand entrance and introduces himself and begins to judge the food.