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Yes, there is a show called The Naughty Kitchen

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 8th 2009 3:35PM
The title sounds like a porn movie takeoff of something on Food Network, but it's actually a new reality show on Oxygen that stars chef Blythe Beck. From the preview below, there's nothing sexual about it, even if they do use the words "sexy" and "spicy" and you can hear the sound of a whip in the background. The naughtiness is the food itself (cream, bacon, desserts, alcohol, etc).

Basically it's the behind the scenes look at a restaurant. It starts September 22.

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Hell's Kitchen: Episode 4 - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2009 11:55AM
Hell's Kitchen

I'm not even sure I want to watch this show anymore. I will because I'm kinda invested in it, but I'm getting sick of the formula and Ramsay's screaming (and the screaming of others) just seems half for show, half real. Last night he yelled at Bobby for swearing and yelling in the kitchen in front of customers. Yeah chef, we wouldn't want to have any of that in Hell's Kitchen.

What did everyone else think?

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Hell's Kitchen: Episode 3 - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 29th 2009 8:02AM
Hell's Kitchen

As it turns out, Joseph really is a bitch.

So last night we had the big resolution of the Ramsay/Joseph confrontation. Kind of an anti-climax, really, though. Fans who thought that Joseph would stay around in some way might be disappointed.

But is this show getting too crazy, too predictable, too "reality show-ish?" I don't want to see swearing and yelling just to have some swearing and yelling, and most of these cooks just seem too immature. I'm actually thinking about not watching it anymore. Next week is going to have to impress me.

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Hell's Kitchen: Season six premiere - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2009 9:02AM
Chef Ramsay

"I'm not no bitch!"
- Joseph

Yeah, me not no bitch either. Me talk good! This might be the oddest bunch of Hell's Kitchen contestants yet. So much food sent out raw. Why? You know that Chef Ramsay is just going to send it back and you'll have to redo it so you're not hurrying up the process and getting food served. Everyone is arguing, and there are more threats of violence in this episode than in other seasons (including one to Ramsay - cliffhanger!).

The show seems to be a lot of BS now (Ramsay swearing because that's his thing, contestants picked because of controversy or lack of skills, the editing, etc) but it's still entertaining. What did you think? (Video of the cliffhanger after the jump.)

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Hell's Kitchen: Three chefs compete - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 8:02PM
I really, really have to catch up on Hell's Kitchen. It has always been one of the few reality competition shows that I watch, and I watched the first few episodes of this season, but then for some reason I drifted away from it. I know have a ton of episodes of catch up on, so thank God for the internet.

Here's last night episode. They're down to three chefs already? Wow, I really have to catch up.

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The Chopping Block: Series Premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2009 2:15AM
The Chopping Block(S01E01) "He invented food. Almost." - Kelsey

Marco Pierre White must be a little ticked off. Here he is one of the most renowned chefs alive today, and he's pretty much eclipsed by one of his most famous proteges, Gordon Ramsay. Supposedly they're even on the outs. Sure, White is well-known overseas and very well-known to cooks and aspiring chefs, but I would bet 9 out of 10 people in the U.S. wouldn't know who he is. Maybe The Chopping Block will change that, maybe not.

I'm leaning towards maybe not, since this is yet another reality/food competition show and offers little that's new or different.

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Danny Bonaduce to open restaurant? But wait, there's more...

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 13th 2008 8:04AM
The Partridge FamilyOkay, this was reported on a site known for news relating to the porn industry (needless to say, it's NSFW), but it's too good not to mention. It seems that a porn actress named Raquel Devine and reality-TV star and former Partridge Family icon Danny Bonaduce are planning to open a restaurant. The hook is that the restaurant will be billed as anti-celebrity and anti-Hollywood.

It gets better. They will have a bulimic stall in the ladies' room and a transsexual stall in the men's. They also plan on having a photo booth where diners can have a mug shot-style photograph taken. And if you produce the real thing of yourself, you win a prize.

I'm sure for a little extra, Bonaduce will beat up anybody in the restaurant. This may very well be the greatest restaurant that ever existed. Gordon Ramsay could learn a thing or two from this idea. I don't think they even need to serve good food.

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Hell's Kitchen: Day 9 - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted May 27th 2008 11:16PM

Hell's Kitchen
(S04E09) "I come in peace, but if you break my sanctuary, you're gonna feel it." - Bobby, about Jen

This episode was like the Lost of reality cooking show episodes. It not only had one twist ending, it actually had two or three. I'm not sure if what Chef Ramsay did at the end of the show was to really shake things up and see if the teams can get better than they are now or just to shake things up in that reality show sort of way. But I'm sure things are going to get interesting.

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Hell's Kitchen: Day 4 - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 23rd 2008 2:01PM

Hell's Kitchen

(S04E04) "It's not rocket scientist to make pasta." - Craig

One night in the mid-80s when I was working at a pizza restaurant, I grabbed an empty pizza pan so I can make room on the counter for another pizza and I realized it was red hot. I think my first clue was when it started to burn. It was so hot that as I tried to throw the pan down I couldn't, because it was stuck to my hand for a few seconds. I had to spend the entire night with my left hand in a bucket of ice and my right hand making drinks for the waitresses. Turns out the incident gave me an easy night of work but it hurt like hell.

I thought of that tonight when Vanessa got burned by the pan. Her injury was a lot worse than mine, considering she had skin falling off and had to go to the hospital. But the person in the most pain tonight was probably Chef Gordon Ramsay.

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Has the winner of Hell's Kitchen been leaked?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2007 3:22PM

Gordon RamsayWARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! DON'T READ IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW!

After only one episode, it looks like some people might already know the winner of FOX's Hell's Kitchen.

Bodog.com has suspended betting on the reality show after the odds on one of the contestants went from 7-1 to 2-1 very quickly. After the jump, the name of this contestant. (AGAIN, SPOILER AHEAD!)

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Gordon Ramsay's real life kitchen heats up

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 3rd 2006 9:06AM
Gordon RamsayEngland's culinary hothead and Hell's Kitchen host Gordon Ramsay's latest restaurant endeavor - The London in New York's London Hotel - is catching some heat for a rumored two hour time limit imposed on its diners. Ramsay first denied the charge saying that the limit was rubbish and a "mistake by a reservation agent." However, guests at the restaurant have reported that the limit is very much in force. Following two hours, you will be made to relinquish your table in the dining room and moved into the bar.

As you can imagine, diners are none too thrilled with the idea of waiting two months for a table, paying the $110 "menu prestige" price and then getting booted to sit with the commoners in the larger, more affordable London Bar. But, if you're lucky, you'll be keelhauled by Ramsay personally.

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Party at the Real World house in Denver

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 1st 2006 7:05PM
Real World DenverDevelopers in Denver are turning the Real World house at 1920 Market Street into a nightclub, scheduled to open next summer. They'll be retaining over 50% of MTV's interiors including the Jeep Wrangler-turned-bar in a somewhat dubious effort to keep things "classy." The basketball court/hot tub patio will be turned into a outdoor bar, and the second floor will be transformed into office space, which considering the activity that went on inside that house doesn't seem entirely square. It would be more in keeping with the spirit of the show to turn the upstairs into a massage parlor offering happy endings from Girls Gone Wild cast-offs.

This isn't the first time a Real World house has been transformed into a eatery post-shooting. The Real World: Austin house became a Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. Isn't it good to know that you can get trashed in the same spot where Brooke and Jenn made out or scarf down a chalupa in the spot where Rachel diagnosed her housemate's ulcer by looking at his feces? Good times.

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I Pity the Fool: Communication

by Kevin Kelly, posted Nov 20th 2006 9:07AM
T Balls!(S01E06) Mr. T finally meets someone that I'd love to see him go three rounds in the ring with -- Chef Ed. This week's show takes T to a flagging Italian restaurant called La Spezia, where the chef doesn't get along with and the staff or Owner Mike. When I say don't get along, I mean that there is real concern that Ed might take a cleaver to someone one day in the kitchen. The main ingredient in his character is a lot of rage. When you pit an immovable T against an unstoppable angry chef, whadda ya get? I ... don't really know the answer, that just sounded impressive to me.

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Gordon Ramsay opens restaurant in New York City

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 18th 2006 9:04PM
gordon ramsayDo you love fine dining but aren't satisfied unless your restaurant is owned and operated by a screaming, gesticulating British man? Well, you're in luck because Gordon Ramsay, he of FOX's hit reality program Hell's Kitchen (which returns next year) has opened his first restaurant in the United States. The new restaurant, The London, is located in the NYC London Hotel. If you wish to eat there, you'll have to be patient, because it's booked for the next two months. Ramsay, who also owns nine other restaurants, says the New York City restaurant is his biggest one so far, and the most expensive. I'm guessing what sets this restaurant apart from others is that if you're not happy with your meal, Ramsay will personally come out and headbutt you in the face. Not that it matters, since I'm going to assume the menu is far more costly than anything I could ever afford. I guess I'll stick to staying home with a frozen pizza and not watching Hell's Kitchen.

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Chris Rock's mom vs. Cracker Barrel

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 19th 2006 11:01AM

tichina arnoldFans of Everybody Hates Chris know that Chris' mother, Rochelle, is a woman who doesn't take any BS from anyone, a "ghetto snob" who isn't afraid to tell you exactly how she feels, and often at full volume. In fact, sometimes she can be -- what's the word I'm looking for? Oh right, a total bitch. That's okay, though, it makes her character stand out from the crowd and creates a nice dynamic between herself and the rest of the family.

As I've said in my reviews of the series, Everybody Hates Chris is highly fictionalized, but as Hunter S. Thompson attempted to demonstrate in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, sometimes fiction can reveal something that's even truer than the truth.

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