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Hell’s Kitchen – Is Chef Gordon Ramsay Going Soft?

July 18, 2005 11:05 PM by Joe Blackmon

Elsie_hellskitchenChef Gordon Ramsay yelled and screamed his way through the first several episodes of Hell’s Kitchen, but the last couple episodes have shown a kinder, gentler Chef Ramsay.  Don’t get us wrong, Chef Ramsay is relentless as ever when it comes to demanding perfection and efficiency in the kitchen, but he seems to have bonded with some of the remaining contestants and has definitely mellowed some.

The first challenge on the Monday, July 18, 2005 episode of Hell’s Kitchen is cooking from a bowl of leftovers.  Elsie wins the challenge by preparing a bowl of chicken soup.  Her spectacular prize is that she wins the opportunity to cook on national television (which seems like kind of a lame prize considering that is essentially what the contestants are already doing).  Elsie also gets to choose who will work on what station for Hell’s Kitchen’s dinner service.

However, in an attempt to get the cooks to work as a team, Chef Ramsay winds up having the cooks rotate stations during the dinner service.  The other cooks are resentful of Elsie winning the challenge and ignore her during the dinner service.  Elsie starts to break down from the pressure in the kitchen.  Instead of screaming relentlessly at her like one would expect, Chef Ramsay actually gives Elsie a pep talk and allows her to take a break to compose herself.

Because Chef Ramsay feels that the kitchen did not work together, he decides that he will do the nominations himself.  Chef Ramsay nominates Jessica and Elsie.  Chef Ramsay repeatedly asks Elsie if she felt like she got the support of her teammates in the kitchen.  Instead of trying to shift the blame, Elsie claims that she did get support.  Chef Ramsay eliminates Elsie, but just like last week he offers words of encouragement.  Chef Ramsay tells Elsie that she has touched his heart and that she lights up the place when she smiles.  Fortunately, Chef Ramsay stops just short of breaking out into song.

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5 Responses to “Hell’s Kitchen – Is Chef Gordon Ramsay Going Soft?”

  1. Saffron Says:
    August 5th, 2005 at 12:21 am

    Elsie was by far the most promising of the final four and I was sorry to see her go.

    Ralph though he is very dependable is staid (even salmon is too racey for him), Michael is weasely and hasn’t proved his talent (he turns out more interesting food than Ralph does, but it’s all predictable), Jessica doesn’t really seem to have much talent either.

    I don’t know that I’ll be able to watch the show any longer now the Elsie is gone.

    She had real talent and was able to learn dishes by just looking at them being demonstrated once.

    I hope that she goes on to bigger and better things.

  2. reality tv sucks. Says:
    October 17th, 2005 at 9:54 pm

    Being a prick is good for TV but doesn’t actually get anything done in “real” life. Ramsay being retarded is great for tv ratings but at the same time makes him look like an arse.

  3. Mike Smith Says:
    December 1st, 2005 at 2:40 pm

    God, is this guy an a-hole. I can’t wait til someone punches him in the face. I liked it when the one guy said it to his face (you’re an a-hole). And the little Asian girl was like “Say it again – say it louder”. I hope someone punches her too.

  4. Sharyn Says:
    May 20th, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    When is Hell’s Kitchen going to premire in 2007?

  5. Bogus Says:
    July 25th, 2007 at 11:00 am

    hahahahah… you guys can’t handle Ramsay? Man, isn’t it obvious he only picks on the weak links? They shouldn’t be in his kitchen if they can’t deal with his abuse. They do it to themselves, so they deserve it.

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