DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
YOU know how they put the best bits in the trailer? The highlights package at the start of Hell’s Kitchen goes for nearly four minutes and it’s got everything but the kitchen sink, to use an industry term: swearing, vomiting, an ambulance . . . swearing mainly, and not just from chef Ramsay, they all get into it.
It’ll be four of the most entertaining minutes of your week, until you watch the rest of the episode.
Obviously there’s something wrong with me that I still dig Gordon Ramsay when the rest of the world, including his father-in-law, the treacherous git, has turned on him.
This is the start of season eight of Hell’s Kitchen USA tonight and one minute into it I’m reminded again why it’s my favourite cooking show. The prize this time is a job as head chef at LA Market, a restaurant in the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. Salary: $250,000. But gee, that seems a long way off at this point.
Some of them seem absolutely clueless about food.
‘‘ Does it normally look like a plate of liquid s---?’’ Gordon asks one chef when she puts
Swears by it: Gordon Ramsay. her signature dish down in front of him tonight. And this is before he’s eaten any of it.
He’s such a drama queen. (He force feeds this particular shemozzle on the others and they’re all as theatrical as he is, it’s wonderful to watch.)
This is great television. I think I probably always say this about Hell’s Kitchen but it really is. It’s fast, funny, high stakes, the casting is genius, it’s got food — it’s all there. And Gordon Ramsay. He even gets away a zinger when he asks them to nominate chefs for eviction. They have to choose four, pretty tough on the first night. But the good news is, he says, you’re spoilt for choice. Hell’s Kitchen USA LifeStyle, Foxtel/Austar, 8.30pm