Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen and All New Cheftestants

It's the time of year again, the time of summer fill-in shows and news seasons of some of our favorite chef shows like Top Chef! Here's a run down:

Hell's Kitchen: This cheesy Gordon Ramsey show opens it's third season with even more improbably inexperienced cheftestants. Ramsey yells (in best Marco Pierre White fashion), contestants cry, and girls all talk about how hot he is. And that was all in the first episode. Even more funny, diners in LA continue to pack this crazy restaurant in the hopes that they'll actually be served a meal. And I still love it! (I'm a big Gordon Ramsey fan.) Look for the American version of his BBC restaurant turnaround show, Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares to premier later this year. Hell's Kitchen airs Mondays, 9:00 p.m. on Fox.

Top Chef All-Stars: Tonight, on Bravo, we'll see the top four contestants from the last two season of Top Chef go head to head in some sort of challenge. Will Marcel have changed his hair? Will Harold still be an ass? Tune in tonight on Bravo at 10:00 p.m. to find out.

Top Chef Season Three: And next week, look for the season opener of Bravo's hugely popular Top Chef where 15 cheftestants who actually seem to have some modicum of skill (a few of them anyway) will compete in Miami to impress judges Tom Colicchio (of Craft in NYC), Gail Simmons (Food and Wine) and new this year, Ted Allen, late of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. (Is Queer Eye even still on?) All weirdly guest hosted by Padma Lakshmi (aka Mrs. Salmon Rushdie.) Show premiers next Wednesday on Bravo at 10:00 p.m. Don't miss Colicchio and Simmons' blogs with dishy behind the scenes info.

Full list of Cheftestants for Top Chef Season 3 (from Reality TV).


Jason266 said...

Hell's Kitchen...not a fan, but The F Word on BBC America is quite good, I think.

And I swore after being peeved about last season's results that I would no longer watch Top Chef...but I set it up on Tivo. Go figure.

braingirl said...

Definitely try Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America. It's the turnaround show he's filming in the US right now.

I agree that last season's Top Chef was unsatisfying (Sam should have won). But will watch this season and enjoy. Plus, the bios show several sous chefs and executive chefs from some very hot restaurants in LV, Dallas and Miami, so it should be fun.

Russ said...

There's a commercial they run on the TVs inside Wal-Mart that has Gordon Ramsay speaking in calm tones without cursing and haranguing anyone. It's actually a bit disturbing...