In the I-blinked-and-I-missed-it department, DCist reported last week that a DC-based chef has won this season of Hell’s Kitchen. While I give props to my DC folk, I think the reason I missed this news was because this summer I tried to watch Hell’s Kitchen for the first time.
When the show first began, I recorded the first four episodes and watched them all in one night. Even as the clock was rolling past midnight that evening, I felt oddly compelled to keep watching episode after episode even though I could tell I was being shoveled 100% pure crap. It’s like watching a trainwreck, you are riveted until you glance away for the first time, at which point you realize that the thought of looking at a trainwreck for so long is nauseating.
If you like food and you like seeing creativity in the kitchen, this is not the show for you. If you enjoy seeing a foul-mouthed British fellow verbally destroy the mental sanity of a group of quasi-experienced cooks while unleashing frequent 5 minute curse-infested tirades, then you might enjoy it. However, the show features cooks making the same boring dishes, with no creativity and imagination.
In short, Hell’s Kitchen is a horrible, horrible show. If any fans of the show appear in the comments to defend it, I will most likely rent a spear gun, track your IP address, and hunt you down like the filthy, uncivilized wild animal that you are.
I didn’t mention it last week, but expect some post-show analysis for the first time this week. For the other Top Chef fans out there, check out Blogging Top Chef for more analysis of the show.