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S18.E01: Rookies vs. Veterans

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Interesting to see that the newbies seem to actually have some decent cooking credentials. I don’t remember most of the vets, but it seems like the usual suspects who were picked for drama and their cartoon qualities. 

 

As as as happened only 300 or so times before, the challenge comes down to the final pairing. What a shock. 

Just finished watching the PBS season of Great British Baking Show. What a comedown switching to this scripted drek. 

Amazes me how many of these young people still smoke in this day and age, especially when you consider how low smoking rates gave fallen in the last thirty years.

 

At least Gordon didn’t try to claim this was the most prestigious culinary competition in the entire world. 

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1 hour ago, MajorWoody said:

At least Gordon didn’t try to claim this was the most prestigious culinary competition in the entire world. 

Give him time ....

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One of the things I am looking forward to is that at least for the first few weeks, each team will be co-ed. So that means we aren't going to get the programmed misogyny (and misandry) that the typical girls vs. boys setup does basically for the first half of the season. 

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On 9/30/2018 at 9:42 PM, mojoween said:

 

Gizzy is so super annoying and how is that a shortened version of Elizabeth?

 

Probably a holdover from childhood- I assume she has a younger sibling who couldn’t pronounce L’s at age 2 or so, and the nickname just stuck in her family.

Personally, she didn’t do anything to annoy me this week.  Honestly, none of the newbs seem particularly awful so far, at least compared to the vets. Most of them came off as clowns, and the goofy disguises didn’t help- for instance, Trev looked like 80’s porno Donald Sutherland.

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On 9/29/2018 at 10:09 PM, jewel21 said:

I think the funeral will be for the risotto or another item they will be retiring off the menu. 

Spoiler

Correct you are.

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Did anyone else notice they were sweating buckets during the signature dish? Everyone seemed to have a severe case of head sweat. It was to the point of distracting. 

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On 10/6/2018 at 2:11 PM, alabetser said:

Did anyone else notice they were sweating buckets during the signature dish? Everyone seemed to have a severe case of head sweat. It was to the point of distracting. 

Kitchens are normally hot places when they're in use with the stoves and ovens running. Add in the hot TV lights and the layers of clothing they're wearing and it's no surprise they're sweating like pigs.

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12 hours ago, Sir RaiderDuck OMS said:

Kitchens are normally hot places when they're in use with the stoves and ovens running. Add in the hot TV lights and the layers of clothing they're wearing and it's no surprise they're sweating like pigs.

I haven't seen it on other Hell's Kitchen episodes (when I binged before the season started) which is why it really stood out. Since it's also a tv show you'd think they'd have make-up staff trying to keep them presentable. 

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5 minutes ago, alabetser said:

they'd have make-up staff trying to keep them presentable. 

Even if not on a phoney baloney TV show, there are ways to keep your sweat out of your eyes and out of the food.

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On 10/3/2018 at 5:32 AM, MajorWoody said:

Interesting to see that the newbies seem to actually have some decent cooking credentials. I don’t remember most of the vets, but it seems like the usual suspects who were picked for drama and their cartoon qualities. 

 

I was thinking the same thing, I have been watching HK from season 1 and on... back in the day you had cooks from places like Waffle House or mom & pop eateries 

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i've not been a line cook ever, but i think they get their job dumped on unfairly. i did enjoy it when GR raked the culinary instructor over the coals (Colleen, season 5). Teaching people without any training, my gosh the chutzpah that'd take.

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The amount of food that gets thrown in the trash is very disturbing to me! Gordon claims he's all about teaching the importance of utilizing every single part of farm animals, seafood, fish etc. Then he tosses pounds of food in the trash that is still good but just not cooked to perfection. What a hypocrite.

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