Hell's Kitchen

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The Rivalry

Hey, it's a full moon again! It seems like the moon has been full for a long time, doesn't it? I bet the werewolves are happy.

New day. Everyone's in the kitchen. Ben is not afraid of Matt. Chef Ramsay has cooked three dishes, which will be the subject of the traditional taste test. The first dish appears to be chicken covered in melty cheese on top of noodles of some sort. Presumably, the chefs will be expected to be a little more precise than that. Ah, it's Chicken Parmesan, and the contestants will be expected to identify which ingredient is missing. (For the viewers at home, the answer is "the chicken," because it's really soy protein). Even though the voiceover claims it's soy protein, we're shown a box of Zeph Faux Chik Strips that clearly says "meatless and soy-free." Further complicating things is the face that a brief Google search does not turn up anything suggesting that Zeph Faux Chik Strips even exists. Is this product placement from an alternate universe? We're through the looking glass here, people!

The chefs, not having Google to distract them, guess which ingredient is missing. Corey thinks it needs garlic. Louross throws out salt and pepper. Ben brags in an interview that he has the best palate in the world, and then mutters in the kitchen that it's processed chicken. Well, he's close. The next dish is beef stew, in which the beef has secretly been switched with Blue Moon Farms all-vegetable steak strips, which also don't exist. If they did exist, the voiceover would have us believe they were soy-based, while the bag says "all-vegetable". This is highly suspicious. So what's missing? Louross again just guesses salt and pepper. Petrozza observes that the texture of the meat is odd, and Chef Ramsay is practically vibrating with excitement. Christina thinks the meat is overcooked, and Chef Ramsay thinks everyone's working too hard.

Dish three is sausage ravioli, but the sausage is "Tasty Ground meat-free patty-style sausage". Except that doesn't exist either. Stop messing with me! Either have product placement or don't; this product placement for fake products is just weird. All the chefs love the ravioli, and Petrozza specifically heaps praise on the filling.

Chef Ramsay explains the gimmick and decides Petrozza was closest to being right. But not close enough! Everyone is a loser! Thus endeth the Humiliation Round. Now we're doing a blindfolded taste test, which I always enjoy. The teams are uneven and Jen is told to sit out, which she complains about in an interview.

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