I knew something was wrong with Ricky when they showed him horsing around in the kitchen and was never serious and his food was crap! I loved it when Gordon orders the lamb with chocolate mint sauce and asks if it's fresh. It arrives and he holds up a puny, scant lamb bone with a whisper of meat on it. He's almost at a loss for words when holding up the lamb bone. I was laughing at the time but I think I heard him say something about "lamb bones with chocolate sauce... dreadful". It also turns out that all the food that was served to him was from frozen!
I liked Tabitha at the beginning. Her indignation for Ricky and the way things were in the kitchen was spot on. She can't serve it if it ain't in the kitchen! I'm so glad that Gordon promoted her to manager.
OMG! Buzzard was steeling that owner blind! 3 bottles of wine, miscellaneous food and leaving DURING the dinner service. What shit and he did it ON camera! I'm so glad that Grrr Ramsey chased him down with the camera guy in tow, looked in his bags, made him come back to the restaurant and presented him to the owner. What's strange is Buzzard then CAME BACK and shows up for work the next day! Idiot! I'm so glad he got the official firing from Lela.
Gordon asked Ricky why he was a chef. Ricky said he has "a passion for food" I laughed out loud at that one! The look on Gordon's face was priceless! A restaurant chef who serves mashed potatoes made from boxed potato flakes does NOT have any passion for food. The mint chocolate sauce for the lamb also showed a lack of passion... more a mocking for food and the people who like fine dining. While making it, he was squeezing the plastic bottle of chocolate sauce high over the bowl and laughing that he was making chocolate sauce and it was JUST out of the bottle. He was mocking all of the tv chefs and their culinary skills IMO.
I liked Lex the first 30 minutes of the show. He seemed to take his job seriously. During the taste test it was Lex who identified the meats correctly. Ricky thought the chicken was beef. HA... Ricky didn't even know chicken from beef! Sometimes on Hell's Kitchen the chefs can't even correctly identify a food item properly. At least Lex did out of the 2 items. (I could have answered those right myself so I'm not cheering too much for Lex's palate, but he was likeable.) I liked it when Gordon promoted Lex to head chef because Lex seemed to appreciate it and even said it was really big for him. But damn, he got overwhelmed with that first dinner service and walked out. There were way too many people for that first service, the tickets got all messed up, and it was Lex's first day being the leader... I even think that Ricky probably tried to sabotage Lex and screw up in the kitchen because Ramsey had promoted Lex over him. Too much pressure on Lex.
Lela's makeover was fantastic. She looked like a new woman and she had a better attitude as if Ramsey was her restaurant savior and if anyone could fix it, he could. I'm glad she looked much happier, got a new hairstyle and found some respect for herself in firing Buzzard and finding her voice in her own establishment. So sad though to see that her restaurant just couldn't overcome the debts she had and it closed anyway. The end was very unsatisfying.
Otoh, Gordon, this episode, looked like Kitchen Nightmares: Extreme Edition, big boy. You created a new menu, arranged for the restaurant to be flooded with customers slamming the kitchen and put the sous chef in charge? Comedy gold.
One of the things we haven't seen the show do is prepare the wait staff and condition the chefs for the kind of "first service" that the show brings in. They've got a new menu, they have different responsibilities and are used to having a sparse crowd. Re-launch night and everyone within a 15 mile radius wants to eat at their restaurant to be seen on camera, waiting 2 hours to either receive food or to be seated, while the wait staff has never had this kind of crowd and the chefs haven't juggled 15 tables yet. The Re-Launch night is the Tsunami after Gordon's Earthquake of shaking up the restaurant!
Edited by SunShine Gal, Nov 22, 2007 @ 1:59 AM.