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'Hell's Kitchen': The Games People Play


Hell's Kitchen is a competition series about chefs, but it's not necessarily about finding the best chef. If it was, then each round would involve cooking or running a restaurant and nothing more. But to make it to the finale of Hell's Kitchen, you have to be more than a great chef. You have to be a master of playing and beating the mind game.


Tea and Sympathy


Last night we witnessed Ben rise up from his deathbed only to turn in a near perfect dinner service without so much as a whimper. There's no doubt his back was aching. . . at first. But it's obvious that he wasn't hurting that badly when he decided to return to the kitchen after telling the others that he quit. In this case, Ben might have been the victim of his own mind games. When he lost the challenge to Holli he was faced with the real possibility that he might not win the title. Rather than face defeat, his body gave him a reason to quit. There's a big difference between, "I lost Hell's Kitchen to a female chef" and "I would have won, but I an injury forced me to leave before my time."


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