HELL’S KITCHEN “9 Chefs Compete” Review

HELL’S KITCHEN "9 Chefs Compete" Season 9 Episode 9 – You knew it was going to happen, didn’t you? From the editing, forced narrative, the implausible breakup of season nine’s most contentious contestants, there was no way Ramsay would send Elise and Carrie packing. I understand why he did this-it’s the same reason why, a billion years ago on The X Factor UK, Simon Cowell chose to save the tone deaf duo Jedward and send the moderately talented Lucie Jones packing. Ratings. It’s completely logical, but it’s so calculated and manipulated that it feels unfair. Not even the editing managed to skewer this episode in a way that made Jamie look terrible: they kept cutting to her running up and down her side of the kitchen. Sure, she was sweating and pouting, but aren’t the rest of them also sweating and pouting? Overlaying it with a track of Jennifer saying "Jamie just wasn’t in the zone tonight" hardly explains why Carrie and Elise weren’t sent packing, especially when they were sent out by their own team.

The main problem with this cooking show is not the fact that without Carrie and Elise there would be nothing to hold the attention of the audience: the main problem is that because the audience knows Ramsay is not going to get rid of either titan, others will have to suffer. So don’t get close to any of the ladies on the red team, because they’re about to be shown the door: I’m putting my money on Elizabeth heading out the door next, for the same contrived reason as Jamie’s elimination, but really, what the hell do I care? Read More...



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