'Hell's Kitchen' Insider: First Impressions

If you watch Hell's Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell's Kitchen's fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.

Welcome back foodies, friends, fanatics, and fiends.... as the gates of Hell open to another season of hopeful chefs vying for a dream gig at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic city.

For me, episode 1 flew by. It all started with a cattle call to find the contestants for this year's season. I imagine it must have been nerve-wracking for everyone who came so close and missed the cut. Once the contestants were chosen, they jumped right into signature dishes. Overall, the dishes were good, but really, compared to Matty's vomitous venison, white chocolate, scallop, and egg delight, improvement wasn't hard. The highlight was Ji's miso-sake marinated sea bass, although her dish was quickly followed by a camel's hoof, diapers, and something gone bananas.

Later that night, the contestants retired to the dorms to decide on a team name. Did anyone get the point of this? The teams never used their names. It made more sense last season when we chose team captains. Although, we didn't really use those either.

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