Finally! My favorite episode of each season of Hell's Kitchen has arrived: "The Taste Test!"
Gordon lovingly places spoonfuls of food into the mouths of the rubes and they have to guess what they are chewing. This is always doubly entertaining because nearly all chefs-to-be on the show seem to be students in the Anthony Bourdain mold, believing that much drink and many cigarettes can only improve one's relationship with their taste buds. Ha! Peas, cheddar cheese, bananas, and chicken are all put to the test and most of the contestants bomb while Ramsay looks on in astonishment. I wonder how well he would do though; it's obviously harder than it looks. The Gordon Ramsay FOX machine is so attuned to deifying the man that I bet they would never film such a thing.
On a side note, I did, however, see him fail miserably at one point, and I thought him pretty brave to not only attempt what he did, but to allow it to be broadcast. It was on a show he did for the UK, where he traveled the world and learned about exotic cuisines. He would steep himself in them for awhile and then attempt to cook them himself. On the show I watched, he was in Vietnam -- watching people eat large grubs that they had found under damp logs in one scene -- and at the end of the show he had to create a feast for some Vietnamese chefs and their friends and family. The meal he created went over like a lead lantern and he was visibly mortified. Had he been on Hell's Kitchen Hanoi, he would've been screamed at and called a donkey.
But back to the hopefuls. I must say I was sorry to see Anton go, though he ain't the sort to cow-tow to being told what to do by a woman, and when Gordon's sous chef demanded respect from him he just kept talking back. Tut tut. Never fear though, because in his exit speech he declared that his restaurant would one day open up next to one of Ramsay's. Hmm. Well, if Guy Fieri can open a shithole in Time Square I guess Gordon can too.