Hell's Kitchen Season 7 Opener: Continued Abuse, Crazy Contestants, and a (Yech!) Chef Ramsay Make-Out Session
Another Hell's Kitchen, another ride on the Chef Ramsay roller coaster.
In last week's first episode, it didn't take long for Gordo to send food flying all over the kitchen, repeatedly kick defenseless stainless steel appliances, and shout out such gems as, "You're gonna blow someone's mind off!" and his near-implosion of, ""Raw f--ing halibut! Raw! Raawww! Raw! F--! Raw!" to freaked-out contestants who include: Holli (cooks in high heels) Andrew, (butchering animals is his number one hobby), Maria (crazy laugh), and Salvatore (after living in America for over 20 years, kept his heavy Italian accent "for the girls").
Despite undercooked, burned, and heavily curry powdered scallops, the night's most disgusting moment happened early when Ramsay, after a mousy-looking contestant presents him with her signature dish, says, "It may look dull and boring, like you, but it's absolutely delicious." He then makes out with her and reveals that she's actually his wife, Tana, in disguise. Ew, ew, ew.
What'd you think of the premiere? Any early guesses of a front runner?
Tune in for another Hell's Kitchen this Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Fox and find out what you should be watching in this week's foodie TV after the jump.
Lots of new foodie TV for summer -- yay! Be sure to watch the season finale of Top Chef Masters and check out Foodography, hosted by Mo Rocca, and Drink Up, two new shows from Food Network's baby brother, The Cooking Channel.
Here's the week's schedule so you won't miss a thing. For cable channels, check your local listings.
Monday (June 7)
Early Show: Chef Tim Love: well-known Texas chef, best known for his creations of urban western cooking. 7 a.m., Channel 5, CBS
Today Show: Anthony Bourdain: American author, chef, and host of Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure program Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. 7 a.m., Channel 12, NBC
Cake Boss: "Peppermint & A Polar Bear Plunge." Buddy makes a cake for the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, and later, he's invited to take a winter swim with them. Also: Buddy's youngest son wants an ice-cream cake for his birthday. "Roses, Romance & A Romeo." The crew makes wedding cakes for 14 couples that are getting married in a mass ceremony on Valentine's Day. Also: Anthony asks a coworker to be his Valentine. 9 and 9:30 p.m., TLC
The Best Thing I Ever Ate: "Simply Irresistible." Food Network personalities, including Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, and Bobby Flay, recall the most irresistible dishes they've ever eaten, from roasted chicken to sticky buns. 9 p.m., Food Network
Mega Bites: A chef teams up with an engineer and a food scientist to build the world's largest Rice Krispies Treat. 10 p.m., TLC
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: "Bangkok." Exotic eats in Bangkok are sampled. 10 p.m., Travel Channel
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: "Comfort Food With Attitude." Stops include an old diner in Truckee, California for homemade meat loaf; a chili parlor in Cincinnati; and an Irish pub in Atlantic Beach, Florida for Guinness beef stew. 10 p.m., Food Network
Tuesday (June 8)
Early Show: Chef Sam Mason: New York City pastry chef. 7 a.m., Channel 5, CBS
Hell's Kitchen: "15 Chefs Compete." The team challenge facing the 15 chefs: prepare eggs four different ways, with the winners getting an L.A. helicopter tour. Communication woes and an argument with chef Gordon Ramsay mar dinner service, and when it's over Ramsay reduces the field to 14. 7 p.m., Channel 10, FOX
Chopped: "Quahog Quandaries & Pickle Puzzles." Clams, venison, and peanuts are among the featured ingredients. 10 p.m., Food Network
Wednesday (June 9)
Man v. Food: "Miami." The host tries to devour a 48-ounce steak in less than 20 minutes at Shula's Steak House in Miami. 9 p.m., Travel Channel
Dinner: Impossible: "Speed Dating Downfall." Robert prepares dinner for 100 speed daters, and he's set up with some special ingredients that must make their way into the meal. 10 p.m., Food Network
(Season 2 Finale!) Top Chef Masters: "Top Chef Master." In the Season 2 finale, the final three master chefs must seal the deal with a scrumptious meal, after which the winner is revealed. 10 p.m., Bravo
Thursday (June 10)
Good Eats: "Age of Asparagus." Tips for buying, storing, and cooking asparagus. 8:30 p.m., Food Network
Friday (June 11)
Unwrapped: "I'm Stuffed." Stuffed foods are discussed. Included: Hostess CupCakes; Chipotle burritos, Mrs. Cubbinson's stuffing; El Monterey tamales; and Amy's Kitchen stuffed pasta shells. 11 p.m., Food Network
Saturday (June 12)
Mexican Made Easy: "Mexican Man Food." The host prepares spicy surf-and-turf with chicken, shrimp, and flank steak. Also: a three-shot cocktail inspired by the Mexican flag, featuring white tequila, green lime juice and red sangria. 9:30 a.m., Food Network
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef: "The Secret to Fresh Pasta." Preparing homemade ravioli with Parmesan, broccoli rabe, and pistachios. 10:30 a.m., Food Network
Paula's Best Dishes: "Father's Day." A Father's Day meal, featuring orange pork chops with sautéed spinach and onions, mini macaroni pies, and crispy-rice cupcakes. 11:30 a.m., Food Network
Barefoot Contessa: "Cooking With Wine." Tips for cooking with wine. Also: how to pair cheese with wine. 1:30 p.m., Food Network
(Season Opener!) Unique Eats: "Comfort Foods." Eateries in New York City are visited in the opener of this series examining unusual dining establishments throughout the country. Included: a meatball restaurant; a restaurant serving chicken and waffles; an eco-friendly hot-dog place; and a burger-and-fries shack. 7 p.m., Food Network
Sunday (June 13)
Alex' Day Off: "Burritos With Friends." Skirt-steak burritos, iceberg wedges with champagne-vinegar dressing, and crème caramel are prepared. 9:30 a.m., Food Network
Grill It! With Bobby Flay: "Flay-Va Filet." Bobby grills filet mignon and tops it with blue-cheese butter, while a viewer coats hers in chocolate-coffee barbecue sauce. Also prepared: stuffed portobello mushrooms; truffle-oil grilled mushrooms. 10:30 a.m., Food Network
Big Daddy's House: "Fit for a King." Aaron's son Justin helps prepare horseradish-crusted petite sirloin steaks with braised portobello mushrooms; smashed fingerling potatoes with roasted shallots; spicy green beans with toasted almonds and brown butter, and bruléed white-chocolate pudding. 1:30 p.m., Food Network
(New Show!) Foodography: "Chocolate." Chocolate is the subject. Included: a trip to Ultramarinos in Hoboken, New Jersey, for authentic hot chocolate; a visit to Mast Brothers Chocolate in New York City. 6 p.m., The Cooking Channel
(New Show!) Drink Up: "Vodka." Vodka is the subject. Included: martinis at the Raines Law Room in New York City. 7:30 p.m., The Cooking Channel
Food Network Challenge: "Extreme Candy Coasters." Top chocolatiers visit Hersheypark to find inspiration before building their own candy roller coasters. 8 p.m., Food Network
Next Food Network Star: "Sweet to Savory Carnival." Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman has the hopefuls cater a party he's throwing on the Santa Monica Pier. They're challenged to transform classic carnival sweets into savory party bites for Duff and 100 of his closes friends. 9 p.m., Food Network
(Series Premiere!) Cupcake Wars: "George & Ann Lopez Charity Golf Tournament." In the series premiere, top bakers create their most impressive cupcakes while competing for a chance to have their sweets served at a celebrity golf tournament hosted by comedian George Lopez. 10 p.m., Food Network
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