Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen made one of the biggest blunders in Reality TV history. Chef Gordon Ramsay will pitch a fit for sure the next time he enters a production error. The latest episode featured an eliminated chef in the background. How could that be if she was eliminated? Yes folks, Hell’s Kitchen busted itself for being a farce.
I have always skeptical of reality television competitions. I have heard stories of shows editing footage together of past competitions to push their own agenda. For example, a boxer on The Contender may look weaker than he really is due to the editing of the fight. The skepticism is over when it comes to Hell’s Kitchen. Hell’s Kitchen exposed itself in a very bad way.
[adinserter block=”1″]Contestants are eliminated by Chef Gordon Ramsay due to bad service. Amanda was the latest competitor to get kicked off of the show. Amanda did not have a good night in the kitchen. There were several instances shown of Amanda messing up. One moment in particular had me rewinding my DVR about five times. It wasn’t Amanda that got my attention. Tek Moore was shown cooking in the background. Normally there would be nothing wrong with this, yet the problem is that we saw Tek eliminated a few weeks ago.
So I thought to myself and wondered what the heck was going on. Was Tek back on the show? No, the answer is that Hell’s Kitchen spliced footage from more than one competition together to make it look like one week’s competition. For some reason or another, Hell’s Kitchen needed extra footage to build the story of Amanda’s bad service. Why would this be and is this the first time this has happened on the show?
This was a catastrophic error from the editors to the executive producers of the show. Viewers and fans truly believe they are seeing a real competition on the show. The authenticity of the show is now 100% in question. At this point I have to wonder how real anything is that I have seen on the show. Chef Ramsay is in serious violation of being a complete and total fraud.
This isn’t the first time the show has been questioned. Past winners were promised executive chef spots in Ramsay’s restaurants. Yet, it has been reported in several places that winners actually received different prizes. One example is last season’s winner Danny Veltri. Veltri was promised the executive chef spot at Fornelletto. Today, Veltri is a sous chef at the restaurant.
[adinserter block=”2″]I have questioned the veracity of this season’s show from episode one. Episode one saw Joseph get physical and violently get in Chef Ramsay’s face. Ramsay laughed him off and Joseph just walked off. The entire thing looked staged to me. I just can’t comprehend how someone like Joseph could have theoretically gotten past producers. It produced high drama and drove blogs crazy the following day. This week’s snafu makes me wonder even more how real this confrontation between Joseph and Ramsay.
The bottom line here is that this week’s Hell’s Kitchen was a wakeup call for a lot of reality television fans. In the end it is more about producing better television than it is about producing anything real. As a longtime viewer of the show I am disappointed, yet not entirely surprised. At this point it may be better off labeling this season Hell’s Kitchen the movie rather than Hell’s Kitchen the reality show.
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