6/20/2012 03:40:00 PM

The Week in Gordon Ramsay: Gordo Busted in Samuelsson Tell-All, More

When you’re a celebrity (chef) and the mass media picks up on something that makes you look really bad - like truly terrible - sometimes the best way to handle the scandal is to dilute the negativity by flooding the airwaves with a whole bunch of other crap. Thus was Gordo’s last week, which included the accusation in Marcus Samuelsson’s soon-to-be released memoir Yes, Chef  that Ramsay called Samuelsson a "black bastard" for not listing Ramsay among his favorite British chefs. Hadn’t heard about that? Perhaps that’s because much like the camera pans in Hell’s Kitchen, Ramsay news was flying in every direction all week:

Speaking of jerk, normally the contestants of Hillbilly Handfishin’ … oops, I mean Hell’s Kitchen, take top honors in the “did you forget you’re on national TV?” category, but this week MasterChef gives HK a run for the money.

Round One: MasterChef came out swinging on Monday night, when contestants David Martinez and Frank Mirando - asked to choose teams - left contestant Christine Ha for last. Ha, of course, is the contestant whose food has been lauded almost without exception throughout the competition. Also, she’s blind.

Hell’s Kitchen countered with a classic HK jab - the ‘ol “contestant (Tiffany Johnson) gets drunk and wrongly tells other contestant (Kimmie Willis) that teammates have been trash-talking her and all hell breaks loose” routine.

Round One goes to MasterChef! Hell’s Kitchen contestants single each other out for everything from weight to upbringing and even race, but leaving Ha out would be low even for them.

Round Two: Later on Monday’s MasterChef episode, which featured the two teams catering for a couple hundred marines and Graham Elliot pioneering the hipster glasses/camouflage helmet look, contestant Ryan Umane did his very best impression of a Hell’s Kitchen contestant. “If ever there was a time to flash a nip ladies,” Umane told his teammates as members of the United States Marine Corps prepared to vote for the winner.

On Hell’s Kitchen, it was Tiffany again throwing the gas. In this case, literally: “I just ripped ass,” she announced to her teammates as they set up a runway for Hell’s Kitchen Fashion Night (that’s a real thing they did).

Round Two goes to MasterChef: This was a close call, but MasterChef just proves more outrageous (and gross).

Bonus Round: Narcissism a.k.a. stuff MasterChef contestant Tali Clavijo says: After the judges hated his crab dish: “They’re not seeing the art behind the plate here. It’s like mind boggling. Honestly, I think that my stuff is so good, that they can’t even see the potential.”

And later, on the subject of always being among the bottom-feeders in the MasterChef kitchen: “Before brilliance comes madness.”


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