8/08/2012 01:17:00 PM

The Week in Gordon Ramsay: Motorcycle Bromance With Beckham and More

This summer is set to be the bloody rawest TV season ever, with Gordon Ramsay mainstays Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef each running twice a week and an upcoming new Gordo show, Hotel Hell. Each week we’ll recap all the chef's most outlandish moments, from plates thrown across the room to spittle and insults flying right into each contestant's eyes.


Life imitates art, but who would have guessed it would imitate Wild Hogs?

Indeed, Gordon Ramsay and soccer star-turned-underwear-pitchman David Beckham are planning a “boys only” motorcycle road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Only time will tell if Rambo and Becks will match the road trips of other famous bros. The hallmark of a good male-bonding motorcycle adventure is adversity - think Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh’s  run-in with slavery on a Native American reservation, or Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado’s  encounters with persecution and leprosy. 


Ramsay isn’t just a motorcycle enthusiast, he’s a fan of Britain’s most famous motorcycle-savant, which might explain why he hired a designer to make James Bond-themed server uniforms at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, a recent review of the restaurant in Las Vegas Review-Journal found the service to be more stirred than shaken.

Can’t get to Vegas or one of Ramsay’s restaurants on the coast? Well, don’t look to your local K-Mart for Gordo-inspired food fun. Ramsay filed suit recently to stop a former business partner, Montreal’s Danny Lavy, from distributing Ramsay’s “Everyday” kitchenware at the retail chain.

That’s what Canada gets for nicknaming Ramsay “Pantry Pol Pot.

Speaking of ruthless dictatorships, only six have survived Gordo’s Hell’s Kitchen wrath. In the final episode’s of Hell’s Kitchen, it often seems like anyone can come out on top, but this season a couple of contestants have set themselves apart. Let’s take a look at the final six:

6 -  Robyn Almodovar: She started off as one of HK’s best, but a mid-season war with former staunch ally Kimmie Willis seems to have knocked Almodovar off her game. She’s been nominated for elimination three straight weeks (and four out of the last five) and Ramsay seems close to taking her jacket.

5 -  Clemenza Caserta: Ramsay doesn’t seem particularly fond of Staten Island’s favorite son. If he’s not criticizing Caserta for sloppiness, he’s throwing Caserta’s fish across the kitchen or screaming for Caserta’s whole team to examine the burnt carcass of a scallop.  

4 -  Barbie Marshall: After making waves in the beginning of season ten, Marshall seemed destined for elimination. She’s been nominated by her own teammates for dismissal more than all but one other contestant this season, but Ramsay has never seemed to even consider her expulsion. She enters the finals with a target on her back, but with what seems at times to be genuine admiration from the show’s top judge.

3 -  Justin Antiorio: The self-appointed leader of Hell’s Kitchen men has done everything right this season. He’s avoided fights with teammates, kept glaring kitchen mistakes to a minimum and was almost never up for elimination…until the last episode. Ramsay himself chose Antiorio for consideration, which means he’s got the one thing no HK chef wants from Ramsay: attention.

2 -  Christina Wilson: She’s never been nominated for elimination and she’s rarely had her food slammed,  plate and all, into the garbage, but Wilson does have her moments of imperfection. If she can rein it in and play the game right, we might see her working for Ramsay yet.

1 -  Dana Cohen: The best way to set yourself apart as a favorite is to be the only one on the team to have not gotten screamed at. Cohen’s caught so little spittle that she’s avoided appearing for elimination all season. But what’s really set her apart is her understanding of reality television politics. If there’s a fight between contestants, expect Cohen to be on the winning side.

Prediction: Wilson might be the only contestant this season that has been able to work like a member of a team. In the end, that simple elementary skill should set her apart.

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