We are three episodes into the 11th season of chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” with the usual gaggle of Muppets, donkeys and folks having a permanent bad hair day.
Contestants are offered the job of executive chef at one of Ramsay’s restaurants if they win, but does that actually happen? Everyone seems so incompetent, why would a Michelin-starred chef hire any of them?
“It seems there is a serious trend that either ‘HK’ winners do not get their prize, get the title of the prize but not the responsibility, or they leave their position as soon as their contract is fulfilled,” says the website Food Gossip. The winners of seasons 2 and 4 were given “senior chef” positions instead of executive. Season 6 winner Dave Levey claims he was called “head chef” but was treated like a line cook. And at least one winner simply took a cash prize after she couldn’t get a visa to go work in England.
One thing that Ramsay does better than rival show “Top Chef” is award the prize to women. And it’s one of the few reality TV shows with fat people on it; Honey Boo Boo’s family can’t carry that burden alone.