The Entertainment Blender

John Sturgeon

Gordon Ramsay has established himself as one of television’s most entertaining personalities. As one of the world’s great chefs, Ramsay commands respect and demands perfection from the aspiring wannabe chefs that make up the contestants of “Hell’s Kitchen.”

The show functions as a cooking version of “Survivor,” where the contestants try and outlast each other in order to win a top position at a new Ramsay restaurant. Typically, there are around 16 contestants that are initially split into two teams.

Each show starts off with a reward challenge, where the winning team gets an opportunity to spend some time with Chef Ramsay doing things such as tasting wine, going to a beach, or enjoying a culinary feast at one of Ramsay’s favorite restaurants.

The second part of each show deals with dinner service at “Hell’s Kitchen.” Contestants rotate around the kitchen performing the various tasks expected of top chefs and allowing Ramsay to see firsthand who has it and who does not.

At the end of service, a winning team is announced and Ramsay throws out the worst member of the losing side with his trademark insults.

Ramsay uses foul language regularly and will embarrass a contestant if he or she messes up.

The reason his relationship with Fox works so well is because they allow Ramsay to be himself.

He has a soft side and cares for the contestants, but you really have to win him over and handle his tough side to earn his respect.

This season has been consistently entertaining, as Ramsey’s mannerisms and reactions to poor food service are hilarious and downright crude at times.

The producers also make the show quite dramatic with an intense musical soundtrack and surprises around every corner.

All these facets produce one of the briskest-moving hours on television each week.

There are four contestants left this season vying for a head chef position at a new restaurant at Borgata in Atlantic City.

Last week saw the funniest and largest contestant, Robert, quit due to heart complications.

Ramsay was incredibly human with Robert by stating that he could have won, and that it was sad to have to lose him. The embrace the men shared was touching.

The two best of the remaining contestants are Danny and Paula.

Both have managed to stay consistent throughout the competition without getting yelled at too often. They are both quiet leaders who speak when they need to, know how to handle Ramsay’s insults and can create innovative dishes on a whim.

Andrea is the weakest chef left, as she has least experience. She lacks the creativity of the top 2 and tries to act as a leader when she is simply not one.

Ben, the other remaining male contestant, talks a big game. The show has made it a running joke to always show Ben describing his dishes in paragraph form to Gordon Ramsay, which bore the sassy Brit to no end. He does have talent though and simply must up his game in the dinner service to have a chance at the crown.

Whether he is spitting out food, yelling to show disgust or offering praise to someone after they impress him, Ramsay makes “Hell’s Kitchen” an addictive and unpredictable reality show that will hook you.

Season 5 is airing Thursdays at 9 p.m., while Season 6 will debut on July 21.