Life After Hell’s Kitchen

After a season ends, it’s always hard (for TV-aholics like me) to move on.  Luckily, the Hell’s Kitchen void isn’t so hard to fill thanks to gratuitous amounts of Gordon Ramsay on Hulu.  Here are some ideas for you!

MasterChef

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Another cooking competition hosted by Gordon Ramsay as well as Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, Master Chef features home cooks competing for a cash prize, a cookbook deal, and of course, the MasterChef title.  The format of this show switches off between mystery box challenges and team challenges.  The top two mystery box winners become team captains for the following week’s team challenge.  Both types of episodes end with the least successful home cooks facing a pressure test and elimination.

MasterChef Junior

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A bit different in format to the original MasterChef, this show has children ages 8 – 13 creating dishes that I could barely dream up.  Two contestants get sent home in each episode and the winner gets the same cash prize & features the same judges, being significantly kinder than on the adult version.  There are only 7 episodes in the season and it’s on Hulu still.  It’s literally WONDERFUL and I think I cried at the end of every episode.  Watch this.

Kitchen Nightmares

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If you’re missing how mean Chef Ramsay is, this is the show for you.  This expert chef with super high standards heads into kitchens of failing restaurants to turn those businesses around.  Kitchen Nightmares is the US version, and is available on Netflix and Hulu.  The British version off which it’s based, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, is on Netflix as well.

Hotel Hell

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This show is basically Kitchen Nightmares in a hotel.  While a bit of a departure from cooking, Ramsay of course gets to revamp the hotel restaurants as well.  Like MasterChef, this show is currently on Fox, and though previous seasons’ episodes (in this case, just one season’s worth) have disappeared, the current season’s episodes are added the day after they air.  Ramsay wears a speedo in the first episode of season 2, so there’s that.

more Hell’s Kitchen!

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If none of these will do it for you, a new season of Hell’s Kitchen premieres on Fox on September 10th!  Even impatient folks like me can handle that.

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