Tonight I make my fourth appearance as a judge on Hell’s Kitchen. I am sworn to secrecy as to who wins the challenge, but you can read about my experience tomorrow on sister site Epicurious. Each time I’ve been on, I’m struck by how real this reality show is. I know almost nothing about the challenge going in, have no idea who the contestants are, and which episode we are filming. I am walking on with almost no information, which makes it as real as real can be. I have to make quick decisions based on what is on the plate. Each time I’ve guest judged the challenge has been different but one thing that is always the same is how extraordinarily polite, hospitable, and kind chef Ramsay is. That’s right. I’ve just called chef Ramsay kind. Maybe in the kitchen he is one way, but out of the kitchen, he is charming. Hope I’m not tarnishing your image, chef!
Watch the show tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox, and then comment here, or tweet me at @gourmetlive or @tanyasteel, and let me know whether you think I made the right decision.