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'Hell's Kitchen' star Gordon Ramsay dishes about the fourth season

Reality TV World - Mansfield, MA, USA - Consider Gordon Ramsay among those fired up about Hell's Kitchen's fourth installment -- the first edition to premiere before the show's usual summer programming season.

"I'm very excited about Season 4, more so than any other year before.  When you look at the setup in terms of the level of professionalism, this year we've raised the bar," Ramsay told reporters during a Monday conference call.

Unlike earlier editions, Hell's Kitchen's fourth-season cast will be competing for an executive chef position in one of Ramsay's own restaurants -- The London West Hollywood.

"Looking for a chef personally is something I've stood by, got very nervous about and more importantly, I'd like to think that we have the most amazing -- I hate that word 'cast' -- I call them chefs.  Fox wanted to run a show and I run the restaurant, so it's a great team of chefs, more so than any other year."

The foul-mouthed British chef also immediately heaped praise on the "talented" fourth-season female contestants, describing them as "amazing."

"I've never seen anything quite like it," he said.  "It's quite refreshing, really on the back of a male dominant, chauvinistic stance that kitchens have today, so I was really pleased."

Hell's Kitchen's fourth season will premiere Tuesday, April 1 at 9PM ET/PT and its 15 culinary contestants comprise the show's largest cast ever.  However according to Ramsay, the cast originally featured 16 contestants.  Sort of.

"I actually get put into this prosthetic mask -- my name is Terrance from Texas -- and I'm actually made up as one of the contestants, so nobody spots it," he explained.  "It's quite a fascinating behavior to see them on the bus and that's without my presence, unknown to them, of course.  It's a really different way of setting it up.  Of course, the pressure is on this year more than any other before because of the sequence of events with my restaurant.  I'm taking it more seriously than ever before and the stakes are a lot higher."

In addition, Ramsay said Hell's Kitchen first-season winner Michael Wray, second-season champ Heather West, and third-season winner Rock Harper all had a role in the show's fourth edition.

"I had all the previous winners this year on Season 4 back judging, which was just so nice to see them grow in stature and maturity," said Ramsay.  "Given that level of responsibility with your 25-year old or 35-year-old chef, it's just quite nice to see how they handled that exposure.  Not every chef deals with it properly; they get slightly excited, a little bit overconfident and then they miss out on the most important part."
Source : Originally Published Reality TV World - Mansfield, MA, USA, Mar 19, 2008
Celebrities : Gordon Ramsay
Categories : Hell's Kitchen
Posted 3/19/2008 12:03:37 AM | Permalink
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