Gordon Ramsay will employ the winner of Hell’s Kitchen 4 at his new West Hollywood restaurant

Gordon Ramsay is giving away a prize to the winner of Hell’s Kitchen 4 that may affect his life and bottom line, as the winner will become the executive chef at his new restaurant.

A press release says “the winner of the competition will earn the coveted position of ‘Executive Chef’ at Ramsay’s new restaurant, ‘The London West Hollywood,’ which is scheduled to open in summer 2008.” Why the scare quotes around the title of “executive chef”? Perhaps because of its history of not actually giving away its prizes. That streak ended last season, but maybe the show is covering its bases–or whoever wrote the release likes quotation marks.

Fox has announced the 15 contestants who will compete for that prize, but all that really matters is that Gordon Ramsay is returning to scream at them. The new season debuts April 1.

Fifteen Aspiring Chefs Enter the Fire… [Fox press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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