And the Winner Is….

I don’t watch much TV.  And I consider “reality TV” to be the junk food of television cuisine.  Nevertheless, I’ve been watching “hell’s Kitchen” because of its Vegas link.  The winner becomes the head chef of Gordon Ramsay Steak, which opened in May at the Paris hotel and casino.  Chef Ramsay’s entry into Las Vegas will enhance its reputation as the world “foodie” capital because I don’t think any other city in the world has more world class chefs.

The competition is now down to the final two and the winner will be determined during tomorrow’s (Monday) show.  The two finalists (Justin and Christina) have created their own dinner menu, including appetizers, entrees and dessert, and will oversee a dinner service.

I’ve longed believed that Justin would win because he and Gordon think alike gastronomically.  In an episode where each chef had to create a menu item, one woman proposed something which which led Justin to remark that her idea was “so 80’s.”  When she presented the dish to Chef Ramsay the next day, he gave her a perplexed look and said it reminded him of the 80’s.

On the other hand, in a surprise cooking challenge last episode while they were visiting Las Vegas and which featured five top Vegas chefs (including Wolfgang Puck) as judges, Christina edged out Justin.  He won the appetizer and salad rounds but she won the three entree rounds, which included two meats and a fish.  The judges praised all the dishes the two created but Chef Ramsay made them pick one winner in each round.

I’m not a “foodie.”  My dining preferences tend to local holes-in-the-wall and food trucks.  I don’t care for “presentation” or “ambience.”

So I’m not sure whether I’ll splurge for Chef Ramsay’s Steak on my next Vegas trip.  The “average” meal cost is advertised as $80 per person but I don’t know if that includes drinks.  Probably not, based on menu prices….

Would you like to start off with a half-dozen oysters? That appetizer is $19. British Ale Soup, which features caramelized onion broth and Welsh rarebit in addition to the pub ale, is $17, as are American Kobe beef sliders.

In the entree department, an eight ounce filet is $52.  Other beef entrees are about the same price, including a 24-0unce rib eye ($56) and an 18-ounce NY Strip ($63).  A loaded baked potato is another $12.

Fish entrees (why eat fish at a steak restaurant?) a bit less expensive.  Wild Pacific Salmon is $40, Alaska Halibut is $47 and Ahi Tuna is $42.

Oh…Total Gold card members (and I am one) get about a dollar off each item. Membership has its privileges!

More menu items and restaurant photos can be found here.

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One response to “And the Winner Is….

  1. If you missed the final episode, Christina won and will be head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris. Salary: $250,000.

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