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Sabrina is gone from Hell’s Kitchen!

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Objectively speaking, it is really amazing how a girl can be so beautiful and yet so unlikable due her 22-year-old-going-on-12 immaturity. This episode in particular, she struck me as very mercurial and manipulative. Definitely what you do not want to see in a head chef. I’m still laughing at Sabrina* trying to save her neck by telling Chef Ramsay that Gail should instead be kicked off. Someone who constantly blames others and throws them under the bus? Not good at all.

Sabrina should’ve been shown the door long ago.

Yes, I’ve had issues with the racist Russell, but he delivered again last night as he scored a perfect 100 on his soup (50 out of 50 for presentation, the same for taste). I see him as a finalist and possibly the winner, simply because when his back is to the wall, he delivers.

Trevor? I would be surprised if he’s not kicked off next week. He just seems to have too much bitterness.

I am still puzzled why that sous chef chose to single out Trevor for yelling when Sabrina was doing the same and when Russell was getting a nasty attitude. Some can be pathetically comical when they step in to correct. He reminded me a little of some dirt bag sergeants I knew in the service who liked to pull rank.

*Not to be confused with my oldest sister, Sabrina, who’s a much nicer person.

Richard Zowie will never be on an episode of Hell’s Kitchen and prefers to cook strictly as a hobby. Post comments here or e-mail Richard at


Watching ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ on

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The past few weeks, I was seething about how both the backstabbing Sabrina (not to be confused with my very wonderful oldest sister) and the racist Russell are both still on Hell’s Kitchen. Sabrina does not impress me with her cut-throat, whiny ways, although she has been improving as a chef every week. Russell is bossy, the kind of person who will seek out a week teammate and do everything he can to throw them under the bus and get them eliminated. I don’t see him as a leader in a kitchen. He is also a racist: when the Russian-born Boris was on the show, Russell made remarks about Boris sweating “like a Russian pig” and how he wanted to kick Boris’ “Russian *ss” out of Hell’s Kitchen.

If I owned a restaurant and heard someone talk like that, that would be grounds for immediate termination. Anyone, please feel free to explain to me how that is not racist.

Russell then tried to sabotage Trevor, who had a great night. When it was clear Russell struggled, he then schmoozed Trevor and was upset when Trevor nominated him for elimination. Russell appeared to be eliminated…only to be sent back into the line as someone else was given the boot.

That being said, in this most recent episode I was very satisfied with the decision to send Vinny home. Russell realized his problems, went to bed early and did a great job in the kitchen. Vinny stayed up late, talked smack, woke up hung over and was terrible.

I love to dislike Russell, but he definitely deserved to not get kicked off last Wednesday when Vinny had a horrible performance.

At this stage, I’m hoping Trevor, Gail or Nona wins…

I found out last night has old episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. I suspect much of what happens on the show is typical reality show material, but it is entertaining to watch. The show so far is about the notorious workaholic Simmons constantly trying to make business deals and eschewing Shannon Tweed’s pleas to take a vacation and, in the first episode, to get married.

Simmons has been known to correct people who refer to this reality show as Family Jewels instead of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. 

Ah, yes. In the letters section of his website, Simmons proudly declares he and Shannon are “happily unmarried.” Nick Simmons replies, “Dad calls it ‘happily unmarried’, Mom calls it ‘waiting.’” From the first episode, we learn that if Gene popped the question, Shannon would probably have the family and her sister and Gene’s mother hop the first flight to Las Vegas to get married.

I’ve read Simmons’ autobiography and based on his account of his early years, I suspect Gene’s father leaving has to do with Gene’s reluctance to walk down the aisle. Of course, divorce laws that give a woman at least half of the assets (in some cases, even more even when she was the reason for the failed marriage), obviously don’t help, either.

Simmons prides himself in answering to himself, and his ego is something his kids and Shannon frequently love to poke fun at.

Still, a fascinating show where we get many glimpses into Simmons the businessman. It is tickling to hear him call his mother and hear her call him by his Hebrew name: Chaim.

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My thoughts on the November 2010 mid-term elections

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

…If you’re a Republican who’s disappointed Jerry Brown is again the governor of California, don’t be. Arnold Schwarzenegger failed miserably in his efforts to “compromise” instead of doing what he boasted he would do when elected in 2004–balance the budget. When GOP leaders fail to adhere to their party’s core principle of limited government and low taxes, they should not expect to keep their jobs…

…Ok, Republicans who were endorsed by the TEA party and won their races: get to work. You were elected because you promised small government, low taxes. Deliver, or in 2016 or so there will be a Democrat revolution…

…I like Sarah Palin and think of her energy and enthusiasm as something the GOP has desperately needed. I have heard from a reporter who has dealt either directly or nearly directly with her on several occasions that she’s actually a very intelligent woman. Granted, she sounded choppy in her early interviews, but please keep in mind that when Ronald Reagan first began his political career, his first speeches and interviews were said to be terrible…

…I did not vote for longtime U.S. House Rep Dale Kildee due to disagreements I have with him on the infamous stimulus, Obamacare, etc. However, I as a journalist have dealt professionally with him twice. He responds quickly and is polite and cooperative. When it comes to dealing with the media, Congressman Kildee receives an A+ from me…

…I wonder how long it will take before TV, radio and print journalists to start referring to the U.S. House of Representatives as “The Republican-controlled House of Representatives” on first reference? My guess is anytime they feel some problem is the House’s fault or whenever they butt heads with President Barack Obama. To me, it’s as despicable as referring to pro-lifers as “anti abortion” while giving those who support abortion the dignified “pro choice” moniker…

…Yes, it’s surprising that four years after Governor Jennifer Granholm easily won re-election in Michigan over businessman Dick DeVos, GOP businessman Rick Snyder easily won election over Virg Bernero. Now it’s time for “One Tough Nerd” to show us how tough he is and roll up his sleeves…

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Former President George W. Bush to appear on Oprah

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Former president George W. Bush will appear on Oprah’s show in a month or so to promote his soon-to-be-published autobiography Decision Points.


You’ll forgive me if I laugh at the irony: Oprah couldn’t stop talking about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama while giving the cold shoulder to John McCain and Sarah Palin. And now that Bush is becoming popular again because many believe they made a colossal mistake voting for President Obama, Oprah has changed her tune about Bush. Maybe she’ll even induct Decision Points into her Book Club!

Things I wish Bush would tell or ask Oprah:

“Stedman told me in the Green Room that he voted for me. Both times!”

“I really love those parodies they do of you on Mad TV!”

(Here’s one of my favorites)

“So, when do you plan to change the name of O Magazine to egO Magazine?”

Just out of curiosity, has Oprah ever not been on the cover of her magazine?

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