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A 'Hell'-ish Lunch

July 25, 2006 1:44 PM

 For the afternoon press tour meal Monday, Fox decided to brand the event with its summer reality series "Hell's Kitchen."

Foot-high cut outs of a stern looking Gordon Ramsay dominated each of the tables, along with a single cook book, which like a flower centerpiece at a wedding reception, could be swiped by the quickest critic.

No burgers or cold cuts at this meal. A first of course marinated cucumber, jicama salad, micro arugula in a citrus stone vinaigrette started off the meal, which went on to rosemary crust breast of chicken and an apple duo dessert that included a baby gala apple crème brulée.

All delightfully delicious.

Unlike "Kitchen," there were no broken plates, sweaty chef wannabes, or even Ramsay himself. It also looked like Ramsay didn't have much control over the kitchen at all. At the bottom of a menu card noted the menu "was inspired by Gordon Ramsay."

Apparently in Pasadena, the Ritz chefs trump anything the networks would like to serve up.


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