'Hell's Kitchen' Finale: A Postmortem
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
In retrospect, should Dave have won Hell's Kitchen?

Well at least we can say he's nobody's bitch. But seriously, for one thing, it's safe to say that things have been a little unfair to Kevin on the final dinner service - and it isn't just about Amanda screwing things up royally (because Dave had his share of screw-up's, although not in the same scale). For instance, let's consider the menu.

"The menu is as basic as it can get," I remember Ariel saying in reference to Dave's. On the other hand, even before the dinner service started, Gordon Ramsay expressed fears that Kevin's might prove too difficult and challenging. And at the end of the day, it was a nail-biter in terms of finishing up the tables. Put that in retrospect, what could've happened if Kevin opted for an easier menu? In reverse, what could've happened if Dave had to do a more difficult menu?

This is not saying, though, that an easy menu would automatically translate to a smooth dinner service. On the contrary, the suckiness of Amanda gave Kevin the opportunity to show his leadership skills. He might have acted a tad bit late, though, and it took a little prodding from Ramsay for him to realize that it might be a good idea to give Amanda some help.

But with the question of membership of the final team (which Dave clearly had an upper hand), we go back to the first challenge, which I think Dave clearly won despite the 3-2 scoreline. Dave had Ariel (obvious choice), Robert (another obvious choice), and Suzanne (little choice). On the other hand, Kevin had Van (weird choice), Sabrina (OK choice), Amanda (didn't have a choice).

In the end, Gordon Ramsay said he picked based on his observations and the comments from the diners. Observations - that's where the one-arm factor probably came in, it's a great catchphrase after all, the one-arm bandit. As for the comments, Ramsay said they were close, so it's also something we can ignore.

So in the end, could it have been the one-arm factor - and just the one-arm factor - which, excuse the pun, handed the crown to Dave?

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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