A couple of quick points I need to make:
Although the taco truck at the Mill City Farmers Market is superb, it's not enough for me, I’m greedy. The economic model for success in this economy is “smaller is better,” and mobile is best of all. I hope to see many local entrepreneurs take to the streets with mobile food offerings. Think of it: outside the Metrodome, outside the Target Center, downtown after bar closing, in the Theater Zone at the dinner hour, Loring Park, Grand Avenue . . . a food van allows you to drive to the customers instead of waiting for them to come to you.
Check out Kogi BBQ, the hottest new food truck in LA, the land that perfected this style of eating. A concept like this would kill here in the Twin Cities. Consider this an open letter to the mayors and city councils of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Please keep the red-tape bar very low for local vendors to operate trucks like these; think of the Twin Cities as a potential street-food capitol of the highest order. We just need to water the plants a little bit to see it grow.
Lastly, Hell’s Kitchen has turned from a fun show to watch to an abomination. It’s a joke. The prize means nothing since none of the chefs in previous years have actually been put in charge of the actual restaurant they were promised they would win, or more specifically, the one we as viewers were told they would be put in charge of. We have been conned. Year one, Michael (smart guy) walked away from Ramsay, and in years two through four, Heather, Rock, and Christina have all been given secondary roles in restaurants that Ramsay’s restaurant group manages in second-rate locales. None have been given the plum job that was shouted from on high as the hook for stringing all of us along for months on end.
None of this year's remaining contestants can survive a night as a line cook in any restaurant of note, let alone be in charge of running one. And trust me, the winner of this year's show will not be the EC at Ramsay’s Borgata restaurant. However, if they did actually give the winner the real job and shot it for air down the road, that would be a show I would watch for sure! They could call it The Ultimate Trainwreck. I am thinking of a class-action suit . . . all the viewers of Hells Kitchen can sue Fox for breach of contract. What a mess. The real question is why—after four previous years where the talent pool was so poor the show's producers couldn’t even award the prize as advertised—they would recruit sixteen cooks with even less experience than any other group of HK alums and offer the winner an even juicier job? It’s a con, a grift, flummery, and flim flam. I call it Seacrest-itis.