Lots of Oregon-related TV stuff going on today, from Gordon Ramsay filming “Hotel Hell” in Oregon to locals who auditioned for Ramsay’s “MasterChef,” to Portland’s Apizza Scholls getting more TV time on the Cooking Channel. Let’s sort it out:
“Hotel Hell” comes to Oregon: The fiery Gordon Ramsay is known for putting would-be chefs through the wringer on such shows as “Hell’s Kitchen.” But last season, he launched yet another show, “Hotel Hell,” devoted to putting hapless innkeepers through the wringer. So I don’t know if it’s good news or bad news that Ramsay’s coming to Applegate River Lodge in Applegate, Oregon. Let’s hope for the best.
A press release says for Season 2 of “Hotel Hell,” Ramsay is “hitting the road to fix some of America’s most horrendous hotels, troubled inns and struggling resorts, many of which are on the brink of closure.”
Ramsay will be at the Applegate River Lodge June 2-June 6. The press release says if guests want to stay there while filming is happening, they can email HotelShowApplegate@gmail.com. Guests will pay for their stay, but who can put a price on sharing quality time with Gordon Ramsay?
“MasterChef” gears up for new season: Speaking of Ramsay — and apparently, I can’t stop — the cooking show for home cooks and amateur chefs, “MasterChef” featuring Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot returns for Season 4 on May 22.
Tons of people apparently auditioned at open casting calls all over the country (including one in Portland). It’s too soon to know if two locals included in the press release will get any screen time (early episodes tend to focus on just a few of the hordes who made it through an initial cut). But keep your eyes peeled for Monica Watson, a model from Portland, and Bethy Rossos of Estacada, a high school P.E. teacher. And yes, this is the same Bethy who competed on “Wanted II: Adventure Woman” and hosted her own show, “Adrenaline Hunter,” on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
All we know at this point is contestants representing 26 states will be represented this season. The season premiere May 22 will feature auditions, as will the May 29 episode. Only 40 would-be chefmasters will progress to the next round. Whoever wins this thing will get a cookbook deal, and the $250,000 grand prize.
Apizza Scholls on “Pizza Cuz”: We don’t need TV to tell us how great the pizza is at Southeast Portland’s always-a-line Apizza Scholls. But last night, the Cooking Channel show, “Pizza Cuz” visited Apizza Scholls for part of its season debut episode, titled “Masters.” The hosts, Sal Basille and Francis Garcia, brought ample amounts of New York Italian color to their visit with owner/chef Brian Spangler. The duo marveled over their first trip to “Portland, OreGONE,” the number of bridges, and of course the pizza at Apizza Scholls.
I can’t get the video of the episode to embed, but here’s the link to watch it.
— Kristi Turnquist