or Famine?" - July 25
time, the final 4 had their most grueling dinner
service yet, when they had to switch stations a few
times as they went. And although she won a big reward,
Elsie didn't get any help from the others during the
service, and in the end, she was sent home. Only 3
At 1:29AM, they're back in the dorms, drinking
champagne that was there when they arrived, and
they're quite excited to be in the final 3, especially
Jessica. A little later, in the backyard, she mentions
to Ralph that she didn't expect to be here, and that
the 3 of them have always been a team. (Even while
Michael was on the red team?) As time passed, though,
Jessica was starting to seem a little drunk, due to
the champagne. She tried to get into a hammock, but
fell out. Eventually, at 3:22AM, they go to bed. Well,
except for Michael; he stays up a little longer.
But it's only 4 in the morning!
At 3:49AM, the phone rings. Michael, the only one up,
answers it; it's Ramsay, who says there's an
emergency. He tells Michael that he, Ralph, and
Jessica need to get into the blue kitchen with their
chef's jackets on ASAP. Michael acknowledges this, and
after hanging up, he goes and gets the others,
attempting to wake them up. At 3:54AM, Ramsay and sous-chef
Scott are waiting in the kitchen, and Michael is still
trying to wake the others up, but to little avail.
Jessica and Ralph are having a hard time believing
Michael. That is, until Scott enters and yells to them
to get going. That gets everyone up and dressed, ready
for whatever this emergency is.
At 4:04AM, the chefs are finally lined up in the blue
kitchen, and Ramsay lets them know what's going on;
their next dinner service is happening in about 15
hours, and they need bread. So, they're going to bake
that bread at this time. Ramsay heads off to get some
sleep, while Scott makes sure that they know how to
make the bread. Then, Scott also leaves to get some
much needed rest, leaving the 3 to their work. Jessica
is still a little drunk, so this could get quite
At 5:12AM, Michael and Ralph are busy with some dough,
while Jessica is just standing there, yawning. She
eventually gets the bright idea to get some rest on a
cutting board. After a bit, though, she is awakened by
a buzzer. Once awake, Jessica whistles while walking
to the back. She then returns and starts helping with
the bread. But then, Michael tells her that she should
try to get some sleep. So at 6:03AM, Jessica is back
in the dorm, climbing back into bed, chef's jacket
still on, as Michael and Ralph continue making the
An hour later, they've completed most of it, and
Jessica is once again awake, and now finally ready to
help. Eventually, the bread gets done, and they decide
to try to get as much sleep as they can. At 8:05AM,
all 3 of them are back in bed, trying to get as much
rest as they possibly can. They won't get much sleep,
though, as at 9:57AM, sous-chef Maryann comes in with
a triangle, there to wake them up. They get changed
back into their gear and head back into the kitchen.
The group lines up in the dining room, and after
asking them about the overnight bread experience,
Ramsay announces that for the dinner service that
night, they'll each come up with an individual dish,
and this time, what customers think of those dishes
will determine who stays and who goes. He then sends
the group into the blue kitchen, where he explains the
next challenge, which Ramsay deems his favorite: they
must make a soufflé He shows them how to make the
perfect soufflé, then mentions that they can choose
some extra ingredients, which are provided on trays in
front of them. And they'll have 10 minutes.
Time starts, and the sleep-deprived chefs begin making
their soufflés. Ralph says that he knew which extra
ingredients he'd use the moment he saw his tray.
Michael mentions how hard something like this can be
when they've had very little sleep. Jessica notes that
the egg whites have to be done just right, because
even the slightest mistake is noticeable.
Time runs out, and the chefs are done. Jessica used a
bit of mint and raspberries. Ralph used chocolate,
hazelnut, and mint. Michael used raspberries and
chocolate. Ramsay takes the soufflés and puts them in
an oven to bake for 15 minutes, where they rise like
they should. They do rise, and after the 15 minutes,
Ramsay takes them out for tasting. He starts with
Jessica's, and after noting its sponginess, he tastes
it and, well, he hated it. I guess we know who's not
winning this one. Ralph's is next, and though Ramsay
liked the taste, he says that there should have been
more egg white in it. Finally, he tastes Michael's,
and he says it needed more sugar.
After that, Ramsay declares that the winner is...
Ralph! He is excited to have won one of these
challenges. Ramsay then says that Michael gets 2nd
place, and Jessica gets 3rd place. Now, for the
reward. Ralph is expecting some sort of trip outside
of Hell's Kitchen, as he has yet to get one of those.
And what Ralph gets, is a choice... between beef,
chicken, and tuna. Huh? Apparently, all this is for is
to determine who gets what type of meat for their
individual dishes for the next dinner service. And for
winning, Ralph gets first choice. He chooses beef.
Michael gets second choice for coming in 2nd. He
chooses tuna. That leaves Jessica with chicken.
Now, it's time for the chefs to create their dishes.
They go to the red kitchen for this. Michael goes with
something that's simple to make, yet full of flavour.
Ralph chooses to go with something that has been a top
seller at Hell's Kitchen so far. Jessica is still
trying to decide what to do, and is asking the sous-chefs
for advice. Eventually, she does decide on something.
With their ideas ready, they get started prepping for
the dinner service.
At 6:03PM, Ramsay stops them for a bit to say
something; he reminds them that their individual
dishes, as well as their performance in the kitchen,
will determine who's going home. And he still wants to
see a fully-booked dining room fully served. [As a
reminder, the closest they've come so far is back when
the red team managed to complete serving their half of
the dining room.] With that, he gets them back to the
[This service has the chefs in the red kitchen once
VIPs and dessert troubles
The clock strikes 7PM, and Hell's Kitchen is once
again open. As the customers file in, here are the
individual dishes that will be judged:
Ralph - Filet Mignon
Michael - Sesame-Crusted Tuna
Jessica - Stuffed Chicken Breast
The customers order their meals, while the chefs are
hard at work getting ready for the first order. Ramsay
reminds them again of the goal to complete the
service. Once the first order is in, Ramsay reads it
out, and the chefs get working on it. We then find out
that Ramsay had invited friends and family of the 3
chefs to Hell's Kitchen to dine. But the 3 don't know
that. Ramsay then mentions to Jessica that when it's
time for the desserts, that'll mean she'll have more
than just her individual dish to make. It is also
noted that in addition to their dishes, Michael is
also handling the starters, and Ralph deals with the
30 minutes in, and the starters are moving rather
quickly. Now, for the main courses. Ramsay asks
Jessica for a time for her chicken, and she says one
minute. As a result, he has Ralph redress a filet
mignon. Ramsay reminds the group that they still have
to communicate, so they can coordinate and make sure
each dish is ready at the right time, so they can be
served. Then, Jessica says that she needs 2 more
minutes. Geez, how long is it supposed to take to get
Here, it is noted that the chef's families have been
seated in the balcony area, out of the view of the
kitchen, to keep their presence a secret. The maitre
d', JP, greets each of them up there, while back in
the kitchen, Ramsay reads an order from what he says
is a VIP table. He says he's not sure what's
happening, but they have VIPs. This is meant as a bit
of a cover, as those VIPs are the families of the
chefs. And the table asks for one of each individual
1 hour in, and everything appears to be moving well.
We then see some random customer's opinions of the
main courses. The filet mignon and the chicken are
getting good marks, but one customer hated the tuna.
Back in the kitchen, things are still moving smoothly,
and it's time for Jessica to start on some desserts.
Soon, she is walking around the kitchen with her
chicken, even asking Ralph to handle one of her
dishes, so she can take care of desserts. Michael
takes care of the chicken, and soon enough, main
courses are headed to the VIPs.
The families don't know which dish their loved ones
made, so they can judge each one fairly. Buffy,
Ralph's fiancé, likes the steak (good news for Ralph)
and the tuna, but doesn't like the chicken, and has to
spit out some of it. In the kitchen, Jessica is
keeping her focus on desserts, so Michael is taking
care of her chicken dishes for her. He could have
easily sabotaged her dishes, but he doesn't seem to do
so, as he and Ralph are able to get most main courses
But Jessica is struggling with the desserts. She says
she needs help, but the others are still busy
finishing up the main courses. Then, Ramsay starts
yelling at her about how she's not getting them done
fast enough. Jessica says she's trying, but Ramsay
says it's not enough. She makes an offer to Ralph to
switch stations, but he can't. Michael and Ralph are
closing in on getting all the main courses served,
though, so help may not be that far away...
It is 9:30PM, and Jessica sends up a pair of soufflés,
but Ramsay rejects them. She asks Michael about
switching, but he assures her that he'll start helping
soon, once the main courses are out. Then, a desperate
Jessica decides to try asking Ramsay for help. Right,
like that'll happen. All she gets is some more
yelling, this time about why he can't help. But wait a
minute... JP enters the kitchen to see how Jessica is
doing? Yep, and he even gives her an idea while
reminding her about tables that need serving! Ramsay
asks why JP is in there, and he gets back to the
dining room. Ramsay once again tries to get an answer
from Jessica about how the desserts are coming, and
she once again reiterates that she's doing what she
can. JP, meanwhile, heads to the VIP tables to let the
families know that the desserts will take a little
longer than expected.
Eventually, they get down to a few tickets left, and
they're getting ever-so-close to completing the
service. Soon enough, they're down to the last ticket,
and Michael tells Jessica to make sure the dessert
station is clean for when they get the chance to help.
Soon, the last of the main courses are sent out, and
we find out that 42 of the filet mignon, 34 of the
chicken, and 26 of the tuna was ordered and served.
And now, Michael and Ralph are finally helping Jessica
with the desserts, since that's all that's left to do.
The 3 chefs are busy cranking out the desserts, and
they even manage to get some to a table just before
they were ready to leave without dessert! (Close call,
eh?) Soon enough, they are able to get the last of
those desserts out, and guess what? With the last
soufflé arriving at a VIP table, the chefs have
completed the service! For the first time, the entire
dining room has been fully served! Ramsay calls them
over, and congratulates them for a job well done. And
considering they did this while deprived of sleep,
they deserve it. The only bad thing? Someone still has
to go home. Upon mentioning this, he tells them to
clean up for the day.
Afterwards, Jessica feels that she did alright, but
not great. But she was glad that a lot of people
ordered her chicken dish. While she continues cleaning
up, Michael and Ralph are outside in the backyard, and
Michael says he's nervous, since he's not sure what'll
happen. He knows that the chicken outsold his tuna, so
he's praying that he did better than at least one
other person. Ralph then says that he's also nervous.
Of course, we hear that Michael is hoping for Ralph to
go home this time, to get rid of his biggest threat.
Later, all 3 are inside, resting and relaxing, while
talking about the kind of road it has been, and how
tough this elimination is.
The judgment of the loved ones
The group walks into the dining room and lines up, and
Ramsay once again reiterates how glad he is that they
did so well this time. He then gives them a surprise.
He starts by presenting Michael's family, who enter
through the front door. Hugs all around. Jessica's
family is next, and more hugs ensue. Same thing when
Ralph's family is introduced. Aww...
With that, Ramsay lets the final 3 know that their
families ate at Hell's Kitchen on this night (good
thing they chose this night, as Ramsay mentioned), and
they will be helping him decide whose dish was the
best. This will also determine who is going home. We
get a flashback showing that, without knowing who made
what dish, and without knowing what impact this would
have, each of the friends and family members had
written which dish they thought was best after the
Before the results are revealed, here's a reminder of
who made what:
Ralph: Filet Mignon
Now, starting with Ralph's family...
Buffy (fiancé) - Tuna
Christine (mother) - Tuna
Richard (uncle) - Tuna
Ouch for Ralph, as his family basically gave Michael 3
points. Let's see what Jessica's family thought...
Courtney (girlfriend) - Tuna
Bonnie (sister) - Chicken
Deborah (mother) - Filet Mignon
More evened out, there. The score so far...
Michael - 4
Jessica - 1
Ralph - 1
I think it's safe to say that Michael will be safe
from elimination. Now, for his family...
Lola (wife) - Filet Mignon
Jay (father-in-law) - Filet Mignon
Christina (mother-in-law) - Tuna
Ralph makes up some ground, but let's see the final
Michael - 5
Ralph - 3
Jessica - 1
With that, Ramsay lets the families know who made
what, and tells Jessica to hand over her jacket. As
she does so, Ramsay tells her that she has done very
well overall during her stay in Hell's Kitchen. We get
flashbacks of some of her more memorable moments
throughout the season, and then, Ramsay decides that
instead of heading through the back like others before
her, she deserves to head out the front door with her
family, which she does. Ramsay then lets the others
spend some time with their families.
So, we are now down to 2 chefs: Michael and Ralph. One
of them will win their very own restaurant. And next
week, they face the final test, where they will find
out what it's like to run one. Hell's Kitchen will be
divided in half and will get a makeover, as the 2 will
each design their half of the dining room, as well as
their own menus. Plus, they will each have a staff,
comprised of previously eliminated contestants, and
Michael and Ralph will find out what it's been like to
be in Ramsay's shoes during the dinner services. All
this, plus we'll find out who wins it all in the
2-hour season finale next week!