7 Chefs Compete
Last week, the chefs were vying for a
guaranteed spot in the final 6. With that would come a coveted black
jacket. When we last left you, Jon was in the catbird seat waiting to
hear how the challenge would mete out. On deck... Cyndi's Pan-Seared
Halibut with Faux Succotash.
.... and it's NOT ENOUGH! JON IS THE
WINNER! Props to Cyndi, though. That was an amazing dish.
Back at the dorm, Zach is still going on
about that dish of his. Okay, we get it, you can cook. Now you need to
The women are ready to act as a cohesive
unit. Jon, Anthony, and Zach... not so much. Jon's going to work his
damnedest to fire everyone up, even if they aren't really feeling it at
Oh yeah, by the way, Hell's Kitchen is
open tonight. Time to bury what pride you have left and just get the
food out. That means your dish, Zach. Get it out of your head, pick
yourself up, and get to the here and now. The Reds... aren't missing
Zach at all. Back in the Blue Kitchen, two people are doing the prepwork
of 12. And it looks as if they're going to fall apart before they even
And true to the practice of Fox, the fire
that was supposed to bring the kitchen to a stand-still during service?
Didn't really happen in service. It's happening in prep. Right now.
Woops. Oh yeah, and it's not fire. It's smoke. Thanks, Jon. Take a
breath, bring it back. Don't suck.
Ramsay has invited special guests. In the
Blue Kitchen, the Chefs Table will have Maria Menounos. On the Red
Chef's Table... Jeremy Sisto. One "Extra" host. One "L&O" actor. The
only way to have a successful service: cook with passion.
"Open Hell's Kitchen, please. Let's go!"
#13: VIP Night
Also in the dining room, "Parks &
Recreation's" Jim O'Heir. He dines with the common folk.
First to get plated are the VIP tables.
And as soon as Anthony figures out what "out in one" means, we'll have
something. He gets his scallops... OUT IN ONE. Thank you. Now for the
rest of the diners.
The Reds... have issue with lobster
tails. Mary and Cyndi need to speak to each other. They've adjusted and
they're back in the groove. Jon... mucks up the seasoning on the
risotto. The women want to make an impression on Jeremy and his guest.
Instead, they're making a mess. Cyndi is dragging the kitchen on
risottos. Meanwhile, Jeremy's table finally gets fed on apps. They're
really good. Half of the apps are gone. The men are not far behind on
their tables either. Anthony is a lobster tail short. The second tail...
is overcooked. It should be like butter. Not like "buttered rope".
Second time... lucky.
ENTREES! Zach is ready for meat. Anthony
is ready for fish. Seems like he's overready, because he has his meat in
the oven, when Anthony's fish is going up! Susan is cooking lamb. The
last two times that ever happened ended HORRIBLY. And every time she's
on the meat station, now that Fox reminds me. This time... ... IT'S A
MIRACLE! Meanwhile, Zach has the same dish AND the same result. Entrees
can't be moving quick enough out of the kitchen.
... then Ja'Nel cuts herself. MEDIC!
Blues are pushing entrees... and
Anthony's halibut is raw. Anthony needs a Gordon Ramsay patented
motivational kick in the ass. And this may be the night that Anthony
overuses the phrase "abso(bleeping)lutely."
Ja'Nel is patched and back at her
station, picking up where she left off with... whatever it is that was
going on. Seems like she's gotten back into the game but her head is
somewhere else. She does bounce back for the VIP entrees. Anthony is
looking to do the same for his own. BINGO. But then Zach serves raw
Wellingtons... and those were the last two "cooked". So he's gotta make
more. Which will take 20 minutes, leaving Ramsay to do something he's
NEVER done before... Bum off the Red Team. Embarrassing.
The Reds have completed their entrees and
are going to desserts, which Susan is more than happy to serve. Way to
be a creeper to actor man, Susan.
Now can the Blues complete their final
two tables? Not if Zach doesn't fix his order. "I just want this
nightmare, this service, to end." Any more antics like that and it will.
Did we mention his lamb is overdone? Go home, Zach. You're drunk.
Yeah, Zach isn't going anywhere. Even
though he should. Yeah, he should just go. Right now.
Stoves off. Clear down. RED WIN. One of
THEM will be going to the Blue Team. One of the Blues... is going home.
And it's up to Jon and Jon only to determine who.
Jon asks Zach what happened. Zach never
answers the question, but does say he has the heart of a lion.
Meanwhile, the Reds are having issue determining who gets to don a blue
jacket. No one wants to deal with Zach. Ja'Nel steps up, saying it's
going to be a motivator all the way around.
Meanwhile, Anthony gets grilled, saying
that he will lead the charge if need be. Zach knows what he is doing,
but Anthony has the better attitude. Anthony's willing to adapt. Six of
one, Jon's got to make a decision.
Jon decides to put up... ANTHONY. Ramsay also wants to hear from Zach.
So let's talk.
Anthony says he has shone and he'll only
go higher. His heart separates him from Zach. Zach says he is determined
with leadership and creativity. He says he's a fighter who loves people
and loves food. But ultimately he can't give a direct response to
... is ...
... ANTHONY. Why? It's not just tonight's
service, but he was on a spiral. Ramsay tells him NOT to give up looking
for his place in the industry. Which is more than what most people have
gotten up to this point.
We're not done yet, though... Have the
Reds made a decision? They have... and Ja'Nel is going to the Blues. "I
hope you don't follow in Nedra's footsteps."
"Anthony hobbled through Hell's Kitchen.
Even though his leg got better, his cooking didn't."
Next week, someone's getting burned in
Hell... and it could possibly be the devil himself.
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