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If you can't stand the heat, you're not going to last long in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen.

Recaps by Chico & Quisla Alexander, GSNN

Host Gordon Ramsay
Sous Chefs James Avery
Andrea "Andi" van Willigan
Maitre d' Jean-Philippe "JP" Susilovic
Announcer Jason Thompson
Creator Gordon Ramsay
EP Arthur Smith
Kent Weed
Gordon Ramsay
Packager A. Smith & Co. Productions
ITV Studios America
Origins The former KCOP Studios, Los Angeles
Web fox.com/hellskitchen
Airs 8p Tues, Fox

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5 Chefs Compete Part 1
June 20

So Ja'Nel joins up with the Blues for the first time and for the first time in a long time... they win a challenge. Then they turn around and despite Zach mailing in another performance, win the Dinner Service... along with the Reds. That's the good news. The bad news... Ramsay only has four black jackets. Zach... will not get one, as he is honorably (?) discharged. Now five remain, and one still has to go before the next Dinner Service.

... and Susan is wondering (because Ja'Nel told her that she's the Reds' weakest chef) how she can possibly curry her favor. It's an answer to a question, Susan. Suck it up and move on.

Oh, did we mention that Jon's the rooster amongst hens? Because that's important, I think... because he's stuck listening in the middle of the night to Susan and Mary talking about Brazilians. And no, we don't mean inhabitants of South America.

The next day... Ramsay decides to begin things with some video hellos from the families & friends of the final five. Hopefully this puts a little more fuel in the tank, because in a moment... you're actually spending time with your family. The videos? Decoys. Which I saw a mile away. It's official. I watch too much reality TV. And so do you.

Back to business. Five chefs... FOUR black jackets. ... and one extra that we have lying around. That's right. ALL FIVE CHEFS are BLACK JACKETS. You done did it to me again, Ramsay. As the chefs say goodbye to their loved ones, they suit up for their next challenge.

First of all, a tease. The winner gets to spend their afternoon with their family. But first...

SKILL DRILL #14: Pressure Cooking (Ability)

Chefs... Meet pressure cookers. They cook rapidly and add great flavor to cheap cuts. Now you have to make a five-star dish from a cheap cut of meat.

Cyndi: Pork roast
Jon: Lamb leg
Susan: Pork belly
Ja'Nel: Goat ribs
Mary: Beef short ribs. This is what Jon wanted.

Forty five minutes to cook. Let's go.

There's one rule of pressure cookign. Don't. Open. The lid. Susan opens it six times. Jon opens it to rescue a burned piece of lamb. Luckily there's Andi with the assist.

Judging for the challenge, Chef Nancy Silverton (chef/partner, Osteria Mozza) and the dine editor of Los Angeles magazine Lesley Bargar Suter.

SUSAN: Pork Belly with Fennel & Leek Salad - a little overwhelming. Next time, don't open the lid.
- 9 stars

JON: Lamb Leg with Rutabaga - meat's not cooked enough.
- 10 stars

CYNDI: Pork Roast with Acorn Squash Puree - It's tough
- 7 stars

JA'NEL: Goat Ribs with Vegetables - BETTER than great.
- 14 stars

MARY: Beef Bourguignon with Pasta - Everything complements the chunk of the meats.

Mary and her family will eat lunch at Wolfgang Puck's WP24. The others... are going to be the maintenance crew for tree people. And it's recycling day. Separate the food from the other trash. Going green and giving back to the earth for Tree People... A good idea. IN THEORY.

So while Mary enjoys lunch, the others are being scared off by maggots. Ew. They finish it...

And after a long day, the chefs are ready to call it a night, but one chef is still stirring... and he wants everyone down in the kitchen IMMEDIATELY. News: tomorrow's service will be the most challenging in your career. But there will be another team of chefs in the other kitchen, some of the greatest chefs Ramsay have ever known.

These chefs... will be revealed NEXT TIME.


... and one of them is probably Dave Levey. If you're going to blur the face, blur the nametag, too.

To see this episode in its entirety, go to fox.com/hellskitchen.