Back Into Hell - June 12|
about to heat up once again, because 12 new aspiring chefs are
about to enter Gordon Ramsay's world, this time to compete for a
spot as Executive Chef of a new restaurant at the new Red Rock
resort in Las Vegas. They may think they know what to expect
(especially those who saw the first season), but until they
experience it for themselves, they have no idea. After all,
they don't call it "Hell's Kitchen" for nothing...
the fire once again
As we start,
a bus holding the new group of 12 is making its way to the
restaurant, which pretty much looks like it did last year,
albeit with some significant changes. These people are excited,
as they cheer when the bus pulls up to the front door. When
they enter, they are greeted by the maitre d', Jean Philippe
(a.k.a. JP). He lets them walk around the restaurant for a bit,
and they seem to like the way this place looks. As we get
proper introductions to some of the contestants for this season,
we see Gordon Ramsay in his office, looking at pictures of them
and making comments about them (he calls one of them slightly
demented). He then gets up and walks out of the office, and as
JP leads the group in a toast, Ramsay makes his entrance. He
lets them know that only one can win, and they must impress him
to do so. He then tells them to get right into the kitchen and
cook their signature dishes.
last year, this is their first challenge, and their first chance
to show Ramsay what they can do. Their signature dishes should
be a way of saying something about who they are. But instead of
45 minutes like last season's group got, these people only have
30 minutes. During this time, one of them needs some wine, but
without a corkscrew, he uses a knife to break the top open.
Except he just plain broke the bottle altogether. Eventually,
they get their dishes done, and soon, they're in the dining
room, ready for evaluation. Let's see if these dishes are any
better than those that started last year...
(28; a chef/bartender from South Hampton, NY) - "Cha-Ching"
one that was called "slightly demented" earlier.]
unfamiliar with the "Cha-Ching" bit, and Keith explains that
it's slang for "slammin'" or money. He says it's light, then
Ramsay has him take his hat off, before putting some of the food
in the hat. He then tastes it, and says the sauce is piping
hot. And this is just the beginning...
(39; a personal chef from Dallas, TX) - Butterflied Shrimp and
doesn't like the sound of that. He tastes it, then says that
though the shrimp was cooked nicely, the chocolate sauce ruined
(43; a caterer from Ben Franklin, TX) - Undone Focaccia Bread
with Garlic Dipping Oil
says that the Undone part means it's not done. Oh, boy. Ramsay
doesn't taste it, saying he'd rather eat poodle ****. Eww.
(38; a fishmonger from Arlington, TX) - Potato Crab Cakes with
some Asian Flair
it's very hot, and some of it is crunchy and undercooked. 'Nuff
(31; a cafeteria chef from Brooklyn, NY) - Argentine Plantain
tastes it, then spits it out. He says it's garlicky and hot,
and it looks like baby vomit. Yipes.
point, Ramsay feels sick, and he isn't sure if he can go any
farther, wondering if it could possibly get any worse. But he
does move on...
(43; a former stockbroker from Belleville, NJ) - Shrimp Scampi
with Caesar Salad
one who broke the bottle of wine earlier.]
apparently sweats a lot. Ramsay says a cooked Caesar salad
sounds disgusting, then puts that bit in Tom's hands. He then
tastes it, and spits it out.
(25; a sous-chef from Port Jefferson, NY) - Chocolate-Raspberry
doesn't like the sound of that, either. He tastes it, and says
it's thick on the outside, making it hard to digest. But he
does also say it's the best thing he tasted so far (and that's
not saying much).
(27; a former prison chef from Cedar Park, TX) - [name of dish
(27; a marketing executive from Chicago, IL) - [name of dish not
Gabe to taste Garrett's dish, and he says it was a little
overdone. Garrett didn't like that comment, but didn't say
anything there. Ramsay then tastes it himself, saying it was
dry. But Gabe's dish doesn't exactly get good marks either, as
Ramsay notes the fish in his is raw, so it should have been
called sushi. (Sounds like that wasn't Gabe's intention.)
(21; a pizza maker from Euless, TX) - Frutti Di Mare
(31; a deli manager from Dallas, TX) - Herb-Crusted Salmon with
Peekytoe Crab Pasta
starts with Giacomo's dish, asking Sara to taste it. She does,
and says it's very nice. Ramsay asks if she means it, or if
she's just sucking up, and she says she means it. Ramsay then
tastes it, and says it's not bad, adding that he finally came
across something edible. Ramsay then tastes Sara's dish, and
says the pasta is overcooked, like mush. She's at least happy
he didn't spit it out.
(25; a salad chef from New York, NY) - Coconut and Pomegranate
what on it was cooked, she says the nuts were toasted. Ramsay
doesn't seem impressed with that. Then, after tasting, he
compares it to rabbit food, saying it's raw and crunchy.
Ramsay says he's deeply concerned. But he will push them,
noting the prize that awaits the winner; that winner will become
an executive chef, with a share in profits, at a new,
multimillion-dollar restaurant. He then introduces the sous-chefs,
Mary Ann and Scott, who will be second-in-command in the
kitchen. Then, Ramsay splits them up into teams; essentially,
men vs. women. In other words...
Keith, Larry, Tom, Garrett, Gabe, Giacomo
Rachel, Polly, Maribel, Heather, Sara, Virginia
again, Scott will be in the blue kitchen, while Mary Ann will be
in the red kitchen. Scott then leads them to the dorms, where
they'll be staying for the duration of the competition. Like
last time, the dorms are located near the kitchens. But I gotta
say, they look better this year. And there's even a hot tub
outside this time!
dinner service looms...
get changed into their chef's jackets, and they split up to
discuss what they'll do. Heather seems bent on seeing two women
at the end. Well, last year, it was two men at the end, but who
knows... Needless to say, both teams are confident that they'll
thrash the other.
then gather in the blue kitchen, and Ramsay tells them that
Hell's Kitchen will be open in 24 hours. After noting that they
may not get much sleep, he sends them off to prepare for their
first dinner service. Both teams are off and running with their
first prep, and Polly feels she's the only one who hasn't been
to culinary school. Frankly, I doubt that she's the only one.
Meanwhile, Tom is sweating again, this time with sweat dripping
into the food, and Ramsay sees this. He has that food thrown
into the bin (basically, the garbage bin), to be restarted.
Soon, Tom puts on a bandanna, hopefully to deal with the sweat.
and at 2:33AM, the red team has finished the day's prep early,
while the blue team is still working at it. The ladies are
proud of how well they did, while the guys can't believe it.
The next day, the red team has had plenty of sleep, and are back
to prepping for the dinner service, but the blue team only had
about 45 minutes of sleep, and it's taking its toll on them.
At 6:53PM, 7
minutes before the dinner service, Ramsay gathers the teams
together, and lets them know that someone will be going home
before midnight. He then asks for 2 volunteers. A few of the
ladies raised their hands right away, while only one of the
guys, Giacomo, raised his hand, though a bit hesitantly. He
then chooses Heather and Giacomo, before letting them know that
for this dinner service, they'll be the "donkeys". That means
it's up to them to keep their respective kitchens clean. He
then sends them back to their kitchens, because it's time.
"I want my
strikes 7PM, and for the first time this season, Hell's Kitchen
is open for business! It seems to have generated a lot of
excitement among those in Hollywood. The customers have filed
in, and they get ready to start ordering. I just have to wonder
how many of these customers have seen (or at least heard about)
how the first season went. Anyway, just like before, each
kitchen will cook for half of the tables in the dining room. As
the orders are being taken, the red team seems quite nervous,
while with the blue team, Tom is reminded not to sweat in the
food. At 7:11PM, the blue team gets the first order. The team
gets going on it, and while the donkeys are hard at work, the
red team gets their first order at 7:17PM.
responsible for appetizers in the red kitchen, while Tom is
handling it in the blue kitchen. The ladies are helping Polly,
but the guys aren't helping Tom. That's definitely not a good
sign for the blue team. And, as such, the ladies are first to
be ready with appetizers at the hot plate (where Ramsay inspects
the food, to see if it meets his high standards).
Unfortunately, the food is so stiff, it's sticking to the
plate. Ramsay has them restart it. Meanwhile, Tom has his
first appetizer ready, but Ramsay isn't happy with that,
either. I think I'm starting to see where this is going. At
7:58PM, all the customers have had to eat is the bread. Yep,
that's what I thought. We have another potential first disaster
on our hands.
calls for a time on a risotto, Polly says 6 minutes. But Sara
says 2 minutes, and Polly says she's handling it, so it'll be 6
minutes. Oh, dear... Polly soon has the risotto ready, but
Ramsay has her taste it. She says it's bland. Ramsay tells her
to start it again, while berating her about the bland risotto.
On the other side, Tom is ready again. And this time, his
appetizers are approved, and as a result, the blue team is the
first to have food served! And they manage to keep up the
momentum, keeping those appetizers coming. However, one
customer tells JP that he was expecting pumpkin in his risotto,
but it's not there. The customer then heads up to the hot plate
to complain, but Ramsay says he's too busy making sure other
tables get served. He even goes so far as to saying he'll get
some pumpkin, and have it rammed up his ***! That's Gordon
Ramsay for ya...
Then, in the
blue kitchen, a fire has started under one of the pans! Hey, it
wouldn't be Hell's Kitchen without fire, right? Tom doesn't
seem to be doing much to put out the fire, but it eventually
goes out, and the result is a lot of smoke! Ramsay yells at him
about it, and the fire seems to have slowed things down.
Meanwhile, in the red kitchen, Polly is now on her 4th attempt
at that first order! Ramsay reminds her that the ladies have
yet to get a single table served. He then decides to have Polly
and Heather switch roles; Polly is now the donkey, and Heather
is now cooking. Heather is glad to finally be able to help with
the food. Back in the blue kitchen, Tom is trying to cook
something, but something isn't right. Ramsay then points out
the problem: the stove is off! Geez, how did Tom not realize
dining room, we see some starving customers. No surprise
there. Meanwhile, Ramsay expects Larry to do, well, something.
Anything. 'Cause he's apparently doing nothing. At 8:33PM,
Heather gets some food to the pass (another term for the hot
plate), and it gets approved! The red team has finally managed
to get food into the dining room! And Sara apparently thinks
that's a reason to celebrate, as she cheers! Heather tells her
to keep quiet, but it's too late, as Ramsay heard it. He then
tells the ladies that there's no reason to cheer, because it
took way too long for them to get appetizers out to a single
both teams have gotten out their appetizers. Now, Virginia and
Gabe have their work cut out for them, as they're on entrées.
Ramsay asks for a time for some meat, and Gabe says 10 minutes,
because it's not well-done yet. Ramsay isn't impressed.
Meanwhile, Virginia has a Wellington ready, but Ramsay tells her
the meat isn't cooked. Moments later, when asked for a time for
the Wellington, Virginia says she doesn't know. She's clearly
flustered, and Ramsay isn't liking this one bit. And at a red
table, some hungry customers seem to be losing their patience.
Then, a fire is started in the red kitchen! It doesn't last
long, though. And as if it wasn't clear enough that Virginia is
getting desperate, after being told by Mary Ann that their veal
stock isn't going to pass for lamb stock, she goes over to the
blue kitchen to ask the guys for lamb stock! Needless to say,
the guys refused.
customers who have had plenty of wine but very little food start
chanting, "I want my food! I want my food!" The stress is
really starting to take its toll, especially on Ramsay, who
tells the teams to listen to it! He then decides that he can't
take it anymore, and he has the kitchens shut down. JP has to
tell the customers the bad news, and they're disappointed.
Methinks a good number of them didn't see the first season of
this show, then.
of a mess
restaurant is closed, Ramsay has the teams lined up, and tells
them that it's safe to say there aren't any winners this time.
Well, duh. But he still has to pick a losing team, from which
one person will be eliminated. He mentions the red team's
unnecessary cheering after they finally got something served,
and also mentions a bunch of staring from the blue team,
especially from Larry. So, though not much came out of the
kitchen, Ramsay will base his decision on what did come out of
there. With that, he declares the red team to be the losing
team, due to 0 entrées served from their kitchen. Ramsay then
says that it was when Heather swapped places with Polly that the
team finally got food served, so it will be up to Heather, as
the best of the worst, to nominate 2 of her teammates for
Out in the
backyard, Heather asks the other ladies how they feel. Maribel
says she's upset that she didn't get the chance to work the hot
line. Polly felt like an idiot. She says that when Sara tried
to get her to say 2 minutes, she didn't, because she didn't want
to lie. The other ladies apparently felt the same way. Then,
when Heather is on her own, Sara comes in and apologizes for the
cheer. But Heather doesn't seem so forgiving. Meanwhile,
Virginia doesn't like that she couldn't get food out properly.
But Heather tells her that she doesn't want her to go home.
Seems like things aren't looking too good for Polly or Sara...
The worst of
for the first elimination of the season. The blue team is
sitting at a table in the dining room, ready to see which member
of the red team will have the dubious honour of being the first
one gone. Ramsay confirms that Heather has made her decision,
then asks for the first nomination. Heather chooses Polly,
because she feels they could do better without her, due to her
lack of experience. Ramsay then asks for the second nomination,
and Heather chooses... Virginia. Why? "Because she didn't do
the best that she could," says Heather. Interesting.
Ramsay asks for Polly and Virginia to step forward and plead
their cases. Virginia says that she does make mistakes, but she
wants to learn to do better, and she wants to try harder next
time. Polly says she has maturity and depth that some of the
other, younger ladies lack. Ramsay notes that this is a
difficult decision, because he feels both should go. We then
see flashbacks of Virginia being flustered, and of Polly being
forced to switch to being a "donkey". Ramsay then makes his
decision, and it will be Polly who has to hand over her chef's
jacket and leave. Her inability to get anything served for the
first 90 minutes was what did her in. And at this point, Ramsay
has the feeling that none of these people deserve the prize that
awaits the winner. They all definitely need to improve, and
they'd better do it soon.
just the beginning of this journey through Hell. Let's see what
the next episode has in store, shall we?
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