Seven Chefs Remain - July 10|
2 weeks ago, the
teams had to serve food to a bunch of kids in Hell's Kitchen's
first-ever lunch service. They managed to complete it, but they
still couldn't complete the dinner service the next day (partly
due to sabotage from Sara), and after being on the bubble for a
while, Tom was finally sent out of the kitchen. And then, there
Fallout from a sabotage
The teams return to the dorms after the elimination, and
Virginia is talking to the blue team about how much she hates
Sara. (Considering she was the target of Sara's sabotage, I
can't blame Virginia.) Then, Sara enters, and they have a few
words about it, with Sara wanting her to "get over it", and
Virginia saying she doesn't consider her a friend anymore. (At
this point, I really hate Sara.) Elsewhere, Rachel is coming off
her worst performance yet, and she is alone, thinking about what
had just happened. Meanwhile, the blue team is talking, and
though they were surprised that Virginia was on the block
instead of Rachel, they felt that it was still an easy choice
for Ramsay; Tom had to go. And now, they feel that they're a
stronger team because of it.
"False" food and a taste test
The next morning, the teams walk into the dining room, and
Ramsay asks them to sit down at a table, on which is what looks
like some high-quality food. Ramsay says that he wants to talk
about taste. But then, we find out that not all is as it seems.
The food in front of them isn't what they appear to be. The
fondue? It's really spray-on cheese from a can. The pâté? That's
crushed hot dogs. Caviar? Fake; it's from a catfish. The kabobs?
Directly from a TV dinner. Ramsay then lets them dig in and
taste the food. This oughta be interesting. The teams get
eating, and they don't seem to notice the difference. Ramsay
asks them about what they think, and they talk as if they think
the food is what it looks like. That's because they actually
think that the food is what it looks like. Ramsay then drops the
bombshell; they have no idea what they've been eating.
At that point, Scott enters, with a tray containing the
ingredients used to make the "false" food. As Ramsay explains
what the food really is, the teams are in disbelief. He then
says that since they couldn't tell what it was by taste, they
have palates like "cow's backsides". Ramsay then introduces the
next challenge; a blind taste test. Just like last year, teams
will have to identify ingredients by taste alone, while
blindfolded. Each team member gets 4 chances; most points wins.
With Rachel sitting out for the red team, Maribel and Keith get
ready, as they're up first. After Ramsay mentions that the
punishment will be to completely clean both kitchens (they
didn't get the chance to do so after being sent right to the
dorms the day before), they put on the blindfolds and
headphones. Ramsay tests the headphones to make sure they can't
hear anything (by calling Keith a sack of ****, and getting no
response), then they get started.
Round 1: Keith vs. Maribel
1. Potato - Maribel gets it, and so does Keith. [1-1]
2. Tuna - Keith says "poached salmon", but Maribel nails it.
3. Oregano - Neither of them get it. [2-1 Red]
4. Pear Chutney - Maribel says "spicy mango", but Keith gets it.
[After 1 round: 2-2]
So, though Maribel gets 2 straight at the start to take an early
lead, Keith ties it up on the last ingredient of the round.
We're all even going into the next round...
Round 2: Heather vs. Virginia
1. Sea Urchin - Virginia says "fish stock", and Heather goes
with "turbot". [2-2]
2. Chicken - Virginia and Heather both have no problem with it.
3. Hot Dog - Virginia gets it, and so does Heather. [4-4]
4. Swiss Cheese - Virginia scores, but Heather doesn't, saying
"parmesan reggiano". [After 2 rounds: 5-4 Red]
Well, they stayed even up until that last ingredient, and that
mistake on Heather's part could cost the blue team unless
Garrett can prove to have a better palate than Sara. Moving
Round 3: Garrett vs. Sara
1. Scrambled Eggs - Garrett gets it, but Sara does, too. [6-5
2. Spinach - Garrett nails it, and so does Sara. [7-6 Red]
3. Kiwi - Garrett says "pear", giving Sara a chance to win it
for the red team. She says "plum". [7-6 Red]
4. Short Rib - Garrett needs this to keep the blue team alive.
He says "turkey". No need to continue... [Final score: 7-6 Red]
With that, the red team wins it. Ramsay notes that Virginia got
the highest individual score, with 3 out of 4, then reminds the
blue team of the kitchens that need a good cleaning. He then
reveals that for the reward, the red team will join him for a
photo shoot for TV Guide. Sara likes this, because she feels
that the red team needs to regroup. (I find it surprising that
Sara thinks this, considering what she did in the previous
episode.) With that, they get changed, and head to the limo
outside, where Ramsay is waiting.
Back in the kitchens, the blue team gets started on cleaning up
the big mess, with Heather taking the red kitchen, and the guys
taking the blue kitchen. Heather isn't happy, because she's the
only lady that doesn't get to take part in the photo shoot.
Speaking of which, the red team arrives at the shoot, and they
get right to the makeup stations, where the staff gets them
ready. Soon after, Ramsay leads them in a toast to the blue
team, and he then notes "poor Heather". We then see Heather and
the guys in the back, cleaning dishes. Suddenly, Scott enters,
asking for "a volunteer for something". Garrett volunteers, and
Scott lets him know that Ramsay asked for some champagne at the
photo shoot. So, he grabs a few bottles and heads out.
Back at the photo shoot, the ladies are still getting their
makeup and hair done, and we see Garrett running all the way to
the shoot. Soon, Garrett arrives with the champagne, and he's
greeted by the ladies. While he's there, he gets a good look at
what's going on, before being sent back out by Ramsay. Soon
enough, the ladies are ready, and dressed in nice and clean
chef's jackets (with black shoulders, instead of that of the
team colour), and they join Ramsay in some group pictures. And
in the middle of the shoot, Sara, well, farts. And they can
smell it. Ew. Ramsay describes it perfectly: "That is gross."
Back at Hell's Kitchen, Garrett returns, and lets them know
about what he just did. Heather and Keith couldn't believe it.
Of course, they vow never to lose again.
Later that night, after everyone had finished doing what they
had to do, Maribel is alone in the bedroom, feeling homesick.
It's getting to her, but she is doing what she can to remain
focused. Meanwhile, outside, Heather and Rachel are chatting,
while Sara is watching. Rachel asks if Heather's side plans on
kicking butt, and Heather responds by mentioning that everyone
is gonna have to be gone at some point. They laugh for a bit,
but Sara seems disgusted at this apparent friendship. Sara
leaves, simply saying, "Give me a break." Heather and Rachel
shrug in response, then Rachel says to Heather that there's a
power struggle in the red kitchen, and they don't need a loose
cannon (i.e. Sara) in there.
Preparation and determination
The next day, both teams begin their prep for the next dinner
service, and they're determined to improve on the previous
disaster (and by that, I don't mean make things even worse
somehow). Virginia is especially determined, having been
nominated twice now. Rachel and Sara are both looking to emerge
as leaders. Keith is quite confident that one of the ladies (not
named Heather) is going home. Later, minutes before the service,
Ramsay gathers the teams together, and he expresses how
determined he is of getting this service completed. He then
sends them back to the kitchens.
Could it happen this time?
It's 7PM. The restaurant is open. As usual, the customers enter,
and their orders are taken. The teams are eager to get started;
so much so, that Heather has decided to get some spaghetti
started early, before any orders even come in! Ramsay sees this,
and immediately starts scolding her about it. That's not a good
start. Garrett tries to encourage her, but she apparently
doesn't want to be bothered at that point. Then, the orders
start coming in, and now, they can get started. Once Ramsay has
read the red team's first order, he reminds them that if they're
silent, they're in trouble. Then, once Ramsay has read the blue
team's first order, only Keith acknowledges it; the others
remain silent. Uh-oh. They do acknowledge it after being
reminded, and Ramsay says he's already feeling nervous.
In the red kitchen, Ramsay asks Maribel for a time, and she says
"3 minutes". Then, a fire erupts in Rachel's pan! Ramsay notes
this, saying her duck is being burned, then asks if this is a
sign of what's to come. Rachel says no. I wouldn't be so sure of
that answer... Then, Ramsay check's Heather's risotto at the hot
plate, and it's not good enough. He brings it back to Heather
and tells her not to take a dish off the stove until she tastes
it. As she starts it again, Ramsay tries to motivate the red
team, in his own way, of course. Soon enough, appetizers are
coming out of the red kitchen. Virginia lets Ramsay know how
many oysters are left, and he acknowledges it, reminding her not
to overcook any. He then gives her a compliment about her
communication. That's certainly a good sign for her.
Over in the blue kitchen, apparently, Keith is running things.
He's also running around, from station to station. Ramsay calls
for a time on the oyster special, and Keith says "2 minutes".
Keith then gives some orders to his teammates. With that,
appetizers are now flying out of the blue kitchen. But at that
point, one dish has been returned to the red kitchen. Ramsay
calls the ladies over, and it is noted that a black hair was on
the dish. Maribel is the one with black hair in the red kitchen,
but she says that's not hers; she thinks that hair may have come
from JP. Who knows... Back in the blue kitchen, Heather is now
helping Garrett on the meat. But it seems that Garrett didn't
appreciate it; he felt that she threw him off.
Back in the red kitchen, dishes have come up to the hot plate.
Maribel is hoping that her risotto is good enough, and... it is.
She's relieved. But there's a problem with another dish, and
Ramsay calls over Rachel, then the other ladies. He asks them to
taste the quail, and asks them what's going through their minds.
He asks what's wrong with it, and Sara says it's overcooked,
with a few bones. The others also admit it's overcooked, and
when Maribel says it's a "little" burnt, Ramsay says she needs
glasses. He even goes so far as to get JP to borrow a customer's
glasses and bring them to the kitchen! Yipes... After the
glasses get returned, Ramsay asks Rachel if she really thought
the burnt quail was going to get served. She can't get an answer
out, and this forces him to bring her out of the kitchen and to
the back for a chat. During this chat, Ramsay tells her that
she's screwing up big time. Rachel then says she won't let him
down. Yeah, too late for that. Ramsay tells her she already has,
and while she says she'll get through the entrées, he says that
he knows she can, but she just needs to actually do it! After a
bit, Ramsay sends her back in the kitchen.
2 hours in, and the red team has some catching up to do, as the
blue team has served half of their tables. But at that point, a
dish is returned to the blue kitchen. Keith is called over, and
after seeing how it ended up, and as Ramsay tries to explain
something, Keith says he "didn't send it like that". Ramsay
tells him to listen, and tells him that a customer said it had
too many bread crumbs. Ramsay continues to yell at Keith,
telling him that he was leading the team before, but he isn't
now, and he has a chance to get the team back together. He says
the other 2 are cooking like "donkeys". Ramsay then heads back
to the red kitchen, and calls for some Wellington. Rachel brings
it over, but it's rejected, because it's supposed to be medium,
not rare. Rachel then takes it back. Ramsay asks why she brought
it up when it wasn't ready, and Rachel says she was afraid to
tell him about the correct time. Ramsay then tells her that he's
really nervous for her now.
Back in the blue kitchen, Ramsay asks if there's quail being
cooked. He asks to be shown the pan, and Heather shows it.
Apparently, there was only 1 portion in there, and Ramsay
reminds her that they need 2. That doesn't look good for
Garrett, as he's supposed to be preparing the meat. Ramsay then
tells them that they only have 3 tables left, but it's getting
painful at this time. It's 3 hours in, and though the blue team
has indeed served most of their entrées, their last few tables
are losing patience. The red team is catching up, and a
compliment is thrown Virginia's way, since she's doing quite
well on the fish. Ramsay then focuses on the blue team again,
hoping to get their last entrées served. He's yelling at them as
they go, and he's telling them that they're not working as a
team at this time, since they're not communicating. But, despite
this, the blue kitchen has somehow managed to get all of their
entrées served! Now, they just need to worry about desserts...
Back to the red kitchen, and Ramsay calls for some Wellingtons.
Again, they're supposed to be medium, but it seems that Rachel
overcooked them! At that point, though, instead of telling
anyone about it and starting over, she decides to paint them
with some sauce to make them appear medium! But it'll take a lot
more than that to fool Gordon Ramsay; he can tell just by
touching it that it's overcooked. He calls Rachel over and lets
her know, and it appears that this is driving him nuts. So, with
that, he is forced to tell the teams to "shut it down". But
afterwards, he then talks to Keith, telling him he has shown
some talent, and that he can cook, but he needs to stop with the
"spoiled brat" bit.
The teams are lined up, and Ramsay tells them that he's getting
tired. Heather then raises her hand, and Ramsay gives her a
chance to speak. She says that no one on the blue team lived up
to their potential this time, not even her. Ramsay thanks her
for being honest, then tells the red team that they were 2
tables away from completing their entrées, but the blue team
managed to complete all of theirs, though the process was still
painful. He then announces that the losing team is... the red
team, due to falling short on the entrées. He then tells
Virginia that, despite being close to going home before, she
really stepped up this time, so she'll be deciding on which 2 of
her teammates will be nominated for elimination.
The teams return to their dorms, and Rachel knows that she
sucked this time. She tells Virginia that she did good, and she
says that Sara should go up on the block, since she's not a team
player. Rachel knows that she may be in trouble, but she's gonna
try to lobby to get out of being nominated. So, Rachel also
reminds Virginia of how Sara lied to her the other day. With
that, Virginia confronts Sara about it, telling her she might
pick her. Sara tries the "1 incident vs. a whole performance"
argument, then actually tells her that she enjoys working with
her. Methinks that last bit was another lie. Either way,
Virginia then goes to talk to Maribel, and she says she learns
faster than Rachel does. Hmm. Meanwhile, in the backyard, Rachel
says that if she goes, Heather had better win. Heather then says
that out of everyone, she'll miss her the most. Rachel then asks
for another favor from Heather; if Rachel goes, take Sara down.
That I wouldn't mind seeing.
As the blue team sits at a nearby table, the red team is lined
up. Ramsay asks if Virginia has made her decision, then asks for
the first nominee. Virginia chooses Rachel, because she let the
team down. Ramsay then asks for the second nominee, and
Virginia... goes into a long speech as to why she considered
nominating Sara, where she explains the whole situation about
the lying from the other day. I'm not sure exactly how long it
took, since the speech was edited down. Then, after finishing
up, Virginia chooses... Maribel? After all that? Wow. That gets
a few quiet laughs from Garrett and Keith. (I can't blame them.)
Virginia explains that Maribel is up due to some arguing with
Ramsay over the hair bit. Ramsay then says that he agrees with
her decision, and tells Rachel and Maribel to step forward.
Now, to see why they feel they shouldn't go. Rachel says that
though she knows she belongs on the chopping block, she has some
maturity that she feels most of the others don't have. Maribel
says that she feels she's not a chef yet, but she can still get
better, and she has been getting better since arriving here. At
this point, we get flashbacks of Rachel getting a lecture in the
back, and Maribel trying to say the hair in the food isn't hers.
With that, Ramsay decides that... it's Rachel who will be
leaving. But as she hands over her chef's jacket, Ramsay does
compliment her on how hard she has worked while she was here.
It's just a shame that her terrible performance in this dinner
service doomed any future progress Rachel could have made in
Next week, the teams are running around a market, and we get a
battle of the menus, as well as chaos in the kitchen, and that
chaos leads to a major cooking accident. But one team will be
making history, and the elimination will be a stunner.