Five Chefs Remain - July 24|
Last week, the
blue team lost an inspirational challenge, but despite their
punishment, they managed to complete their dinner service for
the first time, while the red team had trouble getting a single
entrée served. And though it seemed that Sara was more likely
to be eliminated, it was Maribel that was sent packing. 5
remain, and a change is looming...
Talk of a merge
to the dorms, Virginia is on her bed, in tears after having been
on the chopping block once again. And who comes to try to
comfort her? Sara. Yeah, I'm surprised, too. Even though she
still thinks Virginia won't last much longer. We'll see...
Meanwhile, outside, the blue team is chatting, and Heather says
the teams are gonna merge. Keith thinks there will be one more
round with red vs. blue, but Heather seems certain of the merge,
mentioning that the next day will see them competing in
individual challenges, adding that the winner will pick someone
to come with them. Sounds like Heather really paid attention to
the first season. After she left, though, the guys seem to make
an agreement where if one of them wins, he'll pick the other.
Basically, Keith and Garrett plan on watching each other's
backs, as they're the only 2 guys left.
She knew it was
The next day,
still in the dorms, and it seems like Heather and Keith are
really getting along. Heather remembers Keith's prediction a
while ago of the 2 of them being the final 2 [and at this point,
it really seems likely], but she's also wary of the possibility
that he may have a deal with someone else. At 7:51AM, the teams
are lined up in the dining room, and Ramsay congratulates them
for getting this far. He then announces that they will now
become one team. Just like Heather expected. Ramsay then asks
each of them, starting with Virginia, to step forward, and
receive new chef's jackets with black on the shoulders instead
of the team colors. Then, he tells them to go and get changed,
and return in 10 minutes. Needless to say, they're all excited.
minutes later, the newly merged team is ready, and Ramsay gives
them their first individual challenge (again, as Heather
expected). They will be shown 10 ingredients, and in 20
minutes, they'll have to create "something special". The winner
of this challenge will take a trip to Las Vegas, and they'll get
to see the restaurant that the overall winner of this
competition will be running! After making sure that they all
want this reward, Ramsay unveils the ingredients; fresh prawns,
a loin of veal, baby spinach, lentils, saffron, fresh truffles,
Jerusalem artichokes, turnips, mushrooms, and white beets.
With that, the
20 minutes begins. Basically, this is the type of test that
Ramsay usually gives potential chefs before hiring them. As
they go, he also warns them that some of those ingredients
require the entire 20 minutes to cook. Garrett feels that he
needs to step up after not doing so well in the last dinner
service. Keith felt that he was in a hurry, since he had up to
5 pans going. Sara felt she didn't have enough time to cook the
lentils. Soon enough, time is up, and the chefs rush to plate
their dishes. Everyone has their dishes covered and ready, and
Ramsay begins judging...
- Veal over the prawn and mushroom, with a bit of saffron
Ramsay says the
veal was cooked perfectly, and it tastes nice, but there's too
much saffron in the prawns.
- Fresh saffron prawns over a bed of wilted spinach and
He says it's
nice, but there's some dirt on the spinach. Heather says she
washed the spinach, but apparently, it wasn't washed enough.
- Chiffonade of spinach and beet tops, and poached prawns
garnished with truffles
He says the
prawns are delicious and vibrant. He wishes she could have
cooked like this the night before.
- Grilled veal, with a sauce where she "toasted the shells from
He says the
presentation is boring, but it works well in terms of flavor.
- Veal chops stuffed with wild mushrooms and spinach over a
Ramsay says he
managed an amazing color on the veal, that makes him want to
dive in, and it's delicious.
felt that they've all done better than he expected with this, so
this will be a very tough decision to make. But he has narrowed
it down to Keith and Virginia. After some pondering, Ramsay
then gives the win to... Keith! He's excited. But of course,
there's more; he can bring someone with him to Vegas! (Again,
Heather saw this coming.) This presents an interesting
dilemma. Does he choose Garrett, since he's the only other guy
there? Does he choose Heather, whom he predicted would join him
in the final 2? Keith takes his time, thinking about his
decision. Finally, he decides to choose... Virginia, because
her dish was the second-best in the challenge. Interesting.
Virginia is clearly excited, while Garrett is disappointed,
feeling that Keith just proved himself to be a liar.
there's a punishment for those who aren't going to Vegas; the
whole restaurant is being fumigated tonight, to make sure it's
bug-free and ready for the next dinner service. So, they'll
have to wrap everything up in both kitchens. Ramsay then tells
Keith and Virginia to get changed, and they head back to the
dorms to do so. Meanwhile, Heather and Sara start cleaning up
the dishes, while Garrett, arms crossed, just stands there for a
moment, seemingly ticked. Back in the dorms, Virginia thanks
Keith for picking her, but he mentions to her that he told
Garrett he was originally gonna pick him, and he's gonna go nuts
Oh, how I wish
I could go to Vegas...
Back in the
kitchens, the others have begun to wrap everything up in plastic
wrap. And I mean everything. But Garrett's mind is
preoccupied. You can probably guess why. Soon enough, he
decides to just go and take care of something, and Heather says,
"Oh, my God. Better not be knives back in the dorm."
Considering Garrett has been in jail before, I'd say that's a
legitimate concern. Anyway, Garrett heads into the backyard,
sees Keith, and starts yelling at him about breaking his word.
Keith says he made a mistake, and he apologizes, but he was torn
because of how well Virginia did in the challenge. But Garrett
is still angry, and in a confessional, he says he hopes the
plane (that Keith and Virginia will take to get to Vegas)
crashes. Oh my...
But it doesn't
crash, and Keith and Virginia make it safely to Las Vegas, where
a red limo is waiting for them. They see Red Rock Casino, and
Keith does his impression of a slot machine going off after a
win. They pull up to the casino, and who was there to greet
them? Ramsay. He welcomes them, then says they'll be meeting
the restaurant's architect. Back at the kitchen, the others
complete the big job of wrapping everything up. But the sous-chefs,
Mary Ann and Scott, let them know that the punishment isn't over
yet. It turns out that the 3 of them will be the ones spraying
the kitchen to get rid of any bugs. The sous-chefs give them
the equipment and protective gear needed, and they tell them to
Back in Vegas,
Ramsay introduces Keith and Virginia to Albie Colotto, the main
guy behind the construction of the restaurant that one of the 5
will win. Albie then brings them to the site that it will be
located. I say "will be", because it's still under construction
at this point. Both Keith and Virginia are looking around, and
they're imagining their dream restaurants in that area. Ramsay
then tells them that he had to borrow £25,000 from the bank when
he opened his first restaurant back in October '93, and he was
sweating for a couple of years to pay it back. And that
restaurant wasn't even 1/3 the size of this. So, really, this
will indeed be a dream come true for whoever wins this. Ramsay
then says that he planned a night on the town for them. Sounds
isn't fun is the fumigation that Heather, Garrett, and Sara have
to do. Sara mentions that she had 6 eyes when she had her gear
on (meaning she had her glasses under the goggles). And she
tries a Darth Vader impression. Oooooookay... Meanwhile, Keith
and Virginia are back in the limo, really enjoying themselves.
Then later, as they are walking along, they see a replica of the
Eiffel Tower. Keith kids around, saying that JP is there, and
Virginia mentions that he's Belgian. Overall, they had a fun
night. Back in L.A., after completing the fumigation, the
others return to the dorms at 2:17AM, and Garrett is again
expressing why he's ticked. Heather tells him that she feels
uncomfortable when he gets angry. Garrett then mentions that
after having been put in a youth anger program, he would never
lay a hand on another human being again. I hope he sticks to
that, especially once Keith returns...
the dinner service
At 9:43AM the
next day, one has to wonder if Garrett has been able to calm
down after getting some sleep. Keith and Virginia return, and
Keith says that Garrett is gonna kill him. Garrett is holding a
knife. Uh-oh... Thankfully, though, he puts it back. Upon
arriving back in the dorms, Virginia begins to mention what it
was like in Vegas, and how the winner's restaurant is still
under construction. But Keith is not saying much, as he doesn't
want to rub it in anyone's faces. Garrett doesn't want to know
all that information yet, however, because he feels he'll get
enough information about it after winning. He'd better improve
after what happened in the previous dinner service, then...
At 3:23PM, prep
has begun, and Heather is explaining a few things to Sara. As
usual, Sara doesn't like it. Then, JP calls Keith over, and
lets him know that Ramsay was so delighted with his special the
day before, that he wants it on the menu tonight! He then asks
for the wording of the dish. Scott, who is hearing this, asks
if it'll be the "Cha-Ching Veal" (a reference to Keith's
signature dish back on the first day), and Keith says to just
call it "veal chop". Keith felt honoured that his dish was
going to be on the menu. Then, minutes before Hell's Kitchen
opens, Ramsay has a few things to say. Firstly, the pressure is
really on, since it's now just the 5 of them serving the whole
dining room (fully booked). Secondly, among the tables, there
is now a 12-top, a circular table that seats 12. And he wants
the whole table served all at once when the time comes to do
so. Sounds like quite the challenge, but are they up for it?
cooking in the blue kitchen tonight.]
A big group, a
big mistake, and big, um...
Restaurant open. Customers enter and order. Cooking the
appetizers this time is Heather and Sara (it doesn't sound like
a good idea to have those 2 team up), and Sara is handling the
scallops. After Ramsay reads out an order, he reminds Sara that
they only need to be turned once, or else they'll be
overcooked. It is then mentioned that they're overcooked.
Heather reminds her to watch those scallops, then Ramsay yells
at Sara about using a nonstick pan to sauté the scallops (the
pans she is using aren't nonstick). He then calls over Heather
with the risotto, so he can taste it. Ramsay spits it out,
saying it's bland. With that, he tells both of them to stop,
clam down, and start again. Meanwhile, in the dining room, we
see plenty of customers ordering Keith's veal chop. Ramsay has
noticed this after seeing the tickets, and mentions to Keith
that his special is on fire (thankfully not literally).
Heather has a second risotto attempt ready, and Ramsay says it's
spot-on. He then tells her to keep making them that way, before
acknowledging that Sara is finally using a nonstick pan for the
scallops. With that, appetizers are now flying out to the
dining room. Now, for the entrées. Ramsay asks Garrett how the
chicken is doing, and he gets good news. At 7:56PM, the team is
on a roll, with entrées now being served. Garrett is on meat,
and Keith is on fish. Virginia is on vegetables, and she is
dealing with 20 different veggies with which to garnish the
entrées. And she has run into a problem with some of them.
Ramsay tells her to get a grip and start concentrating. Then,
Garrett has some bad news; the chicken won't be ready soon
enough. Ramsay does like that he's communicating by mentioning
the problem, but the fact is, there's still a problem. And he
wants Garrett and Virginia to both get going so they don't fall
has veggies ready, and Garrett has rushed his chicken to the
pass. But maybe he shouldn't have rushed it; it's raw. Raw
chicken is inedible and dangerous to serve. That was a huge
mistake that Garrett made, but he says he only did it because
it's faster. Another mistake. Ramsay yells at him about it,
then decides to have Garrett and Keith switch stations. Soon
after that, Keith has gotten the meat station under control, and
after getting some dishes to the pass, Ramsay compliments him on
the Wellington being cooked perfectly.
At 8:53PM, we
are told that 83 of the 100 entrées have been served. Since the
group that will occupy the 12-top hasn't arrived yet, that means
5 are still waiting. And one of those 5 has lost her patience.
She heads up to the hot plate and looks to speak to Ramsay. He
says he just needs 30 seconds, but she doesn't seem to care.
She asks how long her food will take, and this is what Ramsay
says: "Would you mind taking your breasts off my hot plate?"
That's Gordon Ramsay for ya. This made her angry, and she flips
over food that was about to be served! As the chefs and various
customers see what happened with looks of shock on their faces,
Ramsay asks for security to escort the woman out.
And the timing
of this couldn't be worse, because at 9:16PM, a group of 12 has
arrived. Yep, it's time for the 12-top. Ramsay lets the team
know that they have arrived, as they are presumably working to
redo the dishes that the angry customer wrecked. The 12-top is
all women, and after taking their orders, JP informs Ramsay that
they're having a bachelorette party. Ramsay relay this to the
team, telling them not to screw it over. He then reads the
order for the appetizers, and Heather and Sara get to work.
Ramsay also mentions that this is the last table. Sounds like
they managed to get the others done in time, then. Anyway,
Ramsay asks Sara about how big the scallops are, and she says
they're medium size. Ramsay gets a good look, and tells her to
clean her glasses, because they're "massive".
women have started their bachelorette party, and JP asks whether
or not the other 11 are married. They say no. This seems to
intrigue him. Back in the kitchen, the appetizers are still
being cooked, and Heather says in a confessional that it's hard
working with Sara because she doesn't listen. Despite this,
they manage to get the 12 appetizers to the pass, and Ramsay
approves of them. The dishes are served, and the 12 are
enjoying them. Now, back to the entrées. Virginia and Garrett
are both hoping to redeem themselves here, as Ramsay reminds
them again that it's the last order. There's another slight
problem with the veggies, but it's easily taken care of. Then,
when Ramsay calls for carrots, Garrett apparently thought he
heard his name, and says, "Yes, chef?" Ramsay tells him he said
still having trouble, though, keeping track of which veggies are
needed for each dish. Then, at one point, Ramsay asks what
she's doing, and she says she's getting the tortellini. Just
one problem; there's no tortellini on the order. But Virginia
thought there was, and this leads to more yelling from Ramsay.
She then says to herself that she's losing it. But she's not
the only one with problems; Garrett has brought some salmon to
the hot plate, but it looks mangled and messy. Ramsay asks if
that's the best salmon he can do, and Garrett says yes. Ramsay
tells him what's wrong with it, and tells him to get a grip.
Back at the 12-top, JP is apparently getting along with the
ladies. Ramsay calls him over, though, and asks him if he's
trying to lose his virginity. JP seemed insulted at that.
In the kitchen,
Ramsay asks Garrett what temperatures he's making the salmon,
and thankfully, Garrett gives the correct temperatures. He felt
that he was able to rally back, but will it be enough to somehow
save him later? Anyway, the team keeps it going, and at 9:56PM,
they manage to get the entrées served to the 12-top!
Apparently, the group of 12 didn't bother with dessert, because
that means they have completed the dinner service! And in under
3 hours, no less! Simply amazing!
decision to make
The team is
lined up in the kitchen as the customers are leaving, and Ramsay
congratulates them for the completion of this service. The fact
that they've served the 12-top made it that much better! But
Ramsay has one issue; they didn't work as a team. He mentions
that Heather and Sara didn't exactly gel on appetizers, he tells
Sara that she had a rough service, and he tells Heather that she
has been inconsistent. Ramsay then says that they would still
be trying to serve food at this moment if he hadn't switched
Garrett away from the meat. He also mentions that Virginia put
herself in trouble tonight. That leaves Keith as the best of
the bunch, without any doubt. So, it'll be up to him to
nominate 2 of the others for elimination.
In the dorms,
we hear that Keith is only sure of one thing; he won't nominate
Heather. Garrett then enters the backyard where Keith is
sitting by himself, and expresses his hope that Keith won't
nominate him. He says he can only hope for some more time in
order to continue progressing. Keith then tells him as he heads
back inside, "You are in." Garrett says he'll be shocked if
he's nominated. Then, Sara joins Keith outside, and pleads her
case, saying she thought it was hard working with Heather. A
little later, Keith enters a bedroom, where Virginia is
sitting. She says she doesn't want to go up on the block yet
again. Keith then says he'll probably just make a last-minute
decision out in the dining room.
The team is
lined up in the dining room, once again ready to find out who is
leaving. Ramsay confirms that Keith has made a decision, then
asks for the first nominee. Keith chooses... Virginia, because
she kept messing up during the dinner service. As for the
second nominee, Keith chooses... Garrett. Ramsay wonders why he
chose him, and Keith responds that he's just going by who did
worse, regardless of who his friends are. So, with that, Ramsay
asks Virginia and Garrett to step forward.
Why do they
each believe they should stay? Garrett promises that his next
performance will be his best, and he has so much more to give.
Virginia, who may be getting used to this whether she likes it
or not, says she loves making food for people, and she wants to
keep trying to do things right. Ramsay says this is a tough
decision for him, and we see flashbacks of Garrett being told
about the raw chicken, and Virginia being yelled at. With that,
Ramsay decides that... Virginia is... staying. Garrett is going
home. As he takes off his jacket, Ramsay reminds him of the raw
chicken. Undoubtedly, that was what ultimately led to his
elimination. After he leaves, Ramsay tells the final 4 that
though they should aspire as individuals, they still need to
remember to work as a team.
Next week, the
final 4 will face a big challenge; cooking in their own
"restaurants" at a construction site. At the dinner service,
Ramsay has invited 3 master chefs to dine in Hell's Kitchen,
putting more pressure on the team than ever. And wouldn't you
know it; it looks like Sara may challenge Ramsay's authority
again! Either way, though, they're saying we'll see the most
shocking elimination yet!