Three Chefs Remain - August 7|
Virginia said that she's good at challenges, but not so good
during dinner services. And according to last week's episode,
she's right. She didn't do well during service, but because she
won the challenge, she was guaranteed a spot in the final 3.
So, it was Sara that wound up going home. There's only 3 left,
and the end is drawing near...
Was it a plot?
return to their dorms after such an intense elimination, and
Virginia is crying this time. But this time, it's out of
confusion, not necessarily because that was her 5th time on the
block, despite the immunity. She explains to Heather that while
she told her earlier that she didn't want to stay, she just
couldn't say so in front of Ramsay. Heather then remembered
that she had told Sara that she wasn't going because of what
Virginia said earlier. But then, Virginia reveals that her
theory was to eliminate Sara! Wow. If that was really her
intention this whole time, then... Wow. Then, later, as all 3
are outside, Virginia asks if the others feel she's better than
Sara. But Heather and Keith don't respond, except with yawns.
Well, it is getting late, and they could use some sleep... But
after Virginia heads back inside, Keith mentions that it'll
still be him and Heather in the finals. It's really looking
likely now, but again, we'll see...
The next day,
as Keith is brushing his teeth, Virginia is suddenly asking
Heather assorted questions about what she does in a service.
Yeah, she's definitely determined not to screw up the next one.
But Heather doesn't appear to be responding. And it's
apparently annoying her. Later, the remaining 3 chefs enter the
kitchen to see that Chef Ramsay is cooking something. He takes
a bit of a break from that to let them know that they have done
very well to get this far, but he needs to show them what it'll
take to be successful in Vegas. With that, he shows them what
he was just cooking; his signature dish. He tells them to smell
it, then taste it. Then, suddenly, Ramsay gives them their next
challenge; re-create that dish in 20 minutes! And with that,
the time starts immediately!
This is going
to be a very difficult challenge for these 3, because they don't
have the recipe, and they're not told what's in it. They only
have their sense of taste to tell them what to use. As they
cook, Ramsay lets them know that the dish will remain there so
they can refer to it again and again during the cooking. As
they cook, we find out some significant ingredients that each
chef has chosen for the dish...
Keith - Chilean
Virginia - Wild Striped Sea Bass
For the puree,
Virginia noted that it was creamy and starchy, liked mashed
potatoes. As a result, that's what the others were using. But
she didn't think that that was it. Once she saw some beans on a
speed rack and smelled them, she had a feeling that that's what
it was. So...
Keith & Heather
- Mashed Potatoes
Tuscan White Beans
When it came to
sauce, Keith had a feeling that he knew that it was Israeli
couscous, but he wasn't about to reveal it to the others. But
somehow, Virginia figured it out, and saw that he was trying to
hide it. So, they both ended up using the couscous. As for the
Keith & Heather
Basil & Grapefruit
all 3 have their dishes ready, and it's time for Ramsay to
decide who came closest to his dish. So, he starts with
Heather's dish. He says it's tasty, and notes the cilantro. He
then tries Virginia's dish, and after she says she used some
basil for seasoning, Ramsay notes that difference between her
dish and Heather, though both were good. Then, Ramsay tries
Keith's dish, and he mentions a nice balance, with a nice,
creamy puree. Afterwards, he says that all 3 dishes were good,
though quite different. And it turns out that one of them has
all 3 elements (fish, puree, sauce) that are spot-on. And the
one that made that dish is... Virginia! Ramsay tells her that
she has a palate, and now, she needs to use it. And the reward
for winning is a good one; she gets to spend time with Ramsay,
to learn a few things about not only cooking, but also running
the hot plate! And he'll even share a few secrets with her
that'll help! As for Heather and Keith, they'll be dealing with
some assignments to be given to them by JP.
But first, the
3 have a chance to sit outside to reflect on the challenge.
Heather and Keith cannot believe that Virginia did it again!
Keith asks Virginia about the puree that she used, wondering if
it was just the beans in there, and she explains her discovery
of them when she was looking for bacon. Heather then says that
the recipe is in Ramsay's book. We then see a flashback of the
shopping from last week, when Virginia decided to get one of his
books. So, maybe Heather is trying to say that Virginia knew
the recipe beforehand? Well, either way, Keith is still
confident that Virginia won't make it through the next service,
and he and Heather plot to make it happen. Hmm...
arrives back in the kitchen for some training with Ramsay, and
he tells her that it would be wise to ask as many questions as
she can. Meanwhile, Heather and Keith head to the dining room
to meet with JP, who gives them a rather daunting task;
polishing silverware and glasses. For the entire restaurant!
As they get going, Virginia is getting tips on how to properly
cook some fish. And yes, the others are watching as they
polish. After having given Virginia some tips on cooking, he
decides to move on to showing her how to expedite, or run the
hot plate, which is what Ramsay has done in each of the past
services. Since those who get to the final 2 will have to do
that, this should really come in handy if she gets there.
During this, Heather is telling Keith that Ramsay is essentially
telling Virginia how to win. Keith says she won't grasp it,
though. Back in the kitchen, Virginia takes a shot at calling
out an order, with Ramsay and the sous-chefs at the stations.
Heather thinks this is starting to become a bit unfair. Then,
Ramsay advises Virginia to try scaring the chefs when
expediting, so they won't forget what they have to do. Virginia
gives it a shot, and he seemed to like it! It's certainly
giving Virginia plenty of confidence! And, of course, Heather
is just like, "Whatever."
back in the dorms, Heather tells Virginia that either she does
have a good palate, or she saw the recipe for Ramsay's signature
dish in his book. Virginia says she didn't see it in the book.
She swears that she didn't see it as Keith enters the room, and
she doesn't think Ramsay would pick a dish that was in a book
that she bought in front of him. But Keith says that it's
possible that Ramsay likes her. Things seem to be getting tense
now... But later, at bedtime, Heather and Keith are laughing it
up in one room, while Virginia is alone in another. She knows
she's the outsider here, and it's really quite hard for her
because of it.
takes to win
The next day,
the chefs are in the kitchen with the sous-chefs, and Scott is
explaining to them that they're going to get a crash course in
"Ramsay 101" today. With that, they begin prep. Keith says
he's just going to keep his pants up and cook. Heather is
determined to win this, even if Virginia did get plenty of
advice from Ramsay the other day. And Virginia? She just wants
to prove her doubters wrong. Then, minutes before the dinner
service, Ramsay lines them up for a few words. He says that
this will determine the 2 finalists, and that he considers all 3
of them equal at this time. So, for tonight's service, each of
them will get their chance to expedite for a while! Basically,
he wants to see who has the qualities to lead a group of chefs.
With that in mind, he gets them going, and tells JP to open the
Taking turns at
the hot plate
strikes 7PM, and Hell's Kitchen is indeed open. At this time,
we find out that 6 tables have been added to the dining room,
meaning more customers to serve. Plus, the sous-chefs will be
helping out with the cooking this time around. Early on, we get
a bad sign, as Virginia has burnt 2 of the salmon, and she lets
the others know, before throwing it in the bin. Ramsay wants to
see it for himself, though, and he asks her to get it out of the
bin so he can see it. Upon seeing it, he tells her not to just
throw it away without care next time. A little later, Ramsay is
wondering where the chicken is, and Heather says she's getting
it, mentioning that it just needed 30 seconds. Ramsay tells her
that she should have mentioned it beforehand. But after she
gets the chicken up there, Ramsay notes that it was burnt.
It's not a good
start, but that's not going to stop Ramsay from carrying out his
plan of letting the chefs take turns at the hot plate. So, with
that, Keith gets the first shot. He starts off alright, but
then, we hear Ramsay whispering to Scott to overcook the
spaghetti! The idea with that is that one important aspect of
expediting is quality control, meaning you have to be able to
spot problems with dishes. And this is basically a test to see
if Keith can spot the spaghetti being overcooked. Scott brings
it up to the pass, and Keith checks it. And sure enough, he
spots it, bringing it back to Scott. So, with that test passed,
Keith continues. However, Ramsay hasn't seen any leadership
qualities from Keith yet, and he lets him know about it. He
wants Keith to run the brigade, not the other way around.
calls out an order (1 bass and 1 salmon), and gets responses
from Heather and the sous-chefs, but not Virginia. But he
doesn't do anything about it. Ramsay lets him know, and he asks
Virginia what he called out. But she says that all she can
remember is the salmon, and she lost track of things. So,
Ramsay tells Keith to repeat the order, and he does so. But
after asking for a time, Virginia stumbles for a moment, before
saying 3 minutes. Ramsay tells Keith that he should be telling
them what the time should be, and so, Keith says it needs to be
2 minutes. Heather could tell that Keith was having trouble
controlling the pass, and found herself trying to take some
control. And it shows, as even though Keith is supposed to be
running things, it's Heather that has taken some control.
Eventually, Ramsay takes over again, and tells Virginia to get
moving, before sending Keith back onto his station.
At 8:06PM, only
25 of the 124 customers have gotten appetizers and entrées. And
now, it's Heather's turn to lead the kitchen at the hot plate.
She starts by moving quickly; maybe a bit too quickly, as she is
getting a bit hectic. Ramsay tells her to slow down and
breathe, because she's getting out of control. A little later,
though, Ramsay is wondering where a risotto is. Turns out that
Keith didn't make enough. Even though it's Heather's turn at
the pass, Ramsay still handles this one himself, and tells him
about it. This leads to a brief argument between Ramsay and
Keith, which ends with Ramsay telling Keith his attitude
stinks. That is, until Keith says a few words that are bleeped
out. Ramsay yells at him some more about his attitude, saying
he's tempted to kick him out right then and there. Things are
definitely not looking good for the last guy in the competition.
At that point,
Ramsay lets Heather step back in, and she asks for a time on the
risotto. Keith stalls for a moment, then says 7 minutes, but
Heather asks for 6. So, it looks like things are back under
control. A good time for Ramsay to call Mary Ann into the other
kitchen for a moment, and tell her to make the mashed potatoes
for a table lumpy. This will be Heather's quality control
test. Mary Ann brings up the potatoes, and Heather checks it.
She yells back to Mary Ann to watch for chunks in it, then...
has it served? Whoops. Ramsay calls the dishes back before
they get too far, and tells Heather about her mistake. In a
confessional, Heather says she saw the lumps, but she
second-guessed herself. If she gets through to the finals, she
can't make that mistake again. With that, Heather is sent back
to her section.
At 9:03PM, over
half of the 124 customers have now been served. And now, it's
Virginia's chance to show what she can do at the pass. She
calls out the order, but Heather says she needs it repeated.
Virginia seems to not believe that, but after a moment, she does
repeat it. So far, Ramsay seems to like what he's seeing from
Virginia, so this is a good time for her quality control test.
This time, Ramsay quietly asks Scott to replace the salmon with
Chilean bass, to see if she'll notice. Scott brings up the
fish, and Virginia checks it. And... she spots it! Virginia
asks Scott where the salmon is, mentioning that she got bass
instead! It's been a good run for her at the pass, and she's
hoping to finish her turn strong. And indeed, she does. Looks
like that advice given to her the previous day really paid off!
So, with Ramsay
back in control of the hot plate, things are continuing to run
smoothly. At 10:25PM, he's hoping that the chefs will finish
this service strong, and asks them to come together as a team.
But we get communication problems between Heather and Virginia,
as Heather gave a time, but Virginia apparently didn't hear it.
After that, though, there are no further problems, and for
another consecutive dinner service, all the customers get their
Expecting to be
going home again
customers have left, Ramsay tells the 3 chefs that he has seen
what leadership qualities they have, and lets them know that a
good leader makes tough decisions each day. So, with that,
they'll each have to nominate one person whom they think should
leave tonight. He wants them to not only consider who was the
weakest in the kitchen, but also at the hot plate. He then
sends them back to the dorms to think about it.
asks the others if they'll nominate her, and Keith says she'll
probably be sent home anyway. After he heads to another room,
Virginia says she won't be surprised if she does, but Heather
mentions Keith's attitude during that service. Heather feels
that while Virginia is still weaker in the kitchen, Keith was
quiet at the pass, and she did notice the attitude problem he
had that night. She brings this up with Keith in one of the
bedrooms, and he says not to **** around. Apparently, he's not
feeling worried about being eliminated. Oh, boy... Anyway,
Virginia is packing her bags, ready to be sent home this time,
and asks Keith if he's nominating her. But Keith denies it,
claiming that Heather's yelling wasn't making sense.
Apparently, Virginia didn't exactly notice that. Hmm...
The chefs are
lined up in the dining room, ready to find out who will not make
it to the finals. Ramsay asks for Keith's nomination, and Keith
chooses... Virginia, because of not being too good in the
kitchen, and he says he was confused when she was expediting.
Moving on, Virginia chooses... Keith, because she didn't see
much leadership or passion for food from him. I guess that
means Heather is safe, and therefore, moving on to the finals,
but for her nomination, she chooses... Virginia, because even
though Keith could have been louder at the hot plate, she says
she didn't the demand for respect from her. So, with that,
Keith and Virginia steps forward.
One more chance
to plead their case, this time to see who will join Heather in
the finals. Keith, who is on the block for the 1st time, says
he wants this, it would be a dream come true, and he won't let
him down. Virginia, who is on the block for the 6th time (in 9
episodes; that has to be some sort of record or something), says
she can still be taught new tricks, and she's ready, willing,
and able. Ramsay then says that this is the toughest decision
he has had to make. We then get flashbacks; we see Keith
spotting the overcooked spaghetti, then Keith being yelled at
because of his attitude, then Virginia being confused, then
Virginia handling herself at the hot plate. At that point,
Ramsay finally announces that the person leaving Hell's Kitchen
this time is... Keith. Ramsay explains that he feels Keith
isn't ready to be a leader, and that's why he's being sent
handing over his chef's jacket, Keith doesn't appear to be
finished yet. He questions whether Virginia is a better leader
than him, and says that he has been doing a lot of leading this
whole time. Ramsay reiterates his reasoning, but Keith fires
back by saying that he thinks Ramsay has, er, something
(whatever he really said was bleeped out) for Virginia! Heather
appears shocked that he said that, but Virginia's expression
remains unchanged. Ramsay asks him why he had to be so rude,
and Keith says Ramsay has been rude to him all the time. All he
gets from that is, "So?" This was definitely not a good way for
Keith to go.
finally leaves, Ramsay addresses Heather and Virginia,
proclaiming them to be this season's finalists. He then tells
them that this is when things will get really exciting, and to
enjoy this, because one of them will be running a restaurant in
Las Vegas. He then sends them back to the dorms to get some
rest. As the ladies head back, they jump up and down, obviously
excited. When they arrive, they see a bottle of champagne
waiting for them, along with a pair of glasses. Heather then
reads aloud a message to both of them, telling them to "enjoy
the bubbles". So, they do. But not for too long, as soon
after, there's a knock on the door, and someone enters. But
who? We'll have to wait and find out...
So, it all
comes down to this. Virginia, who has been creative, takes on
Heather, who has been passionate, in the finals. This is going
to be quite interesting. I picked Heather as a favorite to win
it after the first 2 episodes aired on June 12, and I still
think she'll be the favorite to win it here. She hasn't been on
the chopping block, and she has proven to be an all-around
strong chef, both in the kitchen and at the hot plate. But you
can't underestimate Virginia; though she hasn't had that many
good dinner services, and she's been on the verge of elimination
6 times, she has proven herself in other areas, especially in
the challenges. And her time at the hot plate this week really
helped to solidify her spot in the finals. It's 2 women going
head-to-head, as Heather was hoping to see at the start of this
whole thing, and it could really go either way!
In the season
finale, a group of their former competitors will return, and
they'll have demands to be met. Plus, the finalists will face
the media in a press conference, before they begin to create
their own restaurants to go head-to-head. Then, they'll face
off at the hot plate, in one last dinner service. All that, and
we'll find out who will become Executive Chef of a restaurant at
the Hard Rock resort in Las Vegas next week!