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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

FACT FILE:
Host:
Gordon Ramsay
Sous Chefs: Gloria Felix, Scott Liebfried
Maitre D': Jean Philippe Susilovic

Announcer:
Jason Thompson
Creator: Paul Jackson
EP:
Arthur Smith, Kent Weed
Packager: A. Smith & Co. Productions, Granada America
Origin: Century Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Website: fox.com/hellskitchen  
Airs: Thursdays at 9pm ET on Fox

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Thirteen Chefs Compete
February 26

Eat steak, eat steak, eat a big ol' steer, eat steak, eat steak, do we have one, dear? Charlie and Giovanni didn't, and as a result, the men lost in the kitchen and sent Seth and Charlie to the block, leaving the guy who was actually responsible for the loss on the team. Charlie, who had his hand in the grinder as well, gets ground, and now 13 chefs remain.

Back at the dorm, Giovanni confronts the survivor of the last elimination... Seth. Basically put, he has no place in this competition because he doesn't believe that Seth can win in earnest. Seth dismisses the accusation, but says that they'll have to work better in the kitchen if they both want to win. Outside of the kitchen, though, is another story.

The next morning, the chefs are up early... but so are the lights in Hell's Kitchen. That's because for the first time in the show's history, they're serving breakfast. And the audience today is not the Hollywood elite (read: paid extras with nothing better to do than read casting calls), but 50 very pumped, very special athletes and cheerleaders...

... All of them children.

One of the main aspects of Hell's Kitchen (and, by extension, of Gordon Ramsay's personal philosophy) is the importance of teamwork. To that end, Chef Ramsay asks for the two strongest chefs on each team. They'll head the kitchen as the teams will cook breakfast for the football players (blue team) and the cheerleaders (red team). The team that serves all of their breakfasts will win this week's challenge.

Normally, we'd say to open up Hell's Kitchen, but the customers are already seated and hungry so... game on, playas.

As breakfast continues, the men have a good-sized lead that is blown when Robert brings up a sloppy plate that J put together and Seth doesn't make enough eggs to satisfy the crowd. Even as Coi makes rubber flying discs out of pancakes, the ladies draw even at the crucial moments coming into the homestretch. It's a race to see who'll bring their final plate to the pass first.... and when the dust clears, the ladies are given the order to clear down first. They win the challenge!

As a result of the challenge, the blue team starts to turn on each other, while the red team are informed that they're going camping.... at the Beverly Wiltshire Four Seasons, where they'll be waited on hand and foot. As for a punishment, the men have to prep both kitchens AND the dining room for tonight's dinner service.

While cleaning, the team, led by Ben, become concerned with Seth's lack of coherence. Meanwhile, Danny and Robert hatch a plot to foil the self-appointed leader, all the while failing to prep the kitchens for tonight's service. So as soon as the women come back, they have to don their unis on and head into the kitchen to assist.

But time is drawing nigh as Ramsay assembles the chefs to get ready to serve... He gives the command... "Jean-Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen."

The service doesn't start well enough for the guys as Giovanni's water fails to boil. Over on the red side, Coi is cooking spaghetti before the order comes down. Both moves do not please the head chef.  Seth's scallops come back overcooked and rubbery. But that's not the worst of the problem. If you recall, the men failed to adequately prep the kitchens, so the ladies are looking for tomato butter sauce over on the men's side. Do they have it? Not quite...

Chef Ramsay then calls Ben out on what he suspect is... SABOTAGE.

That's not the way to run a kitchen, as he orders him to cook up a batch then and there. The first batch. Terrible. The second... passable.

Coi returns to the pass with fresh spaghetti made to order... but it's dry and bland. Andrea rises up to take the lead, and as a result, half of the appetizers are finally out on the table. A few... are headed back to the kitchen.

Meanwhile, over at the blue side an hour and 15 minutes into the service, a Caesar salad returns with an unwanted ingredient... a butt of lettuce. J takes responsibility and, despite that, manages to get all the appetizers out. Moving onto entrees...

... which doesn't start well either. Seth wiped his brow with a wash rag... that was then used to wipe a pan. Ben serves up an improperly cut lamb chop, while Colleen makes up one too many Beef Wellingtons. As usual, she can't come up with an excuse as to why this has happened.

But back to Seth for a moment, as he fails to recall an order back to Ramsay. Couple that with the brow-wiping, and he's told to leave the kitchen.

All in all, with two returned spaghettis...

... one rubber scallop...

... one improperly cleaned pan...

... one extra Wellington...

... one impatient dining room...

... and one Scotsman reaching beyond the break...

BOTH kitchens are ordered shut and BOTH teams are ordered to pick two candidates for elimination. Only one person will be eliminated, though.

Back at the dorms, no one is more vocal about staying than Ben. Nevertheless, he and Seth are now marked for elimination. Over on the reds, Lacey and Colleen are sent over to Ramsay to explain themselves. Coi nominated herself, but the other teams didn't agree with her decision.

After the pleas, the person leaving Hell's Kitchen tonight... is...

... SETH.

"Seth showed that he had all the passion in the world, but the bottom line is he's a crap cook."

Before the teams adjourn themselves for the night, Ramsay orders Lacey to hand over her jacket. She's then given a new jacket. She'll be cooking for the Blues Brothers from here on.

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