Twelve Chefs Compete
Last time in Hell's Kitchen, breakfast was served. But with dinner came a
side of sabotage. In the end, BOTH kitchens were shut down and Seth was sent
home. And Lacey... was sent to the Blue Team. Will she curry any favor there, or
is it going to get too hot for her?
The teams retire to the dorms, while the Red Team is dancing in celebration.
Ben said that the blue team is not looking for another Seth. Lacey is just
asking for another chance, and if she sucks, then PLEASE put her for
The next morning, the chefs are sent to Asian market Marukai for today's
challenge... Asian fusion (combining cuisines to make exciting new dishes).
We'll have to make one poultry, one fish, and one beef dish. Each team has $100
to spend and 25 minutes to spend it. They'll be tested on their teamwork and
their ability to innovate.
The Red Team stops to organize, while the Blue Team works as they go. Andrea
likes to spout her mouth off. Lacey just want to be heard.
Both teams arrive at the checkout in time and in budget.
Back in the kitchen, Ben takes Lacey under her wing. Meanwhile, Danny &
Robert and Giovanni & J are feeling confident. The Red Team duos are still stuck
on pause. Lacey's... still trying to make a contribution.
All the chefs' dishes are plated. They'll be judged by editor-in-chef of
Epicurious.com Tanya Steele. Andrea's stoked. Giovanni... not so much. Winning
team will be featured on the epicurious.com website.
Carol & Coi's Pomegranate Chicken vs. Danny & Robert's Pad Thai BBQ Chicken
WINNER: Danny & Robert
Paula & LA's Ahi Tuna Tempura Confit vs. Ben & Lacey's Pan-Seared Scallops
WINNER: Paula & LA
It all comes down to...
Colleen & Andrea's Kobe Beef Sashimi vs. J & Giovanni's... Beef Pizzaiola
WINNER: ... Colleen & Andrea! RED TEAM WINS!
The ladies are going on a day filled with surprises with an Asian influence.
The guys... and Lacey... will be making homemade fortune cookies AND decorating
the place in origami.
Back at the dorms, it seems that the guys are just as frustrated wtih Lacey
as the ladies were. Ben basically tells her not to give up. LAcey sees it as
"blowing smoke up (her) ass".
The women say that Lacey being jettisoned to the red team is a great burden
lifted off her shoulders. They start their day by... getting to beat on
Ramsay.... and Jean-Phillippe. Quality nice. Actually, the two just beat on each
other. THen the ladies beat on each other with Ramsay officiating. And by
officiating, we mean "telling them to kill each other, not kiss each other".
Back at the kitchen... Origami's proving to be way too challenging.
Meanwhile, the ladies get lit up on sake.
And irony of ironies, Lacey, the chef nobody loves, gets to teach the guys
how to make little swans.
The next day, both teams have bonded and both teams are determined to give it
their all in the dinner service tonight. Five minutes before the doors open,
Lacey tells us that Ben's been taking her under his wing. Meanwhile, the tuna
dish from yesterday was so good that Ramsay is putting it on the menu. Last
time, we went three feet back. Now it's time to go three feet forward.
"Jean-Phillippe... Open Hell's Kitchen, please."
In the blue kitchen, the pressure's on Giovanni to get the appetizers off to
a good start. And... success. The red kitchen's hoping to do the same thing.
LA... gets it. So all the appetizers are flying out of the kitchen, but wouldn't
you know it... some super duper sumos have just entered the eatery, and they
want the ENTIRE MENU. This is a fact. Ramsay splits the order between the
Lacey is emerging as a leader in the kitchen. She's motivated to kick the Red
Team's ass. She doesn't want to go home.
Andrea has burned two Wellingtons that she's hiding. J is delivering his to
the pass... and it's raw. The pan's on low. It should be high.
Colleen leaves her oven door open, just as Ramsay discovers Andrea's
Ramsay keeps calling Robert "Bobby"... Touching a nerve here. He's throwing
away a lot of food. Ramsay takes him to the back. He refuses to put anything up
that he's going to send back. It took a lot from him to hold back what he's
But he's not the only one wasting a lot of food... Enter Andrea, who's having
an off night.
Two hours in, and both kitchens are at a near standstill. Pressure is
mounting to get food out. J is screwing up all of the entrees.
The red kitchen has moved onto desserts, but some of them are coming back.
Desserts are raw. Colleen didn't know that everything was raw. Ramsay has had
it. He orders both kitchen cleared down.
This, according to the chef, was the worst disaster in the season to date. He
has to ask one thing.... why doesn't Robert look at him when he talks? Meat
sections were horrific. He can't announce a winner. LA and Giovanni though have
had good nights, so they will nominate one chef from each team for elimination.
Bobby is sent to Ramsay's office, where he notes that his childhood has been
wrought with people calling him Bobby, when his name is Robert. That one second
is a flashback, and Ramsay apologizes for it.
At the elimination, Giovanni nominates J (inconsistency), and LA nominates
Andrea (communication wasn't there).
In the end, though... NEITHER chef is sent home. Robert is called out, but
all Ramsay can tell him to do is wake up. Colleen is then called out... and is
told to turn in her jacket. The ironic thing is that she is praised by her
tenacity, and all of the chefs would be wise to follow her example.
"There was no place in the kitchen I could put Colleen where she wasn't a
disaster. It's time for her to go back to where she belongs—teaching—because she
certainly can't cook."
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