Nine Chefs Compete
Last time in Hell, the chefs were trying
to micro-manage their meals in a tapas-themed week, but J was
micro-managed out the door in the middle of service when he set both
kitchens back. And believe it or not, the same fate will befall ANOTHER
chef tonight? Who? Read on.
Giovanni is rallying the team around a
victory, but Carol keeps rallying around her personal defeat. She keeps
saying that Andrea is out for Andrea. But the big problem for the Blues
continues to be Lacey. She wants to learn, but she's not willing to
learn from her teammates.
Next morning, Chef Ramsay rallies the
chefs together to master the art of the tartare, a raw dish made with
finely chopped meat or fish. Today, they're learning tartare of beef and
tartare of scallops. Only one thing... The beef tartare is actually
tuna, and the scallop tartare is actually sea bass. Ramsay offers a
taste. Will their palates fool them, or will they detect that something
Our bet's on the former.
To be a great chef, you have to have a
great sense of taste. That's why this week, we're having a taste test.
LA sits out.
- Ben vs. Andrea on filet of beef.
BEN: Sirloin of Beef
- Ben vs. Andrea on fried egg white and beets
- Ben vs. Andrea on romaine lettuce
BEN: Diced romaine
ANDREA: Celery. Blues lead, 3-2
- Robert vs. Giovanni on turnip
ROBERT: Cream of broccoli
- on pea tendrils
- on lobster
GIOVANNI: poached egg yolk
- on black truffles
ROBERT: "I don't know."
GIOVANNI: "Tastes like (^_^) whatever it was." Score still 3-2, Blues.
Carol and Lacey are next.
- Calf's liver
LACEY: Foie gras
- Broccolini is a wash.
- Sweet potato
BOTH correct. Reds lead, 5-4
All comes down to Paula and Danny. They
will have to taste and entire dish, minestrone soup. They have to
identify 10 ingredients. Chicken stock... carrot... celery... beans...
bacon... are five of the ingredients. The Reds hold the lead to win,
8-7. As a reward, they're given the star treatment with a photo shoot
for TV Guide. The Blues will also take part, but not before cooking and
serving lunch for them AND prepping the kitchens again.
It's just a matter of picking up and
really banging it out tonight, but for now, the Red Team awaits. And no,
Lacey isn't looking forward to it.
Meanwhile, the Red Team gets a lesson in
how to deal with the media from TV Guide west coast bureau chef Craig
Tomashoff, the Blue Team gets flak for missing the essentials... water..
salt... pepper... silverware... flash bulbs... Lacey mouthing off
again... Ben trying to keep Lacey working.
Andrea's beginning to love the lifestyle
of the celebrity chef, while Ben is beginning to be eaten away at the
punishment, getting an internal pilot light lit. And no, Lacey isn't
helping.... in every sense of the phrase.
Fastforward to 5:47p, and both teams are
prepping their kitchens for the opening rush to come in 13 minutes.
"JP, let's go. Open Hell's Kitchen,
Tonight, there are some celebrities in
the house, namely Eric McCormack ("Trust Me" on TNT) and Robert Patrick
(from "The Unit").
Paula starts with an inedible risotto,
over salty. Robert's delivering oversized portions on the appetizers,
and Ben is brought on to help. They serve appetizer after appetizer,
while Paula is trying her risotto again.. and it's perfect.
Forty-five minutes in, and it's the first
VIP order for the Blues. Danny puts 110 in his work every time, and it
shows. Carol is ready to judge everyone else, while Ramsay warns that
we're going to be in the f'ing S if they don't ramp it up.
Lacey, on the other hand, is stymied.
She's on meat and she has no idea what she's doing. The rest of the team
help her. And now we have fire. All together, she's lost.. She can't
cook meat and she's tucked away to the closet for a motivational kick in
the ass. Lacey returns to the blue kitchen. Ben tries to help and ends
up injuring himself. Robert has handled appetizer, while his pants get
Over in the Red Kitchen, Carol is getting
it together again. She can't answer any of Andrea's questions, so the
Dory comes back overcooked. Carol and Andrea go at it over that. But the
red diners are enjoying their entrees while the blue diners are still
And after a miscarved lamb, Ramsay's at
his wit's end with Lacey. He ushers into the closet after her and tells
her to remove her jacket. She's been disastrous on both ends of the
kitchen. Sorry, Lacey, but this order is to go.
Now that Lacey's gone, it's time for the
Blues to make up some lost ground. They make that push, Meanwhile, Carol
has to refire lamb to make it well-done. Wellington is not done yet on
LA's side. Meanwhile, the men continue to rally to the finish line,
while Carol is wondering where the chicken.
... but it's too late. The Blues finish
their orders and get the order to clear it down for the night. They win
the service and the accolades from an all-too-appreciative Ramsay, and
the Reds have to nominate two for elimination tonight.
We have Carol/Andrea and Carol/LA... and
Carol/LA. Gio's going to make a decision... LA. LA nominates
In the end, they still have not come to a
consensus. But LA (not superb) and Carol (had a few bad services)... AND
Andrea are sent to the block.
Andrea gave herself a 6. She thinks that
LA could go home. LA says that she can cook her ass off. Carol would
give anything to redo tonight, wanting to send Andrea home.
Eliminated tonight... is... not Carol OR
Andrea. LA is sent home.
"LA was a real workhorse in the kitchen.
I kicked her out because she lacked two crucial skills to be a great
chef... leadership and creativity."
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