Seven Chefs Compete
Last time, the chefs entertained some
Hollywood elite after having their palates run through the wringer. It
was too much for Lacey, who was ejected mid-service. That allowed the
remaining Blues to come from behind to win, and LA was also sent
Andrea and Carol go at it afterwards
about control issues. Carol can't get a full sentence out without Andrea
cutting her off. Gio says that whatever issues that need to be worked
out, work them out and go to bed so they can wake up as a team. Paula
says that this is killing us.
Next morning, the chefs take on their
next challenge. Today, we're taking a protein and evolving it. The theme
ingredient... King Crab. The challenge: create a dish involving the
theme ingredient. Come to a consensus as to what dish you want to
present to Ramsay to judge. He stresses that this is a challenge you do
NOT want to lose.
Forty-five minutes... starting NOW!
Paula can't find a chinois, and asks
Ramsay for one... "(^_^) yourself, Paula."
The cooking's done, and now to choose a
dish for each team. It's going to be Andrea's King Crusted Crab Legs...
with a shell for presentation... that Andrea's teammates WARNED her
about. Ramsay calls it bland and disgusting. Ben's dish... it's Sriracha
Crab with Vanilla and Asparagus. He didn't need to go over and over and
over about that. Ramsay says it doesn't have the wow factor.
Disappointed, Ramsay decided that BOTH
dishes weren't worth his time, so now it's Paula's dish and Danny's
dish. Paula has a Crab Cake with Basil & Coconut Soup. Danny has a
Madera Beurre Blanc King Crab.
The winner... The BLUE Team! As a reward,
they're going to Santa Monica with Ramsay with lunch on the beach...
with one more surprise. Meanwhile, the Red Team will clean the dorms
from top to bottom, then cleaning the crabs ahead of tomorrow's service.
At Santa Monica, Ramsay arrives on a
Segway. The others get their own... except for Robert, who is too heavy
for one. So he gets a bike.
And give Gordon Ramsay credit for doing
some things... but he can't pilot a Segway to save his (^_^)ing life. Oh
well, there's always lunch. Meanwhile, the girls (and Gio) are doing all
the laundry... including the skid marks.
At lunch, Ramsay says that he's looking
for a leader and that all three of the guys have a fighting chance. The
Reds start cleaning crabs while the Blues clean their plates. And Andrea
won't stop talking about it. After the Blues rub it in their faces, the
Reds are determined to get this next service in their pockets.
Twenty four hours later, it's time to get
ready for dinner service, but there's one more thing that Ramsay has...
For the first time tonight, each team will be responsible for their own
menu. Three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts. Ramsay expects
fine dining at all levels. And of course, one of the dishes has to be a
So Danny's dish is the special for the
Blues. Of course. Ben takes charge for his team's menu... and it looks
as if the teams' menus are strikingly similar. Both have halibut, red
meat, and something called "pommes fondantes".
Red Team is concerned about potatoes,
while Blue Team is concerned about apples. Egos are going to clash for
"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen."
Tonight, the diners will choose between
red menus and blue menus. Both menus feature similar carpaccios, steak
entrees, and potato garnishes (Ben's pommes fondants versus Carol's
They start to order equally from both
menus, and the Red Team's first orders... have absolutely zero flavor.
Giovanni has underseasoned his carpaccio, while Ben's soup is oversalted
it. That stalled the Blue kitchen, leaving some diners to enjoy the
sight of their tablemates eating.
Meanwhile, Crazy Carpaccio lady comes
back to the kitchen to give it to the kitchen. Ramsay tells her a) not
to whistle at him, and b) to go (^_^) herself. Moral of the story...
when in Hell's Kitchen, don't snap off at the Devil.
Carol's potatoes don't cook. They needed
to be cooked before service.
HK EXTRA HELPING: If Gordon Ramsay was
stuck on a deserted island with Aaron from season... I dunno, three or
four... he'd make HIM cry. *mock cries...* I'm cracking up here. Back to
One hour into dinner service, the
appetizers are almost done, but Carol's potatoes are holding up the
entrees. Ramsay head into the blue kitchen, where apparently Ben's
pommes fondants is nothing like a pommes fondants in Europe. Good or
bad? You tell me.
This turns into potato rescue 911 on both
sides. There was no saving Carol's potatoes, really. The Red Team has to
come up with an alternative.
Ninety minutes in, and potatoes (and
Robert) are holding up the entrees. His timing's off due to him manning
two stations. Meanwhile, Carol's steak is still saying moo. Blue Team's
steak is not consistent. Ben's fault. Robert thinks that he's trying to
Two hours in, and both teams are working
desserts. Meanwhile, it's Robert vs. Ben, who thinks that if Ramsay
really believes that he's sabotaging, then send him home.
Ultimately, though, Chef Ramsay was at
his end. He orders BOTH kitchens switched off. Now to choose a winner
from the entrees. Blues were 39% above average. Reds were 54% above
average. They win, but they win ugly. Meanwhile, Danny is charged with
nominating someone for elimination.
The Red Team got lucky. Andrea was hoping
that they would lose so she would get rid of Carol.
Meanwhile, Robert and Ben are sized up.
Robert's slow, but he says that he's a diamond in the rough. Ben is
abrasive. Danny doesn't think that either of them should win the
competition. It's something to think about...
... but not for long, because it's
elimination time. Danny decides that he is going to send Ben with his
potential met. Ben and Robert get one chance to defend themselves. Ben
says he's a leader. Robert says that he's better in all respects than
all the others.
Ramsay decides to send home a saboteur
whom he believes has given up.... CAROL. She didn't even make a comeback
after her rancid potatoes. But tomorrow is another day.
"Carol knew she was out of her depth in
Hell's Kitchen. I just put her out of her misery."
Next week, it's just one (^_^)ing thing
after another. No, seriously.
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