Six Chefs Compete
Last time, it was the king of all
challenges, as Danny's king crab dish, originally passed over by the
guys, won them their practice challenge. During the service,
overelaborate menus crippled both kitchens as Chef Ramsay switched them
both off. The Reds won on the strength of their entrees, but since he
believes that Carol has given up, he takes HER jacket.
Ben says that he was ready to take his
coat off. Robert says that he thinks he's better than anyone here. And
he has no problem showing it.
The next morning, Ramsay asks who the
weakest player in both kitchens are. Andrea and Ben step forward...
Ben says that he has so much more to
give. He says he loves to cook. Andrea says that she's never given up.
But Ramsay wants BOTH of their jackets...
so he can give them unified BLACK jackets. Welcome to the final six!
But now it's back to business. Here comes
today's challenge, for a culinary tour of San Francisco. Each chef has
the same 14 ingredients: red wine, penne pasta, mushroom, rosemary,
capers, tomatoes, and chicken, among others. They will have to create a
dish involving all 14. We're looking to see who can use these
Thirty minutes on the click... Go!
Andrea: Rosemary-Skewered Chicken Kebabs
Gio: Pasta Pomadoro
Paula: Melange of Mushroom, Basil, Capers & Chicken
Robert: Chicken Cacciatore
Danny: Roasted Rosemary Chicken Bruschetta
Ben: Stuffed Chicken Breasts... in so many words.
Ben was the only one to cook the chicken
drummettes. The level was across the board fantastic. It's down to Danny
and Ben. And the winner is.. BEN! He's never been to San Francisco...
and he's taking Robert with him. The others are prepping for service AND
Robert's feeling guilty as Danny looks
visibly upset about having the best dish of the rest.
Ben and Robert head to the city by the
bay, and the first of a cadre of Sysco trucks head to Hell's Kitchen...
with deliveries that the losers proceed to break.
Giovanni says that he doesn't feel like
carrying the rest of the boxes from the deliveries. Meanwhile, Ramsay,
Ben, and Robert head to One Market to partake upon their fine dining.
Ramsay tells them to take the experience and put it into practice in
Hell's Kitchen. Speaking of... it seems that the trucks have shorted the
chefs two lobsters. Gio runs out to stop the truck... just as the ladies
find the other two missing lobsters.
Ben & Robert return, and Ben shares every
detail... as usual.
The next morning, the chefs get an early
start on prep, because for the first time, it'll be one kitchen serving
the entire dining room. In addition to Ramsay's menu, Ben's stuffed
chicken will also be featured in the service tonight.
Ramsay gets in one final huddle and lets
his crew know that the best way to impress him is by being phenomenal
But can it happen tonight? Anyone hungry?
"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen."
One team, one kitchen, one dining room.
Robert overcooks smaller scallops. Andrea uses the time to get ahead...
maybe a little too much. All of Paula's appetizers are winning over the
diners, and thirty minutes in, it's time to fire the first chicken. And
it's time to refire the first chicken. Turns out it's his first time
dealing with chicken.
As entrees are being prepped, Andrea has
no idea what's going on around her. After another such instance, Andrea
is sent through the front doors, jacket still on. JP follows her to try
and reassure her that all he needs is fightback. Be strong, go back, and
give it your best.
Robert fires the Dory with bacon...
Trouble is that the bacon is going with the scallops. Gio cannot cook
Ben's special. And Ben's not faring that well either. Both aren't angry
at Ramsay as they're mad at themselves. Ben will have to end up cooking
his own special. And he can't even do that.
Two hours into service, and only five
entrees are served. Time's running thin. And so is communication. Andrea
gets nothing from Giovanni. Robert's got his part of the dish ready.
Oh, did we mention that Giovanni ends up
burning Robert's hand on a hot pan? Second degree. Gio apologizes, and
it all just goes downhill from there. LITERALLY.
Now that we've closed up shop, it's time
for someone to go home. But seriously, on the back of that performance,
one can't help but wonder... just one?
Paula was solid on appetizers, so she
will have to choose two people to go up to the block.
All Robert can say is... 500 degree hot
pan in a fridge. Six professionals... and they can't make something
happen together? Why?
Paula chooses Giovanni (not a solid
force) and Andrea (determined, but struggling with communication).
Andrea says she has given everything she's had. Giovanni says that he
let his emotions get the better of him.
In the end, the person leaving, for "all
the right reasons" is GIOVANNI.
The chefs settle themselves in for the
night when they get a call to come see Ramsay in the dining room RIGHT
"I'm going to do something I've never
done before... I'm shutting down Hell's Kitchen." With that, the lights
go dim outside.
What's the angle here? Is Hell's Kitchen
really closing up shop? Stay tuned...
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