Five Chefs Compete
Last time, things got interesting and
interestingly tense as the teams merged, Ben and Robert hit the Frisco
Bay, and a dinner service that was nothing short of gut-wrenching led to
Chef Ramsay sending Giovanni home... Then deciding to close down Hell's
... but not all is as it seems. We go to
the fiery Scot for more...
"I'm shutting down Hell's Kitchen.
Tomorrow morning, you're leaving. I just called the Borgata Hotel.
You're all going... to Atlantic City."
Ramsay's sending the chefs to come to
terms with what's at stake with a trip to the Borgata, where the winner
will be gainfully employed. Start smelling that level of success and
seeing what's to come, because when you return to HK, it's the final
So here's what's at stake... The question
now... How bad do you want it?
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
The billboard says it all... "Welcome
Hell's Kitchen Finalists."
The welcoming committee... all them legs
and boobies and bows and stuff... says even more.
The next morning, the chefs get the tour
of the premises, where thousands of people come through every day
(C-note: the G-Squad hasn't been through it, but one honorary member, a
coworker of mine named Meredith, has). The players walk along
"Restaurant Row", which has, according to Forbes.com, launched the
culinary revolution in AC. Bobby Flay's here... Michael Mita's here...
Wolfgang Puck's here... and one of you will be here.
They do have space for the restaurant.
They walk through it... and it's a huge empty slab of concrete... but
this will be a restaurant once Hell's Kitchen ends. Everyone has their
eyes on the prize in more than one way.
The chefs also get the spa treatment and
a poolside swim... and... boobies... Sorry, where were we again? Oh,
Next is dinner with VP of Food and
Beverage Nicholas Kurbin and executive chef Ron Ross. As Andrea talks
about HR, Robert gets up to excuse himself... to get medical attention
for chest pain. His BP is elevated (160/100), and in the end, he's taken
to the hospital (C-Note: Hey, we know where that is!).
Ben takes a phone call from Robert, as he
says that something's wrong with him. He has to stay overnight.
The four remaining chefs return to Hell,
still unsure as to what fate has befallen Robert. Ben hopes he comes
back, but doesn't think he will be.
A few days pass, and Ramsay regroups the
chefs, who are waiting to hear word from their fallen comrade. The GOOD
news... Robert is back in suit. The bad news... it's only to say
goodbye. Due to the pericarditis that he has attained, Robert has pulled
himself out of the competition. Chef Ramsay collects his jacket, and
Robert exits to applause. "You have been a fantastic competitor, and you
had the potential to win this competition. Never ever forget that."
But it's back to business. Next
challenge: create a signature dish. Whoever wins will be safe from
You have 45 minutes... from NOW.
Danny: Pan-Seared Sea Scallop with Citrus
Andrea: Green-Tea Crusted Tuna
Paula: Smoked-Salmon Ceviche
Ben: Pan Roasted Tiger Prawns
Tough choice... And Ben's NOT SAFE. Who
is? ANDREA. She is in the final three. But she will still have to push
The chefs are upset that a) Robert left,
and b) Andrea, the weakest chef, basically has a get-out-of-jail-free
After a long day of prep, Ramsay is
excited to be among the creme-de-la-creme. They've been out to the
Borgata. They know what's at stake. It's time now to bring it together
to get there.
"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen,
The eatery is fully booked. The chefs are
bringing the heat. Dinner is off to a strong start.
Andrea doesn't like to turn the plate on
high, because "it's like cooking on volcanoes". Thirty minutes in, and
Andrea is struggling with scallops because of it.
Now to entrees, as the chefs prove that
they belong in the final three. Ben serves cold puree. No one knows what
happened. Over on meat, Paula blames being behind on Andrea's being
Ninety minutes in, and half of the
entrees are served. Paula's on fire at the meats, and Ben is doing...
something... with lettuce. He's just mindboggled. Right now, Ramsay is
fed up with his excuses, and he's ejected from the kitchen.
Ben doesn't give up, though. He needs to
pull it together. He's not leaving without a fight. He comes back to
bounce back. And so does a salmon dish. Andrea is not concentrating.
Rest of the entrees catch a second wind
as Ben rebounds, though Andrea is trying to do the same thing. Danny has
to give her a leg up. It's frustrating for everyone involved. Right now,
she's the luckiest person in the world. Same can't be said for the
others. They complete the service, but boy was it ugly.
"That was embarrassing." No teamwork, no
motivation, no fight, and no hope for two of the chefs as they have to
decide who to put up.
The chefs agree that were it not for the
safety card, Andrea would be going up tonight. The chefs would never put
each other on the block, so they have to put the other two. It's
At elimination, Ben (weak performance)
and Paula (lack of communication) are put on the block. Ben's never
given up. Paula's said she's been a solid performer.
Paula's sent back to the line. And Andrea
is put up in her place. She's cooked worse than Ben due to being
overwhelmed. He was bad because she was worse. Right now, she's still
safe, though, but only because Ramsay's a man of his word. Tomorrow
morning, he wants to wake up to a clear conscience, and admits that
Ben's performance was not as bad as Andrea's, and were he to rescind
immunity, she would've been gone by now.
This is Ben's last chance. Here's hoping
he uses it well.
Tomorrow is comeback time.
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