Four Chefs Compete
Last time, the chefs were sent to
Atlantic City to come to terms with what's at stake. They returned to LA
minus one chef. Robert did return, but it was only to say goodbye, as a
case of pericarditis has sidelined him for good. The service was
completed, but it was really really ugly. Ben is outed for elimination,
but instead, Chef Ramsay gives him one last chance.
Ben's a little down and out, but he lives
to see another day. Meanwhile, Andrea is going through a meltdown due to
her slacking as a result of being immune. Hearing what she heard
tonight, her biteback is even worse now.
Next morning, Chef Ramsay's finishing up
a dish. This lesson is in accuracy, as Chef presents three dishes that
he serves in his restaurants in New York and London. We have a nice
duck, beef, and a fish stew.
A good majority of the chefs enjoyed the
fish stew. And therein lies the challenge. That fish stew you loved so
much? You've tasted it... Now MAKE it. In 30 minutes. GO.
Everything you need to make that fish
stew is in Hell's Kitchen. Danny decides to use the snapper, while the
others use halibut. Andrea decides on bay scallops, but the others go
with sea scallops. Paula uses water; everyone else, fish stock. Danny &
Paula use white wine, whereas Andrea uses sambuca and Ben goes for the
pernod... and then hides it.
And we're done. Ramsay is judging on
ingredients and the one dish that comes close to capturing the essence
of his dish. The chef that comes closest will win the challenge.
Danny was the only one to get the fish
right. The correct ingredients: snapper, pernod, fish stock, and giant
scallops. It all comes down to Danny and Paula. The difference is
literally a strand of saffron. Danny wins this one.
Danny and Ramsay are going on an
adventure... Hope you're not afraid of heights. The rest of the chefs
will polish every piece of serveware in the place AND will be prepping
for tonight's service.
Ramsay and Danny head off in a limo,
where they talk about business and growth and how Danny has grown as a
chef. Next up, it's going into a biplane... Looks like vintage WWII. If
you've never been in a biplane before... Dude, you don't know what
you're missing. You can feel the G-forces rushing. As for Ramsay... "I'd
rather be a live chicken than a dead hero."
And Andrea is ... borderline psychotic
Twenty-five minutes before the doors
open, the chefs are putting the final touches on prep. But before they
open the house, Ramsay sends the chefs back to the dorms to surprise the
chefs with something that he thought up while above the clouds.
... Each chef is getting a new set of
Gordon Ramsay by Royal Doulton cookware. That spurs them to greatness in
tonight's service, especially as Ramsay is willing to wipe the slate
"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen,
The service starts with a new attitude..
and Ben starts with a little confusion. Ramsay just wants him not to
panic. And the appetizers start out bang-on perfect. It's their
strongest start yet, and it was a team effort.
Spaghetti is starting to panic Ben, even
as appetizers are flying out of the kitchen. Will we have that same
momentum in the entrees? Andrea on meat needs to communicate. And Ben's
getting rocked again. He needs to spice up a risotto.
Paula needs to speed up on the fish
station. She's the slowest so far, and she needs to turn it up.
Ninety minutes in, and more entrees and
appetizers are going out. Ben puts croutons on the green salad.
Surprisingly, Chef has a problem with that.
EXTRA HELPING: Ramsay's five ingredients
that everyone should have in their kitchen: pasta, tomatoes, shallots,
garlic, and olive oil. "Simple."
Ben sees this as a further push to
Meanwhile, over at the dining room, a
patron has a request for JP. He wants to propose to his girlfriend, and
he's counting on the maitre D' to deliver with the ring when it's time.
The chefs push entrees as Danny drags on
garnishes. He'll try to stay in control, while Andrea is looking to
continue delivering on the meat. She was ahead on everything.
Ben forgot to drop the pasta, and we
can't afford this. He'll try to make up for lost time, while Andrea
overcooks a Wellington. Ramsay helps fix that. Ben finishes the
appetizers in time to make a VERY IMPORTANT DESSERT.
And here it goes... we all pause to get a
load of this moment... and... IT'S GOOD!
Okay, time to push the final orders.
We've got a great service to finish up, let's end on a high. We...
can't, because the last two Wellingtons are missing.
Paula and Danny grab two Wellingtons to
fire. She ends up screwing a perfect service. But in the end, it's all
over but the crying. The last ten percent of the service was just
switched down for some reason, and in the end, it's not how you start,
but how you finish. They have to come up with someone to eliminate.
Ben says that Andrea was just horrible.
Andrea says that Ben was just rough. Danny says that experience is
everything in this business. Paula says that Ben crashes and burns at
every service. He doesn't cook on a line. She doesn't think she was that
bad on service. Andrea says that she's ready for the Borgata.
They have not come to a consensus when it
became time for elimination. It was a tie between Ben and Andrea. Both
are called forward.
Ben says he has more to offer as a chef
and a leader of a brigade. Andrea says that she's more well-rounded that
Ben. She's ready to lead a brigade more than anything.
Ramsay tells Andrea.... that she's
staying. BEN is eliminated tonight. His effort and attitude has been
extraordinary, and he's hoping that Ben will keep hold of that.
All three believe that they've got the
fight to be the best of the best... but can they prove it in the face of
their most daunting critics yet?
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