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If you can't stand the heat, you're not going to last long in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen.

Recaps by Chico & Quisla Alexander, GSNN

FACT FILE:
Host:
Gordon Ramsay
Sous Chefs: Gloria Felix, Scott Liebfried
Maitre D': Jean Philippe Susilovic

Announcer:
Jason Thompson
Creator: Paul Jackson
EP:
Arthur Smith, Kent Weed
Packager: A. Smith & Co. Productions, Granada America
Origin: Century Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Website: fox.com/hellskitchen  
Airs: Thursdays at 9pm ET on Fox

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Four Chefs Compete
April 23

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 right now.

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 clean.

"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen, yes?"

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 greatness.

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?

To see this episode in its entirety, go to fox.com/hellskitchen.