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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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Three Chefs Compete
April 30

Last time, the chefs tasted Chef Ramsay's Italian Fish Stew... and were then challenged to make it based on taste alone. Danny succeeded and ended up on a biplane above the Pacific Ocean. Service was at 90 percent competion when the wheels started to come off on Ben and Andrea's stations. And in the end, Ben has made too many mistakes to merit going forward. Now three chefs remain...

... and they're about to get a shock of a lifetime.

Paula's mother & sister, Andrea's mother & cousin, and Danny's father & girlfriend arrive. After all of the loved ones have come together for a little piece of home, the chefs regroup and refuel for the next day's challenge...

.. which begins right now. They'll be serving lunch to 100 very distinguished customers. They'll have to select a dish to impress them all. And they have to cook 100 servings of it in 90 minutes.

Off you go!

Ramsay is looking for small tasting portions of dishes that will impress all 100 of their mystery patrons. Danny can keep cool under the pressure, while Andrea tends to get flustered. She's running behind the other two. She calls this challenge the hardest yet.

After 90 minutes time, the customers arrive... the best chefs from across Los Angeles. We have Zagat-rated... Michelin-rated... James Beard Award-winning... Needless to say... They're for real. The guests will sample each of the three dishes and then decide on their favorite and least favorite.

Andrea: Chicken Roulade of Prosciutto
Paula: Olive-Oil Poached Sturgeon
Danny: Lightly-Blackened Halibut with Salsa and Basmati Rice

The votes are in... and over 76% thought one dish was the worst. That dish belonged to ... Danny.

The winner, with over 76% of the vote... Paula! Her reward will be that she's given the Hollywood pampered treatment. She wants to look her best for what happens next. The losers will clean every table, then setting the dining room ahead of tomorrow's service. It's also laundry day, and you'll be cleaning, ironing, starching, and folding all the linens.

Danny calls this service a kick in the balls. Hopefully, it won't break him come dinner service. He's taking this loss hard.

Paula heads off to her Hollywood makeover with JP in tow. Both say that it's hard to meet someone outside of this business and then... in comes the magic of Fox editing to show... well, use your imagination.

Back in Hell's Kitchen, Danny is steaming... and steamed. He doesn't iron. Andrea wants to kick him when he's down. He's trying to pick himself up and move on. Paula returns to show off her new look. She's totally psyched for tomorrow.

The second part of Paula's reward involves a trip to Good Day LA for a cooking demo. Meanwhile, Danny and Andrea get started on cleaning up for tonight's service. And the TV in the dining room is switched on to Fox 11 to see their comrade on Good Day LA. You can see that Ramsay's been doing this... a LONG time. Paula.. this is her first time in front of a live camera.

TV star returns to Hell, as she uses her time outside to her advantage.

But that's all in the past. Right now, the final three are awaiting the biggest service of their lives. To get their, they had to steamroll over 13 others.

Four minutes before opening, Ramsay rallies the brigade of three. By the end of the night, it'll be a brigade of two. Actually, it WON'T be a brigade of two, because in the end, it'll be chef vs. chef. And tradition holds true, as each chef will be given a turn at running the pass. Expect Ramsay, Gloria, Scott, and JP to have a few tricks up their sleeve to see who really has what it takes to front a restaurant.

"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen."

Every table is booked in the place, and the pressure is at an all-time high. First appetizers are going out and they're spot on.

Ramsay takes first advantage of a break and sends Paula to the pass. Paula starts off... nervously. Danny thought it showed a little bit of weakness. Gloria has her first test: subbing out squash puree for carrot puree. FAIL. Paula does spot a botched watercress soup from Scott. She proves to be solid afterward.

Most of the appetizers have made it out of the kitchen. But now it's Danny's turn at the hot plate. He calls this second nature...

Danny starts with a brain fart... and an order with five covers... for four dishes. FAIL. And then Danny cracks... literally. Normally confident Danny is starting to crumble at the pass. Gloria has also sabotaged a potato... FAIL. He hits his stride toward the end, though.

Ninety minutes, and Danny has rallied to make sure his customers have his dishes. Next up, Andrea.

Andrea's all mouth. Seriously. She's keeping everything moving, but she's about to be tested with the wrong fish. FAIL. That's halibut, not John Dory. Andrea's determined not to let that happen again. And she starts riding sous-chef Scott down serious. After excuse after excuse, she knows why Ramsay's a lunatic, and Scott threatens to put her through a wall. Rest of the pass runs as smooth as Andrea does.

Ramsay returns to his rightful place, and the chefs rally to finish up strong. Best service ever. It was hard as hell, but it's done. The rock stars switch off their stations.

The good news, the chefs came together and proved why they belonged in the final three. The BAD news... someone's still gotta go home.

The chefs return to the dorms to determine who should not be in the final of Hell's Kitchen. Andrea thinks that Danny should go home. She thought he'd be spot on at the pass. Danny says that that was all she has. Danny says that she was nitpicking a lot tonight, as she was applying her standard. So it's all on Paula.

At elimination, Andrea nominates Danny (he was not loud, and was very nervous). Danny says Andrea was not as strong as he was. Paula... nominates Andrea (a lot of strength, but has struggled through services).

Paula earns her spot in the Final Two.

Andrea says that she knows she can finish what she started.

Danny says that this is all he WANTS to do.

Joining Paula in the final... is... Danny. ANDREA has been eliminated. But on the back of this, Ramsay calls her a hell of a fighter and an asset to any kitchen.

And then there were two. Danny Veltri and Paula Dasilva have outlasted their competitors and now await their final challenge, which will start... NEXT TIME!

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