Two Chefs Compete
This season, 16 of the best chefs in the
nation were invited to compete for a shot as an executive chef at the
Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. After some of the best dishes
ever tasted... and some of the worst services ever endured... fourteen
of them proved that they do not have what it takes. In the end, Danny
Veltri, an executive chef from Edgewater, FL, and Paula daSilva, an
executive sous chef from Pompano, FL, are standing at the doorway to
their dreams. But the only thing standing in their way now... is each
The final and most grueling challenge
begins... with two screens, each with Paula and Danny's faces on them,
symbolizing the traditional split of the kitchen. From here on out,
Hell's Kitchen will be divided in two halves, each with their own
distinct flavor and ambiance to be designed by the final two.
It's time to start being creative. Paula
and Danny say that it can wait until tomorrow. Tonight belongs to the
bubbly. And boy does it ever. They end up staying up two hours drinking.
Little does Danny know that unlike him, Paula can handle her alcohol
pretty well. So we'll see how this turns out.
The next morning comes, and Danny is hung
over. Paula... less so. The two begin plotting what their final menus
are going to be like. And by "the two", we mean "mostly Paula." Danny is
still standing around in the loft with his shirt off.
Next thing, the chefs meet with the HK
design team, led by John Janavs, to start laying out their visions.
Danny thinks that John's cues are a little hard to follow, while Paula
already has a vision for what she wants. She wants "Sunergy"... Danny
wants to call his eatery "Susan Murray's".
Now to craft the menus. Danny will be
working with Scott in the blue kitchen, while Paula will be working with
Gloria in the red kitchen. Paula wants to keep things as simple as
possible to ease the burden on her staff, while Danny wants complex
Next 24 hours are crucial, as the chefs
head to Atlantic City for some unfinished business. But they cannot
leave the kitchen unattended, so they will each have two people looking
out for each side. They will be your men in Havana. And the people
chosen to look out for the place are... for Paula's side, it's her
mother and sister. For Danny's side, it's his girlfriend and his old
man. They're making their decisions for them, so they're going to have
to learn what their visions are.
And they only have five minutes before
the plane leaves.
On the plane, both chefs recount their
Back in HK, there's a problem with
Paula's restaurant. She wanted candles on the back wall behind the
booths. The fire marshal says no. He's okay with electronic candles.
Danny's girlfriend has no problem making her desire known, as she wants
The chefs arrive in AC and settle in. Not
too long later, they talk to their loved ones via webcam.
Next morning, the two chefs realize why
they're in Atlantic City. They're here to gamble... with their skills...
in front of 500 members of the resort. These... could be your new
coworkers. And this... could be your new boss, COO of the Borgata, Larry
Mullin. He looks over the two menus. And orders. That is the next
After receiving their white jackets,
indicative of their Final Two status, they have 45 minutes to produce
Mr. Mullin's order...
Paula: Wild Mushroom Salad, Shellfish
Medley, Roasted Black Bass,
Danny: Caribbean Jerk Lobster, Arugula Salad with Duck, Pan-Seared Filet
Tasting will be Chefs Michael Shulson &
Geoffrey Zakarian, and Larry Mullin.
- Mushroom Salad vs. Jerk Lobster
- Shellfish Medley vs. Duck Salad
- Black Bass vs. Filet of Beef
Winner: ...DANNY! He wins it, 2-1. Finally. He'll find out his reward
Back in Los Angeles, it's 11:02p local
time, 19 hours before their final dinner service. Both chefs want to see
what their loved ones have done. Paula's side has a lot to do, but
they're coming along. Paula's more concerned with the kitchen, while
Danny is wondering what the dining room will look like in the morning.
The next morning is when it all happens.
They meet Ramsay to discuss their final challenge. Six domes, each with
a key ingredient that they're going to need for this challenge.
They are... the heads of six eliminated
chefs: LA, Giovanni, Carol, Andrea, Lacey, and Ben.
As the winner of the last challenge,
Danny will have first pick. He goes with Ben.
The final brigades:
DANNY: Ben, Giovanni, Carol
PAULA: Andrea, LA, Lacey
Teams will get up to speed with the
menus, because in the end, your fate... is in THEIR hands. Next week is
the last supper, and one chef will be headed to Atlantic City when all
is said and done. Which one? That's for Chef Ramsey to decide.
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