16 Chefs Compete
So far, Fox's version of a culinary
firefight has yielded five winners who have gone on to do spectacular
things. The question now... who will be the sixth to brave Gordon
Ramsay's culinary boot-camp... what happens when one chef decides to
cross the line... and who will get a second chance at making a first
impression? These questions will be answered as we once again prepare
to.... open Hell's Kitchen.
We've met the teams, now let's eat the
- Ariel Contreras, 27, a sous chef from
- Louie Cordio, 45, a diner owner from Fitchburg, MA
- Kevin Cottle, 35, an executive chef from Plymouth, MA
- Tony D'Alessandro, 30, a culinary store manager from Chicago, IL
- Amanda Davenport, 27, a sous chef from New York City
- Sabrina Gresset, 34, a restaurant manager from Phoenix
- Lovely Jackson, 23, a camp chef from Chicago
- Dave Levey, 32, an executive chef from San Diego
- Van Hurd, 26, a fish cook from Dallas
- Andy Husbands, 39, an executive chef from Boston
- Jim McGloin, 34, a sous chef from Nashua, NH
- Melinda Meaney, 38, a private chef from Philadelphia
- Tennille Middleton, 28, an executive chef from Fairfax, VA
- Tek Moore, 27, a line cook from New York City
- Suzanne Schlicht, 24, a sous chef from Milwaukee
- Joseph Tinnelly, 27, a former US Marine and sous chef from Massapequa
Before they get into the kitchen, they're
given some pointers from those who came into the ring of fire... and
lived to tell the tale.
1) Always turn on the stove before you
start cooking. (Bonnie, HK3)
2) Always taste your food before you serve it. (Colleen, HK5)
3) There's no crying in Hell's Kitchen. (Aaron, HK3)
One question remains...
Chef Ramsay: "ARE. YOU. READY?!"
Signature dish round begins... NOW!
Before Ramsay partakes, he has news of
the prize... the kitchen at Araxi in Whistler, BC. The winner of HK6
will be serving the world at the Vancouver Games next year. No pressure.
Like last year, you'll be competing,
ladies in red versus guys in blue. For the first time, this will be a
reward challenge, as the men's dishes will be judged against the
Suzanne's Fontina Fondutta Risotto
(chalky and undercooked) vs. Dave's Ostrich with Brussels Sprouts
(nicely seasoned, but sprouts undercooked)
- Winner: NONE.
Tek's Chipotle Honey-Grilled Chicken
(prawns cooked beautifully) vs. Louie's Sausage Gravy over Biscuits
(tastes like gunk)
- Winner: TEK (Red leads, 1-0)
Joseph's Roasted Veal Chop with
Vegetables (sprouts are rock hard) vs. Tennille's Lamb Chop with
Balsamic Glaze (nice)
- Winner: TENNILLE (Red leads, 2-0)
Amanda's Margarita French Toast with
Tequila Lime Butter ("That's it? What the (^_^) were you doing for 42
minutes?") vs. Tony's Mussels with Chorizo (potential).
- Winner: TONY (Red leads, 2-1)
Melinda's Poached Lobster with Portobello
Mushrooms ("Where's the lobster tail?") vs. Jim's Seared Ahi with Soy
Ginger Vinaigrette (delicious)
- Winner: JIM (Tie game, 2-2)
Kevin's Coffee Steak vs. Ariel's Duck and
Lovely vs. Andy...
- Winner: NOBODY.
Sabrina's Chipotle Wrapped Pork
Tenderloin (too hot) vs. Van's Seared Foie Gras with Mint & Caramel.
- Winner... VAN! (Blue wins, 3-2).
As a punishment, the women have to start
scrubbing the kitchens down in preparation for their first service. As a
reward, the men will get takeout... from London West Hollywood (Ramsay's
LA eatery). Supervising the cleaning (and the teams) will be Scott
returning for his fifth season (on the blue side) and, returning to HK
not as a contestant but as a sous-chef, Heather West (season 2's
champion, to head the red kitchen). While the Blue Team eats of the
finest that British Italian has to offer, the red team gets for
dinner... Bologna sandwiches.
The night isn't over yet. The chefs are
given the recipe books and their jackets. The women hit the books. The
men hit the mini bar.
Next day, the guys are struggling to get
prep started while the women are on full blast. Maybe too full, as
moments from opening, Ramsay discovers already-cooked fondants, which
are really supposed to be cooked to order. Read this... they're not
open, and the red team is already behind.
"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen,
please. Let's go!"
This season, the dining room and the
menus have been completely revamped, expanding the space and adding
items to the menus like a cappellini appetizer and a salmon en croupe
And the guys don't even remember them to
start. This is going to be a long night for them.
Over on the red side, Tek starts with
cold scallops... among other things. Red Team starts over, while Jim on
the blue side is failing math. Three scallops... cut in half... is six,
not four. Meanwhile, the customers are starting to become restless. One
in particular, though... sees it as nothing new. That's because in the
dining room is...
- Robert Hesse, 30, an executive chef
from Quogue, NY, withdrew from HK season 5 due to pericarditis.
The rest of the chefs will see more of
him later, trust me.
Meanwhile, the Blue Team has sent its
first apps. Red Team still struggling... but they have to start over...
and over... and over... Meanwhile, the men are starting on entrees.
Louie loads unseasoned unseared lamb into the oven. Folks... Searing
gives the lamb color. More color, more flavor.
Red team is still looking at appetizers.
Again. And it wasn't even Ramsay who threw away a cappellini. It was
Melinda with the deer in the headlights look. They've finished 10
appetizers... none of which are edible. Meanwhile, the Blue Kitchens are
serving eight appetizers and are trying to fire up an entree.
Halfway through dinner service, and there
are still customers who have yet to eat something. And Lovely... needed
to sit down due to nausea. The rest of the team covers her slack. Not
well, but it's covered. So frozen salmon and inedible scallops. Yeah,
the red team is doing a bang-up job on opening night. Lovely returns to
said disaster, while the Blue Kitchen hopes that Louie's entree finally
gets delivered. Yeah, that doesn't happen. Too many lamb screwups on
Louie's station, and Chef Ramsay has had enough. He orders Louie back
upstairs to get his bags packed and his sorry ass out of Hell's Kitchen.
And then, left with no other course of
action, he decides to close the kitchens for the night, then head to the
dining room to activate Plan B.... Robert is going back into Hell.
Meanwhile, the ladies have set a new
record... ZERO entrees out of their kitchen. That qualifies them as
losers this week. They will all have to choose two for elimination.
Melinda didn't really know much of anything. Lovely... didn't really
commit to her station. So they're both up.
To make it official, let's go to
elimination. Tennille nominates Melinda for performance on appetizers
and... Amanda (who doesn't agree and wants Lovely to go up). Ramsay
calls both of them up.
Melinda says she has passion in the
kitchen. Amanda says she can do better than that.
Ramsay decides to send MELINDA packing...
and puts Robert in her place.
"Melinda was completely lost in space. So I sent her back to whatever
planet she came from."
But we're not done with dinner yet.
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