14 Chefs Compete
Last time on Hell's Kitchen, it was the
second curse of Ramsay... raining prawns. Attention to detail was tested
and the men pulled through. Unfortunately no one pulled through in the
dinner service, and both teams sent forth their nominations for
elimination... And Joseph threatened to cross a line that one dares not
cross in Hell's Kitchen, getting in the chef's face and calling him a
We pick up the action there as security
enters to quell the scene. At that point, Chef Ramsay decides that he's
not going to put up with the drama, and tells Joseph to go eff off.
But the elimination must continue. Kevin
sets forth Tony (performance on fish) and Andy (performance on meat).
Lovely, who had raw seabass, has a drive and passion. Tennille admits to
screwing up the shrimp. Andy says the performance was not indicative.
Tony just says he loves to cook.
And after sending one chef home
already... Chef Ramsay sends TONY home... and Robert to the men's again.
That night, the main topic is Joseph. Did
that really just happen?
The chefs are ready for a little sleep.
And having to wake up at 2:05 in the morning... that's exactly what
they're going to get, as sirens start blazing. Seriously, where's the
fire? The answer... there is no fire. It's just a drill. And a
challenge. They're going to have to cook fresh pasta dishes for a
brigade of firefighters, stressing quickness and teamwork.. something
sorely lacking in Hell's Kitchen so far. The first side to finish
serving will win.
The menu: chicken alfredo, meatball
marinara, and garlic bread.
The first tickets are in, but before the
pasta can go out, the garlic bread has to go out. The Red Kitchen will
wait for Lovely's bread, while Andy is only using two of his five ovens.
Twenty minutes in, and not one of the firefighters has received anything
to eat. Not. One. Thanks to Ariel, garlic bread is finally coming out of
the kitchen. The pasta's ready on the blue side, but Andy's still
waiting for bread.
Thirty minutes in, and the red team has
moved onto the pasta. The blue team is waiting on Andy. The garlic bread
finally gets out of the Blue Kitchen, and now they're free to finish up
their entrees. The ladies look to pull even further ahead... and no
one's looking to pull an inch. Blue team has six to finish, while Red
has four. It's now a race to the finish. The Red Kitchen looks like it's
on their way to an easy finish... when we find a pink meatball. The men
pull even, and it's anyone's challenge to win...
... and it's the Red Team! And Robert's
sick of losing.
The reward for the red... they're going
on a spa day... via helicopter. Meanwhile, the blue team will be
cleaning the firetrucks and the dining room.
Dave stretches his wrist while cleaning
an engine, while the women are being cleaned up for the long road head.
And Kevin rolls BOTH of his ankles to the point where medical has to
come in. Medical also comes in for Dave's wrist. Both of them are going
in for x-rays. Both return. Dave tears a ligament and fractures a bone.
He's clear to work. Kevin is working as well, with a sprain and a
The next day comes, and the walking
wounded enter the kitchen and prep for tonight's service. The ladies are
coming off of a big challenge win, while the guys are working through
the pain. One of each team will function as a waiter. Dave the One-Armed
Bandit and Lovely the Not-So Lovely will be serving. And they make the
determination... this dinner service WILL BE COMPLETE.
"Jean Philippe... Open Hell's Kitchen."
Blue Team gets its first order. Van has
to set the momentum for the team. And he sets the mood, at least... but
Ramsay's more impressed by his cooking than his shouting. Will Tennille
impress similarly? Umm... she'll have to learn how much oil to saute
scallops first. Robert's asking for scallops... but Andy's got too much.
If he wants something done right, he'll have to do it himself. Same with
Tennille, who fails to get color on that scallops. Tek is trying to help
her out, but she can't process all of the voices.
Thirty-five minutes into service, and Van
& Robert have served nearly all of their appetizers, while Tennille is
setting the place on fire. She finally delivers edible scallops, while
the men move onto entrees. Food is now flying out of both kitchens, and
both teams are running at fever paces... except for Lovely, who takes 42
minutes to get one bottle of Balmoral Syrah out of the vintage.
Things don't get any better for the reds
as they deliver subpar lamb, while the blues are firing on all
cylinders. Kevin leads the way and the team as a result has four tables
left. The women continue to push entrees, while the men push toward the
finish line. Robert's slow salmon is threatening to set the men back.
It's now neck and neck... and the women finish their last ticket. The
men eventually finish, but Robert's timing did not help.
Studying the comment cards... Red diners
rated their experience... 81% above average. Blue diners... 83%. Ariel
must nominate two chefs to eliminate. She's got too many choices. Does
she put up Tennille? Does she put up Amanda? Does she put up Lovely?
Someone's going to be unhappy.
At elimination, Lovely (too slow, less
experienced) and Tennille (weak link). Tennille doesn't think that she's
weak, but she's being demoralized. Lovely cites that all of her
customers were satisfied, but Ramsay thinks that she might be in over
He doesn't think EITHER of them are going
to win... but Ramsay decides that no one is going home on the back of
Joseph's ejection. But it's the only gift that he's giving. Aside from
these words.... "I'm NOBODY'S bitch."
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