10 Chefs Compete
Last time on Hell's Kitchen, a healthy
appetite turned deadly as Robert was rushed to the hospital after
enduring a grueling punishment. The chefs then completely bombed the
night in the kitchen, sending Jim home. Now ten chefs remain... but if
Robert doesn't return in time for dinner this round, it'll be nine.
Tennille and Sabrina dodged two more
bullets. Sabrina doesn't want to put up one more undercooked anything,
while Tennille's just tired of being pushed around. Meanwhile, the guys
believe that without Robert, they have a more cohesive team.
Morning arrives, and Robert has not yet
returned. The men will have to play this challenge without him. In this
challenge... chance will determine what you'll cook with... because Chef
Ramsay has installed a craps table. On it, two d12s (geek moment) will
determine your ingredients, because each one has 12 letters on it. Roll
the die and choose an ingredient beginning with the letter. Then you'll
have 30 to cook. Best dish wins reward.
WOMEN: Rabbit, Haricots verts, Potatoes, Garlic, Ham hock.
MEN: Haddock, Figs (d'oh!), Angel hair pasta, Apples, Tomatoes.
Dave has a million uses for figs... but
will any of them fig-ure into the dish (C-Note: stick around, I have a
million of them!)? The answer.... surprisingly yes. The women's dish is
progressing nicely despite Suzanne's mouth. Tennille has never
tasted garlic before, so she suggests adding a little sugar with it.
WOMEN: Pan-Roasted Rabbit with Roasted
Garlic Rosemary Puree and Ham Hock Stock
MEN: Braised Haddock with Tomato & Fig Sauce on Angel Hair Pasta
The winner... the men! They will spend
the day in Vegas at the Palms, while the women will have to prep both
kitchens AND accept deliveries today.
... and tonight.
... and the next day.
The men return... and again, Robert is
nowhere to be seen. Two hours before service, and the women want to get
rid of Suzanne. The men concentrate on the team unit when... Robert
arrives back into the kitchen ready to join them. You'd think they'd
welcome the extra set of hands... nope. You'd think that Robert would
get right back in the thick of this... also nope.
We're almost ready for the service, but
before we do, Ramsay installs chef's tables and inside of them, two
chefs from London New York (his NY restaurant) and London West Hollywood
(his SoCal eatery).
Let's open Hell's Kitchen!
The chefs in attendance are Carl Bertka
(pastry chef) & Harutaka Kishi (sous chef) on the blue side, and Stuart
Collins (head chef) & Josh Emett (chef de cuisine) on the red. The blue
chefs have been waited on, but the chefs in the red are just... waiting.
That's your station, Ariel. Dave, on the other hand, gets props for his
risotto... which they're not sure they ordered. Heh. Ariel's scallops...
are a little bit burnt. AND a little not salty enough.
Both kitchens have served their apps, and
it's time to move onto entrees. Van's at his strongest at fish. He sends
his first dish out... but it comes back with plastic, because Van forgot
to take that off. Sabrina and Suzanne work together on one station and
the results are less than appetizing. Sabrina was busy... Suzanne was
Entrees are now leaving the red
kitchen... and once again, a blue table finds some plastic wrap. The
dish comes back to the kitchen and Van is told to check everything.
Sabrina is also told to check the garnishes. The Blue Team is so focused
on their dishes that they forget the chefs at the chef's table. Van has
to recollect EVERYTHING about all the fish on offer today. As for the
red kitchen. Thanks to Amanda and Tennille, the Red Kitchen is pushing
entrees... and Robert's starting over on lamb.
Red Team has the finish line in its
sights, and the chefs are enjoying their entrees. They're stalled on
Ariel's pasta, while the Blue Team is stalled on... everything else. And
the rabbit is raw on that side... So raw that Ramsay orders the blue
kitchen shut off.
Red Kitchen has ONE more table left. And
DONE! Red Team wins the service. Well, that's up to Ramsay. Both chefs
in the Red Kitchen would return. Both chefs in the Blue Kitchen say
"thanks but no thanks."
Dave stood out as best of the worst, so
he'll decide on two people for elimination. Robert and Van had the worst
service, but Andy is a weak link. Robert decides to tell Andy that he'll
never win this.
At elimination, Dave decides to put up
Robert (weak service and health issues) and Van (based on tonight's
performance). Ramsay then orders Andy to the pass.... then tells Van to
go back up to the line. Robert says that he's never been up on the block
and that he's disgusted that he's on the same level as Andy. Andy
defends that Robert has not done all the work that he's done.
Andy... is sent back to the line. ROBERT
has had more services than anyone, and his last dish is raw. He's at
least going back to focus on his career and his health... because three
times... is the charm.
"Robert's closing plea was quite
entertaining. But I'm not looking for a performer, I'm looking for a
Head Chef. And Robert's not that guy."
So who exactly is that guy? Stay tuned.
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