9 Chefs Compete
Last time, the men crapped out, turning
seemingly random ingredients into something that gets them to Vegas for
the day. Meanwhile, they can't convert that winning energy into a win at
dinner service thanks to the unexpected return of Robert, who sees his
shot at Whistler go up in flames.
The men still can't believe "that Biggins
is gone". Andy has a feeling that the next time he goes up, he's out.
Dave says that Robert was a skilled chef and that Andy was just lucky.
The women, meanwhile, are hoping to lose Suzanne like a bad virus.
New day, new challenge, and this one's a
classic Gordon Ramsay challenge... the palate test. Tennille sits out.
Ariel vs. Van. The items: cream
cheese, venison, pecans, leeks.
Ariel: Cream cheese, leeks
WOMEN lead, 2-1.
Dave vs. Suzanne. The items: turkey,
zucchini, quince, egg yolk
Suzanne: turkey, egg yolk
WOMEN lead, 4-2
Kevin vs. Sabrina. The items: iceberg
lettuce, grapefruit, oregano, clams
WOMEN lead, 5-3
Andy vs. Amanda. The items: lychee,
avocado, ahi tuna
WOMEN WIN, 6-4
As a reward, the ladies head to one of
Ramsay's favorite eateries in LA ... Opaque. Yep, the one that serves in
the dark. Meanwhile, the men will be preparing a palate cleansing sorbet
for the next service from deliveries to be delivered. Think blueberries,
raspberries, blackberries, pomegranates, lemons, watermelon. And while
the women dine in the dark, the men will be dining... a la blender.
"You're not supposed to drink duck."
But seriously, if you get a chance, eat
in the dark. It boosts the rest of your senses, taste included, to near
While Suzanne takes the opportunity to
suck up to Ramsay, the men's punishment... just sucks.
The next day, prep for service begins,
and the women divide up against Suzanne, which makes her crazy.
It's almost time to open up for service.
The men are one down, so someone will be manning a station AND serving
sorbet. Ariel will be serving sorbet. Ramsay wants consistency. Will he
get it tonight?
"JP? Open Hell's Kitchen, please."
Tennille and Andy looks to lead the
charge on apps. It's go time. No excuses. The men start on their first
order, while the women are doing the same. Suzanne serves perfect
scallops, while Kevin delivers on the risotto. Good starts for both
teams. Now let's go to the sorbets. Van takes over for Kevin who's
serving, but his risotto is bland. He needs cheese. That's all. But his
risotto doesn't go over well with the diners.
Kitchens move on to entrees. Amanda's
bearing the brunt of Ramsay's wrath, as she serves half a portion of
tagliatelli. The men, on the other hand, are coordinated by Andy... who
shuts down. Kevin comes back to chaos. But they get back on track, while
the Reds have to get it together never mind that Sabrina on meat and
Suzanne on fish can't. Lamb isn't close to finished... but it's served
anyway. That's going back to the kitchen... and Sabrina's going to the
bar to eat it.
Tennille gets her turn on meat. She turns
into a rockstar. The men find a rhythm and the diners are happy about
it. Except for Sabrina, who rejoins the kitchen. Meanwhile, the men have
the finish line in their sights... BUT Andy is running out of mashed
potatoes. Andy says that it's going to be very close. Ramsay says...
"YOU'RE very close." He barely has enough to finish. The women are
close to the finish line as well... but Suzanne needs another minute on
fish. Now the team has to start on the tray again. And the diners are
The men are down to their final three...
and they're out of potatoes, leaving Dave to quickly mash some up and
Andy to smooth things over in the dining room. Suzanne's desperate to
get her fish out. But her halibut is cold, something Suzanne blames on
Amanda. Ramsay's left with his head in his hands.
Andy's the only one who's holding up the
men. Dave finishes up service and the men get ready for dessert. The
women finish up as well, but it's not as consistent as Ramsay would
like. Blue Team wins the service on the back of Dave's performance,
while Tennille's left to choose two teammates to send to Ramsay for
elimination. She already knows who she's putting up, Suzanne for
throwing the team under the bus, something she charges that she's not
responsible for. Amanda and Sabrina also had some tough services. This
is going to be a tough one.
At elimination, Tennille makes good on
her word, putting Suzanne up for being a weak cook and putting Sabrina
up for not stepping up. Ramsay also wants to talk to Amanda.
Suzanne says that her team doesn't
believe in her. Tennille denies that. Sabrina says she's a team player,
something she blames on Suzanne. Amanda says she can cook and she can
win Hell's Kitchen.
Tough decision... but Suzanne is sent
back to the line. Amanda... jacket off.
"Amanda was a sweet girl, but sweet girls
don't make great head chefs."
Tomorrow, Ramsay's going to kick it up a
notch, to borrow a phrase from another chef.
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