16 Chefs Compete
"A stallion must first be broken before
it can reach its potential." -Spock (Zachary Quinto), "Star Trek"
Chef Ramsay is back into the breach for
the seventh time, and this time, he's guaranteeing that the first dinner
service will be completed all the way through, but seeing this season's
ragtag bunch of chefs may make him eat his words. Grab a plate... it's
This season's group of the damned
Siobhan Allgood (25;
Philadelphia): pub executive chef
Ed Battaglia (33; Edgewater Park, NJ): highschool cooking teacher
Jamie Bisoulis (26; Chicago): sous chef
Salvatore Coppola (35; Laurel Springs, NJ by way of Naples,
Italy): pizzeria chef
Jason Ellis (37; Suwannee, GA): personal chef
Andrew Forster (28; Wake Forest, NC): farmer
Scott Hawley (32; New York City): executive chef
Nilka Hendricks (28; West Hempstead, NY): line cook
Fran Kiler (44; Rockville Centre, NY): catering chef
Benjamin Knack (33; Malden, MA): culinary instructor
Autumn Lewis (29; West Hollywood, CA): personal chef
Jay Santos (32; Medford, MA): executive chef
Stacey Slichta (38; Studio City, CA): private chef
Mikey Termini (29; Maui, HI): line cook
Maria Torrisi (24; Scranton, PA): kitchen supervisor
Holli Ugalde (24; San Bernardino, CA): banquet chef
The press, which has gathered for the
arrival, is convinced that one of these people is the next culinary
superstar... as Chef Ramsay opens up with a shocker: the first dinner
service of season 7 WILL BE COMPLETED. It's never been done before. Will
tonight be the night?
Signature Dish Round starts NOW!
First up, that mousy little twerp and her
Veal Scallopini was pretty good... But seeing as that's his wife Tana in
disguise, hers will not be up for evaluation. But hey, I wanted to eat
it. The point is... Experience counts for nothing; it's all about the
Now to judge...
Maria: filet mignon with vegetables
Salvatore: bucatini all'amatriciana
WINNER: MARIA (Ladies lead, 1-0)
Benjamin: Lobster agnolotti
Holli: Banana-leaf wrapped halibut
WINNER: BENJAMIN (Tied at 1)
Scott: Duck breast
Jamie: Creamy Chicken Kiev (with a toothpick)
WINNER: ... No one.
Tattooed Mikey: Brie stuffed with lobster
Dreadlocked Siobhan: Seared ahi tuna
WINNER: ... BOTH! (Tied at 2)
WINNER: Jay (Men lead, 3-2)
Fran vs. Jason
WINNER: Jason (Men lead, 4-2)
WINNER: Autumn (Men lead, 4-3)
Nilka: Sweet & spicy wings
Andrew: Steak tartare
WINNER: ... Nobody. (Men win, 4-3)
Reward and punishment later... Right now,
the prize. The winner will be the head chef of Gordon's restaurant in
Savoy Hotel... in LONDON!
The chefs head to the dorms, where they
are presented with their jackets, a menu, a book to study, and a set of
Henckel knives. The knives are theirs to keep, but the jacket stays on
only as long as you are in Hell's Kitchen. The red team gets to
studying, while the blue team also studies...
And then an alarm goes off. At the end of
the fire is Ramsay teaching the players via video how to cook Lobster
Risotto... (cues "The F Word" theme music) Arborio rice...
Lobster Risotto... DONE.
The lessons continue into the night with
filet of beef, scallops, roasted duck,... well, you get it.
The next morning, Andi wakes up the
ladies for their punishment: breakfast in bed for the guys. Okay, enjoy.
... Now back to business. Time to give Chef Ramsay his perfect service.
Scott is emerging as a leader, though some think that he's a strong
"JP... Open Hell's Kitchen! Let's go!"
Some of Hell's Kitchen's favorite dishes
are back on the menu. Remember, Ramsay has guaranteed a completed dinner
service. To take some pressure off of the kitchen, Jay (blue) and Nilka
(red) will prep Caesar salads in the dining room. Stacey thinks that
she's going to rock the fish... and you know what happens next. She
doesn't. Sal's capellini is burned. And so is his shallots. No
appetizers are leaving the kitchen, as Nilka and Jay are busy keeping
the diners distracted. Fran's potatoes are not up to scratch. Benjamin's
tasting... but then he's double dipping. NOT GOOD. Fran puts CRAB in the
Forty-five minutes into dinner, and Chef
Ramsay's promise is in danger. Jamie's first entree... is stone. Cold.
And Maria is laughing about it. And she's laughing about being chided
down... Maria... Jamie... and Fran... are sent back to the dorms
(begrudgingly), and Nilka is sent back into the kitchen.
No entrees are leaving the red kitchen an
hour into the service. Mikey's halibut... is raw. Now that the ladies
are in the kitchen five deep, they're starting to get entrees out.
Meanwhile, Benjamin is cooking the stock
before the rice, Sal is trying to heat up food with a cold pan, and
neither of them are listening. BOTH are getting the boot. And Stacey...
may just join them after a slow salmon. And... so is Mikey.
Two and a half hours, and both chefs are
stalled. Four chefs in the red, five in the blue. BOTH teams will work
together for the rest of the service. Ramsay refuses to shut down.
Ed is getting the team jumping on dishes,
and it's paying off dividends. Three tickets left... Two.... One....
"Switch it off, let's go." Call it a
moral victory... for the BLUES. The Reds were behind all night. No best
of the worst tonight, they'll have to come up with two people to go up
to the chopping block. Stacey screwed up her section. Maria was
frazzled. Autumn would nominate Fran & Stacey. Autumn just stood there,
not a team player.
Autumn first nominates Stacey. She didn't
recover. Second... Fran. She also couldn't recover. Fran thinks that she
didn't do the worst today, though she didn't know the difference between
lobster and crab, something she attributes to being a kosher chef.
Stacey lacks strength.
Being shown the door first.... is STACEY.
"It's a good thing Stacey's a private
chef. Her food wasn't good enough for the public."
Night one is done... but the war is just
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