Nine Chefs Compete
The brigade had a good service albeit for
the ineptitude of three chefs, one of them a non-issue now. The other
two, though, are having it out in the dorms, as Siobhan strives to prove
herself to Benjamin. Or, to use her words, "cook his ass under the
The next day, the chefs get ready to go
French... dip, that is. The brigade head to Philippe's in Los Angeles,
one of the city's oldest restaurants, over 100 years young. If you know
what a French dip is, basically, it's a hard roll dipped in the jus of
beef. Kinda started by accident, but in the end, it's really good.
Now the chefs have to improve upon it by
making their OWN gourmet sandwich in 30 minutes. The Reds will have to
sit out the "worst" sandwiches... Siobhan begrudgingly accepts it.
Ed: Grilled Ahi Openface
Ben: Ahi with Watercress on Ciabatta
WINNER: ... TIE!
Jason: Lobster coleslaw sloppy joe
Holli: Smoked duck on pumpernickel
WINNER: ... TIE! (2-2)
Jay: Country pork pate with Vietnamese slaw and romaine hearts.
Fran: Balsamic chicken... on soggy bread.
WINNER: JAY (Blue lead, 3-2)
Autumn: Roasted pork loin with balsamic reduction
Nilka: Roasted pork with Arugula and truffle mayonnaise
WINNER: NILKA (Tied at 3)
The tiebreaker... is Siobhan's sandwich.
Ahi tuna on "challah" with San Andreas cheese. Chef Ramsay notes that
Siobhan's sandwich should've gone up against Jay's. Winner... BLUE! The
Reds are going to make homemade peanut butter and jam sandwiches for an
amuse-bouche. The Blues... are going to California wine country. The bad
news: it's a four hour drive. The good news, we've got a private jet.
And apparently the entire team is up
against that one.
On the reward, the Blue Team really don't
get the concept of a wine tasting. It's a "tasting". You don't drink it
like it's Kool-Aid. Autumn learns that the hard way and gets herself and
the team a little ... I believe the phrase is "tore up." And Holli...
gets Ed a little MORE tore up. Goodbye quiet reserved Ed.. Hello ...
The next day, the Reds are ready to go.
The Blues... are a little over hung. And Scott is a little pissed... and
not in the good way. The Blues are lagging on prep because the team
"overindulged". They seared the halibut immediately... though halibut is
not on the menu. For better or worse... it's dinner time. OPEN HELL'S
First order comes in, Fran's first
risotto.... ever. And it's good. The Blues' first starters are
slow-going and less in sync than in previous service. Ramsay sends forth
the motivational rear-end. Perhaps he should send one over to Fran as
well as she goes back to a crap risotto. The blue apps are going out,
while Ramsay wants to push out entrees. Which means that Autumn needs to
pick it up. Over in the Reds, Siobhan's scallops are not even CLOSE to
fine... And now, she's gone to EAT her mistakes.
She reenters the kitchen as Ben takes
over for fish. And pushes Siobhan to the wayside. Meanwhile, one
customer decides to take matters into his own hands and go have a word
with Ramsay. BIG MISTAKE.
Nilka's chicken is raw... Autumn's still
working at a snail's pace against the rest of the grain. Jay's duck is
raw... And the whole of the Blue Team is sent to the showers.
... and so is the Red Team. No winners
tonight, folks. At least everyone cops to their mistakes. But two of
each are going to take it on the chin for them.
Blues begrudgingly decide on Autumn and
Ed. Reds are a little more... "I pick Siobhan." Okay, never mind. Nilka
wants Fran gone. Fran wants Nilka gone. Ben wants Siobhan gone.
Siobhan... doesn't really know what she wants.
Autumn (garnishes were late), Ed (raw
duck), Siobhan (out of her depth), and... Fran (disorganized) are all
sent to face the devil. Ed was rushing things. Autumn was the weakest...
but she can come back. Fran has spent more time at elimination than in
the kitchen. Siobhan allowed to get herself kicked off the section.
That ultimately costs her. She's got far
too little experience to roll with the pack.
"Siobhan got pushed around a lot in
Hell's Kitchen. So it was up to me to finally push her out."
We're down to the top half of this year
in Hell's Kitchen. Which means that it's time to start the final push
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