Seven Chefs Compete
Resolved: Autumn's had her BEST
performances in the kitchen on the red side... so now she's cooking
there, but she has ONE more chance.
The next day, we're going to have a
little Iron Chef competition. The theme ingredient... Live 10-pound
lobster. Each chef has 45 minutes to cook a dish, and each team gets one
lobster only. Seriously, not even Fox has enough for everyone.
Red decides to sit out Nilka's dish. And
by that, Nilka decides to sit out Nilka's dish. Judging the dishes will
be Michelin-starred chefs Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Michael Cimarusti (Provence),
and David LeFevre (Water Grill).
ROUND 1: HOLLI VS. ED
Holli: Butter Poached Lobster with Fennel Salad
Ed: Lobster Tail Medallions with Ginger Puree
WINNER: ... HOLLI (Red lead, 1-0)
ROUND 2: AUTUMN VS. JASON
Autumn: Lobster Stir Fry
Jason: Lobster Tail with Saffron Polenta
WINNER: ... JASON (Tie game)
ROUND 3: BEN VS. JAY
Ben: Poached Lobster with Sherry Vinaigrette
Jay: Lobster Knuckle with Black Truffle Cappuccino
WINNER: ... NOBODY.
Chef Ramsay will break the tie... in
favor of Holli's dish. RED WINS! They're going to live it up with a
caviar tasting and $1000 to spend HOWEVER THEY WANT. You don't want to
lose a challenge, you didn't want to lose THIS one. The Blue Team will
have to clean the dorms and prep both kitchens for service tonight. And
they have to start on the Red side.
And at the reward, Autumn, true to form,
overdoes it. At the punishment, the men are dressed like Motel 6.
The Blues have finished prepping the Red
Kitchen... but they have NOT prepped their own. AT ALL. With 15 minutes
to even start. And it gets even better... All of the teams are cooking
IN the Red Kitchen (Jay TTBJs) as one team. AND they have 2.5 hours to
serve the dinner because there's a show afterwards, and you know
theatre... They NEVER let anyone in after the doors shut.
And Holli will serve caviar tableside as
the winner of the last challenge.
That said, let's open Hell's Kitchen!
Nilka stats with raw scallops.
Half an hour into service, apps are
coming out, and the first entrees are coming out. Nilka's turbot is raw.
And the lobsters are taking time... And they're going BACK to the oven.
And Nilka's going back into the back with Ramsay.
With 90 minutes inside the service, Nilka
reenters the kitchen, hopefully calmed. Meanwhile, Ed's starting to
flame out on garnish. Literally. Jason's trying to cook chicken,
Wellington, duck, and beef... and they're all going out to the diners
perfectly. Nilka's turbot... is giving her fits. That gives Ramsay
fits... and when Ramsay gets fits, someone usually goes home.
That would be... Nilka. Ramsay wants her
jacket. NOW. Nilka begs to differ. I mean literally. BEGS. Even to the
point that she goes back into the kitchen and tries to cook something.
Ramsay tells the brigade to follow his lead...
Meanwhile, the kitchen springs back to
life with 30 minutes to go. With last tables coming, it looks like the
chefs are going to make it.
Afterwards, Nilka finally faces her fate
... and Chef Ramsay with a waiting cab. In the end, cooler heads
prevail, Ramsay thanks her for her service... and kindly asks two
things: 1) she keep her head high, and 2) she take her jacket off.
Final time... 2:15. By and large, the
best service in Hell's Kitchen. But still, someone's gotta go.
Jason wants Ed and Autumn. Ed says he
fought back. Jay says bigger picture with Autumn. Ben and Autumn go with
Ed and Jason. It's a tough call to make, but it's gotta be made, and
it's gotta be made now.
Ed (slowed down service) and Autumn
(weakest cook) are nominated. Ed gets called out for his asparagus
flambé, while Autumn is called out for taking so darn long to come out
of her shell...
Ramsay wants both jackets... so he can
hand over the black ones! Welcome to the Final Six!
"Tonight was the best service we've
had in Hell's Kitchen, and that's why I rewarded the Final Six. Now only
the BEST chefs remain. Nilka was clearly out of her depth."
We have the chosen six. But who will be
the chosen one? We're back in two weeks. Enjoy the All-Star Game!
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