Six Chefs Compete
Last time, Nilka was sent
packing in the middle of service, leaving only the final
six to compete for the head chef position at Chef
Ramsay's new spot in the UK. Ed, the teacher, Ben the
prodigy, Autumn the unflushable, Holli the hottie, Jason
the walking attitude problem, and Jay... the dude with
The day after... the
first individual challenge. This one is about the five
forgotten points on Iron Chef: presentation. All six
chefs are charged with making a dish that looks as good
as it tastes. Judging will be a class of culinary
students and friend of HK Tanya Steel of epicurious.com.
Thirty minutes to do
so... Off you go!
The top two.... Ed
(Pan-seared Striped Bass) and Benjamin (Pan-seared
Halibut). Tanya will get to taste their dishes. And she
decides.... BENJAMIN wins. The reward: he is getting a
makeover, because his dish (and his mug) are going to be
in Epicurious (with the recipe, so you can try it on
your own time!). Apparently it's the only thing he
WASN'T in. The others are going to learn MORE about
presentation, because dinner is tomorrow night, and HK
needs to be cooking.
The next day, sous-chef
Scott, the one that's been on TV all the time, informs
the chefs that the menu has changed. The lobster is
gone, and in its place, the halibut that Ben made.
Benjamin spends the better part of the day teaching the
rest of the chefs how to make that dish.
Fastforward to tonight,
where the chef's tables will return with special guest
diners. No pressure... OPEN HELL'S KITCHEN!
Ed starts out at fish, while Benjamin,
who made the fish special, is on meat. Doesn't make sense to me, but oh
well. Turns out the halibut is THE dish to have tonight, as everyone is
asking for it. Jason is on garnish, making bland pasta. Autumn is trying
to help Ben out with his station, but Ben ignores her. Ramsay sees it
and tells him to listen to her. He responds as only Benjamin Knack
would... by telling Autumn to get out of his way.
Then he drops chicken... and a plate of
grilled poultry as well. So for those of you playing the home game,
chicken does NOT fly. Needless to say, he needs to slow down and think
Ed is no better at cooking fish entrees
as he was cooking fish starters. Repeated offenses may lead to his
ouster back to the dorms, and now Jay is in danger because he has to
refire all of the garnishes for every fish dish Ed undercooks. Benjamin
decides that now's as good as any a time to get Ed to start cooking the
fish properly. And then HOLLI has to come over to help. Three people on
apps. Meanwhile, Ben's beef needs to be refired because he's helping ED!
Tonight's scallops are the straw that
burned the Scotsman's back. As predicted a couple of paragraphs ago, Ed
is getting the rush BACK to the dorms. And he's taking BENJAMIN with
The remaining four chefs predictably come
together as a unified team when the VIP shows up... It's former Center
Square Whoopi Goldberg! Her dinner (and the rest of the diners) proceeds
without much incident, and the team goes from the best service in ages
Ramsay's decision: group choice, two
nominees for elimination.
Jay and Benjamin point out that Ramsay
wanted the worst chefs overall, thinking that Autumn clearly fits the
bill. Autumn wants to see ... anyone but her.
Autumn nominates herself, due to being on
the block five times previous. Her second nomination: Ed. He's been
overwhelmed. Ed says he's a great multitasker, while Autumn says that
the team is out to get her. She's more consistent than her team leads
him to believe.
Autumn... is getting ONE MORE FREAKING
CHANCE. Ed turns in his jacket, having been on a downward spiral for too
"Ed was one of the favorites because of
his strong start. Unfortunately in cooking it's not how you start, it's
how you finish."
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