16 Chefs Compete
Last summer, we say Gordon Ramsay in unfamiliar
territory... Assisted by two of the culinary world's greatest talents, he was a
pillar of support for home cooks everywhere as they competed for a shot at
cookery glory in "MasterChef".
Tonight, he's back in his element, taking the
already gifted cooks and chefs of America and putting them through fire. It's
time to reopen Hell's Kitchen!
And here to serve up their signature dishes...
the 16 chefs, selected from well over 10,000, who are competing for a position
as head chef of LA Market in the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles.
Antonia Boregman; 40; Line Cook; Chicago, IL
Boris Poleschuk; 38; Catering Chef; Manalapan, NJ
Lewis "Curtis" Curtis; 26 Executive Chef; Beebe, AR
Emily Kutchins (and her massive breasts); 29; Executive Chef, Senior Home;
Gail Novenario; 28; Executive Chef; Wantagh, NY
Jillian Flathers; 28; Sous Chef; Pagosa Springs, CO
Lisa LaFranca; 48; Corporate Food Director; Brooklyn, NY
Louis Repucci; 28; Children's Camp Chef; Diamond Bar, CA
Melissa Doney; 31; Executive Sous Chef; Albany, NY
Nona Sivley; 29; Sous Chef; Fort Worth, TX
Raj Brandston; 49; Personal Chef; Queens, NY
Rob McCue; 36; Law Firm Chef; Massapequa, NY
Russell Kook II; 29; Sous Chef; Madison, WI
Sabrina Brimhall; 22; Prep Chef; Moreno Valley, CA
Trev McGrath; 30; Line Cook/Bartender; Chicago, IL
Vinny Accardi Jr.; 29; Line Cook; Queens, NY
Hope you brought your A-game... Because Chef
Ramsay has brought BETTER.
First, though... someone has to unlock the joint.
Enter... James, the new maitre D at Hell's Kitchen, who's been directed to truck
the chefs to the site of the winning chef's ultimate victory, the JW Marriott.
Needless to say, it's very beautiful. And so is the starting salary: a
quarter-mill. The wrong industry, I'm in it.
But you only get to see so much. Because it's
time to get back to work. "Bloody hell, here we go again." Tell me about it.
CHALLENGE #1: Signature Dishes
As per Hell's Kitchen dogma, the men will compete
against the women.
They have 45 minutes to cook something amazing.
Emily: Duck breasts with crepe & walnut compote
Russell: Calamari steak with salsa verde
WINNER: BOTH! (Tied at 1)
Nona: Fried chicken with asparagus
Vinny: Herb-Oil Poached Halibut
WINNER: VINNY (Men lead, 2-1)
And before the next round, Sabrina already gets
on Ramsay's nerves. He mistakes tire for disinterest.
Antonia: Mardi Gras Gumbo... which makes Ramsay
Curtis: Lemon Pepper Chicken
WINNER: No one.
Jillian: Herb & Vegetable Stuffed Chicken
Rob: Rack of Lamb
WINNER: JILLIAN (Tied at 2)
Trev: "An embarrassment"
Lisa: "Why's it so dry"
Melissa: Who knows.
Boris: WIN. (Men lead, 3-2)
Raj: "A seafood & vegetable pancake"
Sabrina: Piccata fish with grilled endive
WINNER: SABRINA (Tied at 3)
To break the tie, Chef Ramsay picks the worst
dish EVER served in the opener... Antonia's liquid (^_^). The ladies have to
clean, while the men get pampered with champagne, massages, caviar, and just
relaxation all over. Because in Hell's Kitchen, you do not want to lose.
Meanwhile, Raj gets drunk... and engaged in a
little drunken boxing.
The next day, it's prep for the grand reopening.
Each chef gets their own set of knives.
Meanwhile, in the middle of filming her talking
head, Antonia crashes onto the floor after complaining of a massive headache.
Antonia is rushed to the hospital, but the show must go on. Ramsay gives James
the once-over on his job, keeping things moving, keeping the dining room
hopping. Any questions, ask him. And for the first... James... OPEN HELL'S
DINNER SERVICE #1
One chef from each team will be taking orders for
an amuse-bouche pizza. Raj has a bit of an issue in the wait position, but now
that the pizzas are served, we start with apps. Jillian's first pasta impressed.
Trev's first salad... not so much. No apps have left the blue kitchen. The Reds
have served half of their apps, but not everyone has received their pizzas.
Because, as Boris said... "It's raw!" Ramsay doesn't like being laughed at. Duh.
Lisa's slow on apps. Her scallops... suck. Trev's
salad... also sucks. Ninety minutes in... and the first table of apps is gone.
Sabrina cooked all of her entrees out of order... and shows them to Ramsay. Why?
Who knows. Raj teams up with Boris. It's like "watching two idiots work a
After two hours, no entrees have left EITHER
kitchen. And the diners are fed up, walking out. Ramsay ultimately loses all
hope, patience, and cool, SHUTTING BOTH KITCHENS DOWN in what will go down in
history as the WORST opening service in Hell's Kitchen EVER.
Both teams will nominate two for elimination.
The men ultimate choose Raj and Trev. With the
women, it's a little more complicated. Lisa can't handle the pressure on the
line, while Lisa and Nona fight it out to avoid the second spot.
Before the elimination, Ramsay informs the crew
that Antonia will NOT be returning to Hell's Kitchen on the back of her
evacuation last night. But someone will go home.
Louis from the Blues nominates Raj (delusional
performance) and Trev (poor apps). Gail nominates Lisa (poor performance on
fish) and Sabrina (lack of teamwork).
Trev thinks he can do this. Raj hopes he can make
up for his performance. Lisa knows she can do better than this. Sabrina owns her
mistake... and calls Lisa "spent".
Ramsay sends Sabrina and Trev back to the line.
But the game is over for... LISA.
"The only thing positive I can say about Lisa's
performance tonight, she didn't kill anyone."
But the fireworks have only started in Hell's Kitchen. Tomorrow is a new day...
but it's the same old drama. We must pause 10 seconds for station
identification... This is "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox.
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