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If you can't stand the heat, you're not going to last long in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen.

Recaps by Chico & Quisla Alexander, GSNN

Host Gordon Ramsay
Sous Chefs Scott Liebfried
Andrea "Andi" van Willigan
Maitre d' James Lukanik
Announcer Jason Thompson
Creator Gordon Ramsay
EP Arthur Smith
Kent Weed
Gordon Ramsay
Packager A. Smith & Co. Productions
ITV Studios
Origins Century Studios, Los Angeles
Web fox.com/hellskitchen
Airs 8p Mon & Tues, Fox

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13 Chefs Compete
August 1

Elise may be good on the line, but her attitude - and her hit list - stink. For the last two nights, she's been dragging the team on a downward spiral. Still, Chino couldn't cook to save his life, and he was shown the door, leaving the lucky 13. Meanwhile, Hurricane Elise continues to storm through the dorms... and it looks like landfall may yet occur during dinner.

The next day... it's time for chemistry class. Nah, it's actually a refresher course in...

CHALLENGE #5: Molecular Gastronomy... Old School Style (back to basics: fire, water, and protein)

Joining Ramsay in the kitchen... Chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche of Moto in Chicago, the leading restaurant when you're both a techie and a foodie. As an example... sound waves + orange + LNO = ... A Dreamsicle Sorbet.

The chefs are going to use fire and water to cook six different proteins. They have 45 minutes to boil, poach, or steam their way to the most points. Because the women have seven, they will cook two prawn dishes and drop one (they end up dropping Carrie's).

JONATHON: "Meat, potatoes, and vegetables"
JENNIFER: Boiled Filet in a Basil Ponzu Sauce
WINNER: Jennifer (Red up, 1-0)

MONTERRAY: Prawns Eggs Benedict
ELIZABETH: Spaghetti with Prawns
CARRIE: Prawns in a Beurre Blanc Sauce
WINNER: ... None.

JAMIE: Poached Salmon with a Citrus Jasmine Sauce
WILL: Double Boiled Egg on Salmon
WINNER: Blue (Tied at 1)

GINA: Poached Hen with Mushrooms
TOMMY: Poached Leg with Breast - "I don't usually think about things. I just do them." CLEARLY.
WINNER: Gina (Red up, 2-1)

ELISE: ... in a Beurre Monte Sauce
PAUL: ... Citrus Poached
WINNER: Paul (Tied at 2)

NATALIE: Veal Terrine in Greens
KRUPA: Poached Veal in Broth. ONE BIG ISSUE, though. THAT... is NOT veal. That's filet mignon.
WINNER: ... Nobody.

Red Team had two mistakes... The best dish sat on the side, and the veal... was also to the side. WINNER, BLUE!

Both teams will be getting wet. The Blues are going to a spa in Beverly Hills. The Reds are going to be scrubbing HK's fountain and prepping both kitchens for dinner TONIGHT.

How does an experienced chef not know the difference between veal and beef?

At the spa, we see Natalie's tramp stamp and Tommy's... everywhere-else stamp. Ye. Gods.

From the spa, we go right into.... "James, open Hell's Kitchen please!"


In addition to the menu, the chef has offered a tableside service of halibut sashimi, with Jennifer on the Reds and Natalie on the Blues handling.

Paul organizes the Blues to a good start. Krupa's still on the whole meat mix-up from earlier. Will it cost her her risotto? "The risotto is like soup." Yep. Second time is perfect. She finds her groove, while Jennifer is sweating it out in the dining room... Literally.

The Blues complete their appetizers and are relying on Jonathon, Tommy, and Monterray to keep the momentum going into the entrees. Krupa and Gina will have to work together to catch up on the appetizers. Gina's in a bit of a rush with the pasta, which slows Krupa down. No communication. And no surprise, the pasta's undercooked. Entrees are flying out of the Blue Side, but Monterray's raw wellies may halt that. Krupa is finally ready for more spaghetti... and Ramsay's ready to send Krupa back upstairs... which is precisely what happens.

One hour into service, the Reds finally pull it together, and the customers are happy. Monterray and Tommy hope to do the same with meat and fish. Tommy doesn't talk... or remember things. Meanwhile, the Blue diners are starting to become belligerent. The Reds are on entrees now... and they may be off them soon enough. No one is talking with anyone, Gina chiefly. Over in the Blue Kitchen, Monterray's sinking the ship... and he's taking Tommy with him upstairs.

Nearly two hours into service, will Gina and Elise finally start talking to each other? Guess not. They only communicate in levels suited for alley cats fighting. And now... REDS' night is done (except for Jennifer, Carrie, Elizabeth & Jamie). Ramsay's had it. Elise... she's just getting started.

Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, the rest of the crew is finishing up dinner. But Ramsay still isn't seeing a leader anywhere, so he charges both teams to come up with a consensus of two people each who'll do the team justice... by LEAVING.

Making it short and sweet on the Blue Side, Tomboy and Monty. The Reds... a little more complicated. Elise would vote for Krupa and Gina, Jennifer would vote for Gina, and Elise... is ready to go out swinging.


But first, the Blues nominate Monterray (meat blunders) and Tommy (lacks communication). The Reds nominate Krupa (returning appetizer) and Elise (communication issues).

Elise says she has a lot to give, saying that Gina is the weakest. Krupa had a bad day, saying that Gina is the weakest. Tommy needed to be vocal. Monterray says he pushes hard for his team.

Elise... "I agree with you. GINA, take your jacket off."

So another night and another service where Elise is going to have the last word... unless Ramsay - who still has yet to give up on his brigade - does.

"They say good things come in small packages. Unfortunately in Gina's case, her talent matched her size... Tiny."

To see this episode in its entirety, go to fox.com/hellskitchen.