Previously on Hell’s Kitchen
: the chefs got crabby in their challenge, and Gordon got even crabbier with Carol during dinner service, and she got the surprise boot during elimination.
Tonight we’ve been promised high tensions as the remaining chefs join forces to form one team, an intense challenge with the best reward for the winner yet, a painful physical punishment for the losers, and one trip to the medic!
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After Carol’s elimination, the chefs return to the dorms. Bentensity and Robert are shocked and relieved that they avoided elimination. Robert confesses that he’s not in the game to make friends, and he’ll step on anyone to get to the top.
Challenge day: Ramsay Paula who the weakest chef on the Red team is, and she says Andrea. He asks Danny about the Blue team, and he says Ben.
He has Ben and Andrea step forward, and the lights dim. Is someone going home? Ramsay asks Ben why he should stay, and he says he’s a leader who hasn’t peaked, and he’s strong. Andrea also says she has leadership and talent, and she’s never given up or even come close to it. Ramsay asks both Andrea and Ben to take off their jackets! Whoa!
Wait… nevermind. He tells them that to take off their jackets because they’re part of the final Black team. Each man and woman for him and herself! They all get new black jackets.
Challenge time: The winner is going to San Francisco on a culinary tour with Chef Ramsay. Danny wants the prize so badly he can taste it. The challenge: each chef has the 14 same ingredients with which to make a creative dish. They have to use them all. They have 30 minutes.
It’s tough to catch all the ingredients being used, but I caught: chicken, rosemary, penne pasta, mushrooms, tomato, capers, shallots, wine, lemon, and some herbs.
Bentensity uses his anger at Danny for calling him out as fuel in his fire to do well in this challenge. Oh so quickly, the thirty minutes are up. Ramsay calls up Andrea, and her rosemary-skewered chicken is “better than it looks.” Giovanni’s dish is “good,” and Paula’s is “delicious.” Ramsay says Robert’s chicken is slightly dry, but the flavor is “lovely.” Next is Danny, whose dish is “very nice” on all accounts. Finally it’s Ben, who over-explains his dish’s entire process once more, but Ramsay commends the flavor, and the fact that Ben used the drumstick, unlike anyone else.
Ramsay says he is happy with the 6 dishes’ individuality, and he knows he has the right final 6 chefs with him.
He narrows the field down to Ben and Danny, and after some deliberation… Ben wins! Finally, all that Bentensity pays off. Ben says he wants to “take the competition by the horns and ride it to victory.” Ramsay asks Ben to pick someone to go with him, and he picks Robert.
Up next: Prize and punishment.
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