'Hell's Kitchen' Recap: Episode 5.5 (Page 1/3)
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Last time on Hell's Kitchen: Dinner service was disaster service. Seth got the boot, and Lacey was moved to the Men's team… with much rejoicing from the Women's side.

Tonight on Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay tests the 12 remaining chefs to create three Asian-fusion dishes utilizing poultry, seafood and beef. The teams then present their dishes for judging by Chef Ramsay and Tanya Steel, Editor-in-Chief of Epicurious.com

The women hug and laugh and almost cry out of the joy of being rid of Lacey. The men group up and tell Lacey that they don't want another Seth. She says if she sucks, they should put her up for elimination. They say they won't hesitate. Lacey's happy to be away from the “drama” of the women's team (which all revolved around her).

The next day, Ramsay has the chefs on the road to the Asian market. J sounds confident about his Asian cooking skills. Ramsay collects the chefs and explains the “fusion” challenge: each team has 25 minutes and $100 to buy ingredients for 1 poultry, 1 seafood, and 1 beef Asian-inspired dishes. Andrea once again takes charge of the Red team, yelling out orders, but Carol is skeptical if being loud means being a leader.

The Blue team takes a looser approach, piecing their dishes together as they run down the aisles. The men ignore Lacey's contributions and don't take her seriously as a teammember. Both teams make it to the checkout on time and on budget.

They have one hour to complete their dishes, and split up into pairs. Ben takes Lacey “under his wing,” and Lacey already shows resentment when he tells her what to do. Robert and Danny team up to make a “Fatman Slim's Asian BBQ” dish. Ramsay checks on the women and worries that their tuna dish seems too boring and too Asian. Paula collects the team to rethink the dish. Lacey is largely being ignored by the team, and the men put her on the easiest jobs.

She barely contributes to the dishes. Ramsay introduces Tanya Steel of Epicurious.com to help him judge. He tells them that the winning team will have their dishes featured on the site. The teams will face off dish by dish.

First up are Robert and Carol to present their poultry dishes. The women's chicken is dry, but has good flavors, says Tanya. But the men's delicious BBQ chicken dish trumps and wins the face off. Second, Paula presents her altered tuna tempura with aioli, and the chefs agree it is perfectly cooked. Ben's pan-seared scallops with sea urchin caviar sauce doesn't stand up, and both chefs choose the women's dish. The teams are now tied. For the last dish, Andrea presents kobe beef sashimi with a spicy Korean sauce. The chefs agree that the beef is good, but the seasoning is clumsy. J blanks on the name of his dish, which Giovanni pipes in is a beef pizzaiola with undercooked rice. Ramsay leaves it up to Tanya to decide, and she picks the women, who win the challenge.

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