So we've made it to the final six, which any other season is an accomplishment. This year, I'd say most of the remaining chefs owe it to dumb luck. However, as much as it may be hard to believe that any of these cooks are going to be running Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant, they each got a tour of the building that will become their new culinary home. (Maybe Gordon's waiting to see if he should put in an all-you-can eat buffet, based on who wins.) The chefs were also dumbfounded by the $250,000 they got to peek at, and who wouldn't be? I'm still hoping someone proves to me that they deserve the prize money.
After changing out of their red and blue coats to become a single team, the chefs launched into the first individual challenge, in which each chef cooked a protein they were assigned. Matt made a roasted veal loin, Christina prepared a pan-seared sea bass and Jen chose a risky thin-sliced ribeye steak. Additionally, Bobby made his version of a duck noodle soup, Corey made a lobster soup and Petrozza prepared a stuffed chicken breast. Gordon was pleased with these dishes across the board, calling it a "refreshing change." (Even Matt smelled victory!) However, Chef Ramsay was upset that Corey didn't use more of her lobster and even though his soup was on the verge of being perfect, Bobby's duck was tough. Jen's ribeye and Christina's bass were the top two dishes in Gordon's eyes, with the victory going to Jen, as her "dangerous dish that paid off." Gordon also added it to the menu for the next dinner service.
Finally receiving a good prize, Jen (and her surprising choice of Corey as a guest) was sent to Vegas to meet with Rock, last year's winner. He reminded both women that Gordon wants the best future chef, not just the best cook. For me the most interesting part of the trip was Corey continuously talking about how fake Jen was, while Corey (who obviously has problems with Jen) magically became Jen's new best friend after being chosen. Meanwhile the guys and Christina had to spend the whole day suffering through Matt's continuous whining. Oh, and they had to unload the delivery trucks, too.
And then, the moment we've all been waiting for: Matt started to crack up. Though we saw nothing new that wasn't teased in last week's promo, the best of his fit/fight with Christina was the running commentary from the other chefs. Bobby said he was a loose cannon, "fruity in the brain," was on the war path - all reasons enough for Bobby to keep 50 feet of distance from him.
When it came time for dinner service, Jen and Petrozza were assigned appetizers, Bobby was on the fish station, Corey handled vegetables and (best buds!) Christina and Matt were put on meats. Matt, of course, started floundering very early on, and Christina said she wouldn't hesitate to kick him off the station. (Which Matt returned with a classy confessional dig about Christina's cellulite, naturally.) Apparently, Christina's eyes weren't the only ones watching, as Gordon reminded Matt that he would be "watching him like a hawk."
Although Petrozza continued to be sloppy, Gordon was pleased with his appetizers. Jen, however served a salty risotto that had Chef Ramsay double-thinking his earlier judgment. But then the Matt freakshow took over again, as he couldn't even repeat orders back to Gordon as they came in. He honestly was a stuttering mess. Apparently, his bad work rubbed off oneveryone around him, as Christina couldn't keep the meat station afloat and was failingto communicate with Corey, who became emotional. (Gordon told her to get out of her mood which made "her face look like a cow's backside.") Additional blunders came as Christina cooked chicken and meat in the same pan while Bobby (who shold know better since he is allergic to shellfish) did the same with salmon and scallops.
The kitchen really started to get heated (literally) when Corey burned her hand. Despite Gordon's insistence that she go see the medic, Corey repeatedly refused. It was a brave (stupid) move, but she finally gave in once he told her he wasn't asking. While Bobby remained focus and "cool as a cucumber," Gordon caught "bandana man" Matt eating food, despite his customers sitting in the dining room hungry. When Matt's plated meat was overcooked (and another was raw) Gordon came down on him hard. While complaining of a migraine, Matt also talked back to Ramsay, saying he was too busy getting yelled at. (I think Bobby's "fruity in the brain" comment was just about right!) While babbling more excuses, Gordon tells Matt he's had a migraine since the day he got there, and sent him to the dorms to lie down.
It was all downhill from there as Jen then burned a pot of rice in Christina's station, earning Jen and Christina an early exit (Jen for leaving it to burn, and Christina for not noticing). Finally (and mercifully), Gordon shuts the "pathetic" service down. After Corey apologizes for her emotions (and Gordon reminds her he's not Dr. Phil), the gang is sent back to the dorms to nominate two chefs. Matt has a private word with Gordon, and is so disillusioned that he feels Gordon wants him there, or else he would already be gone. He even tells the rest of the team that, after being nominated, he will still be around.
Ah, Matt. You committed the cardinal sin. Pride goes before a fall. That's right - after the team nominated Matt and Christina (and Corey sacrifices herself, earning points in my book) Gordon sent Matt packing. He was fun to watch (which we got to relive through his embarrassing exit montage), but the guy really should have been gone weeks ago. Petrozza said he would be happy when Matt was out of the state, but Bobby even wanted him "kicked off the universe." (These people are brilliant, I tell you!) Gordon sent the chefs off, urging them to unite as a team.
So are you glad to see Matt
finally leave? Or were you happy to see his failures each week in the "best thing in his life?" Are you excited for next week's model-invaded
Hell's Kitchen? Share your thoughts and check back next week! For now, I'll leave you with a touching poem, written by the Shakespeare of the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay.
There once was a boy named Matt,Whose kitchen performance fell flat.He was far from neat, miserable on meat,So I kicked him out, and that's that.
So weve made it to the final six which any other season is an accomplishment This year Id say most of the remaining chefs owe it to dumb luck However as much as it may be hard to believe that any of these cooks are going to be running Gordon Ramsays new restaurant they each got a tour of the building that will become their new culinary home Maybe Gordons waiting to see if he should put in an all-you-can eat buffet based on who wins The chefs were also dumbfounded by the 250000 they got to peek at and who wouldnt be Im still hoping someone proves to me that they deserve the prize moneyAfter changing out of their red and blue coats to become a single team the chefs launched into the first individual challenge in which each chef cooked a protein they were assigned Matt made a roasted veal loin Christina prepared a pan-seared sea bass and Jen chose a risky thin-sliced ribeye steak Additionally Bobby made his version of a duck noodle soup Corey made a lobster