As another chef leaves us, we're inching ever closer to this season's (possibly lackluster) finale. Tonight's episode started as many of the others have - with the entire team bashing Jen. But Jen also made it clear in her confessional (as she has in other ways) that she's not interested in making friends and that she feels she's more skilled than all the other competitors. That may be true, but that's not saying much.
For the first challenge tonight, Gordon taught the chef's a new lobster spaghetti dish, which they chefs in turn had to teach five cute but clueless housewives, one of whom even brought a dog into the kitchen. Bobby and Petrozza were distracted for obvious reasons, but Petrozza took it to a whole other level in assisting his student in putting her hair up and putting on her apron. Bobby's student was afraid to kill her lobster, Christina was afraid her student would cut herself and Jen couldn't keep herself from helping the student do all the work. Corey, however, seemed to have a good relationship with her student (who seemed somewhat competent), and thought she had a good chance at winning.
Win it came time to judge, Petrozza and his student were complimented on their seasoning and the cooking of the lobster, but their "pass-ta" was overcooked and rolled too thin. Bobby and his dog lover served a dish that looked more suited for the K-9 (and unfortunately, Gordon said it tasted like dog food as well) while Jen's student served a bland, sauceless dish that signaled to Gordon the student had never cooked a day in her life. On the other hand, both Christina and Corey's students prepared good dishes, but when the decision was made, Christina was named the victor.
For winning, Christina spent the afternoon with Chef Ramsay and famous chefs/restaurateurs Ben Ford and Mark Peel, tasting their signature dishes and "picking their brains." For their troubles, the students were each given a set of cookware. The rest of the gang spent their afternoons scrubbing the floors and ovens, and emptying/cleaning the fryers. Jen, however, managed to sneak into the kitchen being used for Christina's award and eavesdropped hoping to gain some tips. Then, she even ate the leftovers brought back to be cleaned so she could "take advantage" of every opportunity. Bobby found it gross - glad he and I finally see eye to eye on something.
During prep, Christina is chatty about all the new info she learned, and the rest of the team becomes annoyed quickly (surprise, surprise). Jen says she wants to "booty-bump her out of the way" while Corey just says she wishes she would shut up. Either way, the chefs had to prepare for a dinner service that would feature a table of 12. Gordon asked the chefs for the performance of their life, though I would think by now part of him knows he seen each of them at about as good as it gets. (One pre-dinner service note: JP running into the glass door was hilarious. I must have re-watched it about seven times. At least it gave Gordon
something to smile about tonight!)
The night started with Gordon complimenting Christina for her work on the appetizer station (even though she was a little rock getting going) and questioning Jen's "flat-footed" slowness and Bobby's poor knife skills (he improperly butterflied a filet and failed to trim the fat off a beef wellington order). When Jen finally serves her fish (at first raw and then overdone and rubbery) JP tells the wait staff to push the meat. Then Bobby served some overdone meat (Gordon said he was "cremating everything"), JP was forced to push the chicken. Poor guy had a rough night!
Petrozza also got his share of tongue lashings tonight for being slow and failing to communicate from the vegetable station, however the most controversial thing he did came when he brought some fish to Gordon early, for which Chef Ramsay then blamed Jen. When Jen started to defend herself, it became a war of words which Jen chose to back away from (for a little bit). I felt bad for Jen because she clearly was not at fault, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Gordon doesn't like back talk. Either way, I was disappointed Petrozza didn't speak up, as he has for the most part been honorable throughout the show. Ultimately, Gordon kicks Jen off the station to complete an order, but she and Bobby and Petrozza get a rhythm together finally, serving all the entrees to the table of 12 Hawaiian Tropic girls (
HK tried to sex it up tonight!) all together. (Corey and Christina managed the same sort of rhythm in order to serve the appetizers earlier in the evening, with Corey noting "We hate each other, but we work well together."
After the 12 top was served, the dinner service was complete, but Gordon was upset with the many "inconsistent" performances, remarking that at this stage, "it shouldn't have to be this painful." Christina, on a roll, was named the best of the night, and she was asked to nominate two chefs. Corey (brilliant two-face that she is) then became Christina's ally against Jen, talking up her nomination. Yeah, the same Corey who "hates" Christina. She also did some trash talk about Bobby, which must have gotten through as Christina nominated Jen and the General to be sent home.
After some bashing and case pleading (and some really terrible sucking up by Bobby), Gordon made his decision, sending home 'the Black Gordon Ramsay," though cleverly calling him General Bobby to throw everyone off at first. I honestly feel like Jen had a worse performance tonight (not to mention all the back talk), but I think Gordon has seen strokes of talent in her that Bobby hasn't shown. After all, he didn't win many challenges and always played it safe, so I guess I see the rationale in Gordon's choice.
So what did you think of tonight's show and elimination? Do you think sending Bobby home was a mistake? Are you excited for next week's "heart attack dipped in a stroke with a side of cardiac arrest?" (Thanks, Jen!) Share your thoughts and check back next week to see how the final four perform!
As another chef leaves us were inching ever closer to this seasons possibly lackluster finale Tonights episode started as many of the others have with the entire team bashing Jen But Jen also made it clear in her confessional as she has in other ways that shes not interested in making friends and that she feels shes more skilled than all the other competitors That may be true but thats not saying muchFor the first challenge tonight Gordon taught the chefs a new lobster spaghetti dish which they chefs in turn had to teach five cute but clueless housewives one of whom even brought a dog into the kitchen Bobby and Petrozza were distracted for obvious reasons but Petrozza took it to a whole other level in assisting his student in putting her hair up and putting on her apron Bobbys student was afraid to kill her lobster Christina was afraid her student would cut herself and Jen couldnt keep herself from helping the student do all the work Corey however