Well, I have to say that I was impressed tonight. I've been tough on these
hacks chefs, but for the most part, they all stepped up tonight with an excellent dinner service. And for the first time, I wasn't in disbelief that one of these people might actually be able to work in a fine dining restaurant. (I said work in, not necessarily run at this point.) Unfortunately in the world of reality TV, one of them still had to go, so let's get to it.
The episode started with Jen admitting in the confessional that she might need friends at this point, something she tries to accomplish by sucking up to Christina. Jen's speech about understanding why Christina nominated her the night before did strike a chord with Christina, but Corey wasn't fooled, saying she was "done with people's feelings" and tired of walking on eggshells.
For tonight's first challenge, the chefs had to (unknowingly) cook a dish of their choice for 80 pregnant women in what Chef Ramsay called the "mother of all challenges." Only knowing that they were cooking for "demanding" guests who Chef Ramsay would "bend over backward for," Christina made an island turkey sandwich with curried avocado, Corey prepared a grilled salmon BLT, Jen served a grouper with rum butter sauce and mango salsa and Petrozza made a ham and turkey monte cristo sandwich. (Side note: Even though I haven't ever found reason to dislike him very much, seeing Petrozza as the last man threw me for a loop tonight. It's not like I hadn't known all week - it just registered tonight and struck me as funny. Anyone else?)
Once all the dishes were plated (except for Corey who was way behind and only plated a few portions), it was revealed that the chefs food would be served to expectant mothers. While Jen was relieved because "pregnant women will eat anything," (way to set your sights high, Jen!), Corey was afraid she wouldn't have the added advantage of being able to "work men" to win the competition. (Ugh, enough already.) While Christina "pimped herself and her food out and Petrozza won over the ladies with his "heart attack dipped in a stroke wrapped in cardiac arrest" sandwich, Corey kept running back to the kitchen to portion more food, which caught harsh words from Chef Ramsay.
Of course, Jen thought she "deserved to win" because she had the most complicated dish, scoffing at the others' sandwiches. However, she only managed to beat out short-stocked Corey, as Petrozza and Christina were the two fan favorites, separated by only 2 votes. In the end, the mommies-to-be chose Christina's dish, earning her a day of shopping in Beverly Hills with Chef Ramsay, spending over $1,000 and being dressed by designer Lisa Kline. Meanwhile, all the other chefs cleaned the dining room for dinner service and began prepping. While Corey and Jen had a pity party, Petrozza (even after admitting the game is "vicious") tried to cheer everybody up and stop them for dissing Christina. But f course, Jen said she was the Grinch and was only there to win, treating us to an odd rendition of "Kumbaya" along the way. (Also, Jen told us ad nauseam how much "better" the reward would have been for a fashionista like her. Ha! I'm really growing tired of Jen by now.)
The resentment of Christina continued when she came back from her reward, but it was Pretrozza who put an end to that for the sake of the team, and the others quickly got on board afterward. For the most part, that teamwork carried over, as the chefs all started strong. Jen served a "stunning" risotto, Corey's scallops earned compliments and Petrozza earned a pat on the back for the food coming out of the meat station. However, both Jen and Corey ran into some problems. After serving "mush" as risotto, Gordon told Jen to listen and concentrate. When she bounced back, he said she "proved just how lazy" she is because of her inconsistency. Corey also (knowingly!) served raw fish and was praying it would get past Chef Ramsay's eyes. While it did, it still came back to the kitchen and had to be recooked. (Pretty sure I wouldn't want someone that willing to cut corners making my dinner!)
Things really got heated (literally) when Christina - still reveling in her big wins despite her "three years of experience," presumably - burned Chef Ramsay. And not just once, but twice. She repeatedly left the handle of her pan over the flame on the vegetable station and didn't tell him, resulting in pain for Gordon and a good tongue lashing for Christina, who he accused of doing it on purpose. Perhaps she got her wake-up call when he poured water on the handle and it sizzled and steamed, as it wasn't a mistake she made a third time. The only other snafu came when Gordon (again) lectured Petrozza about cleanliness. Ultimately, however, he said if the meat stayed that "excellent" he didn't care if he "worked like a pig. (Kinda gross, but good for Petrozza!)
All in all the chefs served the dining room in record time, and it was fun to see the sheer joy in Gordon's face as he congratulated the chefs. (I think he was smiling because for the first time he knew maybe he could actually give one of these people a job and still sleep at night.) Even though the night was "extraordinary," the team had to come to a consensus on two chefs to go up on the chopping block. They decided to each vote separately for two people, with the rule that no one could vote for the same person with each vote. However, Corey revealed that Christina earned three votes, despite not voting for her herself. Of course, everyone assumes Jen voted for her twice (especially Petrozza who had a few choice words about Jen when she said it was time to "get a heart now"), but could Corey have framed Jen?
Either way, it was clear Jen would be up for elimination again, and the team, trying to seal her fate discussed picking someone strong to make it obvious. While Petrozza volunteered himself, Corey said she probably deserved to go up more, noting that being the sacrificial lamb was risky move. Either way, when it came chopping time, Corey and Jen were the two names called. Although Jen plead her case with her emotion and passion, Corey argued her teamwork and honesty (uh, didn't you willingly serve raw fish?) made her the one to keep. In the end Gordon told Coreyto "say goodbye to Jen." (The look on Christina's face before Chef Ramsay revealed his trick was priceless!)
Gordon was frank with Jen, insisting that she should keep her head up, now that she'd finally learned to listen. Thankfully, in her goodbye message it sounded that she had realized her attitude sucked. And as Gordon's voiceover told us, her inconsistent attitude (and cooking) was what finally did her in. Yay! (In truth, she didn't bother me so much this season, but she really became unbearable for me tonight. Good timing, I guess.)
So what do you think of the final three? Were you glad to see Jen go? Who do you think will take it all? And what about next week's mystery guest? Share your comments and check back next week for lots of Petrozza yelling and Christina crying. Can't wait!
Well I have to say that I was impressed tonight Ive been tough on these hacks chefs but for the most part they all stepped up tonight with an excellent dinner service And for the first time I wasnt in disbelief that one of these people might actually be able to work in a fine dining restaurant I said work in not necessarily run at this point Unfortunately in the world of reality TV one of them still had to go so lets get to it The episode started with Jen admitting in the confessional that she might need friends at this point something she tries to accomplish by sucking up to Christina Jens speech about understanding why Christina nominated her the night before did strike a chord with Christina but Corey wasnt fooled saying she was done with peoples feelings and tired of walking on eggshellsFor tonights first challenge the chefs had to unknowingly cook a dish of their choice for 80 pregnant women in what Chef Ramsay called the mother of all challenges