Hi, guys! I'm Adam Bryant, and I will be posting weekly recaps of Hell's Kitchen
for the remainder of the season. Sorry for missing the first two episodes, but there was a changing of the guard so to speak. (Believe me, I could have written pages on Chef Ramsay's terrible prosthetics and the vomit-inducing signature dishes!) But now we're cooking with gas, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts each week as well as reading your comments. So let's get to it.
The episode kicked off with the girls' team still reeling from Corey's "vindictive and hateful" nominations. Although Chef Ramsay overruled Corey's nominations, a new tone was already set in the girls' side of the house, as both Christina and Jen became very defensive and even vowed revenge. I don't blame Corey for looking out for herself (it is a competition, after all), but perhaps she should have waited a couple more dinner services before getting personal. In truth, she's really only placed a bigger target on her own back, so we'll see how she handles the pressure and if, as Petrozza said, Corey's move has left "scars on the girls' team that will not heal."
But Corey's strategy didn't end there. She decided to "use her body" to lure the boys to the hot tub. Although Ben saw right through her, Jason stripped down and jumped right in. He immediately started spilling his guts on the guys' team, much to the dismay of Ben and his fellow teammates. As Corey said, she's clearly not here "to make friends" and has quickly made a whole host of enemies.
The wannabe chefs were awakened again in the early morning, this time by the crowing of roosters. After chasing down their personalized chickens, the gang gathered in the kitchen for a would-be slaughter. However, Ramsay was just working the chefs up to teach them a lesson about respecting the product they use in the kitchen. The chickens were spared (though some of their cousins were not so lucky), and, at least for now, the chefs (and the people at PETA) can rest easy.
When the chefs finally did hack into the (dead) chickens, it was a girls vs. guys challenge to see which team could properly prep the eight parts of the bird. The girls performed very well, with three of their members achieving perfect scores. The guys, however faltered early, with Craig (still obeying Ramsay's demand to leave his goofy hat in the dorms) only carving up two pieces correctly. The hole Craig put his team in was impossible to overcome, thus handing a victory to the ladies. The guys were punished by picking peppers in the heat all day (though the worst part of the punishment was the ridiculous outfits), while the ladies had lunch with Chef Ramsay at the Saddle Ranch. Even though they were treated to a visit from Aaron (the crying machine from last season), I think the boys day on the yacht last week was a much nicer prize.
As for the dinner service, it was once again a failure. With the exception of Craig's slow bacon, both teams did well serving appetizers (they've had two night's practice, after all). However, entrees became a huge problem. Vanessa had trouble preparing her steaks to the correct temperature, a problem shared by Ben with his salmon. When tickets began to run long, Bobby, "the black Gordon Ramsay" improvised and served his tableside-prepared chicken entrée family style. Additionally Rosann charred four steaks (and the pan) when her flame got out of control. The only thing hotter than that fire was Chef Ramsay, who let Rosann have it when she wouldn't move out of his way with the flaming pan. Other highlights for me were when Gordon called Louross a smurf and berated Bobby for waving to his customers while exiting the kitchen.
But entrees weren't the only problem. Jason had trouble getting his soufflés to rise. (Not to mention he almost forfeited when he couldn't name t he desserts when put on the spot by Chef Ramsay. His incompetence had Ramsay banging his head against the wall. Ok, so it was a table - big deal!
After shutting down service, Christina and Petrozza (who each earned Chef Ramsay's compliments) nominated a member from each of their teams. Christina (wisely choosing not to go for vengeance against Coreyyet) chose Vanessa for her poor grilling. Petrozza singled out Jason and his disastrous desserts for dragging the team down. Ultimately, Jason's willingness to almost give up earlier in the evening cost him, as Gordon sent him packing. (Funny that he mentioned how he wouldn't cry to stay in the game, but he has done more than his share of whining since Day 1.)
So were you happy to see Jason go? Who is your early favorite to win? Who would you like to see go next week? Tell me what you're thinking, and be sure to check back next week for more!
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Hi guys Im Adam Bryant and I will be posting weekly recaps of Hells Kitchen for the remainder of the season Sorry for missing the first two episodes but there was a changing of the guard so to speak Believe me I could have written pages on Chef Ramsays terrible prosthetics and the vomit-inducing signature dishes But now were cooking with gas and I look forward to sharing my thoughts each week as well as reading your comments So lets get to it The episode kicked off with the girls team still reeling from Coreys vindictive and hateful nominations Although Chef Ramsay overruled Coreys nominations a new tone was already set in the girls side of the house as both Christina and Jen became very defensive and even vowed revenge I dont blame Corey for looking out for herself it is a competition after all but perhaps she should have waited a couple more dinner services before getting personal In truth shes really only placed a bigger target on her own back