So the chefs finally completed a full service for the first time on this season of
Hell's Kitchen. But that didn't mean there weren't plenty of embarrassments along the way and plenty of angry
Tonight's episode began with the gang learning how serious Vanessa's burn really was. Bobby seem dumbfounded (or is that just natural?) when she said she would have to have plastic surgery. The cast on her hand was obviously a concern going into the next day's challenge, and it showed immediately. No one was more vocal about the problem than Vanessa herself, who was angry at her own uselessness, but vowed to still wow Chef Ramsay in the first challenge.
Tonight's task was to create a gourmet pizza, along the lines of the $200 white truffle pizza Gordon serves in his restaurant in London. I loved the montage of the ingredients, especially Bobby's contribution (What the heck is a Sea Murchin, there four-star general Bobby?) Each team must submit one pizza to be judged by Gordon, so they each chef begins creating his or her own contender. The girls communicate well while the guys continue to struggle in that department (which upsets Matt of all people!) The girls like Vanessa's pizza (which thrills her) until they taste and decide to go with the dish created by Jen, who earned Gordon's praise last week.
On the boy's side, Ben (perhaps trying to redeem himself after being called a disappointment last week) is leading his team. Unfortunately, his leadership is also pissing everybody off. After tasting Matt's self-proclaimed "phenomenal" pizza, Ben looked at first as if he needed to find Gordon's waste basket from the first episode. He also told Louross his dish tasted like something from Pizza Shack while Petrozza couldn't get his pizza out of the oven. In the end, Bobby decided to send Ben's pizza up for judgment against Jen's.
Although Ben's seemed more gourmet (he used duck), he also forgot to properly wash his mushrooms, leaving Gordon with a mouthful of "grit." Despite the oversight, Ben's pizza was tasty, as was Jen's. But I think the dirty mushroom made it an easy choice for Gordon to name the girls winners once again. The prize (a little better, this week) was a helicopter ride to Santa Barbara for a $90 burger, while the boy's prepped Jen's pizza which would be on the menu, and ate what looked like McDonald's rejects.
Louross and Ben have words while prepping, as Ben takes offense to Louross breaking down like a "whiny b--ch with a mohawk" In front of Chef Ramsay. They butt heads, but there really wasn't as much drama as the music would have you believe. It's basically setting the stage for events to come. One other memorable quote from prep time: "I want to taste their blood," said Matt. What a weirdo!
Once the ladies return and the teams learn they will also be delivering pizza in addition to dinner service, everyone gets to work prepping. Vanessa, having lots of trouble sits down with Gordon and ultimately decides to leave on her own terms. She said she was doing it for the team, though the team didn't seem to upset to see her go. Gordon, however, said it was a "shame."
As I said before, dinner service was pretty solid. But there were some snags. Shayna and Louross both suffered from poorly prepared beef. Luckily for Louross, Petrozza helped him shave off the charred edges of his steak to get the plate out to the customers. The real breakdown of the night was Rosann, who had loads of trouble with her potatoes. Gordon really let her have it, and despite being "not good enough," all the tickets were served. (Side note: How ridiculous was Ben in his delivery uniform? I also loved when he drove his Go Kart through the yard because he didn't know how to put it in reverse.
Since no team was declared the loser, each team had to nominate someone to go on the chopping block. Ben convinces the guys to nominate Louross, claiming he has the least skill. (Does he remember almost puking from Matt's pizza?) Somehow, Louross agrees that he had a bad service and take the nomination without a fight. While the girls at first clearly see that Rosann is the obvious choice, Jen convinces them to nominate Christina, who did get behind in desserts. The team reveals the double-cross, angering Christinaand Gordon.
Chef Ramsay was shocked by both nominations, in fact, and called out (via the nominated chefs) both Matt and Rosann who escaped nomination. My favorite moment was Jen's completely ill-advised, ego-stroking statement that probably cost her all the points she had earned in Gordon's mind. When Gordon asked if she was threatened by Christina, she replied, I determine my fate in
Hell's Kitchen. To which Ramsay quickly replied, "that's
my job." Classic.
Ultimately, because Vanessa had already quit and Gordon was happy that both teams completed their service (and probably because the wrong chefs were nominated) he spared everyone tonight, giving them a "gift." The most damage done here is to the girl's team as their cattiness in nominations will only continue to divide their team, which is currently working as a pretty good unit. Only time will tell, especially when a new chef joins the team next week!
So what did you think of tonight's episode? Were you let down that Vanessa left? DO you think Gordon should have eliminated another chef regardless of Vanessa's exit? What are you expecting from the new chef next week? Share your thoughts and come back next Tuesday for more!
So the chefs finally completed a full service for the first time on this season of Hells Kitchen But that didnt mean there werent plenty of embarrassments along the way and plenty of angry Gordon RamsayTonights episode began with the gang learning how serious Vanessas burn really was Bobby seem dumbfounded or is that just natural when she said she would have to have plastic surgery The cast on her hand was obviously a concern going into the next days challenge and it showed immediately No one was more vocal about the problem than Vanessa herself who was angry at her own uselessness but vowed to still wow Chef Ramsay in the first challengeTonights task was to create a gourmet pizza along the lines of the 200 white truffle pizza Gordon serves in his restaurant in London I loved the montage of the ingredients especially Bobbys contribution What the heck is a Sea Murchin there four-star general Bobby Each team must submit one pizza to be judged by Gordon