Despite a couple of bumps, the chefs were still able to complete their second consecutive dinner service with minimal outbursts from Gordon. But of course, it wouldn't be
Hell's Kitchen without a few tongue lashings from Chef Ramsay, and tonight's recipients were definitely deserving.
The episode kicked with each of the team's bad-mouthing their perceived weak (or at least most disliked) links: Christina from the red team and Matt from the blue. Ben admitted that he and Bobby have formed a bit of an alliance, while Matt maintains that Ben is simply hiding behind Bobby. Meanwhile, Christina and Corey continue their verbal catfight, which ultimately ends in Christina accepting the fact that she is the outcast who will probably continue to be nominated for the chopping block.
For the first challenge, the teams visit the farmer's market to buy food and prepare the menu for their real challenge - cooking for
HK's first-ever Sweet 16 party. Although both teams went a bit too gourmet in my opinion for a teenagers party, at least the guys resisted Matt's idea for a sushi pizza on a torilla. And he wonders why no one listens to him? I couldn't stop cracking up when he repeatedly (seriously again and again) mentioned a small store in the back his teammates were overlooking. Whether or not that hurt the guys we'll never know, but it was good for a few laughs.
Each team made an appetizer and two entrees. In Round 1, Bobby's stuffed chicken wings easily beat the girl's "sassy shrimp scampi," mainly because Melissa, the birthday girl, had never eaten shrimp. Similarly, the guy's second dish (which featured shrimp) fell to the girl's halibut with mango salsa dish. The tie-breaker was Corey's flank steak and fries versus Petrozza's surf and turf, featuring a filet mignon. Although the daughter was perhaps influenced by her mother (to both Gordon and Jen's chagrin), she ultimately chose the guy's dish, giving them the victory and cause for their uproarious celebration.
With perhaps the worst "prize" this season, the guys get to remember being a teenager by riding go karts and eating cotton candy and other sweets. Of course, Matt found a home in the railing around the track (shocker, I know!) If the guys hadn't gotten to spend some time with Gordon, this would have been utterly worthless, in my opinion.
The ladies' punishment wasn't nearly as bad as shoveling manure. Although they did have to endure what Jen called "the orange flame" Francisco, who as the party planner was hoping to make the room "sparkle-icious" and "sweeter than the sweetest desert." Bad went to worse when (again dubbed by Jen) the "wicked witch" mother showed up and asked for lots of the planning to be changed. Shayna stepped in with some of her party planning knowledge, which Corey had problems with considering the show is a cooking competition.
Though I am tired of Corey stripping down, I have to bring it up, only because of how awkward her exchange with Louross was. Additionally, I loved how she played it off because of the height difference and the fact that she has a boyfriend. Where has that nugget of info been during all her previous hot tub incidents?
During prep, Ben is super cocky following the guy's first win in weeks, particularly toward Shayna and her "elementary" mango salsa which he says would turn into guacamole if stirred to aggressively. Shayna also took heat from her own team for her slow performance during prep time, something that followed her into dinner service, causing headaches for Gordon.
But she wasn't the only to chef to struggle. Christina got off to a rocky start on the hot appetizers station, forgetting the parmesan and mushrooms in the risotto. But she eventually got the station together allowing most of Gordon's attention to be focused on Rosann and Matt, who had the biggest mistakes. Rosann served the guest of honor an undercooked piece of beef, while Matt served the mother dry halibut and mushy rice, prompting Bobby to push Matt off the fish station and "singley-handedly" (again, I'm blown away by the brains in these chefs heads) take over the kitchen. Of course, the best was Matt's attempt to defend himself when Gordon asked him why he was hiding behind Bobby - which quickly turned into Gordon yelling at him for continuing to argue once the matter had been settled.
But more embarrassing than Matt giving up his station was Gordon pushing Rosann off her station to prepare the birthday girl's beef. What's more is that Rosann wasn't smart enough to stay out of his way, prompting even more fireworks from Gordon. Bad for her, good for us!
Although the girl's edged out the boys by one percent in terms of customer satisfaction, Gordon again did not pick a losing team, choosing instead for each team to nominate one of their own to possibly leave. For the boys, it was a no-brainer to nominate Matt, but the girls again gave Rosann a pass and nominated slow Shayna.
Gordon, of course, had the final word, and decided not to let Rosann get by unscathed. While both the ladies didn't really give compelling reasons to stay (sure, you're trying to win money for your kids, but what have you done in the kitchen?) Matt finally stood up, saying he was being ignored an bullied, and that he would prefer to cook for the ladies' team. Although Gordon said he should throw his weight around (literally commenting on his 250 pounds) and stand up for himself (let's not forget the comparison of his, ahem, "anatomy" to Louross') he did save him another week, and grant his wish to be moved to the other side.
In perhaps the nicest castoff of the season, Gordon took Shayna's jacket and with a "goodbye my darling" sent her back to her three-month-old baby, citing her slowness and the fact that her head was more focused on "changing diapers."
I was very disappointed that last week's promo was utterly ignored in this week's episode, and without any explanation! Was Matt switching side the big twist? Or did the producers just make a huge mistake in airing that promo last week? Perhaps I missed something completely.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Should Shayna have been the one to go? How ill Matt fare on the girls' team? Share your thoughts and check back next week for more!
Despite a couple of bumps the chefs were still able to complete their second consecutive dinner service with minimal outbursts from Gordon But of course it wouldnt be Hells Kitchen without a few tongue lashings from Chef Ramsay and tonights recipients were definitely deservingThe episode kicked with each of the teams bad-mouthing their perceived weak or at least most disliked links Christina from the red team and Matt from the blue Ben admitted that he and Bobby have formed a bit of an alliance while Matt maintains that Ben is simply hiding behind Bobby Meanwhile Christina and Corey continue their verbal catfight which ultimately ends in Christina accepting the fact that she is the outcast who will probably continue to be nominated for the chopping block For the first challenge the teams visit the farmers market to buy food and prepare the menu for their real challenge cooking for HKs first-ever Sweet 16 party Although both teams went a bit too gourmet i