Tonight's episode began with both teams contemplating the effects of having one of the girls join the blue team. While the men were worried about how it would affect their chemistry (uh, what chemistry?), Corey went to work suggesting that Jen should defect because Corey wanted to "get her voice back" in the red kitchen. Jen had a few choice words for Cory in confessional, but when the time came, she did "volunteer" herself to join the blue team, calling the red chefs "safe," something she did not want to be.
Luckily, the next challenge was all about not being safe, and urged the chefs to show a little creativity. Each team had to prepare four dishes using 20 items provided by Chef Ramsay. None of the items could be used more than once, but every item had to be used in one of the dishes. The "20-Item Challenge" quickly became the "21-Item Challenge" as Matt (surprise, surprise) sliced off the tip of his thumb while slicing pancetta. He stepped out to see a medic (leaving his finger behind, apparently) and the women had to pick up his slack, which they did by communicating well. The blue team, however, was virtually silent, with several chefs using the same ingredient until it was pointed out to them. Jen and Lourouss butt heads over his dish, as she instructs him to make a surf-and-turf dish to include the 20th ingredient their team needs. However, when it comes time to plate it, he leaves the veal off of his plate, much to the chagrin of Jen, who then tells him to lie to Gordon and say the veal fat was rendered in his sauce.
The chefs served their respective dishes to Gordon in a head-to-head showdown. In the first matchup, Petrozza was complimented for his brave soufflé which Gordon said was perfect, but Chef Ramsay couldn't fault Christina's dish either, calling the first round a draw. "Nine-finger" Matt lost against Jen because he failed to remove the liver from his quail, giving the blue team a 2-1 advantage. Although Corey didn't use many items in her dish (which Gordon said was bland), Bobby's "horrendous" glaze dominated his plate, giving Corey the edge and once again tying the score. The competition then rested on the shoulders of Rosann and Louross. Although Gordon favored Louross' red snapper dish, Louross wouldn't lie, and confessed to not using the veal. (I personally applaud his honesty and responsibility, even though he suffered for it.) The red team then wins by default, earning a trip to an In Touch Weekly photo shoot with Ramsay while the blue team did laundry by hand. I can't believe Matt was in a photo shoot.
Obviously, Jen was upset about Louross' decision, and continuously hurled insults at him all day. While I understand her frustration, she did conceptualize a dish that Louross didn't want to make, and when it came time for judgment, she made it seem as if Louross had wanted to do a surf-and-turf but then changed his mind. She was again tooting her own horn for her "flawless dish," but let's not forget that aside from not following the rules, Gordon also liked Louross' food.
Although the red team seemed quite happy (happy, happy, happy, as Matt sang - ugh) following their win, Jen seemed committed to working with the blue team. Especially after Christina came out saying she was very glad to have Jen gone. It seemed that the flames Jen would be cooking with tonight were those of vengeance. Either way, each team needed to bring their "A" game as they were cooking for food critics, who ordered the exact same dishes from each kitchen.
As Corey took the lead in the red kitchen, Jen tried to lead the boys in blue. The first showdown was between the two kitchens' appetizers, with Corey's risotto and Louross' scallops being well-received. But then things started to go the way of most services on this season of
Hell's Kitchen: way, way down. It began with Matt being unable to portion equal cuts of beef. More beef problems continued in the blue kitchen as Petrozza (despite Jen's warning) cut his beef before Louross' salmon was ready to be served, risking it becoming dried out. For their mistakes, Gordon called Matt (who was riding high off of last week's compliments) "Mr. Inconsistent" while he told Petrozza he deserved to lose.
But things really got icky for the red team when Christina served a dry piece of salmon and failed to show any ability to multi-task. Rosann also was behind in providing garnishes, and had failed to make enough carrot puree, causing Gordon to bang his head against the wall (again) and answer Rosann's pleas of "I'm sorry," with his own, "I'm sorry you here." He also said having Rosann in the kitchen makes him nervous. Ouch. But it was another blunder by Matt (who first tried to serve raw beef and then massively overcooked filets) that sent Gordon over the edge, throwing the entire team out of the kitchen. The blue team then completed both kitchens' orders leading to their victory. The critics called the red team a disaster that was "sloppy and lacked passion and flavor." (I loved Jen's maniacal outburst and laughing fit in the confessional!)
Corey was chosen as the best of the worst, and after hearing all her teammates make their arguments (which she said she was sick of) she nominated Matt and Rosann, who she never wanted to be in the kitchen with again. While Gordon agreed, he also called Christina out on her shoddy service, bringing those three forward for possible elimination. After hearing their explanations, Gordon sends Rosann (a consistent screw-up in the kitchen) back in line. Huh? Could it be true that the "writing is on the wall" for Matt, who might have lost more than a fingertip this week? Unfortunately, no, as Gordon sends Rosann packing anyway. Very sneaky, Mr. Ramsay. Gordon gave a warning to Christina and again cautioned Matt that he was on "borrowed time," urging all the red-team chefs that with only three of them left, there is no room for error. But really, should there have ever really been room?
So what do you think of tonight's elimination? And where did Matt's finger end up? Why was Bobby so quiet tonight? What do you think is the big elimination shocker being teased in the post-show promo for next week's "Menu vs. Menu" episode? Share your thoughts and check back next week for more!
Check out our interview with Gordon Ramsay to see what he has to say about this season's level of talent!
Tonights episode began with both teams contemplating the effects of having one of the girls join the blue team While the men were worried about how it would affect their chemistry uh what chemistry Corey went to work suggesting that Jen should defect because Corey wanted to get her voice back in the red kitchen Jen had a few choice words for Cory in confessional but when the time came she did volunteer herself to join the blue team calling the red chefs safe something she did not want to beLuckily the next challenge was all about not being safe and urged the chefs to show a little creativity Each team had to prepare four dishes using 20 items provided by Chef Ramsay None of the items could be used more than once but every item had to be used in one of the dishes The 20-Item Challenge quickly became the 21-Item Challenge as Matt surprise surprise sliced off the tip of his thumb while slicing pancetta He stepped out to see a medic leaving his finger b