Even a dip in the ocean tonight couldn't put out the fire that was Chef Ramsay. And of course, I loved every insulting, obscene moment of it!
Tonight's episode began with the blue team rallying around one another, continuing to discuss the problems they have with Jen. Bobby said she is a baby that "didn't impress me," andhe and Louross both agree that they are just going to let the cooking do the talking from now. I, for one, think that should have been the plan all along. Not that I believe this group's food has a whole lot to say. Matt, aware that he was on thin ice, or as Gordon put it, "borrowed time," apologized repeatedly for sucking. Hey, Matt - they're used to it by now!
The first challenge is a relay race which forces the team to communicate and plan as they have to prepare three dishes, but by cooking in separate shifts. They get 15 seconds to communicate between shift changes, and the team with the most impressive dishes win. The blue tem must pick a chef to sit out, and Jen basically talks her way into putting Louross on the sidelines - a move that surprised Chef Ramsay since Louross is pretty speedy in the kitchen. As for the competition, it seemed (at least by the editing) that the blue team had a better strategy. Plus Matt got the red team off to a bad start by poaching chicken but leaving it raw. Ultimately all three dishes were completed (for the most part) and presented to Chef Ramsay.
For the scallop dish, the red team was missing the salad and the blue team had a terribly overcooked egg. However, the blue team's raw scallops gave the edge to the red team, who took Round 1. Despite a lack of sauce on the second dish, the blue team still managed to tie it up as the red team had a thick sauce and a presentation that "looked like they dropped it" before serving. So it all came down to the chicken dish. The red team cooked the chicken well, but forgot a leek. The blue team's bird was cooked equally well, but they again forgot the sauce. It turns out that missing two sauces is unacceptable to Gordon, who gave the victory to the red team.
As a reward, the red team spent the day with Gordon at the beach, getting surfing lessons from legendary wave rider Zuma Jay. It wasn't a great reward still, but it was fun to see Gordon outside the kitchen, splashing in the surf and dunking JP as well. Meanwhile, the blue team was back in the kitchen playing the part of the maintenance crew, charged with cleaning the sign and the red carpet. The only thing more disgusting than that sign was probably the idea of Matt in a wetsuit. (Ok, maybe I'm being too hard on the guy. But come on! He did hit hi head on the sea floor while surfing? Can he do anything right?) While cleaning, Jen and Bobby have a few choice words with one another, as both of their egos don't like hearing what the other has to offer. This tension could make for a disastrous dinner service.
For dinner, the chefs are tasked with creating their own menus for that evening. The red team works together (which Matt is very happy abouta fact he repeats at least five times during the episode) while the chefs in blue continue to have their issues. Ultimately, the boys quit pitching ideas because Jen shoots them all down, and they each agree to "let her hang herself." When the chefs present their menu to Gordon, the red team impresses Gordon (it actually sounded pretty good!) while the blue teams sounded "hideous." Louross then calls Jen out, and Gordon asks them to reconfigure their menu, which Bobby said he had planned all along. Once they have satisfied Gordon, it's time for service to begin.
And now, let's pause for a brief moment to recognize the many names Gordon called Matt during tonight's dinner service.
As you might have guessed from that intermission, Matt had a rough service. It started with him on the hot appetizers station (which Christina voiced her concern about), serving appetizers in record time. Unfortunately they all came back with complaints of being too salty. It must have been Matt's secret ingredient - salt. With Corey's helpful tips to "cook like a normal person," Matt then gets bumped to the veggies station, but after making some "disgusting" dishes there and throwing around his pans like he "needs a diaper", Corey basically relieves him of all duties. He spends the rest of the night "straightening up" the kitchen.
But the blue kitchen had its share of problems. Petrozza continued to work in an untidy station, and didn't wash his lettuce before serving. But all eyes were on Louross, who repeatedly sent undercooked filet mignons into the dining room before being returned. Matt may have gotten a barrage of nicknames, but Gordon also unloaded on Louross, saying his sighs of disappointment were an Oscar-worthy acting job. He also said if his cooking was as good as his acting he'd be talented. Ouch. Then, he got on his knees to get on eye-level and perhaps reach him. Double ouch. After threatening to shut down the blue team if one more steak came back, Louross fixed the problem. But his diners had left, causing Gordon to give his final insult of throwing the ticket in his face.
Jen wasn't immune to criticism either, as she served a raw soufflé which ended with a broken plate. But somehow Corey and Christina worked as a team to complete their meal, and to their credit, the blue team finally used to teamwork to send out all their deserts. Gordon says the chefs menus performed equally well in terms of customer curiosity, but both teams failed miserably. He did, however, name the red team the winners of the night's service and named Petrozza the "untidy best of the worst."
Petrozza fairly easily nominated Jen and Louross to be sent home. But Gordon (fulfilling the "never done before" twist teased last week) asked Petrozza who should actually go home. Smartly (but somewhat shockingly) Petrozza chose the actual weak link on his team rather than the cook who is more difficult in the kitchen and booted Louross. Gordon agreed, and Louross left Hell's Kitchen. In a bit of last-minute trickery, Gordon asked Matt to come forward and scolded both he and Jen before asking them to take off their jackets. (I was excited, I must say!) But then he simply sent them back to their original teams promising that the final six would be starting all over the next day.
So Louross, our Filipino "Smurf" is now gone. As Ramsay said he "wasn't short on energy, he was just shorton cooking ability." Don't you just love Gordon?
So what do you think about Louross' exit? Do you think the teams will suffer now that everyone is back where they started? How excited are you about Matt's crazy antics (and we thought he couldn't get any crazier!) teased in next week's promo? Share your thoughts and check back next week for more!
Even a dip in the ocean tonight couldnt put out the fire that was Chef Ramsay And of course I loved every insulting obscene moment of itTonights episode began with the blue team rallying around one another continuing to discuss the problems they have with Jen Bobby said she is a baby that didnt impress me andhe and Louross both agree that they are just going to let the cooking do the talking from now I for one think that should have been the plan all along Not that I believe this groups food has a whole lot to say Matt aware that he was on thin ice or as Gordon put it borrowed time apologized repeatedly for sucking Hey Matt theyre used to it by nowThe first challenge is a relay race which forces the team to communicate and plan as they have to prepare three dishes but by cooking in separate shifts They get 15 seconds to communicate between shift changes and the team with the most impressive dishes win The blue tem must pick a chef to sit out a