I don’t know about you, but I get the feeling watching this season of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” that Gordon Ramsay would prefer to scrap this batch of contestants and start over again. Last night’s dinner service surely was evidence that this is how he’s feeling. But maybe it’s just Ramsay being Ramsay–that he’s as hard on even his best employees. Anyway, here is how it went down…
At the start, Dave was pissed off at Tennille for throwing Van under the bus last week, leading to Van’s elimination. Dave wasn’t pissed that she chose Van, he was pissed that she chose Van after saying she wouldn’t.
On to the initial challenge, in which Ramsay whisked in the editorial staff of Bon Appetit Magazine. The five remaining chefs would have to create a dish in 45 minutes that is as visually appealing as it is in taste. Suzanne made a calamari salad, Kevin a Caribbean sea bass, Tennille red snapper with Asian flavors, Ariel prosciutto wrapped john dori and Dave some sort of rack of lamb with red and yellow peppers. Dave couldn’t spit the words out of his mouth as to what his dish was, something that’s bound to be a problem for an aspiring head chef.
The two favorites were Kevin and Ariel, and from there Ramsay and editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild had to choose their #1. They loved them both and declared it a tie. So Kevin and Ariel had the reward of a photo shoot for the magazine in Santa Monica, with their recipes to be featured in the mag.
Meanwhile, the losing three had to pick up garbage on a main road that Hell’s Kitchen was sponsoring, in orange jump suits and all!
Kevin, who hasn’t been in much danger of elimination at all, was starting to get cocky. When Dave’s wrist swelled up again, he tried to talk Dave into quitting the competition, and Dave knew what Kevin’s motive was. But Kevin was becoming cocky in the kitchen to everyone else as well.
Meanwhile, Tennille kept serving overcooked risotto and when Ramsay and everyone else realized it was because Kevin overcooked the rice in the first place, you couldn’t help but think sabotage was Kevin’s motive. But Tennille should have noticed something was wrong and she blamed herself. Suzanne over-cooked scallops and other fish, and Ariel undercooked chicken, about as big a no-no as there is in food service. Ariel also tried to send out ragged lamb chops.
As half of the diners were not being fed, Ramsay was becoming more and more irate. He told them he was disappointed that this was the final five and they were making rookie mistakes. He had even gotten in Kevin’s face for the first time about the rice. He asked them for a consensus two contestants for elimination. They went back to the dorms and decided Ariel would be the first nominee. The second was Suzanne, though she did not agree with that decision. Ramsay asked them to step forward and state their case, and he sent Suzanne packing, since she had been on the verge of being sent home several times lately.
He did, however, offer this parting shot: “I should send you both home.” Yikes. Regardless, we’re down to the final four–Dave, Kevin, Tennille and Ariel. It’s hard to believe Tennille has hung around this long, and Ariel has been on the chopping block a few times now. Kevin and Dave, both gimpy since like 10 episodes ago, have hung in there.
It’s hard to imagine that Kevin won’t take home the title, but you just never know what’s going on inside Ramsay’s mind. What do you all think? Let me know in the space below and we’ll see you next week…