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Hell's Kitchen

Episode 8.02 : 14 Chefs Compete

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

September 22, 2010

Distributor

FOX

Genre

Reality

Show Period

2005 - now

Production Company

Upper Ground Enterprises, A. Smith & Co., Granada

Cast and Crew



Main Cast

Synopsis


After the worst opening night in "Hell's Kitchen" history, Raj is relieved to be back in the game as his teammates implore him to "bring it tomorrow." Meanwhile, Sabrina winds up on her team's bad side, for "throwing Nona under the bus" at the elimination.

Exhausted from a tough first day in "Hell's Kitchen," the contestants are fast asleep until Chef Ramsay sends an Asian drum circle to give them a rude awakening. They head downstairs and are introduced to a special guest, Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who gives them a quick lesson in sushi making.

The contestants are then charged with the difficult "attention to detail challenge" of re-creating the master chef's salmon-cucumber-avocado roll and tuna nigiri. The women get off to a rocky start when Melissa and Gail deliver badly formed rolls and an incorrect number of pieces, leaving the women's team with zero points. But they quickly make up ground with Nona and Jillian's near-perfect score.

Despite forgetting wasabi on many of their salmon-cucumber-avocado rolls, the men's team rallies and wins by one point. They join Chef Ramsay for a wine tasting at Cellar 360 in San Francisco, and they get the added bonus of keeping the Miyabi Morimoto knives they used in the challenge. The women, however, are punished and must prep the first-ever sushi items to be on the menu at the next "Hell's Kitchen" service.

The men enjoy the wine tasting and bond over their meal in the City by the Bay, while the women are forced to sample a selection of unusual and unappealing "delicacies from around the world." Gail embraces the strange cuisine, but Sabrina can't hold it down, adding to her teammates' frustration about her bad attitude.

At dinner service prep the next morning, Raj continues to underwhelm his teammates with a lackluster performance. Chef Ramsay announces that he'll be appointing Jillian and Vinny as assistant maître d's for the evening to make up to James for the teams' abominable performance on his inaugural night.

When service begins, Chef Ramsay is frustrated with a very nervous Jillian's start. But while she soon finds her groove, Vinny confuses table numbers and has trouble writing up orders, taking 30 minutes to deliver his first ticket to the Blue Team.

Back in the kitchen, Raj catches the wrath of Chef Ramsay when he doesn't remember the first order that's just been called out. Curtis disappoints with the inconsistency of the special salmon rolls, and food is not making its way out of the Blue Kitchen. But Gail impresses Chef Ramsay with her risotto, and the Red Team gets off to a good and timely start with their appetizers.

The women aren't as successful with their entrees. Nona is performing well on the fish station but is forced to start her halibut over after Emily's weak performance on meat.

More problems arise in the dining room when Vinny advises a table not to order side dishes in an attempt to avoid Raj. Chef Ramsay accuses Raj of telling Vinny to instruct the diners not to order food from his station, but Vinny admits that it was his idea because he has no faith in his teammate's ability. After making it clear to Vinny that he does "not decide what goes out of this kitchen," Chef Ramsay throws him out of the service. Things aren't looking better for the women's team, as Emily continues to struggle with her beef while Nona impatiently waits to begin cooking her halibut.

To make matters worse, Boris jumps off his dessert post to take control of Trev's fish station. But Chef Ramsay rejects Boris' scallops as amateurish. Almost two hours into service, the men are still struggling to get appetizers out of the kitchen. The women, on the other hand, have rallied and served more than half of their entrees. But their momentum is slowed by Melissa on garnish, whose mashed potatoes are cold and ready one table too soon. Chef Ramsay kicks her out of the kitchen and makes her switch places with Jillian, who helps get the Red Kitchen back on track.

The men's team, however, is about to be derailed. First, Chef Ramsay kicks Curtis out of the kitchen after he forgets to put wasabi on the salmon rolls. Next, he gives Raj the boot over a stacked-up garnish station. And then, when the remaining members of the Blue Team fail to pick up the slack, Chef Ramsay leads them all out of the kitchen. Back in the dorm, the frustrated teammates turn on one another, and several of them attack Raj.

Meanwhile, the Red Kitchen is in sync and completes their dinner service in what Chef Ramsay calls "not a massive celebration but well done." Needless to say, the men have lost the challenge. Chef Ramsay asks all eight chefs to come up with two candidates for elimination.

The men deliberate and have an easy time nominating Raj and Curtis. But Curtis isn't ready to go down without a fight. He plants a seed and gets his team to nominate Boris instead of him. At the elimination, Chef Ramsay has a nominee of his own and calls Vinny forward alongside Raj and Boris. Each man pleads his case - Vinny apologizes for his mistake, Raj says he's being "falsely accused" by his teammates, and Boris stresses that he's a team player. In a startling twist, Chef Ramsay spares all three competitors and strips Curtis of his "Hell's Kitchen" jacket.

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