LAST EDITED ON 06-06-08 AT 02:01 PM (EST)
Okay. Itís 9:00 Tuesday night. I got my laptop ready and now letís turn to FOX and see what Ramsay dishes out.
What?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Damn you, tornadoes! I guess Iíll just wait until itís over to watch Hellís Kitchen.
Two hours later, theyíre showing an Everybody Loves Raymond rerun. Screw this. Iíll just watch it off the FOX site.
Now letís get to the actual show.
Previously on Hellís Kitchen, read Deb's summary. It's just down a few spaces from mine.
Jen is now back with the Red team, and Matt is back with the Blue team. Neither team is particularly happy about this development since Jen and Matt are like pimples that keep popping up. Petrozza wonders why Matt is still around. I do, too.
As usual, the chefs get a wake-up call at 6 AM. Then, they are blindfolded. The chefs are taken to the location of the restaurant thatís up for grabs: London LA. As they take off their blindfolds, the chefs notice how bright it is, which makes Ramsay appear angelic. Probably, the only time you will hear ďRamsayĒ and ďangelicĒ in the same sentence. Ramsay tells them to lift up the lids in front of them to reveal new uniforms. There is no more Red or Blue team. From this point on, they will work as one team.
Ramsay has another surprise for them: $250,000 that will go to the winner. If thatís not enough, he takes them downstairs to seeÖ a blank space. All that build-up for nothing, literally. Nevertheless, the chefs all act amazed.
They head back to Hellís Kitchen. Itís now time for the first individual challenge. They must take a single ingredient and put their own spin on it. They get:
Matt Ė Veal
Christina Ė Sea Bass
Bobby Ė Duck
Jen Ė Beef
Petrozza Ė Chicken
Corey Ė Lobster
The chefs have 45 minutes to complete it. They all finish in time. Matt is first with Roasted Veal Loin. Ramsay actually complements Matt for not screwing up as badly. Next is Christina with Pan-Seared Sea Bass. Ramsay comments that the sea bass is real meaty. Petrozza is next with Chicken Breast Stuffed with Prosciutto, Duck Confit, and Vegetables. Ramsay says the Petrozza should have done one dish instead of the whole breast. Corey then presents an Asparagus and Pea Lobster Soup. Ramsay says itís tasty, but she should have used the whole lobster. Jen has a Thinly Sliced Ribeye. Ramsay thought that because it was sliced so thin she would overcook it, but it turned out very well. Finally, Bobby has a Duck Noodle Soup. Ramsay says itís delicious, but the duck is very tough.
Ramsay is very pleased with their work and asks Jen and Christina to step forward. The two of them had the best dishes. The winner of the challenge is Jen. Her dish will go on the menu. As a reward, Jen goes to Las Vegas and have dinner with last yearís winner, Rock. She also gets to pick someone to go with her. Honestly, I would not want to be stuck alone with Jen in Vegas. I would rather drown myself in Lake Mead. Unfortunately for Corey, Jen picks her.
The other chefs now face punishment. Today is delivery day, and they must unload all the deliveries and put them away. Jen and Corey leave for Vegas, while the others are given instructions from Gloria about how to handle the deliveries. The truck honks, and they start unloading. Christina immediately takes charge letting the men do most of the lifting. Matt is not too pleased about it, but nobody cares what Matt thinks.
In Vegas, Jen and Corey arrive at the Green Valley Ranch Resort. Their suite is enormous, big enough to hold even Jenís ego. Back at Hellís Kitchen, the delivery truck calls again. They are all exhausted, especially Matt. Matt says he wants to go home, and I certainly hope he gets his wish.
He starts mouthing off to Christina who tells him to STFU. Bobby notices that Matt is really starting to lose it. He looks like heís gonna go Hannibal Lecter on somebody.
Meanwhile in Vegas, itís time for dinner with Rock. Jen and Corey, do you smell what Rock is cooking?
Itís now the next day, and theyíre prepping for the nightís service. Matt and Christina are still going at it like five-year-olds. Jen and Corey are back from Vegas, and Matt goes insane again. Ramsay calls them together to discuss service. They have to work double the amount of customers since theyíre working from one kitchen. Jen and Petrozza are working Appetizers. Bobby is on fish, Corey on Vegetables, which leaves our bickering couple to work Meat together.
Ramsay gives the order to open Hellís Kitchen. Jenís winning dish is added to the menu. The first order comes in. Matt already sets a pan on fire. Jen serves up the first appetizer, and it goes out perfectly. Petrozza, however, serves an appetizer with a dirty dish. He cleans it up, but now Jen makes her risotto too salty.
After 30 minutes, half of the appetizers have gone out. They start getting ready for entrees, but Matt canít remember the order, even after Ramsay repeats it 50 times. Nobody is communicating well, especially with Corey on Vegetables. They finally are able to get the first entrees out.
Christina attempts to cut corners by cooking chicken and beef together in one pan. Ramsay notices, though, and yells at her to stop. Now, Bobby is cooking salmon and scallops in one pan. The kitchen starts slowing down. Entrees are not coming out quickly. To make matter worse, a ribeye comes back for not being cooked enough. Christina blames Jen for not telling her the right time, while Jen claims no such thing.
Ramsay is waiting for garnish for the chicken, but Corey burns the pan and herself. Ramsay tells her to go to the medic, but she refuses to. She finally does. While the customers are still waiting for food, Matt decides to feed himself. Corey comes back from the medic ready to work. Matt and Christina are both having trouble remembering orders, which causes Bobby to forget he has an extra John Dory.
They start to hit a stride, but Matt halts it by serving raw Wellington and overcooked beef. Matt explains that he is having trouble because he has a migraine. That is no excuse because Ramsay has probably had several migraines working with this group.
Matt is really starting to go down. Ramsay has finally had enough and sends him upstairs. He gets some company when Jen leaves rice in a pan, and it is completely burnt. Then, Christina is sent up as well for not noticing it earlier. At this rate, only Ramsay will be working in the kitchen. The food might actually get done with just him. Just as I say that, all of them are sent out. Hellís Kitchen is closed for the evening.
Ramsay tells them this was a horrible service and tells them to nominate two people. Matt stays behind and doesnít know whether to leave or stay. Ramsay tells him he has to make that decision. Either way, itís safe to say heís gone.
While Matt was with Ramsay, the team came to a decision and put him on the chopping block. Matt is convinced he wonít be sent home and challenges all of them. They go about deciding who else to put up. Jen and Bobby pick Christina, while Christina picks Jen. Corey wants to nominate herself, which leaves Petrozza as the deciding vote. He picks Christina.
At the nominations, Christina and Matt face elimination. Corey mentions that she thought she should be nominated as well. Ramsay agrees, so now itís three people facing elimination. Corey says she let her emotions get the best of her but didnít give up like Matt. Matt claims that everybody picks on him, but he still fights for this opportunity. He still is claiming migraine as an excuse which causes Ramsay to roll his eyes. Matt goes on to say he wasnít the worst chef tonight, Christina was. Christina says that although she doesnít have the experience others have, she has a lot of heart.
Ramsay decides who to send home, and itís Matt. Everybody is pleased to see him finally go. Ramsay sends him off with a limerick, but I will provide my own:
There once was a man named Matt
Who thought he was great, and all that
He got messed up in the head
And was sent off to bed
Now heís gone, thank Ramsay for that