Hell's Kitchen

HK1: 5 Chefs Compete

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 7/11/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The five remaining contestants learn they are no longer competing as teams, but as individuals who must work together (and against one another) to complete an entire dinner service. The theme of the dinner is "tableside service", with both the appetizers and dessert prepared tableside. To further complicate matters, there is a power failure, and the filet mignon mysteriously disappears.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gordon Ramsay

    Head Chef

  • Mary Ann Salcedo

    Sous Chef (Red)

  • Scott Liebfried

    Sous Chef (Blue)

  • Elsie Ramos

    Season 1 Contestant

  • Jessica Cabo

    Season 1 Contestant

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Jimmy breaks out.

    By ServeEye4, Jul 29, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Elsie: Nominate me. Ralph: Why? Elsie: Because I'm tired. I'm tired, seriously. I wouldn't be insulted. Seriously, please. (in an interview segment) It's so exhausting, it's just like let's just get this over with. As things progress, things are gonna get more and more hectic, you know. I'm not as quick as they are.

    • Chef Ramsay: We can work in the dark. Contestants: Yes, Chef! Chef Ramsay: Just eat plenty of carrots. Let's go!

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Jean Philippe after the lights go out) Okay, light's gone out, yes, tough ****, yes? Candles on the table, nice and romantic, and all those women out there won't be able to see their double chins.

    • Lady Patron: (critiquing Elsie's table side service) I think that's the first time she's ever made a salad.

    • Chef Ramsay: (referring to an added table side service) Jimmy, you won the challenge yesterday. You were the best at table side. So you are going to choose one of your colleagues to go out into the dining room- right now! Jimmy: (muttering) Jesus. Chef Ramsay: Sorry, who was that? Jesus? No. Ralph: He didn't make it to the final five.

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    Notes (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: September 8, 2009 on Barrandov

    Trivia (9)

    • There is a possible case of sabotage in this evening's dinner service. Jessica's filet, which she saw Scott put in a line refrigerator, was not there during the dinner service, and she was forced to tell Chef Ramsay that she didn't have enough for the tickets ordered. Eventually Michael brought some up from a refrigerator in back where he knew there were some. Jessica says she doesn't believe that he did it for certain, but she thinks his drive to win might be strong enough to make him possibly consider using questionable tactics.

    • The Black Team: Elsie, Jimmy, Michael, Ralph, and Jessica

    • As Elsie starts doing her tableside Flambees, the first try does not appear to get a flame. This is just because Elsie does not have her pan on the fire as she has for the next tries that are successful among customers.

    • When Elsie is serving flambees, she serves the the ladies last at several tables, despite what Jean Philippe told her

    • Misc: It is the first time Chef Ramsay does not appear to be completely disgusted at the parting contestant.

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