Hell's Kitchen

HK5: 9 Chefs Compete

Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 3/26/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Chef Ramsay challenges the team's palates in a blind taste testing. In a close result, one team wins a glamorous photo shoot, while the other is forced to serve the winners lunch and prep both kitchens for the evening's service. In a packed dinner service, anxiety is higher than usual when celebrities Eric McCormack and Robert Patrick stop by. The meat station is the downfall for one chef, who is sent home during service. The elimination of this chef seems to have a positive effect on their team, leading them to rally and complete a full service. The losing team struggles to even decide whom they want to nominate to go home.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Patrick


  • Eric McCormack


  • Gordon Ramsay

    Head Chef

  • Scott Liebfried

    Sous Chef (Blue)

  • Gloria Felix

    Sous Chef (Red)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Chef Ramsay: (as he passes a tray of food to a waiter, about Carol) Sorry about the time, Ditzy's nail broke.

    • Danny: (to Lacey as they prep for both kitchens) Set up the station. Lacey: (after calling her teammates jackasses) Hee haw!

    • Chef Ramsay: LA was a real workhorse in the kitchen. I kicked her out because she lacked two crucial skills to be a great chef-- leadership and creativity.

    • Chef Ramsay: Blue Team, spacey Lacey-- gone. Robert: (humming and dancing) She's done. Chef Ramsay: Since I've been here, I've never ever seen more teamwork than tonight. Well done.

    • Narrator: As the Blue Team nears the finish line, Chef Ramsay has a question for Carol. Chef Ramsay: Where's the chicken? Carol: It's coming, right now. Chef Ramsay: Yeah, so is Christmas, madam. Where's the chicken?

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: May 13, 2011 on Barrandov

    • This is the first time two people have been kicked out in one episode since "HK3: Day Eight". Just as on this evening, one was kicked out mid-service and the other during the regular elimination.

    • The original broadcast of this episode started approximately two minutes late in some markets due to an unscheduled overrun of American Idol's live results show.

    Trivia (4)

    • This is the first time Chef Ramsay told one of the chefs dismissed during a service (Lacey) to return to the kitchen and say a proper farewell to her teammates.

    • For the TV Guide photo shoot, the Red Team all wore black chef's coats of the kind worn by the Combined Team of finalists from the previous seasons.

    • Rewards Challenge: Chef Ramsay challenged the aspiring chefs to a blind taste test. Chefs from both teams competed head-to-head. For the final pairing, Chef Ramsay served a minestrone soup, with the two competing chefs pairing off trying to identify the ten ingredients in it. As the teams were uneven, one member of the Red Team had to sit out. LA chose to sit out, as she felt her taste was a little off and she was a smoker. Reward: The Red Team won the challenge by just won point. For winning, they participated in a photo shoot with TV Guide's Craig Tomashoff. Punishment: The Blue Team also got to participate in the photo shoot-- in the form of serving lunch to the Red Team. They then had to complete the prep for both kitchens, as Hell's Kitchen was opening that evening.

    • Ejected During Service: Lacey. She proved completely incapable of performing on the meat station, leading Ramsay to lose patience and tell her to take off her jacket and go home. Losing Team: Red Team. Following Lacey's ejection, the Blue Team rallied and completed a full service. The Red Team was shut down before they could finish service. Nominees for Elimination: Chef Ramsay asked the Red Team to come to a group decision on two chefs to be nominated for elimination. They were ultimately unable to come to a consensus, with Carol, Andrea and LA all nominated for elimination. Disappointed with their lack of teamwork, Chef Ramsay asked all three to step forward. Eliminated: LA, as Chef Ramsay felt that she was lacking in both leadership skills and creativity.

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