Hell's Kitchen

Season 1 Episode 9

HK1: 3 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jul 25, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Three contestants remain and Gordon's order that they serve an entire dining room becomes too much for one contestant who succumbs to fatigue. The contestants serve their signature dishes, but the teammates suffer from one disastrous performance. Who will create the best dish and who will be sent home without his or her just desserts?


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  • Jessica out of the top two competing for the prize!

    Jessica is no longer in the final running for the

    Final two spots. As it is now up to the two men.

    Gordon tells her that she isn't that good as the two men are and that she knows it deep down inside.

    Despite trying to not let it get the best of her.

    Very good show from start, middle, and finish!
  • This episode was very dramatic and had a funny conclusion to it. The three finalists were on the edge (literally) in this episode.

    In this episode the three finalists were deprived of sleep and rest as Gordon had an emergency for them to deal with. Two out of three excelled in that “challenge”. After grabbing little sleep they were all woken up to face Gordon and the real challenge; making souffle. The winner got to choose first what ingredient he wanted to use for his speciality dish in the evenings service. This episode has some special VIP’s in the dining area. Those special VIP’s will be deciding on what dish will win and then Gordon will also base his decision on their performance in the kitchen. This is also the first episode where the chef’s complete service on a fully booked restaurant and actually manage to impress Chef Ramsey to the extend that he is actually smiling. All in all a good episode that keeps you waiting for the finale.moreless
  • Three final contestants fighting for the right to have their own restaurant!

    This show was one of the best! Watching only three contestants complete an entire sitting for the restaurant was amazing. Jessica really didn't have a good night with getting drunk, not helping with the bread baking and then making a complete fiasco out of the desserts. That whole thing made me a nervous wreck! It was definitely her time to go home! Come on Michael!!
Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Head Chef

Mary Ann Salcedo

Mary Ann Salcedo

Sous Chef (Red)

Scott Liebfried

Scott Liebfried

Sous Chef (Blue)

Jessica Cabo

Jessica Cabo

Season 1 Contestant

Michael Wray

Michael Wray

Season 1 Contestant

Ralph Pagano

Ralph Pagano

Season 1 Contestant

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The three contestants were able to do something that had never been done before: all the appetizers, main courses, and desserts were served to all the restaurant's customers.

    • Ralph's filet was the most ordered entree, with 42 customers choosing it. 34 ordered Jessica's chicken, and 26 chose Michael's tuna.

    • Jean Philippe, seeing that Jessica is in the weeds with her desserts, comes back into the kitchen and gives her some advice.

    • The Black Team: Michael, Ralph, and Jessica

    • Misc: Having been woken up at 4 AM unexpectedly, the three remaining contestants are told that they have to bake bread for the night's service. Jessica, who had a lot to drink that night, went back to bed. Michael and Ralph did the majority of the work.

    • Reward Challenge: Having had only a little sleep, the three finalists were then asked to create a souffle. Ralph's was the winner, followed by Michael's, then Jessica's. As a reward, Ralph got to choose which dish he would be creating that night: beef, chicken, or tuna. Ralph chose beef, Michael tuna, and Jessica was left with chicken.

    • Dinner Service: Unbeknownst to the contestants, members of their families were seated in the restaurant for the service. They had a chance to try each of the specialty dishes and select their favorite, not knowing who had made each one.

    • Dinner Service: When the time came to choose one contestant to leave, their family members appeared and told each's favorite dish. Michael's tuna got the most votes, followed by Ralph's filet mignon.

    • Nominees for Elimination: Ramsay then stated to Jessica that "you know in your heart you aren't as good as Michael and Ralph."

      Eliminated: Jessica

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Michael: I'm just gonna pray to the chef gods that my performance was better than at least one other person's.

    • Ralph: There is no 'rest' in restaurant.

    • Ralph: (upon being woken up at 4am) When Michael said the Chef called on the phone, not for one second did I believe it. But when Chef Scott peeked his head in the room, I knew it was for real. I had no idea what was in store for us.

  • NOTES (1)