Hell's Kitchen

Season 4 Episode 5

HK4: 11 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Vanessa struggles to continue in the kitchen with a burnt arm. The aspiring chefs compete in a challenge to create gourmet pizza. The winning team enjoys a day of gourmet food, while the losing team is forced to prep pizza. Later, the teams struggle to complete a pizza-themed dinner service. One member of the losing team is sent out to do home pizza deliveries. At the episode's elimination ceremony, Chef Ramsay sets the chefs straight on who it is that determines their fate.


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  • good episode...

    Vanesa decided to leave because of her burn. I guess it was a good decision because she couldn't do anything, but then she has to live her entire life wondering what would have happened if she had stayed. Anyways, the girls won the challenge again and got to go out while the guys had to prep a ton of pizzas. Finally, both teams completed a service and no one completely screwed up. No one else was sent home. Overall, I thought it was a good episode. There was still plenty of drama and cursing and good-looking food. Oh, and those girls are b*tches.moreless
  • First the wannabes have to learn how make a gourmet pizza, with pretty predictable consequences, and then have to serve the winning effort for tonights special.

    The pizza challenge was fun. Gordons example was apparently worth a whole load of caboodles as a result of layers of truffles. Personally i thought it looked like a tree had walked up and shed some mouldy bark on top!

    However, when it came to the wannabes (still refuse to call them chefs) it was the predictable mess on the Mens team with a whole better attitude in the Womens kitchen. matts attempt nearly made Ben puke recalling his day 1 attempt at poisoning Gordon. Ben also upset LouRoss by comparing his try to 'Pizza Shack'. At least at this point they were interacting, albeit poorly, unlike the virtual silence during the planning and prep phase!

    Guess who won...yes another victory for the women by the smallest of margins - actually the smallest of grit on Bens Mushrooms. Another case of 'good idea, poor presentation'. I would feel sorry for the men but they bought it on themselves again.

    Now for the sad(ish) news, Vanessa chose not to continue due to her injury. for one am unsure how to feel about this. She certainly wasn't the worst although how much of that was due more to the poor standards next door rather than her own high skill level we will never find out.

    Service was a big improvement with both sides completing, not without tears, heartbreak and a little subterfuge from Petrozza to bail out LouRoss and slip some hastily re-served steaks under the nose of Sous Chef Scott [god help them if Gordon or Scott watch the highlights!].The little extra punishment of having to home deliver pizzas fell to Ben who predicatably made a hash of thing, understanadle trying to drive a little rickshaw around a city he didnt know. [the best bit was the warm up when JP delivered the vehicle to the team and hit the corner of the kerb, for a split second i'm sure i felt the world hold its breath to see if the little trike would tip over]

    As a result of Vanessa leaving the teams were lucky enough to receive a present of no eviction tonight, but not before they went through the routine of nominations, lucky gits get to fight another day.

    Yet again the girls seem to be demonstrating better teamwork, even with the suspicions and backstabbing. the men still dont seem to have a clue how to comumnicate. nothing has changed then nut I bet they will all party a little tonight. Whats the betting that an early wakeup call is in order after a night of undeserved celebrations?moreless
  • The pizza challenge was good, Vanessa went home because she felt she could not give it 100 percent. I admire her for trying.

    The winning pizza was interesting, the losing was also, but dirty mushrooms do not win.

    The girls seem to have their stuff together much better and the guys are not a team. Yes the are all trying to win a job, but a kitchen is a team effort.

    Both of them had bad moments tonight, but both teams finished service, I guess even bad cooks can get it right once in a while.

    I think that not sending someone home was the right move. I know some of them are on a short leash. Next week seems to be an interesting. I am actually looking forward to it.moreless
Bobby Anderson

Bobby Anderson

Season 4 Contestant

Louis Petrozza

Louis Petrozza

Season 4 Contestant

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Head Chef

Jen Gavin

Jen Gavin

Season 4 Contestant

Louross Edralin

Louross Edralin

Season 4 Contestant

Scott Liebfried

Scott Liebfried

Sous Chef (Blue)

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This is the first time that a chef was not eliminated along with the person who is forced to leave for medical reasons. It is not, however, the first time that there was no contestant eliminated from the competition for their failure during a dinner service. In the third season Melissa was shifted to the Blue Team rather than being eliminated immediately.

    • For the first time, both kitchens complete a dinner service successfully.

    • Dinner Service: Vanessa bows out of the competition during prep, so the Teams are even, However, as the second part of their punishment, the Blue Team must be ready to deliver Jen's pizza special to customers in their homes at a moment's notice.

    • Reward Challenge
      The chefs are given 150 gourmet ingredient and 45 minutes to create an upscale pizza. Each chef is told to make their own pizza, and then each Team will pick the one they consider best to present to Chef Ramsay. The ladies select Jen's "Little Bit of Italy, Little Bit of France" pizza- herbed crust, prosciutto, and sundried tomatoes among the toppings. The men pick Ben's, which includes duck confit and chanterelle mushrooms. Chef Ramsay declares it a very close contest, but gives the win to the Red Team, because Ben's mushrooms weren't cleaned well enough. The ladies' reward is to go to Santa Barbara's "Square One"- the home of the $90 hamburger- for lunch. Jen's pizza will also be the feature in the next service. The men must prep the pizza dough for the next day's service.

    • Best of the Worst: None

      Nominees for Elimination: The Blue Team's Louross and the Red Team's Christina.

      Eliminated: Neither. However, Vanessa withdrew voluntarily because of her injury.

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