Hell's Kitchen

Season 4 Episode 13

HK4: 3 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jun 24, 2008 on FOX
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The remaining three chefs enjoy breakfast with their families, but only one of them realizes that they are being tested. When one chef wins the day's challenge, they enjoy a day of sightseeing and fine dining while the other two are left to a crushing punishment. The chefs face an extremely challenging dinner service that is made even tougher by the prospect of running the hot plate. Following assertiveness testing by Chef Ramsay, the chefs head into dinner service where they're tasked to discover sabotaged dishes during their turns at the pass. One chef makes some major mistakes during service, but finds redemption during the hot plate challenge. With no clear winners and losers, the three face the challenge of each nominating one of their own for elimination.


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  • good episode...

    The final three compete and the final two are then revealed! First, the challengers ate breakfast with their families and then were asked to recreate the dish that Gordon fed them. Christina won...and Petrozza was in second. At the dinner service, Christina was terrible on fish and Corey was terrible on the hot plate. Petrozza was good on both. Corey was sent home. I don't really like Christina, but she was better on the hot plate so I think it was the right choice to send Corey home. Petrozza is my favorite so I'm happy he got through. Overall, this was another great episode of Hell's Kitchen and now it's down to 2!moreless
  • From three chefs down to two, after a family visit, a taste-and-cook challenge and a dinner service where the aspiring chefs took turns standing in Chef Ramsay's shoes.

    Aw dang! I wanted Corey and Christina to last 'til the end. Petrozza is good and everything, but he is so sloppy. Can't wait 'til the next episode where Jen, Matt, Corey, Ben, Louross and Bobby come back to help the final two out.

    I really hope Christina wins in this case. I think that she deserves it after winning so many individual challenges and doing generally well in dinner service, except for the times where she burns Chef Ramsay's hand or her salmon. I think that she's been the most consistent and the one with the most exposure since the beginning when Corey nominated her to go home. I think she is totally what Hell's Kitchen is about and I hope she wins.moreless
  • Much more beliveable in reguards to a reality show. a few pre focused shots, but not as obvious as in earlier shows.

    Cory seems to have just lost it, a nervious break down, Stressed out. I could say it would be conceiveable that the pressure made her concentrate on her station that when she had to go to the hotplate it blindsided her. It would be easy for Christina being a Culniary student to study and look at everything Petro didnt surprise any of us here by having to do the yelling part. he's such a teddy bear. He needs to be much more agressive to sastisfy Ramsy's taste. Ramsy's comment on he has to be more aggresive and demanding in the kitchen everyday to me is a road to a heart attack. I couldn't see Petro going to work everyday to yell and gripe at everybody. Christina can be a witch. She may end up being the winner because of it. Petro has never won anything, and would be great if he did win. But he has to be a monster, I don't think he would last. Christina to me is more of a Cook rather than a chef. She travels the beaten path rather than to lead.moreless
  • Lol, it's cheer leading kitchen!

    I thought it was hilarious when chef Ramsay started doing a cheer when critiquing Christina's leadership ability. I almost fell out of my chair laughing.

    Christina messed up quite a bit this episode (burnt fish, overcooked scallops, raw fish). She had a pretty rough start compared to everyone else but she managed to redeem herself leading at the pass. Her voice started to get really annoying though when she was yelling. I thought my ears where gonna bleed.

    Petrozza did very well this episode and proved that he can lead kitchen despite not seeing that the risotto was missing peas. Corey didn't do as good as the others on the pass. She didn't show good leadership this episode unlike in the past. She's really gone downhill since the beginning. Although i thought it was little shocking that Christina beat out Corey in elimination considering how bad Christina does during services (burning Chef Ramsay's hand twice. Looking like a deer caught in headlights when she's messes up and not being consistent). Christina is just not ready to lead a kitchen in my opinion. I think Petrozza has the best chance of winning it all. The previews look interesting for next week.moreless
  • This had it all, a very close reward challenge and a razor thin decision on who would go to the finals. Christina won her third reward challenge in a row and made it by the skin of her teeth into the finals.moreless

    I am replaying the episode in my head. Christina has a lot of talent, and probably the best palate of the final three, that is why she won the reward challenge today, she found the one ingredient that no one else did, that showed something to me.

    As for the diner service, I think she had a major case of nerves and it showed. But when it was her turn in the window she was the only one to taste and catch a dish before it went out, something that chef does all the time.

    While both Petrozza and Corey had better nights overall, Christina has had a better showing throughout than either of them and that is why she is in the final. She has a lot of talent and I think heads up she will beat Petrozza, while he has more experience she has more training and much more recent. She will put out a better menu and that will tilt it in her favor.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Corey was eliminated they did not show Chef Ramsay putting her jacket on the hook and then burning her picture, they showed the previews for the finale instead.

    • Nominees for Elimination: Christina by Corey and Petrozza and Corey by Christina.

      Eliminated: Corey

    • Dinner Service: Each of the three Chefs get their chance "running the pass" in Hell's Kitchen. In addition, Sous Chefs Scott and Gloria help fill in the gaps left by the missing chefs. However, they are also given the task of purposely making mistakes for each of the chefs to test them while running the pass.

    • Rewards Challenge: After Chef Ramsay prepares his signature dish for the Chefs and their families, each of them have 45 minutes to recreate the dish as best as they can.

      Reward: Christina and her family go sight seeing tour of Hollywood and to dinner with Chef Ramsay.

      Punishment: Corey and Petrozza must chop ice by hand and polish the glasses for Hell's Kitchen.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Chef Ramsay:(to Corey after she is eliminated) Hold your head up high. You have nothing to be ashamed about.

    • Corey: (in her exit comments) I came in here just thinking it was gonna be the easy cakewalk and it wasn't. It was really hard.

    • Petrozza: I think one day that Christina will be a great chef, but I don't know if it's today and I don't think it will be tomorrow.

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Christina, who is slouching while running the hot plate) Stand up straight. You're running a kitchen, not an ale bar.

    • Narrator: With Petrozza and the helm...
      Petrozza: The salmon's raw.
      Narrator: And Christina delivering burnt fish, overcooked scallops and raw salmon, the kitchen is now at a standstill.

    • Chef Ramsay: It's not, 'please, may you cook my John Dory.' It's 'move your ass, get it cooked again, that's the fourth time now!' (He tosses a plate to the floor, shattering it.)
      Petrozza: Wow. I didn't get to break a plate.

    • Petrozza: (in an interview segment) I'm more of a quiet guy. I don't like yelling and screaming. So, I got to like really push myself to do that.
      Chef Ramsay: Good.
      Petrozza: (in the kitchen) Thanks. (in the interview segment) But, I could yell. I could yell.

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Petrozza) You're a very gentle, caring, big-hearted lump. Tonight, when you're running that hot plate, I want you to take control.

    • Petrozza: The competition right now is very tough. There's no second place in this competition. It's only about first place.

    • Corey: (in an interview segment, regarding the crushing ice punishment) I definitely was pretending the ice was Jen a few times. (in the kitchen, stabbing at the ice) Die, Jen.

    • Petrozza: (in an interview segment, reflecting on the family visit) I feel blessed. It's thanks to my family that I've made it this far.

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