Hell's Kitchen

Season 4 Episode 9

HK4: 7 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 27, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary


To test the remaining chefs' timing, Gordon Ramsay has the two teams compete in relay race. The winning time enjoys a day at the beach complete with surfing, while the losing team cleans Hell's Kitchen from top to bottom. The teams are later challenged to create their own menus for the evening's dinner service, but one team is hampered by behavior from a member described at best as overenthusiastic. At the service, one chef is repeatedly booted off his stations while another loses a table after taking too long to serve steaks. During the elimination ceremony, Chef Ramsay gives one of the chefs a special power.


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  • Matt makes me sick, and Jen makes my eardrums hurt. Petrozza is still sloppy, Bobby is still an idiot and makes a fool of himself. Go Christina and Corey!

    I love the relay challenge. I liked that Corey and Christina won, I think they're actually good enough to make the final two to be honest. Matt and Louross are such babies, Jen and Louross have too much of an attitude, Matt and Petrozza are both sloppy and slow, Bobby and Jen are all so inarticulate in their words, I'd be surprised if C&C don't make the finale.

    Actually, I don't wanna continue this review. I hate looking at Matt's face and listening to Jen's voice or Bobby's slow and naive words. Petrozza and Matt's sweat and sloppiness makes me sick and I don't believe Chef Ramsay puts up with it for so long. I mean, Matt's SWEAT made a dish salty. Not just one of them, three of them! Disgusting. I would rather eat awful-tasting food, than food that was unclean, uncooked, or unhygienic. I don't want to get sick from my food. Argh.

    I think all the guys this season were awful. Remember that idiot, Jason? Picking his toes during service, slacking off. And Rosanne starting fires all the time. How unsafe must that be? I hate this year's cast. I would think that all these cooks could at least manage all this a bit better, don't you think?

    Okay, whatever. Um, to sum up this episode. I liked Louross, after Corey, after Christina. Shame he couldn't make it any further. I want the other four that are still there to go home, one by one, two by two, whatever. Chef Ramsay throwing JP into the beachwater was amusing to watch. The menus weren't that creative. I hope Corey and Christina do well next episode.moreless
  • good episode...

    It's getting pretty sad that some of the chefs left are terrible. Matt still sucks and his team had to basically work without him and Louross just crumbled. Matt sweating was disgusting. It was weird to see so many plates come back from the kitchen so late in the competetion. I think Matt should be next to go. Petrozza did well; he's been constistent through the whole competetion and he's my favorite. Jen is really annoying and she's arrogant. The red team won the challenge and the dinner service. I don't know why Ramsay decided to switch up the teams because no one likes Jen or Matt so nothing will change if you swtich them. Oh well; overall, another solid episode.moreless
  • From entertainment to car crash TV in one series.

    Maybe I shouldn't have started to watch "Top Chef". Maybe I shouldn't have watched "The F Word" (UK). Whatever.... I used to enjoy this show, now I'm just annoyed. Has Ramsey chosen chefs from his "Kitchen Nightmares" show? If not then how come it seems as though he picks chefs who can't actually function in a kitchen!!!! Some of these contestants label themselves as chef but I seriously would hate to visit any restaurant they work in! Surely consistency is a by-word in successful restaurant work? I watched the latest episode after I'd seen his latest UK "F Word", in which he had 4 celebrities (non chefs) cooking an appetizer, main & dessert for a restaurant of 50 people. This week it was the turn of "McFly" who served 150 covers of which they made 115 paid for dishes, and the only real complaint was that their souffle pancakes were too big! These guys have no kitchen experience & no real cooking experience either - by their own admission they live off takeaways - and yet... they pulled off a kitchen stint with more flair and consistency then any of the chefs have on "Hell's Kitchen" this season.

    If I had only ever watched "Kitchen Nightmares" and this show then I could have been left believing that eating out in the US was a risk. Then I saw "Top Chef" and was relieved to see some excellence in a kitchen. Personally I feel that "Hell's Kitchen" would be much better if the next band of contestants were more like "Top Chef"s than "Kitchen Nightmares". At least it would feel more like a competition and less like a car crash... I mean who would want to visit a restaurant run by any of these guys?? and yet Ramsey is willing to employ one of them to run one of his. I would suggest than any potential customer avoid the place like a bowl of salmonella!moreless
  • both teams fail at dinner service

    wow. what a terrible dinner service. i cant believe both teams actually finished. matt and the red team had plate after plate come back. probably because matt was sweating in it! EW! and the blue team just couldnt get it together at all. louross tried to send out raw meat and jen tried to send out a soupy dessert. jen needs to swallow her pride and start working as a team. glad chef put her in her place and told her her menu ideas sucked. in the end, it was between her and louross for elimination. was rooting for louross but can understand why he was sent home. then matt was called up and chef asked both of them to take off their jackets. gasp!! i'll admit, my jaw hit the floor. but then he made them switch teams so now the red team is all women and the blue team is all men again. wouldnt have minded if chef had sent them both home but that wouldve been a little too much. matt MUST go home next week! and judging by the previews it just might happen. and on a side note, i hate corey!moreless
  • The red team clicks and the blue team still cannot get it together.

    Jenn is starting to get on my nerves. Louross has out lived his usefulness. The reward challenge was won once again by the Red Team and mistakes by the Blue team and Jenn cost them the win.

    When they got to choose their own menu's the red team got it done right away, and Jenn tried to force her ideas on the others and they were not good. The dinner service was not good for either of them, but Louross shows that he is out of his element, he cannot cook and once again he put out undercooked food.

    It is not hard to cook meat. He was sent home, but then Chef Ramsey shook up the teams, putting Matt back on the Blue team and Jenn back on the Red.

    I think Matt is the next to go.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Rewards Challenge: Teams must make three items from the menu in a relay-type race. Using one chef at a time, teams work in six minute intervals to complete the dishes, with 15 seconds to brief their Teammate at the switch.

      Reward: The Red Team goes to the beach with Chef Ramsay and they are taught to surf.

      Punishment: The Blue Team must spend the day cleaning the outside of Hell's Kitchen, including the red carpet and the flaming Hell's Kitchen sign.

    • Best of the Worst: Petrozza

      Nominees for Elimination: The Blue Team's Louross and Jen.

      Eliminated: Louross (chosen by Petrozza alone)

    • At the end of the episode, Jen is returned to the Red Team and Matt is sent back to the Blue Team.

    • First the first time, Chef Ramsay lets the Best of the Worst pick which chef should leave.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Chef Ramsay: Louross was never short on energy, he was just short on cooking ability.

    • Chef Ramsay: Jen, you may be able to manipulate your team, but you can't manipulate me.

    • Louross: (in an interview segment) Jen is conniving, deceitful, vindictive, cynical. She doesn't deserve to be here.

    • Matt: People getting on my nerves already.
      Christina: So what? It doesn't matter. All that matters is getting these desserts ready.

    • Chef Ramsay: What's Matt doing?
      Matt: I'm helping straighten up, Chef.
      Chef Ramsay: You're just clearing down? Congratulations, you've just become an ass for the Red Team.

    • Louross: (in an interview segment following be chewed out by Ramsay for the raw steak) I hate the word 'filet mignon', now. Dude, seriously, if ever I see another filet mignon, I will like throw it at, like, someone's face.

    • Chef Ramsay: (regarding Louross's steak) Yeah, it's raw. Gonna get down on my knees. Yes, it's ****ing raw! He, look at me. Is that better? It's raw, you **** ing idiot.

    • Matt: (in an interview segment) I don't want to get yelled at that I'm a fat, sweaty pig. I never sweated before like this in my life.

    • Chef Ramsay: 'P' for Petrozza, 'p' for pig!

    • Petrozza: (in an interview segment) It's safe to say that Jen is taking captain of the ship and, uh, she's headed right for an iceberg.

    • Chef Ramsay: (regarding one of Jen's creations for the Blue Team's menu) Why would we want to wrap a halibut in squash and zucchini? That sounds ghastly.

    • Louross: The menu was hideous, man. Even if I tried to say something, Jen, she like don't listen at all. I'm look at the menu, half the **** is hers.

    • Louross: (in an interview segment) Jen gives me a headache. She won't listen and her ideas suck.

    • Narrator: (as the teams brainstorm ideas for menus) While the Red Team's a chorus of shared ideas, on the Blue Team, one member appears to be performing a solo.
      Jen: You can't have wild rice, 'cause wild rice is so hard.

    • Narrator: As Jen and Bobby battle each other, the Red Team gets ready to battle the waves.

    • Bobby: (in an interview segment) If I had to describe Jen, she's like a little brat. She started pissing me off, you know, with this bossy crap.

    • Petrozza: (describing an element of the Blue Team's punishment for losing the challenge) We had to scrub the Hell's Kitchen sign outside and it was a mess.

    • Bobby: (in an interview segment) Blue team won. But Jennifer is like -- she's like a big baby.

    • Corey: (in an interview segment) Matt gave up tonight, he let the team down. You know, I think that he enjoys cooking, but I think that he could be better at something else, like a used-car salesman.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Chef Ramsay: (to Matt) It's not The Simpsons, Homer!

      Chef Ramsay is comparing the crude, overweight cartoon character Homer Simpson of The Simpsons to the sweaty, overweight contestant Matt.