Hell's Kitchen

Season 5 Episode 6

HK5: 11 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Both teams are asked to create enhanced versions of the favorite foods of a boy who is having his bar mitzvah at Hell's Kitchen. The winning team is sent off for a day of spa relaxation, while the losing team is forced to spend the day decorating the dining room with a party planner seen on the program in the past. The planner and Jean Philippe come into conflict as J.P. becomes increasingly frustrated with the planner's interfering behavior. A feud erupts between two chefs on the Red Team, creating tension that begins at the challenge and continues throughout the next day's service. Though the teams continue to have their difficulties, both give their best service yet. When it comes to the day's elimination, some chefs pull a risky move that ends up backfiring for one chef.


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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The party planner Francisco makes a return appearance. This is his third appearance, having been seen also on Day Five of the third season and Day Six of the fourth season. Following the dinner service, guest of honor Max Rubin received a surprise-- an appearance by the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team. This is now the second time that both teams have completed a full dinner service.

      • Rewards Challenge: With Hell's Kitchen hosting a bar mitzvah, the teams were instructed to cook fine dining versions of the favorite dishes of the guest of honor, Max Rubin. These dishes were hamburger, brisket and chicken soup. Each team had 45 minutes to complete the challenge and their creations were judged by Max.

        Reward: The Blue Team won this challenge, with two out of three dishes (chicken soup and hamburger) favored by Max. They received a relaxing trip to the Skin Haven Spa, where they enjoyed, among other things, massages and facials.

        Punishment: The Red Team was forced to remain at Hell's Kitchen where they had to decorate the dining room and set up a dance floor using a basketball theme with the help of party planner Francisco.

      • Losing Team: With both teams having completed a full service, Chef Ramsay declared the overall performance of both teams to be rather even. He said that he was basing his decision on the level of "fight back" and determination shown throughout. With that, the Red Team was declared to be the losing team.

        Best of the Worst: Andrea was declared to be the best of the worst for having bounced back more than anyone.

        Nominees for Elimination: Coi for having a couple of performances in a row that were not up to par and LA for giving 90% instead of 110% and performing more like a line cook.

        Eliminated: Coi. Feeling that Andrea should never have been selected as the best of the worst, Coi, LA and Carol tried to single out Andrea as having actually performed the worst that night. The strategy did not work.

    • QUOTES (11)

      • Chef Ramsay: When this competition began, I thought Coi was going to be a really strong chef. But tonight, she was exposed when she couldn't even cook a bloody burger.

      • Lacey: The Red Team are a bunch of bitches. I'm not on the Red Team anymore, so they can't focus all their anger at me, so now they're gonna do it to each other.

      • Coi: (following her elimination) I feel Andrea should be here right now. I'm angry for the fact that she wasn't seen as the worst. I don't feel like I should be going home.

      • LA: (in an interview segment) When Coi gets under pressure, she just gets frustrated.
        Chef Ramsay: Four beef, two burger! Oh my God! Come on, ladies.
        Narrator: While Coi tries to get the meat station under control, Lacey has hers well in hand...
        Chef Ramsay: Dear. Oh dear.
        Narrator: ...or does she?
        Chef Ramsay: Hey, hey, Lacey.
        Lacey: Yes, Chef?!
        Chef Ramsay: Come here. The beef is stone cold. Look. Touch it!

      • Francisco: J.P., do you want to play with me?
        Jean Philippe: No. You're not-- you're not playing. The kids are playing.
        Francisco: I was just taking a few shots.
        Jean Philippe: No-- yes, but the kids, the kids. The balls are here for the kids.

      • LA: (regarding Francisco) I'm gay. That dude is parade gay.

      • Jean Philippe: You listen.
        Francisco: Yeah.
        Jean Philippe: You are not interfering with my job.
        Francisco: I respect your boundaries.

      • Chef Ramsay: Blue cheese is forceful. It's hardly delicate.
        Andrea: (in an interview segment) The blue cheese in the burger was so ****ing ridiculous. I had suggested a couple times-- what about a different cheese?

      • Carol: (in an interview segment) Robert pulled off his dome and immediately all I saw was miniature, greasy-looking little fries and a burnt burger and I was like 'Yeah, I hit this one out of the park, baby.'

      • Coi: (in an interview segment) I know what kids like. I mean, I'm not gonna say that I know what all kids like because I don't know all kids. Basically, I don't want to know all kids. But I know what I liked when I was 13.

      • Ben: (in an interview segment, regarding the grandmother of Max, the bar mitzvah boy) Little grandma with the poofy hair-- all I wanted to do was go up and-- and give her a big hug on her smooshy cheek.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Czech Republic: May 12, 2011 on Barrandov

      • The contestants were asked to make food for a bar mitzvah, but the hamburger that the Red Team prepared using blue cheese as an ingredient was definitely not kosher. It's against Jewish dietary laws to mix milk and meat in a meal.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Ben: All I've got to say gentlemen is Hava Nagila!

        Hava Nagila is a Jewish folk tune which translates to "Let Us Rejoice", and is commonly sung at festivals.

      • Chef Ramsay: Where's the beef?!
        Robert: (in an interview segment) 'Where's the beef? Where's the beef?' I'm like looking around for the old lady from the Wendy's commercials, man. 'Where's the beef?'

        In the mid-1980s, Wendy's first ran a popular commercial spot in which an elderly lady, lamenting the big bun but small patty of a competitor's burger, asked "Where's the beef?" The advertising spot became legendary and the phrase became a part of popular culture.