Hell's Kitchen

Season 5 Episode 12

HK5: 4 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2009 on FOX
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The chef's taste buds are put to the test when Chef Ramsay prepares three dishes for them to try. They are then given thirty minutes to prepare just one of the dishes, the fish stew, identifying the ingredients only by taste. The winner enjoys an afternoon with Ramsay, taking an amazing ride in a bi-plane. The losing chefs are punished with polishing crystal and cutlery, cleaning the carpets and prepping for the evening's service. During the dinner service Chef Ramsay tells them they need make it all the way through not only for themselves, but for one of their guests, who plans to propose to girlfriend during the dessert course. Two chefs rise to the challenge, but two struggle throughout the night. One is ultimately eliminated and then Chef Ramsay announces a surprise, to be revealed in the next episode.


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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Extra Helping: In a feature shown during a commercial break, Chef Ramsay received a viewer letter asking him whether he wears boxers or briefs. He tore up this letter and threw it away. He then answered a different letter asking what five ingredients he feels should be in every kitchen. His choices were pasta, tomatoes, shallots, garlic and olive oil.

    • Rewards Challenge: Chef Ramsay prepared three dishes (duck, beef and fish stew) and asked the aspiring chefs to sample them. He then choose the one that was the favorite of the majority, fish stew, for them to make. They had thirty minutes to try to recreate the dish using any of the ingredients in Hell's Kitchen, based upon their taste of it.

      Reward: The choice came down to Danny and Paula, with Danny just winning the challenge. For winning, he received a ride in a bi-plane with Chef Ramsay, with an expert pilot who performed several aerial stunts.

      Punishment: The three remaining chefs had to polish all of the crystal and cutlery, supervised by Jean-Philippe, clean the carpets, and then prep ahead of the night's dinner service.

    • Nominees for Elimination: Overall, the night's service went well, but Chef Ramsay was disappointed that it wasn't a perfect service. He asked for the remaining four chefs to come to a consensus on just one chef to be eliminated. They, however, were unable to do this, instead putting forward both Ben and Andrea. Chef Ramsay asked them both to step forward.

      Eliminated: Ben

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Chef Ramsay: (when Ben hides the Pernod during the reward challenge) Ben, your alcohol is community property, yes?
      Ben: Yes, Chef. I was just, you know...
      Chef Ramsay: I don't care, you shellfish bastard.
      Ben: No.
      Chef Ramsay: Yeah. That's what we call you in a kitchen.
      Ben: I'll put it back, Chef.

    • Danny: I'm a **** culinary prodigy man, you know. Watch out.

    • Ben: You know, Andrea has been horrible. She is not someone I'd want to have working for me, ever, not in any service.

    • Chef Ramsay: Look at me. It's the best start we've ever had so far! Don't anybody screw it!

    • Narrator: It's an hour-and-a-half into dinner service and Chef Ramsay's looking for Ben to deliver...
      Chef Ramsay: One ****ing plain salad!

    • Ben: Some people, you squeeze, they fold. Some people, you squeeze, they produce. Chef Ramsay, (Ben looks at his gut) he's kicked the tire and lit the fire with me!

    • Chef Ramsay: Two spaghetti and two scallop.
      Ben: Absolutely. Two spaghetti and a soup.

    • Paula: (in an interview segment) The more people that are getting stressed out, the better for me. Come on, it's a game. And I know how to play the game.

    • Chef Ramsay: (during the bi-plane reward with Danny) I'd rather be a live chicken than dead hero. I've got service tonight.

    • Narrator: While Danny and Chef Ramsay are flying high, back at Hell's Kitchen, Andrea is about as low as she can go.
      Andrea: (in an interview segment) Right now, I am drained. I miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss my life. Every day in Hell's Kitchen is like taking a year off my life.

    • Jean-Philippe: Hello, welcome to my world. I need this restaurant really to be immaculate.

    • Chef Ramsay: (regarding the episode's challenge) This will definitely, definitely separate the chefs from the cooks.

    • Danny: (in an interview segment, during the challenge) I was expectin', you know, a couple different fish to choose from and there's like 20 kinds of fish in there.

    • Danny: (regarding Andrea's immunity) Andrea deserved to go home tonight. She knew it, everyone else knew it, Chef knew it.

    • Chef Ramsay: Ben, just practice one thing-- 'I was wrong.'

  • NOTES (1)