Hell's Kitchen

Season 5 Episode 10

HK5: 6 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The six remaining chefs are unified into a single team. For their first individual challenge, they are told to make a fantastic dish using 14 distinct ingredients. The winning chef and one other spend a day touring San Francisco, while the remaining chefs are put through the punishment of delivery day. For the evening's service, Chef Ramsay sends the chefs in with high expectations, which they utterly fail to live up to. One chef is briefly tossed out of the kitchen, while another back-talks Chef Ramsay and then makes a mistake that causes another to endure a serious burn. Following the evening's elimination, Chef Ramsay does some serious deliberating and then calls the chefs into the kitchen at 2:14 A.M. for a shocking announcement.


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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Due to Chef Ramsay's startling announcement at the end of the episode, there was no footage of the Chef hanging up Giovanni's coat and burning his picture, as usual.

    • Extra Helping: In a feature shown during a commercial break, Chef Ramsay was asked by a viewer what he would want as his last meal if he were on death row and about to executed. He laughed and said that while he may be angry, he's not about to end up on death row. He then said that if it did happen, he would want mac' and cheese-- his mom's recipe, not just any.

    • Rewards Challenge: For the first individual challenge, Chef Ramsay challenged the remaining chefs to create a dish using 14 ingredients, all of which must be included in the final product. The ingredients included red wine, penne pasta, mushrooms, rosemary and chicken. They all had thirty minutes to prepare their dishes.

      Reward: Ben won this challenge, complimented in particular for being the only one to use the drum of the chicken. He took Robert along on the reward, which was a tour of San Francisco, followed by a meal in a restaurant that had just recently received its first Michelin star.

      Punishment: It was delivery day at Hell's Kitchen and the losers had to run outside and pick up deliveries every time they heard the horn of a delivery truck. While not doing that, they were busy prepping for the next service.

    • Best of the Worst: Paula

      Nominees for Elimination: Chef Ramsay was greatly unimpressed with the dinner service as a whole, but complimented Paula for her performance on appetizers. He asked her to nominate "two idiots" for elimination. Her choices were Giovanni, for his performance in the night's service and general downhill slide, and Andrea, for her struggles with communication.

      Eliminated: Giovanni

    • At the beginning of the episode, the remaining chefs were unified into a single team.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Paula: First night with the Black Team: one big cluster****!

    • Giovanni: (after Ben tells all the lovely details of his trip to San Francisco) Shut the **** up, eat your Cheerios, have a cigarette, and go **** yourself!

    • Andrea: (after Ramsay pretends to eliminate her and Ben) My kneecaps were shaking, my pinky toes were shaking! I honestly thought I was going to be one of the first to go out of Hell's Kitchen for doing absolutely nothing!

    • Chef Ramsay: It just doesn't make sense! How can the final six be so ****?! I've called you all back here because on the back of that performance, I'm now gonna do something I've never done before. I'm shutting down Hell's Kitchen.

    • Giovanni: (following his elimination) I wanted a challenge and that's what I got. I got a challenge out of it.

    • Chef Ramsay: Giovanni, you're special, you. You know, you're, (makes cuckoo motion) you're gone.

    • (Robert has just reached into the refrigerator and suffered second-degree burns from a pan left in there by Giovanni)
      Robert: (in an interview segment) Dude, I'm pissed, man. Giovanni put a ****ing 500 degree pan in the cooler and didn't tell anybody and I go, 'Wham!' and all I get it is, 'Szzzz!'

    • Paula: (in an interview segment) On any given day, Chef could be up anybody's ***. It just so happens that Ben has more of those days than some of us.

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Ben) Your special has now become not very special, thanks to **** face, there. Hurry up, Giovanni!
      Giovanni: Yeah. But, I'm not **** face, Chef!
      Chef Ramsay: Yeah, say that again?!
      Giovanni: I said I'm not **** face, Chef!
      Chef Ramsay: Yeah. You're pissed, are you?
      Giovanni: I'm not a ****!
      Chef Ramsay: Look at me! Look at me in the eyes! Not as pissed as I am! You ****ing are! Donkey!
      Giovanni: No.

    • Chef Ramsay: What's going?
      Andrea: I have no idea, Chef.
      Chef Ramsay: Oh my God, almighty.
      Robert: (in an interview segment) On garnish, you gotta be thirty seconds before everybody else. If she's not checkin' the tickets for us, we're screwed.

    • Narrator: Robert's rubbery scallops have slowed down the kitchen. But Andrea, who's on the garnish station, is using the time to get ahead.
      Chef Ramsay: Why are you putting potatoes in a cold ****ing pan?!
      Narrator: Maybe a little too far ahead.
      Chef Ramsay: Look at me, look at me. Here, here. We haven't even fired the entree and you're putting the potatoes in and not only that, but the pan's stone cold. So they're going to be fatty, greasy potatoes.

    • Robert: (in an interview segment) Chef Ramsay's gonna be on us like white on rice, man. He's gonna find everything and anything, so you gotta just cook your ass off.

    • Ben: At this very moment, Giovanni is saying, 'I don't know if I can keep carrying these boxes, guys.'
      Scott: Deliveries!
      Giovanni: I ain't running. I am not *** running. I'll tell you that right off the bat.

    • Robert: (in an interview segment, after Ben chooses him to go on the reward) I have no words to explain, like, the gratitude I have for Ben right now. I really got, you know, no gay feelings for 'em, but I got some feelings for 'em.

    • Ben: I sauteed it off, cooled it and, uh, stuffed it. Then skin-side-down, I slow-rendered it and put some lemon zest...
      Paula: (in an interview segment) Ben's biggest problem is that he kind of talks too much.

    • Robert: (in an interview segment) Ain't no friend of mine here. I don't need no friends. I will step of the back of their neck to get to the top any time I feel it's necessary.

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