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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  • An eventful episode that was enjoyable to watch, but was tainted with stupid stunts that were rather annoying.

    Ok, lets review the concept of this show, since it seems to be necessary to do so for the dumb*** producers and editors. Get a group of people, put them in a group job interview that is run by Ramsey, edit the video footage to show us the overview of how that went. This concept is simple enough and results in a series I enjoy watching.

    However, in many businesses, you have this element of "suits" that need to poke their noses into things. What is a "suit"? Well, a "suit" is a person that is a businessman that has through whatever means been put into a controlling position, yet is clueless about the business that he is making controlling decisions about. The music industry is a prime example of an industry that has been ruined by "suits". This episode has 2 examples of things that I would guess the "suits" did.

    Firstly, the episode starts off by Ramsey asking who the 2 weakest chefs are, and doing a fake out by implying he is firing them, only to do a gotcha. Which I must ask, why was this necessary? What was the point of this? You know, I accept the fact that they do this bull**** drama creation with the placement of commercials at key moments. I continue to put up with this annoying unnecessary drama building. But this is just over the top, and serves no purpose but to basically piss off the audience.

    The second is Ramsey's closing of Hell's Kitchen at the end of the episode stunt. Are we really expected to believe this? I mean, it was followed by a promo showing next week's episode. The fact that there are still several episodes to go is enough to not take Ramsey seriously. This is just a bull**** stunt, a scripted stunt, to build drama, and is nothing but a filler distraction from what the show is about, the contestants actions in the challenges and in the kitchen. I don't watch this for scripted bull****.

    Another prime example of the "suits" action can be found in the weekly promos for the new episode. How often has the promo featured clips taken out of context, misleading you into thinking something was going to happen in an episode that plain and simple didn't happen? Is it really necessary to stoop to false advertising this show? It's just plain annoying and really puts me off. These things don't drag me in and make me want to watch, they're annoyances that I'm forced to put up with to continue watching the parts of the show I do watch.

    Much like the music industry, I think the TV industry is in need of less suits and more creative people. I am sick and tired of 100 channels of nothing but crap, and even the shows I like are now turning into crap. I beg of you in the TV industry, please give us quality TV, and cut the crap.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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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