Hell's Kitchen

Season 5 Episode 9

HK5: 7 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 2009 on FOX
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Each team member is asked to create a dish using King Crab, but only one dish can be selected to represent them in front of Chef Ramsay. Ramsay, however, finds himself unimpressed by both dishes presented to him and ends up basing his judgment on two other dishes. The winning team is rewarded with a lobster lunch and day at the beach, while the losing team is subjected to cleaning out the dorms and prepping crab for the next day's dinner service. Both teams are given the opportunity to create their own menu for service and both end up creating similar menus. Botch also botch the service, causing Chef Ramsay to shut things down before a full service can be completed. He asks one chef from the losing team to nominate another for elimination, but then surprises everyone by eliminating a chef that was not on the losing team.


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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the first time in Hell's Kitchen that someone from the winning team was sent home.

    • Extra Helping: In a feature shown during a commercial break, Chef Ramsay was asked which contestant he wouldn't like to be stuck on a desert island with. A clip of Aaron from the third season, crying, was shown and Ramsay replied "Stuck with Aaron, he'd make me cry."

    • Rewards Challenge: Chef Ramsay challenged the remaining chefs to each to create a King Crab dish. They were given thirty minutes to all create a dish and then both teams had to choose just one dish out of their three to present to Chef Ramsay.

      Reward: after both Ben and Andrea's dishes were rejected by Chef Ramsay, Danny's dish won against Paula's. For winning, the Blue Team enjoyed a day at the beach in Santa Monica with Chef Ramsay. They enjoyed a lunch of lobster and also got to ride on segways, though Robert was unable to ride due to the weight limit.

      Punishment: The Red Team was required to fully spring clean the dorms and then cook and clean all of the crabs for the next day's dinner service.

    • Losing Team: Blue Team. Chef Ramsay had each team create their own menus and based the decision on the winning team from customer comment cards. 54% of the Red Team's entrees were rated above average, as opposed to 39% of the Blue Team's.

      Best of the Worst: Danny

      Nominee for Elimination: Chef Ramsay asked Danny to choose either Ben or Robert as the nominee for elimination. Danny chose Ben, stating that Ben had met his full potential in Hell's Kitchen. Chef Ramsay, however, decided to have both Robert and Ben step forward to plead their cases.

      Eliminated: Neither. Stating that he felt that she had sabotaged her kitchen and given up, Chef Ramsay told Carol to take off her jacket and leave Hell's Kitchen.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Carol: I think Andrea and I both came into this competition with the same mentality- that both of our **** didn't stink. I think mine is starting to get a little stinky and she still thinks hers smells like peaches.

    • Chef Ramsay: Carol knew she was out of her depth in Hell's Kitchen. I just put her out of her misery.

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Carol) You didn't even make a comeback. After the dauphinois and the potatoes were screwed, you gave up. Thank you. Good night.

    • Robert: (in an interview segment) I'm pissed. There's a fire in me that's burning so hot, man, it's napalm, man.

    • Chef Ramsay: If that's a pommes fondantes, yeah, then I'm the ****ing Pope.
      Danny: (in an interview segment) Ben is all about these fancy terms, or whatever, but I guess it's not even a pommes fondantes.
      Chef Ramsay: Pommes fondantes, my ass! It looks like a school dinner. Do something about it!

    • Female Customer: Chef! (whistles)
      Chef Ramsay: Right! Don't whistle at me. I'm not your ****ing dog, yeah? You look more like a dog than I do. **** off, will you?

    • Ben: Pommes fondantes.
      Danny: (in an interview segment) I don't ever want to hear that term 'pommes fondantes' again. I don't even know what it is.

    • Ben: I'm thinking halibut. And I think that if we go ahead and we take a halibut and we really try and go out there and do a method, let's say, for instance, a shallow poach--
      Robert: (in an interview segment) I'm thinking of three old, rich fuddy-duddies and they're like (in a pompous voice) 'I'll have the poached halibut.'
      Ben: Poached Asian halibut.
      Robert: 'And please, make it extra-poached.'

    • Robert: (following the Red Team's challenge loss) I'm leaving dirty drawers out.
      Ben: Give 'em the skid marks, Robert.
      Robert: (in an interview segment) I don't have no sorrow or mercy or feel bad for 'em. Screw 'em. Let 'em get a little taste. (back in the dorms) I'm keepin' it real-- real funky.

    • Ben: (regarding Andrea's entry for the King Crab challenge) Her dish looked like a disaster on a plate. It looked like a crab with the runs.

    • Paula: Chef, any chance you could find a chinois for us, or no?
      Chef Ramsay: I can find you a chinois? **** yourself, Paula, yeah? Would you like a latte?

    • Robert: (in an interview segment) When he lifted that King Crab, I was just like 'Mm mm. We'll get some butter and a metal bucket, 'cause I'm going to town!'

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