Hell's Kitchen

Season 6 Episode 14

HK6: 3 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2009 on FOX
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The remaining three aspiring chefs are presented with a challenge that requires them to each create a dish from a different country. Each chef prepares a fantastic dish, but one chef forgets to bring up a key ingredient, causing them to lose the challenge. Another chef wins, despite never having made a dish from that country before. The victor is treated to lunch made by three renowned chefs representing countries from around the world, while the losers are made to prepare both the dining room and the kitchen for service. At service, each of the chefs are given an opportunity to run the hot plate and face quality control tests. All three struggle with various challenges, but the service is completed successfully. In the end, two chefs advance to the final, but are told that their day isn't over and are sent off to get ready for another challenge.


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    Ariel Contreras

    Ariel Contreras

    Season 6 Contestant

    Dave Levey

    Dave Levey

    Season 6 Contestant

    Kevin Cottle

    Kevin Cottle

    Season 6 Contestant

    Gordon Ramsay

    Gordon Ramsay

    Head Chef

    Scott Liebfried

    Scott Liebfried

    Sous Chef (Blue)

    Heather West

    Heather West

    Sous Chef (Red)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Rewards Challenge: For this challenge, Chef Ramsay presented the three remaining aspiring chefs with three domes. Under each dome was the name of a country and each had to cook a dish themed after their chosen country. Ariel picked China and chose to do a duck with a lychee plum marinade. Dave got India and went for a mung bean puree and seared pork tenderloin. Kevin chose Mexico and made an orange and cumin light marinated pork tenderloin in a mole and Mexican chocolate sauce, but forgot to bring up the mole and sauce when it came time to serve the dish. The dishes were judged by three renowned chefs-- Vikas Khanna (India), Thomas Ortega (Mexico) and Eddie Wong (China). Although each represented a specific country, all tasted the dishes.

        Reward: Dave's dish was chosen as the favorite by all three chefs, though they indicated that they likely would have chosen Kevin's dish, had he only remembered the mole and chocolate sauce. For winning, Dave got to sit at one of the Hell's Kitchen chef's tables and enjoyed being served each of the three judges' signature dishes while also chatting with them. He was also given a set of Demeyere cookware, the same type of cookware used in Hell's Kitchen.

        Punishment: For losing, Kevin and Ariel were made to prepare the dining room with Jean-Philippe, polishing glasses among other things. They then had to prep for service, which was being held that evening.

      • Eliminated: Ariel. Chef Ramsay asked asked all three remaining chefs who they felt didn't belong in the finale. Both Kevin and Dave picked Ariel, while Ariel chose Kevin. Chef Ramsay, however, wasn't satisfied with any of the rationales that they gave, so he asked them to each give their reasons why they felt they should advance. After considering, he chose to eliminate Ariel, but allowed her to keep her jacket as a simple reminder of everything that she'd accomplished in Hell's Kitchen.

    • QUOTES (13)

      • Chef Ramsay: The level of ambition and drive and passion you've shown since your time in Hell's Kitchen has been extraordinary.
        Ariel: Thank you, Chef.
        Chef Ramsay: Keep your jacket as a simple reminder of everything you've accomplished inside Hell's Kitchen.
        Ariel: Thank you, Chef.

      • Chef Ramsay: Kevin, Ariel, and Dave, I can see each one of you at the Araxi.

      • Kevin: This is a competition of ****ing skill, not ****ing cheating.

      • Kevin: (in an interview segment) Ariel's leadership qualities, not quite seeing it. She wasn't communicating with us.

      • Chef Ramsay: Ariel, you're running it, but they're running you. Come on!

      • Chef Ramsay: (to Ariel, after she fails a quality control test) Got to get a grip. Difference between a parsnip puree and a mashed potato is ****ing night and day.

      • Dave: (in an interview segment) I'm gonna run the kitchen. It's not gonna run me.

      • Narrator: While Dave and his guests fill up on culinary insight and mole, Ariel and Kevin are getting their fill of Jean-Philippe.
        Jean-Philippe: I don't want to rush you, but there's quite a lot of prep to be done.

      • (Dave tastes the mole that lost the challenge for Kevin because he forgot to include it)
        Dave: Damn, that's a good mole.
        Kevin: Awesome, isn't it?

      • Dave: I'm psyched, man. I can't believe I pulled that **** off. Looks like I do know how to cook Indian food.

      • Dave: (in an interview segment, during the challenge) I don't know what I'm doing. I'm just pretending.

      • Ariel: (in an interview segment) The final two, it's right in front of me. It's like I'm standing at the door and all I have to do is push it open. It's right there.

      • Kevin: I want to smoke and I don't even smoke.

    • NOTES (5)

      • With this episode Dave becomes just the third person in Hell's Kitchen to never be nominated for elimination. The other two were Season One winner Michael and Season Two winner Heather.

      • This is the second time Chef Ramsey has let one of the contestants keep their jacket. The other was Ji, from season five when she got injured and took herself out of the competition.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Norway: September 7, 2010 on TV3
        Czech Republic: June 13, 2011 on Barrandov

      • This episode was immediately followed by the finale, with no closing credits sequence and no break between the two.

      • Also Featured:
        Vikas Khanna, Indian restaurateur and author based in New York City
        Thomas Ortega, executive chef and owner of Ortega 120
        Eddie Wong, executive chef of Mr. Chow

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