Hell's Kitchen

Season 8 Episode 14

HK8: 4 Chefs Compete Part 2

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 08, 2010 on FOX
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In the penultimate episode of the eighth season of Hell's Kitchen, Chef Ramsay turns out the pressure on the remaining four aspiring chefs with the promise that two will be sent home at the end of the episode. For the episode's challenge, the chefs are tasked to create fusion dishes by mixing cuisines from two different countries. The winner is sent for a lunch date with Chef Ramsay and their family, while the losers have to do "moving day" and then prep the kitchen for service, being held that evening. At service, Chef Ramsay gives the greatest challenge yet by asking all the chefs to try running the hot plate. Sous chef Scott sabotages dishes at random to test the chefs.

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      • Hot Plate: For this penultimate episode, Chef Ramsay gave each of the remaining aspiring chefs the chance to run the hot plate / pass. Along the way, they were tested by sabotaged dishes from Chef Scott. Russell passed his quality control test, but had trouble managing Trevor. Nona ran the pass well, but did not catch when mashed celery was substituted for mashed potatoes. Trev got into trouble by sending out orders at the wrong time. Jillian sent out a New York Strip steak that was supposed to be a ribeye and also had issues with controlling the team.

      • Rewards Challenge: For this challenge, the remaining aspiring chefs had to create "fusion" dishes by combining tastes from two different countries. They picked from covered platters to determine which two countries their dishes would represent. Nona got Greece & Italy, Jillian got Thailand & Spain, Russell got France & India and Trev got China & Mexico. Trev's dish was a carne asada, sweetened and habanero, Nona's was a rustic seafood ragu with mussels and shrimp, greek pasta with roasted tomatoes and balsamic, maraschino cherries & lemon cello. Russell's was a duck a'lorange, foie gras and curry powder. Finally, Jillian's dish featured white rice, marinated shrimp, spicy mayonaisse and soybean curd. The guest judges for this challenge were Philip Dubose, Helene An and Lee Hefter.

        Reward / Punishment: Jillian won this challenge, as her dish was the only one to receive universal praise from the judges. They said that it was an interesting dish that tasted nice and was seasoned well. For winning, she received lunch with Chef Ramsay at the acclaimed restaurant Spago and got to travel there by limo. For losing, the remaining chefs had to complete "moving day" - getting rid of the old furniture from the dorms and then prep the kitchen for service, which was being held that night.

      • Eliminated: Chef Ramsay asked the chefs to pick two fellow chefs for nomination, but when the time came, he did not accept any nominations. He instead immediately eliminated Trev, saying that he was "just not ready," but he praised him for making it as far as he did. He then asked the remaining chefs to state why they thought they should be in the final. After their pleas, he picked Russell as the first into the finale. He then picked Nona as the second into the finale, eliminating Jillian, though Jillian was allowed to keep her jacket.

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