Hell's Kitchen Recap

Chef Ramsay starts the morning off with some homemade food for the chefts. He produces three dishes: chicken parmesan, sausage ravioli and beef stew. He tells the chefs there is one ingredient missing in each and asks what the missing ingredient is. The trick is - there was no meat in any dish, it was all soy. None of the chefs are able to spot the difference, angering Ramsay.

After the taste test, the chefs are lined up to do another taste test, expect this one is blind (and soundproof). The chefs are asked to taste a variety of foods while wearing a blindfold and headphones. The women seem to do much better than the men. It is kind of surprising that Bobby (an executive chef) can't identify a truffle when he tastes one. The last two up are rivals Ben and Matt (he is on the red team now remember?). Who said Hell's Kitchen can't do poetic justice?

The last challenge is a bit different. Ramsay provides one dish he made with ten ingredients and has each side go back and forth identifying an ingredient. In the end Matt proves himself for the red team and gives them the win. The red team wins a spa day (Matt needs a good facial) while the men have to clean the dorms.

After a few chocolate facials and pedicures (my sympathy goes out to that poor, poor lady who had to touch Matt's feet), the chefs start dinner service. Both sides seem to do O.K. right out the gate.


yells a little too loud which causes Chef Ramsay to tell her to pipe down in so many words. Jen takes the criticisms a little harsh loses momentum.

On the blue side, Ben produces a piece of chicken not to Ramsay's liking. When the chef asks Ben what his problem is he backpedals and makes excuses. If it is one thing Ramsay doesn't like its excuses.

Back on the red side Ramsay tells Ben's rival Matt that his risotto is the best of the night. Matt is very proud of himself and starts thanking his friends and family for his accomplishments. You would think the guy won an Emmy.

Flip back and Ben has problems with his tickets and meat station. He forgets to set up his lamb (for a ticket that was an hour and a half late) and takes too long on his beef. And to top it all off, a beef wellington Ben prepares rare comes back because it was requested to be cooked well done. This throws Ramsay over the edge and he decides to shut down service. It's like we are back to the beginning of the season.

The losing team is obviously the blue team and each chef on the team is asked to nominate someone to be eliminated. After a little bit of thinking, Ben decides it might work to grab


and gang up to eliminate


. Petrozza doesn't fall for it though and he decides to vote from the heart.

In front of Ramsay, each team member votes for one another. The last vote is left up to Petrozza, who (shockingly) nominates himself. Ramsay respects Petrozza's choice and decides to eliminate Ben.

After Ben says goodbye Ramsay tells the red team one of their member needs to go to the blue team and to let him know who that will be in the morning. If Matt has any say, he ain't going nowhere.

Until next time, Happy Eating!


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