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Hell's Kitchen - 3.3 Recap

Hell's Kitchen - 3.3 Recap

The third episode of Hell's Kitchen aired last night and, unlike many of the contestants, I was prepared - Grey Goose martini in hand, computer by my side - and ready for whatever challenges Gordon Ramsay proposed. Not only did the chefs-in-training have to cook their usual dinner service, but they also had to wake up at 5am to prepare breakfast for members of the United States military. To see what went down - or as the booming, Robin Leach-ish commentator would say - what went up in flames this week, (including the dismissal of 2 rightfully deserving contestants and my list of top 5 Ramsayisms) simply

Things start off with the teams in their respective bunk rooms after last week's elimination. A clear war has broken out between Rock and Josh because Rock put Josh up on the chopping block, really pissing Josh off. Over on the girl's side, Julia, my favorite of all the contestants - what can I say I love cheering on the underdog - decides she better kick it up a notch and studies her cooking books. In the wee hours of the morning, they are woken up by a Military band informing them to get down to the kitchen.

The teams are met by Ramsay who announces that they are making Hell's Kitchen history (doesn't it seem like they make HK history in some random way each episode??) by cooking the first ever breakfast service for the US military. The girls cook for the army and the boys for the navy. Whoever feeds all of their sections wins the challenge and an amazing prize. The girls get organized quickly and put Julia in charge, because as a short order cook for the pancake house, breakfast is her specialty. The girls send out 20 plates before the boys have even sent out one. The girls momentarily run into a snafu when Joanna accidentally sends out raw potatoes disguised as hash browns, but ultimately they come out victorious. For their punishment the boys have to peel 1000 pounds of raw potatoes and onions for the military while the girls are glamorously helicoptered to a Naval ship, given a delicious lunch, and alone time with Ramsay.

Back at the kitchen, Aaron faints and an ambulance is called in to take him away. Ramsay calls Aaron in the hospital to inform him that his sickness prohibits him - by doctor's orders - to enter the kitchen. I took a sigh of relief as they finally got the bumbling baboon Aaron off the show (seriously what were the casting directors thinking??).

The boys then lock themselves in their dorm to nominate a leader of the group. Naturally all of the cocky boys want to be leader. In an attempt to ensure that Rock doesn't get the position, Josh seconds Brad's nomination. Vinnie thirds it and Rock gives in allowing Brad to play team leader.

The following day the Hell's Kitchenettes are appalled to learn that Julia doesn't know what creme brulee is (come on Julia, lie! Say you know and then immediately look it up the second you get home!). Dinner service gets off to a rocky start for both teams as nobody nails the appetizers. The boys find their stride under Rock's guidance (yes I know Brad was voted "leader" but he didn't have what it takes to control a kitchen) and the girls fumble dish after dish. None of Joanna's appetizers are acceptable to Ramsay who realizes the root of her problems is not her skill but her nose: she doesn't notice that the crab is bad. Ramsay sends her out of the kitchen and Jen pulls pasta out of the trash (I know I don't need to say it, but what on earth was she thinking???). Julia catches her in the act and overrules serving pasta picked from the trash to guests at the restaurant. Wellingtons are burnt, guests walk out, Ramsay loses his trust for the chef wannabes, and declares the girls as the losers. He sends the girls off to figure out which two shall be up for dismissal.

Joanna and Jen give themselves up, but Melissa plays queen of the castle and calls out Julia's lack of culinary knowledge. At the dismissal, Joanna tells Ramsay she and Julia are up for elimination. But wait, what's that? Jen nominates herself and tells Ramsay - to his utter disgust, did you catch the look on his face?? - the pasta/trash mishap. Ramsay sends Julia back to line and it's down to Joanna and Jen with Joanna being sent home.

Almost as bad as not being able to fry an egg, Joanna was unable to smell that the crab was rancid. Have you ever smelled bad crab?? I have and it's one pungent, gross, stomach churning smell that is undeniable. How anyone with even the most basic of culinary experience could not know this is beyond me. Good riddance Joanna.

Now the part you've all been waiting for the top five things Ramsay yelled:

  • Brad are you consistantly fucked? You are about to sink the fucking navy!
  • Oh come on now, you just asked me if they're raw... Why don't you tell me if they are raw? Oh fuck off!
  • We sent two orders, don't start wetting your pants.
  • Are you just trying to sabotage them to make yourself look good? You deserve a kick in the fucking ass, start the fucking table again!
  • Come here donkey.

Finally, wasn't the most exciting part of the episode during the 45 second commercial break when the new trailer for Harry Potter aired???

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hvnly34 hvnly34 9 years
I have only seen it once because my kids are still up (it's summer) and there is too much bleeping. But I am SO glad that I found these recaps!!!
siren6 siren6 9 years
OK, would any of you eat anything coming out of either kitchen after watching this show? I can't believe one of these contestants is going to be given a restaurant to run.
JessBear JessBear 9 years
I think Jen stepping up was scripted. It was just too obvious that Ramsey wasn't going to send Julia home. And HP rocks!!
Cheetah521 Cheetah521 9 years
Seriously Jen, WTF?? Shoulda gone home for that!! I'm lovin Julia more and more each week, I'm glad Joanna stood up for her at the end but was happy to see her go home. At least we dont have to deal with Aaron next week. I agree with Lindsb, I'd rather watch Top Chef. At least you get to see a wider variety of food on that show!
loveisinbloom loveisinbloom 9 years
That was the first episode of HK that I watched this season, and right away Julia became my favorite to win-she seems like she's not afraid to work hard and learn. So glad they got rid of Aaron, I could not understand what he was doing on the show?! Definitely a miss in casting!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
You forgot to add that Julia had to go get the guys' orders out, too! She rocks so hardcore. And I dont' believe that whole act of "Gordon" calling Aaron...I think they were like, "Look, what do we have to do to get you off this show?" Was that Melissa that said "They're raw, aren't they?" ?? I was cleaning the kitchen and only listening. That girl drives me crazy, but at least she didn't pull food out of the trash! I honestly think the only reason Jen didn't go was because she stepped up and admitted what she did (I was so proud of you, girl! Even if you're stupid!!). Joanna was the biggest jerk - I'm so glad she's gone.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Rubia, haha, I couldnt quite catch that either. Im pretty sure it involved the F word...multiple times.
ekdkdk1 ekdkdk1 9 years
I watch the show because my husband likes it, and I have to say the right person (s) went home last night. That chick always wanted to make someone else look worse, she always had an excuse and it sucked. Now Jen was a dumba$$ when she took the pasta out of the trash, who would do such a thing, but at least she stepped up at the end. I feel for Julia because their reasoning for nominating her is just snobby, and they need to stop judging her, she produces and is always saving her but. . Afternote...Harry Potter rocks!
rockgirl10 rockgirl10 9 years
I want to see that show. Looks really good.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Aaron is so fake, it's just for the attention, he just wanted his 15 minutes of fame. And I cannot believe that Gordon didn't let Jen go after she took food out of the garbage. That's just trashy gross. She be the next to go when the girls loose again. There was one line in the show that I couldn't understand what Gordon said because of all the "bleeping" but it ended with sidways - does anyone know what he said?!? Hee, hee, the Harry Potter trailer was TOTALLY awesome.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Aaron is a bumbling fool and I am so glad he is gone. Nice catch on hearing him say ouch as he fell. What a moron. Could he have cried any more? Ew. And Julia, hell yeah girl, keep fighting. I cant believe the girls were so mean about her not knowing what creme brulee is. Let is rest. Like its that hard to figure out. Custard + blow torch. I think she can handle it.
vapidintuition vapidintuition 9 years
About Aaron... Um, he only faints when he's faced with having to do actual work. And he doesn't really even faint. Did you see the look on his face when he hit the counter last night? He actually said OUCH. People who are fainting are out. They don't say anything or fall neatly into a chair. I'm so glad he's gone. Melissa pissed me off. Who gives a crap if Julia doesn't know what creme brulee is!?! I've made it before, and trust me, its not that difficult. Its obvious they feel threatened by her, so they're trying do do whatever they can to get rid of her. I'm not a huge fan of this show, but eh. I'll probably watch it if I happen to be near a tv when its one again. Its kind of the same old thing every week. Ramsay gets angry and cusses people out. Lots of "yes chef" and back stabbing. But seriously, I wanted to puke when I saw Jen taking the pasta out of the trash. Um. WTF?!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Eh, I dont care about HP. But WTF with Jen picking pasta out of the trash!? Everyone watching with me was like OH NO SHE DIDNT! Is she dumb or what? Ew. Good thing Julia was there. And thank goodness Aaron and Joanna got the boot. Its about damn time.
Lindsb Lindsb 9 years
After the first few episodes, I've come to the realization that I would much rather watch Top Chef or the new Food Network's show.. there's so much more talent there. On Hell's Kitchen - they serve the same crap day after day (c'mon how could you not get better at making the same thing).. not ONE plate goes out AFTER AND HOUR AND A HALF.. that's just ridiculous. I feel like they could care less where they find their contestants and how much talent they actually have. It's getting extremely discouraging.
specialksgurl specialksgurl 9 years
I agree, the best part was definitely the Harry Potter Commercial :) I hope Julia wins and shows them all that they got beat by a Waffle House cook!! :) Go Julia!!
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