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Hell's Kitchen - 3.4 Recap

Hell's Kitchen - 3.4 Recap

Last night's episode saw our favorite culinary guinea pigs blind tasting food, getting yelled at (no surprises here), and poorly cooking a dinner service (again, no surprises). The show starts with Jen, last week's almost eliminated female, in tears. She connects with Bonnie who complains about how difficult it is being in Hell's Kitchen. To see what happened when the chefs were challenged to push their palettes to the extreme, and just how angry Ramsay got when too many Wellingtons were under/over cooked,

Blindfolded and outfitted with headphones, the chefs must identify different types of food by smell and taste. With varied ingredients like American cheese, plain boiled carrots, venison, and bok choy, the girls come out victorious leading 5-3 after Josh fails to identify any of the ingredients. With one ingredient left - seared tuna - Vinnie and Jen battle as the final pair. Vinnie guesses it's pancetta so the boys lose (how could he mistake tuna for pancetta?!?). As punishment, the boy's are told they must educate their palates and have to eat beef liver, tongue, pig's feet, kidney, etc. They also have to prep both kitchens for the dinner service while the gals are rewarded with a lunch in the dark. During lunch Bonnie actually hits on Ramsay by proclaiming that he has, “the nicest voice in the dark.”

That night, the contestants find out that the customers will decide who goes home. Ramsay explains that in order to be a success, the teams must get the appetizers out quickly. Tension mounts on the girl's side as Julia needs more time to make her scallops when Melissa's risotto is ready for them. Ramsay blames Melissa for not timing it correctly, when in fact it was Julia who burnt the scallops. They finally get the appetizers out and start to crank out the entrees. Both sides struggle with perfecting the Wellingtons - which require a flaky cooked pastry and perfectly well done meat. Ramsay is shocked to find 6 Wellingtons and 1 chicken in Vinnie's trash bin.

Things start to fall apart for the cooks of Hell's Kitchen when a customer (or a really bad actress?) storms into the kitchen to complain about the long wait for her food (if you missed it check out the clip below!). Plates are sent back to the kitchen leaving Ramsay no choice but to throw a tantrum (and several plates) and shut down Hell's Kitchen. Of the customers' reviews, 65% said that they would not come back because the food took too long to get to the table.

Ramsay chooses Rock and Jen to each nominate one team member for elimination. Rock and Jen converse and instead of selecting the obvious weakest links, Rock picks his enemy Josh and Jen, unable to pick her new bff Bonnie, picks Melissa. Ramsay overrules their nominations and calls out the poorest performers: Bonnie and Vinnie. In the end Vinnie is sent home for having already peaked in his performance as a chef.

And now the part you'll all been waiting for: my top 5 Ramsayisms (donkey is totally my new mean vocabulary word!):

  • Right now I need some team f**king spirit.
  • You f**king idiot, you stupid cat.
  • Blue donkeys come here!
  • What do you think you are the WWF?
  • I have to really slow it down for you - put it in nannified words for you. Barbie, do your hair before you come over.

Does anybody else feel like things are planted? Who would actually walk into a restaurant's kitchen and demand food? Something smells fishy to me and it wasn't last week's rancid crab....

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bibiruby82 bibiruby82 9 years
Vinnie wasn't the only one who got on my nerves. Josh and Brad did as well, but it was mainly because they kept acting as if their *hit didn't stink because of their job titles, as both sous chef and assistant sous chef
MissEnglish07 MissEnglish07 10 years
I was glad Vinnie got kicked.... he always got on my nerves, from the first day. But, what do you do? And I have always thought that about the customers.... do you really expect great service from there? It's a game show. It isn't technically fine dining. :p
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
I LOVE this show, it is hilarious!
verily verily 10 years
Oh and yes, intensebandgeek, I totally noticed that they constantly serve risottos and wellingtons too. I guess Ramsay considers that a test of their skills, since wellingtons are tough to time (hence all the undercooked ones) and risottos take some finesse to make perfectly cooked and creamy.
verily verily 10 years
I stand by my theory that all of the HK customers are aspiring actors. While there are some donkeys (hee!) out there who really would walk up to the serving line, most customers would take out their frustrations on the waiter instead. Glad to see Vinnie go. I really hope Bonnie goes next. She's out of her element. With a little culinary training, Julia would be more suitable for running her own kitchen. Other than Rock and maybe Melissa, I don't see any standouts in the group.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
I'm so glad that Vinnie left because he was getting on my last nerve. Is it just me, or do they always serve risotto and Wellingtons?
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Rock picked Josh because he and Josh didn't get along from the beginning. I'm glad that Chef picked Vinnie. I really like Bonnie, I didn't want to see her go, maybe she will do beter next week.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yeah I know, it seems tough to make. But honestly, they are given cooking instructions for this stuff, right? It cant be that bad. Theres no reason for Vinnie to have wasted all that meat.
animalcrcker animalcrcker 10 years
this show cracks me up! why would you ever want to go on there as a contestant is beyond me. but its entertaining as can be watching it at home! i've never eaten or tried to make beef wellington - but it must be hard since no one seemed to be able to make it correctly last night.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Its never a pretty sight when one of the customers gets in Ramsays face, but he was relatively tame with her. This happens every season, and I agree with you, Party and Rbex, its all an act and these people just want TV time. I cant believe Rock didnt man up and pick Vinnie. He is really risking Chef lose all respect for him. Im glad Vinnie went home, he was worthless and just caused problems. Jen is also a moron. Ask your team or yourself who to send home, not Vinnie of all people! Are you that dumb? Oh wait, you are. You pull food out of the trash.
rbex rbex 10 years
I completely agree! I've thought that since the first season. They all have to be actors- or at least know what they are getting into. Come on, it's Hell's Kitchen, they should all be aware that it won't be a great dinner. They are just taking an opportunity to be on TV, IMO.
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