Let's face it: This far into the competition, there aren't going to be stark differences in abilities between the contestants on Hell's Kitchen. This isn't American Idol. Chef Gordon Ramsay usually bases his decisions on performance.
The final four had to cook lunch for 80 people. Each contestant was charged with cooking a dish of their choice. To the surprise of the contestants, they learned that they were cooking for hungry, pregnant women.
Corey struggled more than any other competitor. She was still cooking while the other contestants were serving the guests. Corey finished fourth, Jen finished third and Christina barely beat out Petrozza for the win.
Christina was rewarded with a shopping spree in Beverly Hills. The remaining contestants were charged with cleaning up the dining room after lunch. In addition, they had to prepare for the night's dinner service.
Corey and Jen were hatin' on Christina. They were talking so much smack about her. It was such a case of jealousy. When Christina returned, Jen and Corey ignored her. Petrozza took the high road and reached out.
Before the restaurant opened for dinner service, Ramsay reminded them that the winner gets $250,000 and the position of executive chef at one of his Los Angeles restaurants. The reminder seemed to work. Dinner started off great. Corey and Jen were doing a great job with appetizers. But we all know how quickly things can turn on Hell's Kitchen.
Ramsay criticized Jen for cooking "mushy" risotto. She finally got her act together.
Jen's little blunder was nothing compared to Christina's; she burned Ramsay with a hot pot -- twice. Needless to say, Ramsay flipped his lid. "Now I think you are doing this on purpose," hesaid.
The rest of the competitors steered clear of the carnage. That was until Corey decided to serve undercooked shrimp. "If I wanted sushi, this would be perfect," one patron said. After a quick chewing out by Ramsay, she got her act together.
Ramsay moved on to Petrozza, whom he complimented. In my opinion, Petrozza had the best overall meal service.
Even though the dinner service was a success, Ramsay still had to cut someone. "Tonight was your best service," Ramsay said as he high-fived everyone. He charged the group with nominating two people for elimination. The group decided that each contestant should be allowed to nominate two peers for elimination. No contestant could write down a cook more than once. Petrozza, Christina and Corey suspected that Jen cheated and wrote down Christina's name twice. Somehow the "group" -- Christina, Corey, and Petrozza -- decided to put up Jen and Corey for elimination. (Corey's nomination was strictly strategic.)
Ramsay gave each woman an opportunity to state her case to stay. Corey said she was a valuable asset to the team; Jen said she is passionate.
Ramsay decided that this was the end of the road for Jen.
"It hurts," she said after being voted off, and admitting that she needed to work on her attitude. "I just have to stay positive and stay strong and do what I do best, and that is to cook."
Jen's attitude played a role in her exit, Ramsay said. "I never knew what Jen I was going to get at dinner service. And that's why it was her turn to go."
Do you agree with Jen's departure? I think Corey should have gone. She screwed up during the lunch challenge. Then, she served undercooked shrimp. Her screw-ups were greater, plain and simple.
(I'm so excited! I caught an advertisement for the Hell's Kitchen spin-off, Kitchen Nightmares. It will air Thursday this fall. I'll be watching.)