On the most recent Hell's Kitchen, the women were rejoicing over Lacey's transfer to the men's team. They felt that they would be indestructible without their dead weight. Boy were they wrong. I'll get to that later.
The chefs went to the Asian market for their first challenge. The teams – men and Lacey against the rest of the women -- had $100 to make three "Asian Fushion" dishes.
While the women were a little more methodical, the men ran around snatching items left and right. Lacey had trouble getting her opinion known. Andrea gave a slew of directions. Both were basically being ignored.
When it came time for the judging, Chef Gordon Ramsay introduced Tanya Steele, an editor, at Epicurious.com. The winning team would have their recipes featured on the Web site. The contestants were extremely excited about the prize.
Carol and Coi made a pomegranate chicken dish. Robert and Danny made Pad Thai with barbecue chicken. The men won the first round. Paula and LA's Ahi Tuna Tempura went up against Ben and Lacey's Pan Seared Scallops. The women's team won the second round. The score was tied. Last, Andrea and Colleen went up against J and Giovanni. The women made Kobe beef sashimi. The men made a…… The men didn't even know what their dish was called. All J could say was that the meat was beef. (How embarrassing.) Giovanni quickly chipped in that the dish was called beef pizzaiola. Steele, the guest judge, voted in favor of the women, which handed them the overall win.
The women won a day of "Asian influenced" gifts. As their punishment, the men and Lacey had to make homemade fortune cookies. The men also had to decorate the entire Hell's Kitchen restaurant with origami.
Lacey immediately started to throw a tantrum. She lamented that she was going home because all the other contestants hated her. Blah, blah, blah.
Meanwhile the women went to their prize: fighting while dressed in inflatable Sumo wrestler suits. Chef Ramsay even got dressed in one.
Meanwhile, the men made fortune cookies. Lacey was getting on everyone's nerves. By the time they moved onto origami, Lacey started to turn a corner. She showed the men how to do origami. For the moment, the men disliked her a little less. Cut to the women, who were doing a sake taste test.
The women returned cocky and refreshed. They got another injection of confidence when Ramsay announced that he was going to include Paula's tuna dish on the menu for the evening. (Talk about a compliment.)
Ramsay then lobbed compliments on LA and Giovanni for their risotto.
It was at this point that I was beginning to wonder if I was watching the right show. It didn't take long for Ramsay to get back to his usual grumpy self.
Andrea burned her Wellingtons; Ramsay screamed at her.
J undercooked his Wellington; Ramsay screamed at him.
Robert gave Ramsay some attitude after he kept getting called "Bobby." Apparently, Robert hates the name. It stems from a bad relationship with his father. (Save it for Dr. Phil.) Anyhoo, Ramsay pounced on him. He called him into the hall. After a brief scolding Ramsay sent Robert back into the kitchen. (Oh yeah, Robert flashed the camera in defiance during a confessional.)
Meanwhile, Ramsay had moved onto his next victim: Andrea. Her cooking times were off and he gave her an earful for slowing up her teammates. Ramsay jumped on J. Then he jumped on Colleen. He had enough. He shut down the kitchen.
Ramsay selected Giovanni and LA to choose a member of the team.
Ramsay and Robert had a closed-door meeting where Robert explained his aversion to being called "Bobby." Surprisingly, Ramsay seemed sympathetic.
LA chose Andrea. Giovanni chose J.
Ramsay quashed both choices and sent home Colleen. He said that she had five bad consecutive dinner services. On the way out, Ramsay actually praised Colleen for her tenacity.