John-John Williams IV gives us the rundown on last night's Hell's Kitchen:
You couldn't wipe the smile from Tennille's face at the end of Hell's Kitchen. But why was she smiling? Could it have been Dave's departure? What about Suzanne? Ariel had been screwing up. Could it have been that Kevin took a disastrous tumble? Or was she smirking in defiance after a tongue-lashing from Chef Gordon Ramsay?
Any one of the five contestants could have gotten the boot on the most recent episode of Hell's Kitchen. But it didn't start off that way. In fact there were two front runners at the beginning of the episode.
The contestants entered their first individual challenge when they were tasked with making a visually pleasing dish for judges from Bon Appetit magazine. The hopefuls had 45 minutes to create their masterpiece. The top two dishes would then be tasted to determine the winner.
Tennille's red snapper broke, so she was basically out of the competition. Dave did a horrible job explaining his dish to the judge, which I suspect played a factor in his third place finish. And Suzanne's salad appeared to be too simple.
Ariel's John Dory and Kevin's sea bass were voted the top two dishes. After the taste test, it was determined that they tied. As a reward, each chef had their recipe featured in the magazine. (Surely neither of them could be in danger of going home. Or could they?)
The losing contestants were forced to pick up garbage on the side of a highway as punishment. During the "manual labor" Dave aggravated his injured wrist. (Could this be the demise of him?)
Kevin really showed his true ugly side this episode. He basically urged Dave to drop out of the competition because of his injured wrist. He told Dave that he shouldn't risk permanent injury. (What a weasel! But was it enough to push Dave out of the competition?)
All the wheels came off during dinner service.
Tennille overcooked her risotto. Suzanne overcooked scallops. Tennille, who was tasked with recooking the risotto, messed it up again. Ramsay was furious. After a little detective work he found out that it was actually Kevin who incorrectly cooked the rice. (Tennille shared the blame because she didn't spot it. But the lion's share of the blame rested with Kevin.)
"Chef was on Kevin like white on risotto," Tennille said during a confessional. (That was most definitely the quote of the episode.)
Meanwhile, Ariel undercooked her chicken. Suzanne served raw fish. Kevin had the nerve to comment that women can't cook. (Didn't he just screw up the rice?) Then Ariel sent out some pitiful looking lamb, which got Ramsay's blood boiling again. He took her out of the kitchen into the restaurant to yell at her in front of the patrons. It was really embarrassing.
The contestants completed dinner service, but Ramsay said that there was no real winner that evening. He charged them with choosing the bottom two for possible elimination. The group chose Ariel for her "inconsistencies" and Suzanne for sending out raw fish, overcooking scallops and then having the nerve to think she did a good job.
When it came time to essentially beg for their lives, Suzanne said she was a better chef than Ariel. Ramsay made a surprised face at that comment. I knew what was coming next. He told Suzanne it was time for her to go. That's when Tennille began to grin from ear to ear. But not too fast, Ramsay wasn't done yet. He told Tennille that she dodged a bullet.
Really? Shouldn't Ramsay have been directing that comment to Ariel? After all, Tennille was only partly to blame for the risotto. I guess we'll see if her luck runs out next week.