The challenge goes as expected. Gordon spits out a couple of dishes: Nilka’s spicy chicken wings were cooked using a half bottle of hot sauce; and Gordon won’t even touch Holli’s dish after he finds a stray toothpick near the offering.
Gordon surprises everyone when he starts making out with one of the contestants. Turns out it is his wife in a disguise. (Whatever.)
Anywho, the men win the challenge. Before Gordon dismisses the contestants, he informs them that they are competing for a job at Savoy Hotel in London. The eager contestants spend most of the night memorizing recipes. (They really don’t have a choice. Gordon makes a series of cooking instruction tapes that he forces the contestants to watch in annoying intervals that totally disrupts their sleep.)
The men receive their prize—breakfast in bed served and prepared by the women—the next morning. During the next day’s dinner service it becomes clear that Gordon is not going to tolerate any dead weight.
Stacey, who brags early in the episode about being a chef to celebrities such as Nathan Lane, Martha Stewart, and Demi Moore-- messes up cooking scallops. Salvatore burns his appetizer. Fran messes up cooking potatoes. Benjamin tastes some food and re-dips his spoon back into the pan. Gordon is incensed. Fran’s lobster dish has Gordon on a rampage. Stacey gets kicked out for not knowing how to cook fish.
Gordon winds up kicking out about half the contestants from the dinner service. He is not going to allow bad cooks to ruin his dream of a finished service on the first night. The numbers get so low that he combines the teams so that they can finish, which they do.
Somehow Gordon is able to determine that the men win the dinner service. He tasks the women with nominating two for elimination.
During the deliberation, Fran, who appears to be the cast idiot, nominates Autumn for not being a “team player.” (Did I mention that Autumn had a pretty good dinner service?) It becomes clear that Fran and Stacey will be nominated for elimination.
When it comes time for the two eliminations, Autumn announces that the women decide to put up Stacey and Fran. (Fran rolls her eyes when she hears her name.)
Stacey put the team behind early in the service, according to Autumn.
“She was kicked out of the kitchen and she wasn’t able to redeem herself,” Autumn adds.
Gordon makes a point to mention that Fran doesn’t know the difference between lobster and crab.
“I was a Kosher chef,” Fran says, which causes a few teammates to snicker. (Seriously Fran? You’re garbage!)
Gordon kicks out Stacey.
“I completely screwed up. I screwed up,” Stacey says while exiting.
“It’s a good thing Stacey was a private chef,” Gordon says in a voiceover. “Her food wasn’t good enough for the public.”
Poor Stacey! We didn’t even get a chance to know ya! Oh well. Here’s a list of this year’s contestants: