Last night on “Hell’s Kitchen” for reward the two teams were asked to prepare Indian inspired dishes, using lamb, chicken, pork, or cod. The other ingredients were chosen in a type of tetrix game where one chef had the duty of assigning components to the other chefs as they instructed. The Blue Team with five chefs, one more than the Red Team had two chefs using the same protein, chicken and those were Sade & Santos.
The guest judge for the dishes was chef Sachin Chopra, executive chef /owner of All Spice, and the first pair of opponents were Latasha vs. Aaron with their lamb dishes, and Aaron who boasted about cooking in several Indian restaurants and knowing all about this exotic food wound up with only five points out of a possible 10 and Latasha won the battle with a seven. Then it was time for the chicken dishes prepared by Sade vs. Sterling, the winner Sade with a seven, whereas Sterling who served a sort of soup that even on television looked terrible and unappetizing received only three points.
The battle of the cod dishes was next and the chefs were Bryant vs. Roe, but the former was criticized for an unpleasant dish as he looked on with evil eyes as though about to rip someone’s head off and only received a four, but Roe was not impressive either and received a modest five that kept the Blue Team in the lead by just one point, But the next battle was between Jennifer and Fernando, but Jennifer lack of knowledge in Indian Cuisine appeared as the underdog in the final battle. Nevertheless, she was pleasantly surprised upon receiving praise for a flawless dish according to chef Chopra and chef Ramsay. Fernando also impressed the judges and received a seven putting the Blue Team ahead by 23 total points, but Jennifer received eight points total putting both teams in a tie. Chef Ramsay decided to give the victory to the dish that scored the highest and ironically that was Jennifer who had received an eight.
It was an interesting turn of events when Sade, who had a bad attitude the whole day due to losing the Reward Challenge and having to endure “punishment” again, was called by chef Ramsay and this one gave her a pep talk, that might be misconstrued as preferential treatment. She does appear to be more in control during cooking, but her attitude otherwise is not conducive to having a high moral in an environment where there is no need for additional stress.
Then it was time for dinner service and the Red Team got off to a great performance unlike any other time, and the Blue Team out of sync kept on sending dishes to the pass, that quickly made their way back along with harsh criticism and much yelling from chef Ramsay. But eventually both teams completed dinner service, with the Red Team clearly being declared as the winner, and thus the Blue Team nominating two chefs for elimination. And Aaron owning up to his mistakes nominated himself, but added that also Bryant should go up, and this went on an screaming rampage throwing insults and words without making any sense, and appeared as someone who is about to have a nervous breakdown, or one who wishes to get into a fist fight. It goes without saying that such lack of diplomacy can not be expected to direct a whole brigade of individuals in a kitchen, instead such odd behavior and body language is expected from someone not working with all their wits about them.
But the surprises did not end there, because Bryant upon being asked why he should stay in “Hell’s Kitchen” instead of fighting for the position just pointed out that he was a good chef, but then Aaron surprised everyone by stating that he just could not go on, and felt he needed to learn more before he could lead, chef Ramsay not one to put up with whiners and lose time in nonsense asked for his jacket and sent him on his way. Recaps and episodes can be watched online at www.fox.com/hellskitchen
“Hell’s Kitchen” runs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.