Well, well– as of last week we are officially down to single digits.
I’m surprised to see Kashia apologizing to Melanie as the episode opens, and I’m still surprised to see Anton getting along with Red, his new team. I guess that’s what the switch up is all about, though! People really turn it around in a different colored jacket. A surprise delivery and a very sad rap kicks off the dinner service challenge: teams are to design their own menus for the night.
I spoke too soon, because immediately Anton butts heads with his team… mostly Melanie. Kashia suggests a tuna slider, and Scott completely ignores her. When Melanie suggests the same tuna slider, everyone is in agreement. Weird… Eventually, Kashia gets props as her team remembers her signature dish from the start of the show, and even Anton’s voice is heard and suggestion accepted. Joy pushes for fried chicken which makes her team nervous. Have we seen one successful fried chicken this season? Blue is more cohesive in their thought process, putting together their menu with ease at first. Rochelle, however, does say much. She admits that she’s not confident making suggestions. Don’t forget, it’s 5 v. 4, Red to Blue right now. They need all the help they can get.
The teams prepare their dishes for Chef Ramsay’s approval. For Red, Ramsay notes the both appetizers– seared tuna and beef carpaccio– are raw, so they really have to be exceptional. Anton’s seared scallops needs less garlic and Joy’s fried chicken comes out delicious but isn’t “sexy” on the plate. All and all, Red does pretty well. Blue’s risotto is described as phenomenal. Gabriel’s short rib is delicious, but the crab cake prepared by Rochelle is horribly burnt. So, highs and lows for Blue. Rochelle has a bit of a freak out after her mess up.
Dinner Service: Red v. Blue
The diners have the choice of which menu order off of and Blue starts out as the most popular. They are able to keep up a steady pace, until Richard’s crab cakes slow things down. For Red, Anton’s scallops are popular, but the way he told Melanie to prepare them is not the way Chef Ramsay formerly tasted. A bunch have to hit the trash because of this. Anton blames Melanie for this, but if she’s preparing him the way he told her, is it really her fault? Melanie’s second attempt are undercooked. Kay, that one’s her fault. With all those bad batches, Red finds themselves scallop-less. Anton goes in search of some, and gets some from the Blue kitchen. Finally, Melanie is able to produce. Phew! Blue finds themselves stuck waiting on garnish from Richard. After continuous problems, Ramsay pulls Richard off the station and asks Rochelle to take over. Gabriel is completely inconsistent on meat as well.
Ramsay’s assessment at the end of the night is that Blue came out of the gate strong, but lost it along the way. Red had a slow start, but finished strong. He declares Red the winner and that Blue will be losing one member. While Blue goes to nominate a team member for elimination, Red is tasked with something as well: Ramsay asks Melanie, Joy, and Kashia for a volunteer to switch teams.
Gabriel and Richard are the obvious choices for elimination. They both, however, think that Rochelle should go up for crying, despite her holding that service down. Jason knows this, so the other two men do indeed go up.
Richard is eliminated, but I know Gabriel is not long for Hell’s Kitch!
And now, who volunteered as tribute?! Melanie raises her hand. Here is her real opportunity to show leadership skills. Let’s see if she can pull it off tonight!