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HK14: Winner Chosen!

Credit: Patrick Wymore/Fox via US Weekly

Credit: Patrick Wymore/Fox via US Weekly

So Hell’s Kitchen season 14 has a winner and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Atlantic City has a new chef– Meghan!  So how did we get here?

Final Four

Yup, I’m an episode behind.  So before T and Meghan battled it out, there were four.  Milly and Michelle were still in the mix.  There was the first ever (for real!) Hell’s Kitchen vegetarian challenge.  Meghan FINALLY won one!  She took T along for her reward which included parasailing!

All of the chefs get a reward in the forms of their family visiting.  Michelle sees her boyfriend and sister.  Meghan’s mom comes.  T gets to see her girlfriend and daughter.  Milly is visited by his girlfriend and son, Milly Jr!

Then dinner service is upon us and each chef takes a turn at the pass.  Sous Chef Andi prepares quality control tests for each of them.  Milly misses his first one saying Chef Andi’s lobster risotto was delicious… it was, but it was crab in there instead of lobster!  Meghan misses hers too mistaking sea bass for halibut.  Michelle misses hers too, not realizing that broccoli has been switched in for cauliflower.  T is the only one who spots her well catching lamb in what should’ve been a beef Wellington.

It’s hard to see Milly go because he has such a good heart.  Even Michelle grew on me, especially with her Harry Potter reference in this episode.  It is nice to see two girls in the finale.  Meghan and T are the

Top Two

Alright, this episode was cute.  First, T and Meghan take a trip to Vegas with season 13 winner, Christina.  After that, Chef Ramsay sends his Rolls Royce to take them to “his house.”  They are greeted by Tana and Tilly (could Chef Ramsay’s youngest daughter be any freakin’ cuter?!) and there are pictures of Ramsay’s family around and everything… but it isn’t his house!  It’s the scene of the final challenge.

T and Meghan get an hour to prepare 5 dishes: a cold appetizer, a hot appetizer, a fish dish, a chicken dish, and a beef dish.  Five guest judges come to taste a course apiece and score them out of 10.  The judges include the likes of Hubert Keller and Wolfgang Puck!  T wins the challenge and gets to pick her brigade first.

T’s red brigade includes Milly, Nick, Adam, and Christine.  Meghan’s blue brigade includes Michelle, Alison, Josh, and Randy.  Neither Meghan not T are in their old colors, though–  they are given their executive chef jackets before service!  And they cook!

As usual, the winner is announced by the opening of a door.  I can’t say I was surprised when I saw Meghan’s door open.  She was consistent throughout.  I think I’d have preferred T, to be honest, but she was so gracious at the end saying she doesn’t feel like she lost, just that her opportunity hasn’t arrived yet.

What did you all think of this season of HK?!

Hell’s Kitchen Recap: 14 Chefs Compete

Last week’s episode started off with the drama off of the previous elimination. The drama continues right into the challenge. Chef Ramsay introduces the challenge by bringing out a master technician: an 8-year-old kid named Michael who can toss pizza dough like nobody’s business.

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The contestant pair off for gourmet pizza challenge. Since the teams have odd numbers, Rochelle and Ralph each have to work alone. Sandra and Melanie are paired up, and are not working well together. Joy and Jessica drop their pizza before it can get in the oven. Come on, Red; get it together!

An even better special guest comes out to judge the pizzas with Chef Ramsay: Wolfgang Puck! He’s my favorite guest judge after seeing him many times on Top Chef. I was hoping he’d throw something. Didn’t he throw something on Top Chef? Anyway, the teams must leave one pizza behind and have Chef Puck and Chef Ramsay score the others. Kashia/Bev get left behind for the red team. Here’s how the other teams score:

  • Rochelle: WP 2 + GR 2
    •  Chef Puck dislikes it, and tosses it. (I knew he’d throw something!)
  • Ralph: WP 2 + GR 1
  • Joy/Jessica: WP 2 + GR 2
    • They end up with a “skinny girl” pizza because they had so little dough left. No one is amused.
  • Scott/Gabriel: WP 3 + GR 2
  • Melanie/Sandra: WP 1 + GR 2
    • “You have to cook the bottom too,” says Chef Puck. Ouch!
  • Antoine/Richard: WP 3 + GR 4
    • Ramsay declares theirs the best pizza of the day. With that, the men win.

Chef Ramsay tries Kashia and Bev’s pizza after all is said and done, and declares it Red’s best. This helps stir up the drama on Red even more.

As punishment, Red is left to prep both kitchens for Italian family night. They make pasta and shred cheese while blue enjoys a day in poolside in Hollywood.

 

Dinner Service:

Blue sets an actual fire in their kitchen during dinner service and everybody is super incompetent about putting it out. Chef Ramsay steps in to smother the flames, because apparently no one on Blue knew how to do that?

Pizzas start out shaky for both kitchens, but the Blue teams throws out so many mess-ups that they run out of pizza dough entirely.  In the middle of service with pizzas on order, they have to go into the dining room and apologize.  Embarrassing!

Gordon Ramsay’s family is in the dining room and the red team serves them without problems.  We’ve heard him yell about this in season’s past, so it must be a good thing that this family night was so uneventful.

Chef Ramsay calls the night a “pizza massacre” and although both struggled, the blue team performed worse on everything.

 

Elimination:

Scott & Chris are both up for elimination, as nominated by their team.

Chef Ramsay also wants to hear from Ralph, citing his dreadful performance on the lamb.

In the end, Chef Ramsay eliminates Chris.  He really wasn’t memorable, huh?  Certainly he didn’t contribute to success.