Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)
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|Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original run||June 4, 2012– September 10, 2012|
(U.S. season 9)
Season 10 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen premiered on June 4, 2012, on Fox and concluded on September 10, 2012. Chef de Cuisine Christina Wilson won the season and received a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada.
Gordon Ramsay returned as head chef, Scott Leibfried and Andi van Willigan returned as sous chefs, and James Lukanik returned as the maître d'. This season saw an alteration to the show's format, with many episodes now being two-parters, depicting the team challenge and reward/punishment one night, followed by service and elimination the following night. This season is also the first season in Hell's Kitchen history in which all chefs were eliminated normally. In other words, no chef was eliminated either despite being on the winning team, during dinner service, had to withdraw for medical reasons, or walked out on their own terms. This is also the first season where one challenge produced no winner and both teams faced punishment.
- 1 Opening sequence/credits
- 2 Chefs
- 3 Contestant progress
- 4 Episode guide
- 4.1 Episode 1
- 4.2 Episode 2
- 4.3 Episode 3
- 4.4 Episode 4
- 4.5 Episode 5
- 4.6 Episode 6
- 4.7 Episode 7
- 4.8 Episode 8
- 4.9 Episode 9
- 4.10 Episode 10
- 4.11 Episode 11
- 4.12 Episode 12
- 4.13 Episode 13
- 4.14 Episode 14
- 4.15 Episode 15
- 4.16 Episode 16
- 4.17 Episode 17
- 4.18 Episode 18
- 4.19 Episode 19
- 4.20 Episode 20
- 5 Ratings
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The opening sequence of Season 10 of the show, like the previous three seasons, did not take place in the kitchen. Instead, it began with the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, which morphed to "Welcome to Fabulous Hell's Kitchen". This is followed by a magic show-style opening, featuring contestants doing various stunts and tricks, with Chef Ramsay magically appearing at the end.
Credit order: Patrick, Briana, Barbie, Kimmie, Clemenza, Don, Roshni, Royce, Brian, Robyn, Dana, Guy, Justin, Tavon, Tiffany, Christina, Chris, Danielle
18 chefs competed in season 10. Full names per official site.
|Robyn Almodovar||31||Executive Sous Chef||Hollywood, Florida|
|Justin Antiorio||29||Sous Chef||Lyndhurst, New Jersey|
|Christopher Chris Carrero||33||Executive Chef||Queens, New York|
|Clemenza Caserta||41||Executive Chef||Staten Island, New York|
|Patrick Cassata||40||Executive Chef||Lombard, Illinois|
|Dana Cohen||27||Chef Instructor||River Vale, New Jersey|
|Roshni Gurnani||27||Executive Chef||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Tavon Hubbard||22||Executive Chef||Washington, D.C.|
|Tiffany Johnson||30||Sous Chef||Warren, Vermont|
|Barbara Barbie Marshall||34||Catering Chef||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Brian Merel||31||Personal Chef||Chicago, Illinois|
|Danielle Rimmer||27||Saucier||Bayonne, New Jersey|
|Donald Don Savage||44||Cafeteria Chef||Houston, Texas|
|Briana Swanson||32||Personal Chef||New York, New York|
|Guy Vaknin||28||Executive Catering Chef||New York, New York|
|Royce Wagner||29||Sous Chef||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Kimberly Kimmie Willis||27||Personal Chef||Memphis, Tennessee|
|Christina Wilson||32||Chef de Cuisine||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
- Contestant was nominated for elimination, but was not eliminated
- Contestant was eliminated
- Contestant was named Best of the Best/Worst for their team
- The winner of Hell's Kitchen
- The runner-up of Hell's Kitchen
- ^1 Contestant was nominated by Chef Ramsay
Signature dish order: Robyn, Don, Tiffany, Guy, Roshni, Royce, Danielle, Justin, Kimmie, Brian, Barbie, Chris, Briana, Patrick, Dana, Tavon, Christina, Clemenza
Coat hook and picture order: Danielle, Tavon, Robyn, Patrick, Christina, Don, Dana, Justin, Roshni, Brian, Briana, Chris, Kimmie, Guy, Barbie, Clemenza, Tiffany, Royce
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Each episode consists of a challenge with a reward, a service and an elimination.
- Original airdate: June 4, 2012
- Introduction: A group of 20 contestants were transported to Hell's Kitchen in a police-escorted SUV motorcade. After they arrived, Sous Chef Scott introduced himself and Sous Chef Andi to the contestants. He mentioned that he had shaved his head bald to demonstrate how badly he originally wanted to work for Chef Ramsay. He then called upon volunteers to have their heads shaved to show how badly they wanted to work for him. It was revealed that Andi had already shaved her head, too. Two contestants volunteered and had their heads shaved. He then called out Danielle and was about to shave her head when Chef Ramsay came on the scene and stopped him. After the break, it was then revealed that the two contestants who had their heads shaved were actually Scott's friends. Further, although Andi's head also appeared to have been shaved, in actuality she was wearing a bald cap, which she removed.
- Signature dishes / team challenge: The first round had Robyn go against Don, and Robyn impressed with her sea bass while Don's large and overly spicy dish was spat out by Ramsay (and Robyn, who was asked to taste it), resulting in a point for the red team. In the next round, Ramsay did not even bother to taste Tiffany's over-sauced lamb, while Guy actually told Ramsay not to taste his overcooked dish; he did anyway, and said it tasted like a "fish sundae", and neither earns a point. Roshni and Royce were next, and both earn a point with their respective lamb and grouper dishes (Royce is also revealed to have worked under season 1 runner-up Ralph). In the following round, Danielle's dish was poorly presented while Justin managed to tie the score at two with his. Kimmie and Brian both fail to impress in the next round (Ramsay was particularly disappointed by Brian only serving a dessert), and Barbie and Chris fare no better afterwards, with Barbie's soggy potatoes and Chris's burnt dish causing neither to earn a point; however, both Briana and Patrick impress Ramsay in the following round. The next round has Dana go up against Tavon, and Ramsay says that Dana's scallops are delicious, while Tavon (who seemed to impress Ramsay by being an executive chef at only 22) failed to deliver with a seafood dish that Ramsay declared "hideous"; as a result, the women take the lead 4-3. The final round pits Christina against Clemenza (who earlier in the challenge starting coughing violently, making Ramsay ask if he needed a medic, which Clemenza refused), and Clemenza had the chance to tie the score; however, Christina's pork chop is declared beautiful while Clemenza's stuffed veal chop is deemed well-made, but ruined by too much truffle oil, resulting in a 5-3 win for the red team. This marks the first time that the women have won the signature dish challenge since its introduction.
- Award / punishment: The women were treated to a steak BBQ with two of Hell's Kitchen's past winners – Rahman "Rock" Harper from Season 3 and Dave Levey from Season 6. The men were forced to clean both kitchens.
- Service: Both teams had a whole different perspective of the dinner service; the men studied the material given to them and were confident and determined; while the women, most of them spending the night drinking and socializing instead of studying the material, struggled on prep and had their doubts. Briana was called on to name the entrées on the menu, and after a slight hesitation (and some pronunciation mistakes), she was able to correctly identify them. The first ticket came in on the women, with Roshni starting with the scallops, only serving three portions instead of five. Roshni continually struggled on the scallops and was sent out of the kitchen. For the men, Royce and Tavon were slow on sending out appetizers; Royce had trouble finding the anchovies for his salads, and Tavon served a raw pigeon. Justin brought up his scallops, which Chef Ramsay noted how badly prepared they were (thanks to Tavon). After Tavon laughed nervously, in response to Chef Ramsay's behavior, he threw him out of the kitchen, as he did to Royce when he sent up undercooked spaghetti (which rather angered Clemenza, as he knew it was undercooked). Don was wandering around the whole dinner service, doing nothing, much to the later irritation of his teammates. (He was assigned a task for the entrée stage, but as the men never reached it he was not given an opportunity to cook. For the women, Christina struggled on the entrées, serving undercooked pieces of Beef Wellington to Chef Ramsay. Back on the men's team, Chris brought up a raw onion tart, causing Chef Ramsay to kick the rest of the men out of the kitchen. The women still struggled on the entrées, and Chef Ramsay ultimately ordered them to shut down, and clean up. (The instruction to clean up is unusual – normally he is so irritated at such points that he immediately banishes them from the kitchen.) Although both teams failed to serve any entrées and were told to "shut it down", the women were declared the "winners", as they at least completed their appetizer stage. For the first time in Hell's Kitchen history, the men failed to serve even a single appetizer during dinner service (the nearest previous occurrence to this had been in the first service of season 4, where that season's men's team eventually served their first appetizers after two hours, only to find that all their customers had walked out).
- Nominees for elimination: Chef Ramsay asked Patrick for the nominees. The men chose Tavon and Don. While Chef Ramsay agreed with the nomination of Tavon, he questioned the team's wisdom of the nomination of Don, saying that he didn't cook any entrées and didn't deserve to be nominated. Ramsay then nominated Royce to take Don's place.
- Tavon's Elimination: Tavon was chosen to leave Hell's Kitchen as he almost single handedly destroyed any chance of the men finishing service, and had utterly failed to live up to his Executive Chef status.
- Tavon's farewell: "Being the first to be eliminated sucks. Of course nobody wants to go home first, but I did what I did, I messed up, but now I'm looking forward to sitting on my couch and seeing Royce go the (bleep) home next week."
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Tavon may have been an executive chef at 22, but he did little to impress me in his short stay in Hell's Kitchen."
- Original airdate: June 5, 2012
- Team challenge: A rap group awakened the contestants as Chef Ramsay introduced the next Team Challenge: remove 125 scallops from a large mound of ice and seaweed, then properly open, schuck and cook the scallops to Chef Ramsay's standards – the first team to properly cook and prepare six plates of five scallops each wins. During the collection portion of the challenge, Royce was hit in the face with a scallop and had a noticeable cut on his face, but was able to continue. The women won their 2nd consecutive challenge, by successfully cooking and preparing six plates, while the men completed only two.
- Award / punishment: The women took a yacht cruise for a day on Santa Catalina Island. The men had to clean up the remaining mess outside, as well as prep the kitchens and dining area for service. In addition, Sous Chef Scott served the men smoothies made out of the rejected scallops from the challenge.
- Service: The service was deemed "Redemption Night", Chef Ramsay specifically wanting flawless scallops from both kitchens. Brian and Christina worked tableside to deliver a shrimp scampi appetizer to tables. On the men, Guy did well on appetizers, but Don managed to burn the top of his pizza, and undercook the bottom. On the women, Robyn and Barbie went at each other – they could not time their food together, serving undercooked food out. On the blue team, Chris had a lot of scallop problems; overcooking, undercooking, and wrong portion size. Royce had trouble making mashed potatoes, which prompted Chef Ramsay to tell him how to make it. Out in the dining room, Brian served raw shrimp tableside. Back on the red team, Barbie continually argued with her teammates and screwed up some more orders on the fish station. Ramsay, fed up with the red team, kicked them all out of the kitchen. Chef Ramsay goes back to a fragmented men's team. After discovering a raw steak, Chef Ramsay kicks the men out of the kitchen, and ended dinner service. As both teams completed appetizers but have yet to serve a single entrée this season, he deemed both teams as the losers.
- Nominees for elimination: As both teams lost the service, they each had to select two contestants that they felt must leave Hell's Kitchen. Ramsay asked Guy and Dana for the nominees. Chris nominated himself for the blue team; the rest of the men considered nominating Don for his pizza troubles, but ultimately decided on Royce. The women all agreed on Barbie as their first nominee, and then decided to attempt to rig the elimination process by putting up Roshni, who they knew had a good service and would not be eliminated (though on being questioned by Chef Ramsay, the women claimed to have nominated her because of her bad performance in the previous service).
- Chris' Elimination: Chef Ramsay quickly sent Roshni back in line, followed by Royce, who was warned to pick up his game. This left Barbie and Chris, and Chris's admission that he got overwhelmed cooking the scallops ultimately resulted in his elimination, as Chef Ramsay took it as an admission that he was out of his depth in Hell's Kitchen.
- Chris' farewell: "Hell's Kitchen is brutal - it's tough. Chef Ramsey's intimidating, you know, and I just cracked under the pressure. "
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "I'm sure that Chris prays that he never sees another scallop. And after tonight, I pray I don't see any more of him."
- Original airdate: June 11, 2012
- Team challenge: Both teams were challenged to cook a welcoming meal for sixty immigrants who just became U.S. citizens. The menu consisted of a Californian cobb salad appetiser followed by a choice of three entrées. Nebraska beef sliders, a thin New York style pizza and a Wisconsin grilled cheese sandwich. The red team had some initial trouble with Barbie attempting to cook the pizzas far too early, but otherwise turned in an excellent performance and finished service with only a few dishes rejected by Chef Ramsay. The men on the other hand had a terrible start, experiencing their own pizza problems when Clemenza undercooked them, and while they eventually rallied they had little hope of catching the women, who won their third challenge in a row. This loss meant the men set a new record for the worst start by any team in Hell's Kitchen history, having lost five challenges or services out of five.
- Award / punishment: The women were rewarded with a trip to San Diego where they were taken on a safari. The men was punished by having to do hard labor at the Ballona Wetlands.
- Service: Don and Tiffany were assigned to be servers; Tiffany performed flawlessly in this role, while Don's bad spelling (being unable to spell "appetizer" among other things) slowed him down. Prior to the service, Chef Ramsay made a phone call to Season 1 runner-up Ralph Pagano, who it was mentioned in the first episode is the executive chef at the restaurant where Royce worked prior to coming into Hell's Kitchen. Royce got a pep-talk from Ralph and responded positively, turning in a near-perfect performance on the appetizers, which would see him ultimately be named as the best performer of the night. Clemenza struggled on the meat station, running out of Beef Wellingtons midway through the service, though fortunately he had more luck with the steaks, and the men eventually managed the first completed service of the season. It was a different story for the women however, as Briana and Barbie struggled on the fish station, serving up undercooked scallops and overcooked cod. This had a knock-on effect on Kimmie, who started out well but later served up undercooked wellingtons. Roshni made things worse by forgetting that dumplings were supposed to be part of the cod dish, and when she did serve them up they were undercooked. Disgusted by the women's performance, he threw them out of the kitchen, without a single entree served. After service, the men were deemed to have been the clear winners, with Christina being the only one of the woman who Ramsay felt had stepped up to the mark (as of the previous season the Best of the Worst no longer got to choose nominees for elimination, though are guaranteed to be safe from elimination themselves).
- Nominees for elimination: Robyn was asked for the nominees. Briana had nominated herself, and the rest of the women decided on Barbie. Chef Ramsay also called out Roshni for her struggles on the garnishes and her succession of bad performances.
- Briana's Elimination: In the end Briana was eliminated as Chef Ramsay believed that she was not going to get any stronger in the competition.
- Briana's farewell: I came here, to Hell's Kitchen, to challenge myself. I don't think Chef Ramsay really got to see what kind of chef I am. I'm a very passionate chef, but he didn't think that I was, uh, enough of a fighter about it, and he's probably right.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Tonight, Briana had a battle with the cod, and the cod won. And that's why her time in Hell's Kitchen was a short one."
- Original airdate: June 12, 2012
- Team challenge: The chefs were awoken early to Chef Ramsay taking them to a lamb pen at a local farm. The challenge was to get as many ingredients off the animal as possible. The collars and paint were indicators of the ingredient. The teams were then to break off into pairs to create 4 different lamb dishes (rack of lamb, ground lamb, and two others). Both teams were tied at 2 points each, but the men clinched their first challenge victory of the season, as the women were ultimately undone by Barbie and Robyn's rack of lamb being almost totally raw.
- Award / punishment: The men were rewarded with a day at the horse races. The women were punished by having to wash the paint off the sheep (which were delivered to the Hell's Kitchen parking lot), then clean & prep both kitchens for service and finally, eat a lunch of lamb testicles, with Kimmie making fun of the other girls for being grossed out and unable to eat any (while she ate several, seemingly uncaring to the others). During the prep, Danielle started to get angry at Kimmie's attitude (with Kimmie admitting she had no reason for being obnoxious other than wanting to cause problems), resulting in her making fun of Kimmie's weight (saying she weighed "5 million pounds!") and yelling that she was tired of being the "quiet" girl.
- Service: The dinner service started off rocky with Danielle serving undercooked appetizers multiple times. For the men, Brian continually undercooked, overcooked, and burned his cod, and ran out halfway through the service and to be replaced with Sea Bass. After a brief moment of celebration calling chef "Baby", he got thrown out of the kitchen. For the women, Robyn and Danielle were having difficulties communicating on their sections. Don started off well on the meat station, despite being a little sluggish and non-communicative. Back on the red team, Roshni had bad timing on her beef wellingtons, and, like Brian, she was thrown out of the kitchen and started arguing that she had a fresh one still waiting. Back on the blue team, Don overcooked his steak after repeatedly saying that new steak will be coming in "one minute" (in reality, it was four minutes). After Ramsay received the overcooked steak, he threw Don out of the kitchen, quickly followed by Robyn and Danielle for their communication issues on the red team. Back on the men's team, Justin volunteered to take over the fish station, and was already cooking the bass when it was discovered Royce has started the bass on his section as well, causing confusion between both of them, Chef Ramsay prompting them both out of the kitchen for not communicating. The remaining chefs on both teams completed dinner service, After Dinner Service Was Done Chef Ramsey Stated That Dinner Service Was Like Having A Root Canal And A Kidney Stone At The Same Time both teams were declared losers on account of the fact that half of the chefs were ejected from service.
- Nominees for elimination: Ramsay asked Christina and Royce for the nominees. The women nominated Danielle and Roshni. The men nominated Brian and Don.
- Don's elimination: Don was told to leave Hell's Kitchen due to his lack of improvement in services.
- Don's farewell: I thought that I would be able to come out here and, you know, that he would just love my food; and I thought I was more of a perfectionist than I was.
- Team change: Roshni was told to go to the men's team because the men were down a member.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Everyone in Hell's Kitchen starts at the bottom. Unfortunately, Don stayed there."
- Original airdate: June 18, 2012
- Team challenge: A special Mexican dinner service/challenge was presented today. Sous Chef Scott brought out a large donkey pinata. Chef Ramsay explained the pinata will burst open, pouring out balls with ingredients labelled on them, each team being allowed 25 ingredients to work on 6 different Mexican dishes. Only 5 would be selected for tasting. Chef Ramsay hit the pinata, only for the contestants to be surprised that the balls were actually dropped from an opening in the ceiling, rather than the pinata. Chef Ramsay had two guest judges, both Mexican. Dana’s dish was noted as the best dish of the entire challenge. The red team won the challenge 3 dishes to 2.
- Award / punishment: The red team were able to enjoy the day out by going to one of the guest judges gourmet restaurants for a delicious lunch. Afterwards, they went to an outdoor Salsa dancing class in which they participated. The blue team, however, was stuck doing prep for both kitchens, which included making handmade salsas for the dinner service. The men were on their best behavior with the presence of a female in the kitchen.
- Post award / punishment: With a full day separating the challenge and the service, all the chefs had some time to relax. In particular Tiffany had a lot to drink, and when she overheard Royce making some criticisms of Kimmie's challenge dish, she misinterpreted the situation and told Kimmie that it was Christina, Danielle and Dana who had made the criticisms, leading to a massive argument the next morning.
- Service: It was mentioned that Hell's Kitchen offered two special dishes on the menu celebrating the first ever Mexican night. Service started off with Guy delivering undercooked tuna to the pass, only to correctly cook it a second time. On the red team, Barbie brought up incorrectly seasoned mussels and was quickly sent back to redo them. Kimmie decided it would be a good idea to place both the fish and meat on the same tray, however Chef Ramsay had a different opinion and was even more disturbed when no one, at first, stepped up to take the blame. Eventually, Kimmie said it was her mistake. Over on the blue team, Guy and Patrick continually struggled with communication, serving up raw food, with Chef Ramsay ejecting them both from the kitchen. Back on the red team, Danielle served raw pork, twice in a row, before being thrown out of the kitchen. Justin and Clemenza were working the meat sections on the blue team. Justin brought up his meat despite Clemenza warning him that it was undercooked. After Ramsay discovered it was raw, he threw them both out of the kitchen. Returning to the red team, Barbie was caught using a thermometer on her chicken, and was shortly thrown out, followed by Tiffany for sending burnt mashed potatoes. On the blue team, Royce sent up burnt chicken skin and was also thrown out; he then warned Brian and Roshni that they had better not make any more mistakes or they'd be ejected, but despite their problematic performances in the previous service, neither had any further issues. The remaining chefs completed dinner service, however, Chef Ramsay deemed both teams as the losers.
- Nominees for elimination: Barbie was asked for the red team's nominees, and revealed that she was nominated along with Danielle, while Clemenza revealed the blue team's nominees as Guy and Patrick. Barbie argued that she is not the weakest chef on the team, and Chef Ramsay agreed and sent her back in the line. The remaining nominees were left up there with Chef Ramsay about to pick someone when "To be continued" flashed on the screen, ending the episode in a cliffhanger.
- Original airdate: June 19, 2012
- Episode 5 Nominees for elimination (cont'd.): After Chef Ramsay sent Barbie back in line (which was repeated in this episode), he called up Patrick, but he sent Patrick back in line as well.
- Episode 5 Danielle's Elimination: Danielle was told to leave Hell's Kitchen due to her overconfidence during service.
- Episode 5 Danielle's Farewell: I'm, honestly, I'm pissed off. I don't deserve to go home. Kimmie And Barbie: they're sneaky, they're out for themselves, they're fake; I would love to see Dana win. She's a strong cook and I hope that she makes it to the end.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: No reason was given for Danielle's elimination, nor did she receive the coat hook and burning picture routine.
- Team challenge: Both teams had to prepare dishes for three fashion designer judges – David Meister, Amanda Che and Ina Soltani; they had to make an appetizer and two entrees (one seafood, one poultry). First, Brian and Justin's appetizer was met with many criticisms by the fashionista judges – before they had even tasted the dish. Christina and Dana's dish was met with similar criticisms, making everyone realize how difficult these judges were. However, once the judges tasted the dishes, all three easily decided that Christina and Dana's dishes tasted better, earning the red team a point. Next was poultry, with Roshni and Patrick against Barbie and Tiffany. Despite Patrick making a faux pas describing the dish (saying he uses vinegar to "thin the mucus"), the judges unanimously called his dish better, due to Tiffany making deep fat-fried eggplant after the judges said they didn't want anything fattening, leaving the score tied. Finally, the seafood dishes were judged, with Clemenza, Royce, and Guy against Kimmie and Robyn. The first two judges were split, but the third judge easily chose the men's dish because the red team cooked sea bass instead of the requested swordfish, and the red team's dish had a lack of spices. The blue team wins 2–1.
- Award / punishment: The blue team is treated to a shopping spree in Malibu, complete with a personal shopper, much to the red team's annoyance. The red team has to assemble a runway for Hell's Kitchen's first ever fashion show. Robyn decides to put the runway together while the rest of the team carries parts of the runway inside from a truck; this aggravates Christina, who felt that Robyn only wanted to get out of the heavy lifting. Tension continued to mount on the red team, with former best friends Robyn and Kimmie getting angry at each other over not putting spice in the dish during the challenge, which Kimmie suggested but Robyn ignored. Meanwhile, Barbie and Christina were extremely disgusted by Tiffany, who repeatedly passed gas during the punishment.
- Service: Before service began, Chef Ramsay talks about that night's service format, in which he said that after the first group of models have walked off the runway (one of the models is Eugena Washington from Cycle 7 of America's Next Top Model), they are serving, so timing is absolutely critical for the service. He told Kimmie and Royce that they would be assisting him with plating for their respective teams. Clemenza hastily started cooking scallops before the restaurant even opened; upon questioning, Ramsay found out he had used up four servings of scallops. As Ramsay started to berate him, the episode ended in another To Be Continued cliffhanger.
- Original airdate: June 25, 2012
- Service: The service continued from the previous episode. The red team beat the blue team in the appetizer part of the service by 10 minutes, mainly because Clemenza, on the fish station, was overwhelmed with the orders of scallops. When the swimsuit part of the fashion show was in progress, Chef Ramsay had to distract Guy who had become distracted by the swimsuit models. Clemenza redeemed himself during entrees, but Robyn overcooked her beef and became the target of Ramsay's anger when she suggested getting beef from the blue kitchen. Despite this, both teems subsequently completed service. Chef Ramsay then discovered a leftover tray of swordfish that Clemenza had cooked, resulting in an argument between Clemenza and Royce over who was responsible for the extra fish. The red team's ability to complete their appetizers 10 minutes before blue and Clemenza cooking four servings of scallops too early, while being watched by his team, resulted in Ramsay declaring the red team the winner.
- Nominees for elimination: The blue team almost unanimously picked Clemenza as their first nominee, even though Clemenza argued that he could "only cook so much", but they had trouble deciding between Guy and Brian as their second nominee; while Brian had performed well on the garnishes, many of the men thought he should have done more to help Clemenza when he was struggling. In the end, Roshni announced that the team decided on Guy as their second nominee as he held back service.
- Guy's elimination: While the entire team thought Clemenza was the weaker of the two nominees when polled by Chef Ramsay, his impassioned speech to remain in the competition impressed Chef Ramsay, who sent Clemenza back in line and told Guy to take off his jacket and leave Hell's Kitchen as Chef Ramsay felt Guy had no fight-back in him.
- Guy's farewell: "I Never Thought I Would Be Eliminated This Early In The Game Chef Ramsey Definitely Made The Wrong Decision I Stand Behind Everything That I Did And I Stand Behind Every Dish I Put Out There And I Thought He Would Respect That And Apparently He Doesn't"
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Guy's performance in Hell's Kitchen was extremely inconsistent. That is why I know he is not THE guy to run Gordon Ramsay Steak."
- Original airdate: June 26, 2012
- Team challenge: The teams were told that this challenge will test the teams' ability to adapt. In front of them were 4 domes, and each dome had 6 ingredients. Every 5 minutes, one of the domes became available for use. Each team member were told to take one ingredient from each dome that matched their protein. The blue team put some thought and discussion into which ingredient would go well with what they were working with, but the red team simply ran for the domes and grabbed whatever they wanted. The teams were judged by three Michelin-starred chefs, Michael Cimarusti of Providence restaurant, Anita Lo of Annisa restaurant and Douglas Keane of Cyrus restaurant. They would each award each dish from 1 to 3 stars. The team who had the most stars based on the dishes would win the challenge. The blue team were in the lead going into the final dish, but Royce's lobster dish had a long hair in it and was not cleaned properly, and thus received a low score. The red team won with 30 stars to the blue team's 29 stars. Christina was the only chef to receive a three-star score from one of the judges.
- Award / punishment: The red team were rewarded with a day at the spa and a set of cookware each. The blue team were told to prepare both kitchens for that night's dinner service. In addition to that, they would have to clean the dorms.
- Service: Tito Ortiz and Sugar Ray Leonard were seated at the Chef's Tables. The ladies had little trouble in the kitchen. Their only problem was Tiffany had trouble controlling the meat station, and used a dirty knife to check a Wellington. But it turned out that the blue team had more trouble. Clemenza had issues with putting out appeitizers, Patrick couldn't serve acceptable lobster, and Roshni delivered overcooked meat. Hitting his boiling point, Chef Ramsay kicked the entire blue team out of service, and the red team completed the remaining blue team service in addition to their own service and without further incident. Sous chef Scott called the blue team back down stairs only to be stopped by Chef Ramsay and told them that the red team completed their side of the dining room and to nominate two team members for elimination. This marked the first time in Hell's Kitchen history that a team who was kicked out of the kitchen were brought down stairs and told to nominate two team members for elimination without the usual post mortem.
- Nominees for elimination: Brian nominated himself and Clemenza was the second nominee for elimination due to the lack of teamwork. Chef Ramsay disagreed and overruled the decisions, nominating Roshni and Patrick as the weakest members of the team.
- Roshni's elimination: Chef Ramsay asked the rest of the blue team who should be sent home. Everyone, except for Royce, said Roshni. In the end Chef Ramsay agreed and told Roshni keep her head held high and that she had a big heart.
- Roshni's farewell: I'm Extremely Disappointed I'm Not In Hell's Kitchen Anymore It's A Competition And I'm Definitely Not The Weakest I Never Got Involved In The Drama I Never Got Involved In All The (bleep) I Was Here For A Purpose I Just Don't Think I Had Enough Time To Prove It
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Roshni is a small lady with a big heart. Unfortunately, her performance tonight matched her stature."
- Original airdate: July 2, 2012
- Team challenge: The teams spun a giant slot machine, which determined the type of steak and its ingredients one member of each team must cook in 30 minutes. This will be followed by Chef Ramsay tasting the dishes to determine the best dish. As the women had one extra person, it was decided that Kimmie won't spin, but will choose which dish to cook, with the best dish to be selected by the team members for Chef Ramsay to taste. The women chose Robyn's steak over Kimmie's, which proved costly. The men won, 3 dishes to two. Robyn's steak was determined by Chef Ramsay to be awful, saying that the team should have chosen Kimmie's steak, which Chef Ramsay found to be delicious and well-prepared.
- Award / punishment: The men was rewarded with a shopping spree for kitchenware and utensils, followed by lunch at Comme Ça, a local restaurant; the women must take a huge side of beef and prepare it for the next night's service.
- Service: Tonight's service is a special steakhouse service, which also includes a kid's menu. Shortly before the start of service, Kimmie picked up a pan containing hot grease, which burned her left hand and arm. As Kimmie is treated for her injuries, she, still reeling from a grudge against Robyn, is concerned that she'll end up dropping out from competition due to her injury, leading to a To Be Continued cliffhanger for the next episode.
- Original airdate: July 3, 2012
- Service: Despite initially being recommended by the medic not to take part in the service, Kimmie decided to stick with it and participate in the service anyway. During the service, the women committed several mistakes, including leaving Robyn's fish waiting for the pass for up to 17 minutes. There were also serious infighting among most of the team—Kimmie, Barbie, Robyn and Tiffany in particular. Over on the men, Patrick and Royce were thrown out for their mistakes, including undercooking their steaks; Brian also got some minor negative attention for acting goofy and bizarre on his station, irritating his teammates and receiving a warning from Chef Ramsay to start being serious. When the debacle involving the women flared up, Chef Ramsay called the remaining men, Clemenza, Brian and Justin, into service to assist the women while also handling their own service. However, the infighting among the women continued, threatening the men's efforts to save the service. Then Chef Ramsay lost his patience when Robyn sent a steak that was both raw and cold. At that point, Chef Ramsay threw the women out, leaving the three remaining men to complete service on both sides themselves; Ramsay did commend them for their success and teamwork. Despite that, Chef Ramsay still declared both teams losers for their lack of passion, stating that he has "seen more passion in valet parking".
- Nominees for elimination: As both teams were losers, Chef Ramsay had both teams choose two people who think should leave. Ramsay asked Clemenza and Kimmie for the nominees. The men easily nominated Patrick and Royce, for their early exits. The women chose Robyn and Tiffany, in deliberations that continued to be heated.
- Patrick's elimination: Patrick was eliminated mainly due his continual problems during services.
- Patrick's farewell: "You Know I Had Higher Expectations Going Into This My Families Gonna Be Disappointed And A Little Sad For Me But Opportunity Comes Along And You Gotta Grab Onto It And Try It'll Be Great To Go Home See My Wife And Kids I'll Tell You That"
- Team change: Following Robyn's explanation that the incompetence of Kimmie, Tiffany and Barbie is handicapping her performance, and that she would be better off with the men, after Patrick's elimination, Chef Ramsay acknowledged Robyn's request and transferred her to the men's team (the nearest previous occurrence to this had been in Hell's Kitchen season 4, where matt seigel asked to be transferred to the women's team)..
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Patrick talked a good game, but he couldn't back it up with his cooking so it was time for him to leave Hell's Kitchen."
- Original airdate: July 9, 2012
- Team challenge: Similar to Hell's Kitchen Seasons 6 and Hell's Kitchen Season 7 the chefs played a special game of craps, and each team member rolls a 12-sided die, with each face having a letter; whatever letter is revealed, the contestant must think of a food item beginning with that letter. The blue team went first, Clemenza rolled H and went for heirloom tomato, Justin rolled D and went for daikon, Robyn rolled D and went for dragonfruit, Brian rolled E and went for edamame, and Royce rolled C and went for chicken. For the red team, Tiffany rolled C and went for chicory, Barbie rolled L and went for lamb, Kimmie rolled T and went for turnips, Dana rolled B and went for brussels sprouts, and Christina rolled T and went for truffles, The blue team made a Charred Chicken Roulette With A Dragonfruit Vinaigrette edamame Purée And A Daikon Sushi Roll, The red team made a Herb Crusted Rack Of Lamb With Crispy And Roasted brussels sprouts And Braised Irish chicory, The blue team won a close one after Chef Ramsay told the red team that their brussels sprouts were their undoing, as they were, undercooked and crunchy. this is the third time the red team lost in craps on Hell's Kitchen.
- Award / punishment: The blue team was rewarded with a trip on Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas, where they spend an entire evening at the Paris Las Vegas. Comedian Carrot Top also pops in to meet and greet the contestants. The red team must barbecue a pig for pulled pork, a task that takes 12 to 15 hours overnight, during which an alarm is sounded every hour while they sleep, so they could check on the pork being barbecued.
- Service: During the service, each team must also provide service to a celebrity sitting at the chef's table—on the blue team side is American Idol season 9 champion Lee DeWyze and season 10 Top 3 finalist Haley Reinhart; on the red team side is soccer pro David Beckham and his son, Brooklyn. The red team's service had only a few minor flaws (with Tiffany mistaking cod for sea bass being the most serious); while the blue team had many mistakes, including the reluctance to pin down a specific time on cooking the food. Also, Royce has made many mistakes in cooking, including giving inaccurate times on the meat station, while Clemenza experienced many problems on the fish station, including overcooking cod. At one point, Chef Ramsay took all the male blue team members aside for a time out, and a pep talk to improve on their teamwork, leaving Robyn to handle cooking herself. However, the blue team men never recovered, having eleven unfulfilled entrée orders remaining, while the red team finished their service; at that point, Chef Ramsay had the red team (except Dana, whom Ramsay ordered to stay on the dessert station) help out the blue team in completing their service, After the dinner service, Chef Ramsay went to the red kitchen and named the red team obvious winners before going into the blue kitchen to tell the blue team they lost with Robyn being the only good member on that service. This is the first time ever that Chef Ramsay went to kitchens to name the teams winners and losers without the usual post mortem.
- Nominees for elimination: The losing blue team must choose two nominees to leave Hell's Kitchen—after deliberation, Robyn revealed that they have chosen Royce and Clemenza.
- Royce's elimination: Chef Ramsay had both Royce and Clemenza remove their jackets. He then told Royce that he must leave Hell's Kitchen for failing to live up to his own hype as well as the abilities of his mentor, Ralph (Ramsay also told Royce to give his regards to Ralph before he left). After Royce's exit,(And Like Rob In Hell's Kitchen Season 8) Ramsay gave Clemenza a clean jacket to replace the dirty jacket that he removed.
- Royce's farewell: "Of Corse I'm Not Okay With Leaving I Know I'm Better Than Everybody Else I Came Here Driven Focused I Pushed Myself I Don't Think I Deserve To Be Standing Here"
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Royce came in promising a Rolls-Royce service. But instead, his service was like a broken-down car. Time to send Royce to the junkyard."
- Original airdate: July 16, 2012
- Team challenge: Two contestants from each team must compete against competitive eater Joey Chestnut in a chicken wing eating contest; the team members have 60 wings to eat amongst them, while Chestnut has 60 wings to himself. The first to finish their wings will win $500 in cash. Joey wins the contest, taking the $500 cash prize. This is followed by the famous blind taste test, where each contestant (except Kimmie, who volunteered to sit out to even the teams) must identify an ingredient by taste only. The blue team won this challenge, 7 ingredients to the red team's 6. Furthermore, Justin correctly identified all four ingredients in his turn — a feat never before accomplished in Hell's Kitchen. Brian was the only blue team member other than Justin to correctly identify anything, with neither Clemenza nor Robyn identifying a single item. By contrast, all of the red team members correctly got at least one item, but none of them identified more than two.
- Award / punishment: The blue team got to spend an entire day at the Raging Waters water park in San Dimas, California. The red team had to spend the day taking deliveries of wine, ice, and food; in addition, they had to grind peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, change the oil in the fryers, and peel potatoes. During the course of the day Robyn and Clemenza became allied with each other, while Kimmie repeatedly blew up at Barbie, who she felt was being lazy.
- Service: For this service, per Chef Ramsay's video message on an iPad delivered to the restaurant, each team will create their own menu, each consisting of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts, submitting them all to Chef Ramsay for approval. Kimmie felt that everything that she suggested was being immediately rejected by the rest of the team, except for barbecue sauce, which they wanted to rename to something that sounded fancier. There was continued friction between Barbie and her teammates due to her slow pace in prep (she took over 2 1/2 hours to prep the mussels), while the first batch of Kimmie's barbecue sauce tasted awful, forcing Christina to have to help her out with it. Dana advised Tiffany that her potatoes were crunchy, and Tiffany promised that she would put them back in the oven. Clemenza stepped out of the preparation for about 45 minutes to clean his jacket after getting it dirty, after learning what Chef Ramsay said in the previous service. Chef Ramsay had issues with the red team's appetizers, but had far more positive comments about their entrées. By contrast, Ramsay didn't like any of the blue team's dishes, which eventually culminated in him finding several small bones in the quail dish that Clemenza had prepared – bones that he noted someone could choke on, leading him to threaten Clemenza with elimination before the service even started. At that point, the episode ended in another To Be Continued cliffhanger.
- Original airdate: July 17, 2012
- Service: Continuing from the previous episode, Chef Ramsay warns the blue team that the food they serve must be of better quality than what was presented in the inspection. Chef Ramsay says that tonight's service will not only feature "your menu, my standards", but they will be graded by the diners, using comment cards. The blue team messed up in all aspects, including running out of the scallop squash flowers (due to it being repeatedly overcooked and undercooked), leading to Robyn suggesting an alternate dish to the diners. At one point Clemenza stated that he had fish cooking in the pan, when he really did not, leading Chef Ramsay to accuse him of lying. After numerous dishes were rejected by Chef Ramsay for being overcooked or undercooked, Chef Ramsay threw the entire blue team out with only one ticket to go, leading to Chef Ramsay and Sous Chef Scott to fill that ticket themselves. The red team also made numerous mistakes, including Christina getting overwhelmed on the flatbreads, Kimmie overcooking the ribeye steak, and Tiffany using a dirty pan to make garnish. The team got stalled near the end of service because Tiffany had neglected to put the potatoes back in the oven during prep, so the gratin dauphinois was severely undercooked, and when Tiffany back-talked Sous Chef Andi over the issue Andi responded by throwing Tiffany out of service (this was the second time ever in the history of Hell's Kitchen that a contestant had been dismissed from a dinner service by one of Ramsay's sous chefs the nearest previous occurrence to this had been in season 8, where sous chef Scott threw Raj out of the kitchen).Despite The Fact That The Potatoes Still Had To Be Recooked The red team managed to finish their service.
- Winners: Chef Ramsay determined that both teams were the losers, going as far as tearing up the comment cards that the diners submitted. The Red Team were visibly stunned by Ramsay's announcement as they felt they should have been named the winners for completing their service while the Blue Team had not; but Ramsay criticized virtually every team member for having trouble on their stations. This was also the first time ever that the post mortem took place with Chef Ramsay in the dining room and the chefs in their respective kitchens.
- Nominees for elimination: As both teams were losers, Chef Ramsay has both teams choose two people who think should leave. Brian revealed the blue team's nominees as Robyn and Clemenza. Christina announced that the red team chose Tiffany for undercooking the potatoes and, primarily due to her very slow prep time, Barbie. Ramsay indicated that he thought Kimmie should have been nominated in place of Barbie, but accepted the nominations. When asked to justify why she should stay, Robyn started complaining and accusing the men of mistreating her, only for Chef Ramsay to point out that he had already warned her that he wouldn't accept that as an excuse if she started performing badly again. Chef Ramsay also pointed out to Barbie that none of her teammates were happy with her performance and felt that Tiffany wasn't showing much except when she's nominated even saying that a chef's passion must come naturally.
- Tiffany's elimination: Chef Ramsay eliminated Tiffany as she not only ruined any small hopes of the ladies finishing service on a good note, due to her failure on the garnish, he couldn't see a leader in her. He also questioned about Barbie's nomination, and ultimately decided that despite the women's dislike of her, Barbie was not at not all responsible for their loss.
- Tiffany's farewell: I Never Thought I Would Be Kicked Out Of This Competition This Early But Hell's Kitchen Is Harder Than I Thought It Would Ever Be Wish I Could Have Made It To The Top Two I Tried My Hardest Chef Ramsey I'm Sorry That I Didn't Prove Myself As A Leader Tonight But I Know That I Am And You Know Hopefully One Day He'll See That
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "The most passionate I ever saw Tiffany was moments ago when she was already on her way out. That was just too late."
- Original airdate: July 23, 2012
- Team challenge: A southern gospel choir, the Southern Voices of Victory, serenade the contestants with their rendition of This Little Light of Mine. This led to the next challenge—each pair of contestants, one from each team, must cook a modernized version of a Southern entrée and side item, each revealed on a fan held by a choir member, that the contestant chooses by their name. Then they have 30 minutes to cook the items, in which they'll be judged by Chef Ramsay and Epicurious editor Tanya Steel on the dish's quality, taste and preparation. The red team won, 3 dishes to the blue team's 1 dishes. Dana's dish was judged best overall, leading for that dish's recipe to be featured on Epicurious.
- Award / punishment: The red team got a photo shoot for Epicurious, which was followed by a trip for lunch at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The blue team must prepare for service that night, which also involves baking biscuits and churning butter from scratch.
- Service: Tonight's service is a Southern-style service, featuring a special menu of Southern cuisine. Chef Ramsay especially placed the onus on Kimmie, as she had the extensive experience in cooking Southern cuisine. On both teams, there were minor faults in appetizers, but at the entrée stage, numerous mistakes were made, including Kimmie on the red team undercooking and overcooking catfish, and on the blue team, Robyn undercooking chicken and Brian overcooking fish. When Brian gave a snide answer to Chef Ramsay on how the burnt fish tasted (like "fish"), Chef Ramsay threw him out of the kitchen, only to be talked back in by maître d' James. However, the numerous mistakes continued, to a point where Chef Ramsay threw out both teams and had himself and the sous chefs complete service themselves. Sous chef Scott went up to the dorms and told the chefs to go to the kitchen only to be stopped by Chef Ramsay and told to nominate one chef for elimination. This is the second time that a team were brought down stairs by sous chef Scott, stopped by Chef Ramsay and told to nominate. This happened in episode 8.
- Nominees for elimination: Chef Ramsay had each team nominate a contestant that they feel should leave Hell's Kitchen. Dana and Justin were asked for their respective team's nominations. The red team nominated Kimmie, the first time she was nominated for elimination; while the blue team nominated Robyn.
- Kimmie's elimination: Chef Ramsay called Robyn forward, only to order her back in line. In the end, Kimmie was the one told to leave Hell's Kitchen saying he loved her drive and passion, but felt she failed to step up in what should've been her night to shine. As the remaining chefs made their way back to the dorms, Ramsay continued to belittle them over their seeming inability to execute, what he felt, was a simple menu.
- Kimmie's farewell: "I'm Disappointed In Myself It Was Not My Time To Go By Any Means Definitely Barbie Should Be Going Home Right Now You Know She's Been Up Five Or Six Times This Is The First Time I Ever Been Up There And I Have So Much Fight I Learned So Much I Thought I Was Going To The Top I Thought I Was Going To Be His Head Chef And I Guess I Didn't Accomplish That"
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "As a woman from Memphis, tonight's Southern cuisine menu should've been an easy walk in the park for Kimmie. But it turned out to be a difficult uphill battle, and that is why it was her time to go."
- Original airdate: July 24, 2012
- Team challenge: The contestants had to prepare three dishes of Chef Ramsay's choosing, all from the regular Hell's Kitchen menu. Only one chef from each team was allowed in the kitchen at a time, for only five minutes. When their time was up, the next chef took his or her place. The previous chef was given 15 seconds to brief the next chef. Chef Ramsay then compared the same dishes from each team for completeness, taste, and appearance to decide the winning team. However, all the dishes from both teams were rejected by Ramsay. He could not pick a winning team, since they both failed. This marked the first time in Hell's Kitchen history that neither team won a point and Chef Ramsay could not declare a winning team.
- Punishment: If a team had won, they would have spent the day at Santa Monica, at the beach, enjoying lunch and taking a helicopter tour. But instead, both teams must detail the SUVs and clean the front of the restaurant, as well as prepare for that night's service. Chef Ramsay also said that tonight had to be "redemption" and warned the chefs that if he doesn't get a near-flawless performance, he wasn't going to wait 'til the end of service to get rid of "dead wood".
- Service: As an enticement for performing well in the service, Chef Ramsay announced that six of the contestants will receive black jackets and advance in the competition. The red team did very well in the service, making some minor mistakes at first such as Christina serving a burnt risotto and Dana needlessly cooking each piece of fish in its own pan, but recovered, to a point where they finished their service before the blue team, who failed to get the first entrée out. The blue team on the other hand floundered. Clemenza had trouble putting out multiple appetizers at the same time and Robyn put all her garnishes in the oven and said her teammates told her to, which they quickly denied. Justin performed disappointingly, serving up old halibut after the garnish trouble. Brian had his worst failing to serve meat in the right temperatures and losing control soon after. Unable to handle the blue team's mistakes Chef Ramsay kicked Brian off the meat station and had Barbie take over, who gave perfect results. After dinner service, Chef Ramsay went to the red kitchen and gave the red team, who won, black jackets. He then went to the blue kitchen and told the blue team to nominate two team members for elimination. This defeat meant that this season's blue team set the worst competitive record of any blue team in the history of Hell's Kitchen in terms of dinner services. They were victorious only once in twelve services, losing five outright to the red team as well as suffering six joint losses.
- Nominees for elimination: The losing blue team must nominate two people that feel should leave Hell's Kitchen. Clemenza said that the team agreed that Robyn should be nominated, but declared that he and Brian tied for second, as they were unable to reach a consensus. Chef Ramsay, deeming that the blue team was incapable to decide the nominees, had all four team members step forward, effectively nominating the entire team for elimination. Ramsay laid into the blue team before his final decision, noting that all four of them had been consistently far worse than the three remaining red team members, even going so far as to imply that were the option open to him, he would have eliminated the entire blue team there and then.
- Brian's elimination: Clemenza and Justin were first called forward and told to remove their jackets, only to be issued black jackets. This is followed by Robyn and Brian being told to remove their jackets. Chef Ramsay then told Robyn that "Your stay at Hell's Kitchen... continues", leading to her being given a black jacket (this has been the first time since season 8 where the final six reinstating back to black team). At that point, Brian had to leave Hell's Kitchen for giving up on the meat station and not having a more serious attitude.
- Brian's farewell: "I'm Shocked That I'm Going Home You Know With Six People Left I Thought That There Was Nowhere For Me To Go But Up I Think I Had A Shot At Winning I Really Do Its A Terrible Terrible Feeling To Know That You Got So Close But Then Just Lost It At The End"
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Brian had a lot of energy and was a funny guy. But after tonight's performance, I wasn't laughing. And that's why he has to leave Hell's Kitchen."
- Original airdate: August 13, 2012
- Team challenge: This challenge, the final 6 chefs were grouped into pairs, Robyn and Christina, Justin and Barbie, and Dana & Clemenza. They were to taste Chef Lefebvre's and Chef Hatfield's dishes and find out what different ingredients they used in their dishes. This led to the actual challenge, the popular "taste it, make it" challenge, in which each contestant tasted Ramsay's dish to distinguish what ingredients were used in the dish, then cook the dish based on the looks, taste and texture alone. Given many ingredients, the chefs were to reproduce the dish as well as they can within 30 minutes. Dana and Clemenza won this challenge by having the most ingredients correct.
- Award / punishment: Dana and Clemenza went to Silverwood Lake, where they spent the day jet skiing and having a gourmet picnic. The others must spend the day cleaning and ironing the table linens, as well as cleaning up the dining area, and polishing the glasses and silverware. Justin attempted to avoid doing any ironing, and when James caught onto this, he forced Justin to iron Chef Ramsay's own jackets and aprons.
- Service: For tonight's service, the contestants competed against another team, composed of runner-ups from previous seasons of Hell's Kitchen: Russell Kook II (Season 8), Jay Santos (Season 7), Kevin Cottle (Season 6), Paula DaSilva (Season 5), Bonnie Muirhead (Season 3) and Virginia Dalbeck (Season 2). The runners-up team completed an almost-flawless service, the only snag coming early on when Jay got overwhelmed doing the first fish entrees, forcing Kevin to bail him out. Russell did not endear himself to the female members of his team by constantly calling them "sweetheart". The black team had a few mistakes, including Clemenza cooking a pasta dish which was not on order, Robyn not putting enough dressing on the caesar salads, and Dana having to call Clemenza and then Robyn over to help her on the fish station, only for both to make the situation worse (Clemenza by undercooking the scallops, Robyn by seasoning the scallops too early and then not informing Dana she had done this); at one point, Chef Ramsay took Dana out of the kitchen, telling her that the interference from the other chefs was affecting her cooking. At the end, Chef Ramsay told the black team that their involvement in the service was "not bad". However, the returning chefs team was deemed to have been far better, meaning that one member of the black team would now be eliminated that night.
- Nominees for elimination: Chef Ramsay told the team that they must select two contestants that should leave Hell's Kitchen. Barbie stated that Clemenza and Robyn were nominated, as despite the strong criticism by Ramsay of Dana's performance on the fish station, nearly all of the other chefs felt that Dana was not to blame for this, and that Clemenza and Robyn had held her back.
- Robyn's elimination: Clemenza was told to step forward, only to be told to get back in line. In the end, Robyn was told to leave Hell's Kitchen for her declining performance, making too many excuses for her failures, and blaming other people for her mistakes. Clemenza was also warned to pick up his game, with Chef Ramsay stating 'I don't see you in Vegas big boy'.
- Robyn's farewell: Thought That I Was Gonna Be The Season 10 Winner Of Hells Kitchen I'm Probably One Of The Only People In This Competition That's Won So Many Challenges I Definitely Have Some Memorable Experiences Here And Some Experiences I Wanna Forget Coming In Here I Didn't Realize It Was Gonna Be This Catty But There Was Eighteen Of Us And I Made It To The Final Six I'm A Winner No Matter What In My Book And Now I'm Leaving Here Is Gonna Push Me Harder And Harder To Succeed And Show Those (bleep) That Are Still Here Go (bleep) Yourselves Cause I Am Better Than You
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Making it to the black jackets was a dream come true for Robyn. But cooking against the runners-up was a reality check for her and for me."
- Original airdate: August 20, 2012
- Individual challenge: The contestants each teach five past Miss Teen USA winners: Kamie Crawford, Stevi Perry, Hilary Cruz, Katie Blair and Allie LaForce for to cook a Chicken Parmesan dish in 30 minutes. Barbie won this challenge.
- Award / punishment: Barbie and another contestant of her choice, Justin, enjoy a gourmet Italian lunch, then go kayaking in the canals of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice. The others prepare for a special Italian service the next evening.
- Service: Tonight's service is a special Italian service, featuring a selection of Italian appetizers and entrées. Though a big mistake happened before service began, when Sous Chef Scott caught Clemenza overtenderizing the chicken, making them too large to serve. The appetizer stage was a major debacle, in which Barbie incorrectly cooked the risotto numerous times, to a point where Chef Ramsay threatened to throw her out of the competition if she messed up once more. When they reached the last table in the appetiser stage, Chef Ramsay made a bet with Barbie and Clemenza, in which he would pay them $100 if they do not make a mistake on the capellini—unfortunately, it was overcooked. The entrées was largely uneventful and was successfully completed. Christina initially struggled on the garnish station, burning and underseasoning the first few sides, though improved as the service went on.
- Nominees for elimination: Chef Ramsay had the team nominate a contestant that they feel should leave Hell's Kitchen. However, Justin revealed that they could not agree on a single contestant, as they were stuck between Barbie and Clemenza, so Chef Ramsay called them both down.
- Clemenza's elimination: Chef Ramsay told Clemenza to leave Hell's Kitchen, As he felt the Clemenza was given one too many chances.
- Clemenza's farewell: Hells Kitchen Without A Doubt Is The Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Do It's Been Up And Down And High And Low But I Fought Through It I've Been Up For Elimination More Than Anybody People Thought I Was Down People Thought I Was Out But I Just Kept Coming And Coming And Coming Back To Get Kicked Out On Italian Night Is Embarrassing But Coming To Hells Kitchen Has Definitely Put Some Spark Back In Me I Know I'm Going To The Top
- Chef Ramsay's reason: No reason was given for Clemenza's elimination, nor did he receive the "coat hook and burning picture" routine.
- Epilogue: As Chef Ramsay retired to his office, the "final four" contestants retire to the dorms, where they found champagne and a note from Chef Ramsay, congratulating them for making this far, with a promise of a surprise in the next episode.
- Original airdate: August 27, 2012
- Prologue: Continuing from the last episode, the contestants were presented with a surprise—their loved-ones pay them a brief visit (Christina's mother and girlfriend, Dana's parents, Barbie's husband and children, and Justin's parents).
- Individual challenge: The contestants are taken to a Bristol Farms supermarket, where they have 10 minutes to spend up to $15 on ingredients for their challenge. Back at Hell's Kitchen, they have 30 minutes to cook their dish. Then three judges, two restauranteurs and a critic for Bon Appétit magazine, determine the price they would pay for their dish; the contestant with the highest average wins. Dana won this challenge for her panko-coated halibut, narrowly beating out Christina. Barbie finished in third place, and Justin finished last after going over-budget and having to drastically cut down his dish, which ended up being panned by the judges.
- Award / punishment: Dana visited the Manhattan Beach Post restaurant in Manhattan Beach, where the chef helps her cook a dish and serves it to very special customers—her parents. The other contestants must sort the recyclable material from the garbage, as well as prepare for that night's service.
- Service: In this service, each of the chefs took control of the kitchen for part of the service, running the pass and having to spot acts of sabotage that Ramsay and Sous Chef Scott deliberately had set up. Justin was the first to lead the kitchen and did a very strong job overall, spotting that Scott had put crab instead of lobster in a spaghetti, and only having trouble with Dana's lackadaisical attitude on the fish station, which caused Chef Ramsay to personally tell Dana to wake up and show more respect to Justin. Dana herself went next and had a bad start by struggling to get her orders across, then failing to spot that she had been given a risotto that had been seasoned with sugar instead of salt, though she found her rhythm as the service continued. Barbie was third, and despite spotting that she had been given mashed celeriac instead of mashed potato, she kept addressing her orders to the diners instead of the chefs, and also rejected a risotto from Justin but neglected to tell Dana that the scallops needed recooking as a consequence. Christina was the last one to lead the kitchen, and she too had a rough start when Dana kept getting her times wrong and Christina refused to push her harder, causing Chef Ramsay to accuse Christina of allowing her friendship with Dana to interfere with her judgement. Christina became more vocal and decisive after that, and led the kitchen without too much trouble, also spotting that she had been given the wrong garnish for one dish. The chefs turned in generally solid performances on their stations, with Dana's weak performance on the fish being the only notable exception.
- Barbie's elimination: Chef Ramsay announced that two contestants will leave Hell's Kitchen, leading to the final service. After each contestant gave their reason why they wanted to stay, Chef Ramsay told Barbie that she must leave Hell's Kitchen but not before praising her for her improvement and hard work during her time in the competition. The second contestant to leave is held over for the next episode.
- Barbie's farewell: I really did wanna win but you know Hell's Kitchen is not easy at the very beginning everyone was trying to get rid of me but I didn't let that stop me it wasn't easy but I got a black jacket and got all the way to the top four so I definitely feel like i proved some people wrong I’m really proud of myself I’m not gonna be bummed about it at all I had a blast while I was here
- Original airdate: September 4, 2012
- Episode 18 Dana's elimination (cont'd.): Continuing from last episode, Chef Ramsay determined that the remaining three contestants were so close to each other, that he wished that they could all compete in the final service; however, he had to decide who else must leave. In doing so, he named the contestants who would be competing in the final service – Christina and Justin, leaving Dana as the one to leave Hell's Kitchen, with Chef Ramsay praising her performance, but saying she wasn't yet ready to be a head chef based on tonight service. However, Chef Ramsay let Dana keep her jacket as a token of her success up to that point.
- Episode 18 Dana's farewell: Hell's Kitchen Has Been So Much Harder That I Ever Thought It Was Ever Gonna Be But I Have To Say I Think I Did Pretty Well I Have Michelin Star Chefs Who Had Tasted My Dishes And Told Me How Amazing They Are Now I Can Leave Here And Say I Got To Serve David Beckham These Are All Moments That Are Priceless And I'm Just Gonna Take These Away Even Though I'm Leaving Hells Kitchen I'm Leaving With My Head Held High And I Know One Thing And Thats I'll Never Stop Cooking
- Chef Ramsay's reason: No reasons were given for Barbie and Dana's eliminations, nor they received the coat hook and burning picture.
- Early preparation: Chef Ramsay told Christina and Justin to create a menu featuring four appetizers, four entrées and three desserts. Before doing so, he gave each of them a new jacket. To assist them in the menu creation, Chef Ramsay sent both of them on a private jet to Las Vegas, where they met with Sous Chefs Scott and Andi poolside at the Paris Las Vegas. While there, they spent the day relaxing and having fun, including spending time enjoying dinner with their loved ones. Later that evening, they caught a show starring Penn & Teller, which featured Chef Ramsay as part of a magic trick. He then revealed that Penn & Teller's show was just a ruse, leading directly into the final individual challenge.
- Individual challenge: Christina and Justin each had one hour to get into their chef's whites and cook five entrées, each of them being judged by five well-renowned chefs, including Wolfgang Puck. Christina won this challenge, three entrées to Justin's two.
- Team selection: Eight of the last nine eliminated contestants returned for the finale (Tiffany did not return; instead, Patrick came in her place and was the last contestant to be eliminated prior to top ten), with each team getting four members. For the selection, Chef Ramsay had them flown to Las Vegas, where Christina and Justin had to choose which team members should belong on their team. Christina, for winning the challenge, got first choice. She chose Dana, Patrick, Kimmie, and Robyn, while Justin chose Barbie, Brian, Royce, and was left with Clemenza when Christina picked Robyn. This in turn infuriated Clemenza, as he felt that he should have been chosen first or second, and not last.
|Christina||Dana - Patrick - Kimmie - Robyn|
|Justin||Barbie - Brian - Royce - Clemenza|
- Pre-service: Back at Hell's Kitchen, shortly before midnight the night before the final service, Christina and Justin briefed their teammates on the night's menu. However, Justin was irritated at Clemenza, as he was tired, not paying attention, and was showing no interest in taking part in the final service. Clemenza got frustrated and began to walk out. At that point, the episode ended in a final To Be Continued cliffhanger.
- Original airdate: September 10, 2012
- Pre-service (cont'd.): While Clemenza was less than enthused about taking part in the final service, he grudgingly decided to take part, as he felt that it was Justin's pride on the line. The following morning, everyone gathered with Christina or Justin on one final briefing before heading to the kitchen. Clemenza did not show up at his briefing, thinking that Justin would just forget about him and move on; however, Justin came and told Clemenza to come and join in. During the final preparations, Chef Ramsay gave each of the night's menu items a taste test, identifying which dishes need tweaking. After everything was all set and one final briefing with the participants, Chef Ramsay told James to open Hell's Kitchen for its 140th service.
- Service: The service on both teams were quite rocky during the duration—on Justin's Blue team, Clemenza has made several mistakes, including burning the bruschetta, and Royce serving the crab cakes too raw and, on the second try, too dry. Royce had also made some errors in sending out underdone meat; at one time, one of the diners sent back a plate because it was too cold. And later, Barbie made numerous mistakes on the ribeye steak, to a point where they ran out of it; after conferring with Justin and the person who placed the order, they served filet mignon as a substitute. On Christina's Red team, she was keeping a close watch on Robyn, as she did not trust her, based on her past performance; however, it was her best friend Dana who was the one that she had trouble trusting; the halibut that Dana cooked was deemed underdone by Christina, but Dana kept insisting that it was done correctly, to a point where Sous Chef Andi and, summarily, Chef Ramsay, had to intervene, which he determined that Christina was right. Near the end of the service, another fish dish, the final dish of the service for the Red team, was taken to the pass, which was not done correctly, leading Chef Ramsay to ask Christina whether she should let it go as is, or reject it and have it done over; she wisely rejected it. In the end, both teams completed service successfully.
- Christina wins Hell's Kitchen 10: Immediately following the service, Chef Ramsay jokingly told the team members that he would decide the winner then and there, telling them that Tavon (who was the first person eliminated this season) was the winner. He then dismissed the team members and told Justin and Christina to wait in the dorms, while Chef Ramsay decides who the real winner is. After looking at the night's service, the diners' comment cards, and their performance during the season as a whole, he made a decision and had Justin and Christina come to his office. After some encouraging words about their time on Hell's Kitchen and their future careers, the two chefs each stood before a closed door; whoever's door opened would be the winner. Christina's door opened, making her the tenth winner of Hell's Kitchen. During the celebration, Christina hung her portrait on the Wall of Fame, joining the other nine winners of the competition.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Christina's passion and talent are undeniable. She's a strong leader who is totally at home in the kitchen. I know I'm not rolling the dice with her in Vegas because she is the real deal."
U.S. Nielsen ratings
Due to the 2012 Summer Olympics on the network's rival NBC network, no episodes were aired between July 30–31 or August 6–7, 2012. Instead, Fox replayed episodes 12 and 13 on July 30, and 14 and 15 on August 6, 2012.
|Episode||First air date||Rating
|1||June 4, 2012||2.4||7||5.46||4||25|
|2||June 5, 2012||2.1||7||4.87||3|
|3||June 11, 2012||2.8||9||6.25||3||16|
|4||June 12, 2012||2.2||7||5.32||7|
|5||June 18, 2012||2.5||8||5.65||6|
|6||June 19, 2012||2.2||7||5.34||8|
|7||June 25, 2012||2.4||7||5.66||6|
|8||June 26, 2012||2.3||7||5.51||6|
|9||July 2, 2012||2.4||8||5.83||4||16|
|10||July 3, 2012||2.0||8||5.07||6||25|
|11||July 9, 2012||2.5||8||6.01||2||12|
|12||July 16, 2012||2.6||8||6.33||2 (tie)||10|
|13||July 17, 2012||2.5||8||6.02||4||14|
|14||July 23, 2012||2.6||8||6.46||1||10|
|15||July 24, 2012||2.6||9||6.23||3||12|
|16||August 13, 2012||2.7||7||6.58||1||13|
|17||August 20, 2012||2.6||7||6.23||1||11|
|18||August 27, 2012||2.9||8||6.87||1||1|
|19||September 4, 2012||2.6||8||6.17||5||18|
|20||September 10, 2012||2.5||7||6.27||4|
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