Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 4)
|Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 4)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Original run||April 1, 2008– July 8, 2008|
(U.S. season 3)
Season 4 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen began airing on the Fox Network starting on April 1, 2008. The show was originally planned to air later in the season, but instead was aired as a replacement for shows that were affected by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.
Culinary student Christina Machamer, won the season and was awarded a "senior sous chef" position with a $250,000 salary at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood - not an executive chef as mentioned in show-related publicity and press releases. The London West Hollywood restaurant opened on May 27, 2008, while the series was still airing.
- 1 Production location
- 2 Chef and staff members
- 3 Contestants
- 4 Contestant progress
- 5 Ratings
- 6 Episodes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
This season was filmed in the warehouse district in Culver City, California.
Chef and staff members
There were 15 chefs (8 men and 7 women) who competed in season 4 and was the only Hell's Kitchen season to have 15 chefs compete compared to 12 from the previous three seasons.
|Bobby Anderson||37||Executive Chef||Niagara Falls, New York|
|Benjamin "Ben" Caylor||29||Electrician & Former Chef||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Dominic DiFrancesco||43||Stay-at-home Father||Catawba, South Carolina|
|Corey Earling||25||Private Chef||Brooklyn, New York|
|Louross Edralin||24||Hotel Cook||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Rosann Fama||33||Law office receptionist & Former Cook||Staten Island, New York|
|Jennifer "Jen" Gavin||24||Garde Manger (cold food line cook)||Chicago, Illinois|
|Vanessa Gunnell||31||Line Cook||Bozeman, Montana|
|Christina Machamer||25||Culinary Student||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Louis "Petrozza" Petrozza||47||Catering Director||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Shayna Raichilson-Zadok||28||Catering Company Owner||Buffalo, New York|
|Craig Schneider||30||Sous Chef||Coram, New York|
|Matthew "Matt" Sigel||35||Sous Chef||Pine Hill, New Jersey|
|Sharon Stewart||31||Room-service chef||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Jason Underwood||29||Sous Chef||Las Vegas, Nevada|
Credit Order: Petrozza, Shayna, Ben, Craig, Rosann, Corey, Dominic, Jen, Christina, Jason, Matt, Louross, Vanessa, Bobby, Sharon
Order of Signature Dishes: Craig, Jen, Corey, Jason, Shayna, Matt, Dominic, Rosann, Petrozza, Sharon, Ben, Christina, Louross, Vanessa, Bobby
Each week, the best member (as determined by Ramsay) from the losing team during the latest service period was asked to nominate two of their teammates for elimination; one of these two was sent home by Ramsay. In Episode 1, the teams selected captains for service, though Ramsay changed both captains during service.
- Contestant was nominated for elimination, but was not eliminated
- Contestant was eliminated
- Contestant voluntarily left the competition
- The winner of Hell's Kitchen
- The runner-up of Hell's Kitchen
|#||Air Date||Rating||Share||18-50||Viewers (m)||Weekly Rank|
|1||April 1, 2008||7.5||11||5.7/14||12.55||#16|
|2||April 8, 2008||6.9||10||5.4/13||11.63||#19|
|3||April 15, 2008||6.6||10||4.9/12||11.08||#16|
|4||April 22, 2008||6.9||10||5.1/13||11.56||#19|
|5||April 29, 2008||7.2||11||5.5/15||12.26||#16|
|6||May 6, 2008||6.7||10||5.2/13||11.25||#18|
|7||May 13, 2008||7.1||11||5.5/14||12.40||#17|
|8||May 20, 2008||7.1||11||5.6/14||12.60|
|9||May 27, 2008||5.6||9||4.4/12||9.50|
|10||June 3, 2008||5.6||9||4.4/12||9.36|
|11||June 10, 2008||5.5||9||4.2/12||8.81|
|12||June 17, 2008||5.1||8||3.9/11||8.17|
|13||June 24, 2008||4.8||8||7.70|
|14||July 1, 2008||4.9||8||8.03||#15|
|15||July 8, 2008||5.3||9|
- Original airdate: April 1, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 401
- Overview: The 15 new chefs arrived at Los Angeles International Airport, Chef Ramsay disguises as an old man on the same bus as them. When they arrive at Hell's Kitchen, they met Jean-Philippe and parodied Chef Ramsay's attitude to say the key ingredients. Afterwards, Chef Ramsay removed his mask and revealed himself to the chefs.
- Signature dishes: The chefs were given 45 minutes to create their signature dishes. Craig was the first up with his jerk-seared Chilean sea bass over rum raisin risotto, which Chef Ramsay thought was way too sweet. Chef Ramsay also argued with Craig about his oversized chef's hat. Jen's Dungeness crab and corn risotto with lobster tail was immediately spit out by Ramsay as the rice was raw. Matt's dish, "Exotic Tartare", appeared to make Ramsay vomit due to its combination of raw venison, caviar, raw quail egg, lime zest, olive oil, capers, scallops, and white chocolate. Dominic's chicken dish left Gordon with something that lacked excitement. Rosann, a receptionist in a law office, received compliments from Chef regarding the perfect seasoning of her spicy mussel soup. Ramsay found Petrozza's "Hen in a Pumpkin" dish interesting, complete with greasy potatoes, dry cornish hen and unseasoned pumpkin. Vanessa's pan-seared halibut was complimented by Chef Ramsay for its seasoning and texture, "the best dish by a mile so far". Bobby, "the four star general", presented his Hawaiian butterfish with a red butter Thai sauce. However, Ramsay considered deep-frying the fish to be very lazy. For the men, only Ben received any feedback that was somewhat positive for his dish, which Chef Ramsay deemed to be unremarkable, but "not bad."
- Teams: Red (women) and Blue (men).
- Captains: For the first (and ultimately only) time in Hell's Kitchen history, the teams were each told to designate a captain. The women decided on Vanessa without any hesitation, and spent the rest of the night studying Chef Ramsay's recipes. The men, on the other hand, spent over an hour arguing whether Bobby, Ben or Jason should lead the team. They eventually decided on Bobby, after which the men went straight to bed, without looking at the menu or recipes.
- Dinner: Things didn't look too promising before the start of service. Ramsay asked Bobby, then Matt, and then Petrozza what the entrées were. But none of them could remember a single item, while Christina (who had her hand raised the whole time) correctly remembered all five entrées. During service, Jason was still in the dorms when the first order came in the blue kitchen, prompting Ramsay to shout down the corridors in order to get him in the kitchen. The women's team were stalled from the beginning by Sharon, who first served up a completely tasteless risotto, followed by one with an overpowering taste of garlic, which caused Ramsay to throw her off the station and have Jen take over. Jen made an acceptable risotto, but the order still couldn't be sent because she inexplicably decided to fry the quail's eggs for the scallops on both sides, ruining them. After this latest fiasco, Ramsay fired Vanessa as captain and had Rosann take over, and under her guidance the team got all the appetizers out. Unfortunately, they got stalled again on the entrées; Corey overcooked a chicken, which led Ramsay to throw it against an oven. The men's service was even more disastrous, as Jason and Dominic (on the appetizer and fish stations respectively) failed to produce a single acceptable dish between them in two hours, with Jason serving first a bland risotto and then a burnt one, which Ramsay made him eat. Dominic, meanwhile, constantly burnt his scallops, wasting over thirty of them, and completely forgot to cook an order at one point (though he got away with this as Ramsay was yelling at Jason over the burnt risotto). The other men repeatedly requested Bobby's help, but he refused, thinking that it would make the situation even worse. Eventually Louross stepped up to help the others, after which Ramsay had him take over from Bobby as team captain. Jason and Dominic finally got their appetizers out, but the customers had already left. No entrees were served.
- Winner: None. The service never went beyond the appetizer stage, and that was barely completed by the women. Chef Ramsay proclaimed this service to be the worst start ever in Hell's Kitchen history, and criticised Bobby and Vanessa for both being terrible leaders, Jason for "sinking" the men, and Corey for overcooking the chicken. The men were not only named the losers for not serving any food whatsoever before the customers walked out, Chef Ramsay named their performance as the worst in history of Hell's Kitchen. Louross was declared the Best of the Worst for managing to get the team somewhat organized after he replaced Bobby, and was assigned to select the two candidates for elimination.
- Nominees for elimination: Bobby was easily chosen as the first nominee, as the entire team agreed that he had utterly failed as a leader. Louross was torn between Jason and Dominic as the second nominee; while he thought Jason had been the worst cook of the night, he ultimately nominated Dominic on the grounds that he had also been a poor performer and had very little professional experience.
- Elimination: Dominic was eliminated for his awful performance on the fish station and more so his refusal to take responsibility for his errors, instead trying to blame Bobby for not adequately directing him. After elimination, Chef Ramsay noted that Jason "dodged a bullet", and that Bobby's survival was mostly due to him being able to admit that he had been a poor leader.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "To be a great chef you need passion, creativity, and talent. Dominic had passion, but that was it."
- Original airdate: April 8, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 402
- Group punishment: For wasting over $1000 in food in the previous episode, the contestants were awoken by Scott and Gloria with bullhorns and rushed outside, where Chef Ramsay forced them to pick up the wasted food—delivered via garbage truck—with their bare hands, and place them in clear bins.
- Challenge: The contestants were to fillet a large halibut in uniform pieces, each weighing 6 ounces, trying to leave little waste. At the end, each team had 41 pieces cut and deemed acceptable by Chef Ramsay, leading to the series' first tiebreaker. The tiebreaker consisted of one person from each team who had to choose an accepted fillet that was the closest to six ounces. The men won when the piece that Ben selected weighed 5.9 ounces; the women lost with the 4.8 ounce piece selected by Corey.
- Reward/Punishment: The men were transported via Rolls Royces and Bentleys to a superyacht, where they enjoyed dinner with Chef Ramsay and Jean-Philippe. The women had to prepare the seafood for the next night's service. During the punishment, tension arose between Corey and Jen, as Jen repeatedly accused Corey of being solely responsible for the defeat in the challenge, while Christina unknowingly annoyed Corey by trying to give her tips on how to prepare for the service.
- Dinner: To help out Jean-Phillipe, Rosann and Craig each became an assistant maître d' for their respective teams. Chef Ramsay threatened to eliminate Petrozza before the service even began after he was unable to remember the menu, but he was eventually able to correctly remember it with help from Bobby. The teams started well, with Corey and Bobby doing well on appetizers despite poor communication in both kitchens. Things quickly went downhill when the service moved onto entrées, though; the Red kitchen was bought to a halt by Sharon's bad performance on the meat station, while in the Blue kitchen Jason did poorly on the fish station and Petrozza got his orders mixed up on the meat station. Rosann and Craig both struggled in the dining room, as Craig accidentally hit a woman on the head with a chair he was carrying, while Rosann revealed partway through the service that she had only given in half of her tickets, not wanting to overwhelm the Red kitchen, which put her team hopelessly behind with no hope of catching up. The last straw came when a piece of raw fish came back into the Blue kitchen and Jason attempted to deny having cooked it, which led to Chef Ramsay closing the service.
- Winner: For the 2nd consecutive service there were no winners, though the women were designated the worst team, since they barely served any entrees while the men managed half of theirs. Corey was named the "Best of the Worst".
- Nominations: While the other women and implicitly Chef Ramsay himself had been expecting the nominees to be Sharon (for her second dreadful service in a row) and Rosann (who had doomed the women from the start with her mistakes as the team's maître d'), Corey nominated Christina, for "strategic reasons", claiming that she treated her like "a dumb blonde"; and Jen, for "personal reasons", saying that she distracts her from working. The women were shocked by Corey's nominations, but Ramsay still accepted them. Christina broke down crying while trying to justify why she should stay, while Jen talked for an excessive length of time listing her accomplishments.
- Elimination: In a shocking turn of events, Ramsay eliminated Sharon over Christina and Jen. Chef Ramsay said, "Before I make my decision, there's something I'd like to say. THIS is one of the most important prizes EVER, an Executive Chef's position in my own restaurant. I am not just going to give this job to someone I do not believe in. And there is someone here that I just don't believe in. So the person leaving Hell's Kitchen...is...Sharon." Sharon was eliminated for struggling on the first two dinner services, showing Ramsay that "she couldn't cook". After the elimination, Ramsay told Corey that while he respected her reasons for wanting to nominate Christina and Jen, he had to eliminate Sharon "in good conscience."
- Chef Ramsay's Reason: "Sharon clearly showed great attention to detail. Unfortunately, it wasn't for her cooking. It was for her makeup."
- Original airdate: April 15, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 403
- Challenge: The contestants were to make perfect cuts of a chicken, part by part, without cutting too much meat or having portions of other parts on a part of the chicken. At the end, the women won their first challenge with a near-flawless performance, only having four portions between the entire team deemed as unacceptable (two each from Jen and Shayna, with Corey, Christina, Rosann and Vanessa each having a perfect eight), while Craig single-handedly lost the challenge for the men by having six of his portions rated as unacceptable.
- Reward/Punishment: The women visited the Saddle Ranch Chop House, a western-themed restaurant on the Sunset Strip, where they met restaurant regular Aaron Song, a former contestant from the show's third season. The men were transported to a field in the country to pick peppers (during the punishment Ben tossed peppers at Craig and Jason decided not to work as much as the rest of the group).
- Dinner: In a similar incident to what happened to Petrozza during the previous service, Jason was thrown out before the start of service for not being able to remember the menu. Louross eventually got him back in, but Jason still couldn't remember the menu, and even said that he wanted to quit before finally being able to remember the menu with much prompting from Ramsay. Bobby was chosen by Chef Ramsay to cook the service's chicken special tableside as a second part of the men's punishment. As for the rest, both teams in the kitchen were able to complete their appetizers, but were barely able to begin the entree portion. Vanessa served the meat undercooked, while Rosann later burned the meat, starting a fire in the kitchen. Things weren't any better for the men, as Craig struggled on the appetizers and argued with his team-mates, while Ben overcooked and later undercooked the salmon and angered Chef Ramsay by trying to blame his mistakes on "different cooking techniques." Later, Jason couldn't get the soufflés to rise properly, and suggested solving the problem by coating their rims with sugar and cocoa (which he should have done at the start of the service); upon hearing this suggestion, Chef Ramsay repeatedly banged his head on the counter in frustration. With dinner practically never served, and Chef Ramsay near the end of his rope, he closed service and declared no winning team. On his way out of the kitchen Bobby waved to a group of customers he had served earlier, which only further infuriated Ramsay.
- Winner: Chef Ramsay had Petrozza and Christina, both Best of the Worst for their teams, nominate a person from their team for elimination. Despite the general feeling among the men being that Craig was the worst performer of the night, Petrozza nominated Jason for wanting to give up earlier and his string of bad services. Christina thought about nominating Corey as revenge for her actions in the previous episode, but ultimately selected Vanessa for struggling on the meat station. Chef Ramsay told Vanessa that she had one more chance before eliminating Jason, as he was too slow and had tried to quit earlier when he could not stand the pressure.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "I kept waiting for Jason to show me some energy, to wake up, but he never did. And that's why I'm putting him to sleep."
- Original airdate: April 22, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 404
- Group punishment: After Jason left and the remaining chefs returned to their dorms, Chef Ramsay ordered both teams to clean up their kitchens. Corey snuck out of the Red kitchen and went to bed.
- Challenge: Before the challenge, Chef Ramsay asked the teams who they felt their strongest members were. The women all put Jen forward as the strongest cook (apart from Corey, who put herself forward), while the men put forward Ben in an effort to restore his standing with Chef Ramsay (who had yelled insults at him as he walked back to the dorm). The contestants were to make perfect strands of pasta, with the team with the most pasta by weight winning. One member from each team was required to sit out and allow the pasta to be hung on their arms; Matt volunteered for the men, while the women decided that Shayna was their weakest member and made her sit out. In a near-repeat of the previous challenge, the women's performance was virtually flawless, while Craig had a lot of trouble and slowed the men down. The women won their second consecutive challenge with 6.57 lbs of pasta, compared to the men's mediocre 5.48 lbs.
- Reward/Punishment: The women were taken via a Hummer limousine to the Pacific Park amusement park at the Santa Monica Pier. The men prepared the night's service for both teams, while Ben unwittingly volunteered to clean up after the animals in the petting zoo set up outside for Family Night. The returning women were particularly amused by this aspect of Ben's punishment, given that they had a lengthy argument with him after the challenge, due to his habit of leaving bottles filled with tobacco spit around the dorms.
- Dinner: Both teams cooked a special family menu, given to them just hours in advance. Vanessa got the women off to a flying start on the appetizers, but was sent to the hospital after she severely burned her hand while putting out a burning pan that Shayna had accidentally set fire to. Despite being down a team member, Jen pulled the women together, and they succeeded in completing their service. Meanwhile, on the men's team Matt served raw chicken (much to the dismay of his teammates and Chef Ramsay) as well as tough hamburgers. Bobby helped Matt cook the burgers correctly and generally got the blue kitchen more organized. However Craig struggled on the pasta station and seemed rather surly answering Chef Ramsay. Also, Ben congratulated his teammates for a job well done—while there were still six orders waiting in the queue (versus two for the Red team). Once the women finished service, they were then sent to help the men; unfortunately, during that time Craig still would not accept help (or as Shayna put it: "Take the help, even if it's from a girl") and yelled at his teammates and Ramsay (or as Rosann put it, "You've got some attitude, son"). After the service ended, Vanessa returned to Hell's Kitchen and revealed that she had sustained a second degree burn and might require reconstructive surgery, but said that she intended to continue in the competition for as long as she could.
- Winner: The women were the season's first winners, with Jen, nominated for elimination earlier, being the best cook. For the men, Bobby was selected as "Best of the Worst" for correcting Matt's mistakes on the meat station and for showing a solid form of leadership in the blue kitchen, something he had failed to show in the first service when he was assigned the captain's role.
- Nominations: Bobby nominated Craig and Matt for elimination for their poor performances. Chef Ramsay decided that another person from the men needed to be up there, and cited "He knows who he is!". Ben stepped forward, due to his celebratory actions despite the men being far behind the women during service. Ben claimed he would continue to give chef Ramsay 100%, while Matt piped up with 125%. Ramsay then looked at Craig, expecting an answer, to which Craig responded, "I don't know percentages, but just over that." Chef Ramsay chose Craig for elimination, feeling he has no passion, no fightback, and a very negative attitude.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "I can teach someone how to cook, but Craig was a bad cook with an even worse attitude. There was no hope for him."
- Original airdate: April 29, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 405
- Challenge: The contestants were to make a gourmet-style pizza; the most delicious pizza, as determined by Chef Ramsay, would win. Also, the winning team's pizza would be on the menu for dinner service. The women won with Jen's "Little Bit of Italy, Little Bit of France" pizza, as Ben's improperly prepared, grit-filled mushrooms on his pizza costed the men.
- Reward/Punishment: Before leaving the kitchen to take the women on their reward, Chef Ramsay gave the men a pep talk, citing that they had talent and that the only thing missing from was teamwork. The women were taken by helicopter to the Square One restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, home of the "$90 Burger" and their truffle "fries". The men prepared for that night's service. The team, particularly Louross, took the defeat hard since they had lost every challenge and service (apart from the halibut challenge) so far. Ben and Louross argued during the punishment, with Ben criticizing Louross for breaking down in front of Ramsay before the punishment began, saying "There's no room for bitches in this game right now."
- Withdrawal: Although Vanessa had managed to struggle through the team challenge, the pain of her burnt hand became significantly worse during prep, to the point where she was unable to work effectively. After talking with Chef Ramsay, Vanessa decided that she should leave Hell's Kitchen, as her injury was not likely to heal much during the course of the season, and she did not want to be in the kitchen working at only half power.
- Dinner: Before the service, Ramsay brought the contestants outside and informed them that Hell's Kitchen would be serving pizzas that night, which were advertised by an aerial banner. He then announced that as an added punishment for serving him gritty mushrooms, Ben would be required to make the pizza deliveries in an electric kart, something he struggled with due to his unfamiliarity with the Los Angeles area. In the service Matt couldn't cook decent eggs for the scallops, forcing Bobby to take over. Shayna undercooked the beef wellingtons. Rosann struggled on the vegetable station, forcing Ramsay to send the beef wellingtons alone. Ramsay also told Jen to take over Rosann's station. Louross had trouble cooking steak, but Petrozza managed to fool sous chef Scott by slicing the sides of the beef so they were "steaks". Although Christina and Jen were both supposed to be on the dessert station, Jen refused to help Christina, leaving her struggling with the souffles. Ramsay then ordered a reluctant Corey to help her. Both teams completed their service.
- Winner: For the first time in Hell's Kitchen history, Chef Ramsay declared the teams as joint-winners. However, he still required each team to nominate a member for elimination. Louross acknowledged that he had been the weakest member of the men's team and nominated himself, while the women initially decided on Rosann. However, Jen, who considered herself the leader of the women and felt that Christina was standing in her way, persuaded Corey, Rosann, and Shayna to change their votes to Christina. Ramsay was shocked by Christina's nomination, and went on to briefly interrogate the red team about their decision. In the end, he decided Vanessa would be the only one going home and saying that it was his gift to both teams for completing a full dinner service; thus nobody else would be dismissed.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "It's unfortunate that Vanessa's burn took her out of the competition. We will never, ever know if she really had what it takes to win Hell's Kitchen." (Chef Ramsay's reason on Vanessa's withdrawal was stated prior to dinner service but still received the full elimination sequence at the end of the episode.)
- Original airdate: May 6, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 406
- Challenge: The contestants prepared an appetizer and two entrees for Melissa, a girl celebrating her "Sweet 16", to vote on; the team with the most chosen dishes would win. During the cooking phase, Matt constantly complained about his lack of influence, which the other men claimed was justified considering the unusual ideas he came up with (such as a sushi pizza on a tortilla). For appetizers, the men served up chicken wings and the women served shrimp scampi, and Melissa chose the men's dish since not only was she not fond of shrimp, the shrimp on the women's dish were undercooked. Both teams served halibut for the fish entree, and despite the halibut being overcooked and the rice undercooked, the women's dish won Melissa over mostly due to the delicious mango and avocado salsa that Shayna added to the dish. For the meat entree, the men had a surf and turf dish, while the women's dish just featured steak. Despite indicating that she personally preferred the women's dish, Melissa chose the men's dish in the belief that it would be more popular with the other party guests, giving the men just their second challenge victory of the season.
- Reward/Punishment: The men spent a day kart racing, followed by treats at the Simon LA restaurant. The women decorated Hell's Kitchen for Melissa's party, under the supervision of party planner Francesco, and Melissa's mother. During the punishment the women repeatedly badmouthed Melissa, feeling that they should have won the challenge. Shayna reminded them that as their client Melissa deserved their respect, but the other women saw this as disloyalty on Shayna's part and began to ostracise her. During prep, Shayna became even more unpopular with the other members of her team and Ben due to her slow work rate and what they saw as excessive nitpicking over how her salsa was prepared.
- Dinner: Melissa and her mother Lori are the VIP guests, whom Ramsay wants to make sure get proper service. Christina forgot the mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese in Melissa's risotto, though quickly rebounded and did well for the rest of the night. Matt had trouble keeping up with the fish station, stalling the blue kitchen. Both Melissa's and Lori's entrees returned to the kitchen, much to Ramsay's dismay. Rosann had undercooked Melissa's steak, and Matt had overcooked Lori's halibut. After failing again to produce a medium-well steak, Ramsay took over Rosann's meat station and cooked the steak himself. Matt then sent out raw halibut, causing Bobby to become fed up and push Matt off his station. Ramsay eventually noticed this and ordered Bobby back to his original role on garnishes, but was far more furious at Matt for allowing Bobby to take over his station. Shayna struggled on the garnish station and Chef Ramsay told her that she's too slow. Both teams completed their service. The dinner service was followed by a concert by Melissa's favorite band The Pink Spiders.
- Winner: The women appeared to have won with a 99% approval rating as opposed to the 98% that the men managed, but Chef Ramsay said that he couldn't name a losing team on a difference of just 1%, and announced the teams as joint winners for the second service in a row. Matt thanked Ramsay for his generosity, only for Ramsay to rebuke his thanks, much to the amusement of the rest of the men. Ramsay made it clear that this time someone would be eliminated, and told each team to nominate one person for elimination.
- Nominees for elimination: Matt realized that he was certain to be the men's nominee for his poor performance on the fish station, as well as failing twice to cook Lori's halibut properly, and stormed off to his room. The women chose Shayna for her slow speed in both prep and the actual service. Chef Ramsay was taken aback by Shayna's nomination and asked Christina who would she nominate personally, and she chose Rosann. Ramsay agreed and had Rosann step forward with Matt and Shayna.
- Eliminated: After briefly hearing from Shayna and Rosann, Chef Ramsay had a lengthy argument with Matt and appeared to be on the verge of eliminating him, when Matt asked to be moved over to the women's team, telling Chef Ramsay that if he did so, he would see who the real failure among the other men was (strongly implying Ben). Ramsay considered Matt's words and sent him back in line, before finally eliminating Shayna, saying that while she was a solid, hard working cook, she was too slow to ever be a truly great chef. However, Ramsay also warned Rosann that she was on her last chance.
- Team Change: Matt's wish to move to the women was granted, effective next episode. this would not happen in any other season until ((Hell's Kitchen season 10)) when Robyn Almodovar asked to be transferred to the men's team
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Shayna has a big heart, but at times I felt her heart wasn't here. It was back home with her newborn baby. She made far too many simple mistakes and that's why she's going back to something she's good at: Changing diapers."
- Original airdate: May 13, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 407
- Challenge: The contestants had a blind taste test to see which foods they could identify by taste. To even up the teams, Chef Ramsay asked Jen to sit out on this challenge. The Blue team performed dismally in the first part of the challenge, as Petrozza only successfully managed to identify chicken, while neither Bobby nor Louross could identify a single item of food between them. The Red team, meanwhile, successfully identified five items of food. The final pairing was between rivals Matt and Ben, guessing the ingredients in a bowl of Clam Chowder. Both of them successfully identified one ingredient on each turn they took, but Ben was quickly left unable to catch up due to the poor start by his team-mates, meaning that the Red team won.
- Reward/Punishment: The Red team spent the day at the patio, which was converted into a spa. The Blue team cleaned the kitchen and the dorms. In addition, Ben was called to serve iced tea to the Red team.
- Dinner: The service quickly got off to a rough start, as Rosann on the Red team burnt her scallops, while on the Blue team Bobby cooked his scallops correctly but Louross forgot to provide the garnish; an early instance of the communication problems that would plague the Blue team throughout the night. Jen tried to call the orders for one Red table, which led Chef Ramsay to rebuke her and remind her that he was in charge, in turn causing Jen to become angry and non-responsive for the rest of the service, since she felt she was the best cook in the competition and as such deserved special respect from Ramsay. Matt and Christina rallied the team and pushed forward with strong performances on the appetizer and meat stations respectively, but the team was dragged down by Jen's attitude and Rosann's poor performance on the fish station. On the Blue team Ben got his orders mixed up, ran out of ingredients and undercooked nearly every meat entree on order, and only made Chef Ramsay angrier by trying to claim that it wasn't his fault because he wasn't used to cooking on the line. The few entrees that Ben did manage to serve were returned almost immediately, which caused Ramsay to finally lose his patience and shut the service down.
- Winner: Chef Ramsay was very disappointed at how badly both teams struggled in the service, especially as the previous two services had been deemed a success, and he criticized both teams for being "overconfident" among other things. The Blue Team were declared the losing team due to their continual lack of communication. Matt, who volunteered to transfer to the Red team at the end of the previous episode, was singled out as the best member of the team (Ramsay stating that he served out "the best risotto that's ever gone out in Hell's Kitchen"). Among the Blue team members, each was asked to nominate who should leave the team, and the team members decided to rig the vote and cause a deadlock. Ben and Louross nominated each other, Bobby nominated Petrozza, while Petrozza, who disagreed with the idea to rig the vote and did not want to nominate his team members, nominated himself. Ultimately, Chef Ramsay chose Ben for elimination without giving him the chance to explain why he should stay, fed up with his easy-going behavior and not admitting to his mistakes. Before sending the teams back to the dorms, Ramsay praised Petrozza for his selflessness, stating that he was the "most gracious man on that team."
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Ben left a manual labor job digging ditches to get back into cooking, but all he did in Hell's Kitchen was dig himself into a hole. A hole too deep to get out of."
- Original airdate: May 20, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 408
- Team Change: Following the elimination round in the last episode, Chef Ramsay called for a volunteer from the Red team to move to the Blue team. Jen volunteered.
- Challenge: The contestants had to cook four dishes per team in 45 minutes, using all twenty ingredients on hand only once. During the challenge, Matt accidentally cut off a tip from one of his fingers, but returned after receiving first aid. First up were Christina and Petrozza. Christina made a fried snapper with crabmeat and then she made a hollandaise style sauce with 5 ingredients. Petrozza made a warm crab salad with an onion soufflé with 5 ingredients as well. Next up were Jen and Matt. Jen did a pancetta wrapped and roasted quail with 4 ingredients. Matt had a pan roasted quail on top of arugula with six ingredients. Next up were Corey and Bobby, Corey made a Colombian sour lemon chicken with braised artichokes with 3 ingredients. Bobby had a walnut crusted buffalo mozzarella chicken with a balsamic glaze with 6 ingredients. Last up were Rosann and Louross. Rosann had a pan seared veal bone-in with a cream sauce, garlic and onion, watercress and she oven roasted those potatoes. Louross did a lemon-infused red snapper with an oyster mushroom sauce. However, it turned out that he had only used four ingredients, meaning that the Blue team had only used nineteen of the ingredients overall. Upon hearing this, Ramsay didn't even bother tasting the dish, and declared that the Red team the winning team.
- Reward/Punishment: The Red team attended a photo shoot and interview for In Touch Weekly magazine. The Blue team spent the day doing laundry by hand. Jen raged at Louross throughout the punishment, saying that he should have just lied and said that the missing ingredient was part of the sauce, but Louross said that there was no way a chef of Ramsay's experience would ever have fallen for such a ploy. Ramsay told Louross that his hairstyle made him look like a "toilet brush".
- Dinner: The night's service included two food critics (Sophie Gayot of Gayot Publications and Merrill Schlinder of the Los Angeles Zagat Guide) among the customers who would order the same item from both kitchens for comparison. Neither Chef Ramsay nor the chefs were aware which orders were served to the critics. The Blue team managed to serve all its entrées successfully and received rave reviews from the critics. The Red team struggled to a point where Chef Ramsay threw them out and had the Blue team take over the rest of the dishes; the critics panned the Red team's dishes, with only Corey's appetisers getting any praise.
- Winner: Although the critics' opinions were somewhat academic considering how badly the Red team's service had collapsed, they were strongly in favor of the Blue team, resulting in an easy victory for them. Petrozza and Bobby were selected as the best performers of the night, though Jen was also praised for bouncing back after being uncooperative in the previous service.
- Elimination: Corey was chosen the Best of the Worst and had to select two contestants for elimination; she selected Rosann and Matt. Chef Ramsay chose Christina to join Matt and Rosann as nominees, and he selected Rosann to go back in line. However, Ramsay had second thoughts, and he eliminated Rosann feeling she made too many rookie mistakes and lack of fight back.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "If the size of one's mouth corresponded to the size of one's talent, then Rosann would have been a world-class master chef. Unfortunately, she just has a big mouth."
- Original airdate: May 27, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 409
- Challenge: The contestants had to prepare three dishes; John Dory, chicken, and scallops. Each team had three members to compete; Louross was indirectly chosen by Jen to sit out. Only one chef from each team was allowed in the kitchen at a time, for only six 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. The Red team won.
- Reward/Punishment: The Red team went to the beach with Chef Ramsay and Jean-Philippe, where they learned how to surf. The Blue team spent the day cleaning the restaurant's exterior, the flaming Hell's Kitchen sign, and the red carpet, which the Red Team trod upon when they returned from the beach.
- Dinner: Each team made their own menus. Customers choose from either team's menu; while it was initially announced that the team whose menu was chosen the most would be the winner, Chef Ramsay stated that the winner would be decided by quality, not quantity. The Red team collaborated on their dishes (though Matt felt he should have had more input) while on the Blue team Jen ignored her team-mates and largely devised the menu by herself. On the Red team, many of Matt's pasta appetizers were sent back, eventually leading to Corey kicking him off the appetizers and relegating him to doing desserts, while Louross on the Blue team had difficulty sending out properly cooked filet mignon, and Jen prepared undercooked desserts. At one point, when Louross finally served up an acceptable filet mignon, one of the customers had waited for the filet to be served, got angry and left, leading Chef Ramsay to tear and throw the leaving customers' ticket at Louross. Nevertheless, both teams were able to complete dinner service.
- Winner/Loser: Using quality as a determining factor, Chef Ramsay declared the Blue team the losers. Petrozza was declared the Best of the Worst and had to nominate two members for elimination; he selected Louross and Jen. Chef Ramsay then asked Petrozza whom to send home. Petrozza chose Louross, and Chef Ramsay agreed, eliminating Louross; despite Jen's poor attitude and mistakes on the dessert section, Ramsay considered Louross solely responsible for the Blue team's defeat. Chef Ramsay then said that in the next service Matt and Jen would return to their original teams, as he felt their reassignments were not working.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Louross was never short on energy, he was just short... on cooking ability."
- Original airdate: June 3, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 410
- The Black Jackets: While Chef Ramsay had previously told Jen and Matt that they would revert to their original teams in this episode, he decided to merge remaining six contestants into a united Black team a service earlier than planned (previously it had been done when there were five remaining contestants).
- Challenge: In the individual challenge, each contestant had 45 minutes to create a meal using the main ingredient given. Corey's dish was named as the worst, as she only used a small amount of the lobster that she was given, while Petrozza's chicken dish was felt to be over-complicated, and Bobby's dish was let down by overcooked duck. Matt's veal dish got very positive comments, but ultimately fell short of the top two. Jen's ribeye and Christina's sea bass dishes both were standouts; Chef Ramsay chose Jen as the winner.
- Reward/Punishment: Jen won an overnight trip to Las Vegas, where she had dinner at the Green Valley Ranch resort and spa with last season's winner, Rahman "Rock" Harper. In a surprise, she chose Corey to join her. The others took several deliveries of food.
- Dinner: Several mishaps occurred, including Corey being burned. She wanted to stay, but Chef Ramsay insisted on her getting first aid first. Meanwhile, Matt's constant complaints about his migraine were affecting the team's performance, to a point where Chef Ramsay ordered him back to the dorm. However, after Jen burned the rice, Chef Ramsay declared the service a total loss, closing the kitchen.
- Winner/Loser: The team unanimously chose Matt to be nominated for his odd behavior and troubles on the meat station, followed by Christina, who was also on the meat station. When Corey said she should have been chosen based on tonight's service, Chef Ramsay agreed. Ultimately, Chef Ramsay told Matt to leave, much to the relief of the other contestants.
- Chef Ramsay's reason:
"There once was a boy named Matt.
Whose kitchen performance fell flat.
He was far from neat,
Miserable on meat.
So I kicked him out, and that's that."
- Original airdate: June 10, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 411
- Challenge: In the individual challenge, each contestant had 45 minutes to teach a housewife how to make lobster spaghetti. The standouts were Corey and Christina; Christina won.
- Reward/Punishment: Christina spent time with Chef Ramsay and two other chefs, Mark Peel ("Campanile") and Ben Ford ("Ford's Filling Station"), learning the tricks of the trade, while her teammates cleaned the kitchen.
- Dinner: The dining room included a twelve-top (a dozen diners at a single table) that had to be served at the same time. At first Christina forgot the spaghetti, but redeemed herself by making a perfect one. Jen sent food out at the wrong time, undercooked and overcooked the John Dory, and her bad attitude slowed the kitchen down. After seeing that Jean-Phillipe started pushing out more meat. Bobby had difficulty cutting the wellingtons. Then Jean-Phillipe started pushing out chicken. When the twelve-top arrived, Christina and Corey put their differences aside to get twelve appetizers out at the same time and proceeded to work on dessert when they finished. Jen sent up raw fish, leading Ramsay to cook the fish himself. Petrozza couldn't keep up with everyone on the vegetable station. Even with Bobby's and Jen's bad performance dinner service was complete.
- Winner/Loser: Christina, the best contestant of the night, nominated Jen and Bobby for elimination. When Chef Ramsay asked Christina who she would like to send home, she chose Jen. However, Chef Ramsay eliminated Bobby as Ramsay felt he was becoming a liability instead of a leader he hoped he would emerge as.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Although Bobby was big in stature, he fell short in a number of areas. I kept on waiting for him to emerge, but he never did. That's why I have to say, 'Over and out, General Bobby.'"
- Original airdate: June 17, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 412
- Challenge: In the individual challenge, each contestant had one hour to cook an entree for a lunch service of 80 pregnant women, with their votes determining the winner. Christina made Island Turkey Sandwiches (green plates), Corey made Grilled Salmon B.L.T.s (purple plates), Petrozza made Monte Cristo Sandwiches (yellow plates), and Jen made Calypso Groupers (orange plates). Corey failed to finish her food preparation, and had to leave the majority of the women waiting. Christina took advantage of this and offered her dish to people in Corey's line. Corey ended up in last place, and Jen followed finished third. Christina won this challenge, beating out Petrozza by only two votes.
- Reward/Punishment: Christina and Chef Ramsay visited the Lisa Kline boutique in Beverly Hills, where Christina spent over $1000 on new clothing. The rest got to clean up the dining room and polish silverware for that evening's service.
- Dinner: During service, all four chefs had problems: Jen overcooked the rice into mush and was slow on the scallops; Petrozza's area was dirty despite him sending out perfect dishes; Corey knowingly sent out raw John Dory hoping it would pass (it was sent back); and Christina burnt Chef Ramsay's hand—twice. Corey asked Jen to cook the quail eggs for the scallops since Jen was working on appetizers and eggs were part of her job. Jen didn't listen and said she was too busy, so Christina did it. However, Christina burnt the eggs, and both Christina and Corey asked Jen again to cook the eggs, to which Jen still did not respond to. Christina noted that she and Corey were working on multiple dishes simultaneously while Jen was stirring only one risotto. Ramsay noticed this and told Jen to do it, to which she finally did. Nevertheless, tonight's service was completed in record time and was declared a success.
- Elimination: The final four decided to vote on who should be nominated, each person would write down two names, but they could not vote for the same person twice. Corey read the first three votes out, which were for Christina. Corey then realized that someone must have voted for Christina twice, because she didn't vote for her. Despite not admitting to it, everyone deduced it was Jen. The rest of the votes were read out, and Christina and Jen were the nominees. However, Christina, Corey, and Petrozza plotted together to get Jen out, and decided to put Corey on the block instead of Christina. At the elimination, Chef Ramsay told Corey to say goodbye ... to Jen. While he still considered her an incredibly talented cook, Ramsay had become fed up her inability to work with others and refusal to improve her attitude.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "A great chef should not only be consistent with their cooking, but with their attitude. I never knew which Jen I was going to get at dinner service and that's why it was her time to go."
- Original airdate: June 24, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 413
- Challenge: The remaining three ate one of Chef Ramsay's signature dishes with their parents and significant others. Afterward, each contestant had 45 minutes to replicate the dish, based on taste and looks alone. Corey was the only one to use cream to bind the lettuce (which Christina's mom repeatably told her daughter, but Christina didn't listen), and the only one to use raspberry creme in the sauce, which she both got correct. However, she was the only one to use buffalo filet (both Christina and Petrozza used venison striploin), which was wrong, and she ended up in third place. Petrozza was the only one to not have a pureé in his dish (Corey had a potato parsnip pureé and Christina had a white bean pureé), while Christina used Aioli which was not in the actual dish. In the end, Christina won her third straight challenge. Ramsay told Petrozza that if he had some form of a pureé, right or wrong, he would have won.
- Reward/Punishment: Christina and her parents went on a tour bus through Hollywood, which included stops at two upscale restaurants. Corey and Petrozza crushed blocks of ice by hand and polished glasses.
- Dinner: In the final service as a team, the three also took turns at the "hotplate", directing the rest in Chef Ramsay's place. In addition, sous chefs Scott and Gloria, assisting with the cooking, were instructed to make one deliberate error for each contestant to see if they would spot the mistake while at the hotplate. Petrozza failed to notice there were no peas in the risotto, but was otherwise strong in command; Corey was rather weak in not only giving orders, but also spotted her mistake too late, pouring the wrong sauce on the beef wellington; Christina's service behind the stove was "crap", but she persevered at the hotplate, and correctly spotted her mistake with the wrong seasoning in the mashed potatoes. The service ended successfully.
- Elimination: Each contestant had to nominate someone—Christina and Corey nominated each other, while Petrozza nominated Christina. Chef Ramsay named Petrozza and Christina to advance to the finals, while Corey went home, but Chef Ramsay acknowledged her to be talented.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: No reason was given for Corey's elimination nor she got the full elimination, though Chef Ramsay mentioned that his decision was based on her entire progress as a contestant. However, Corey's picture was shown burning at the recap of the next episode, although it did not show her jacket being hung.
- Original airdate: July 1, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 414
- Setup: Hell's Kitchen is divided into two, with Christina and Petrozza getting to design their own menus, ambience, and wait staff. As the builders remodeled Hell's Kitchen to their specifications, Chef Ramsay flew the two to New York City, to Times Square, where Chef Ramsay's London NYC restaurant is located. This is the venue of the final challenge.
- Challenge: Petrozza and Christina had 45 minutes to cook their signature dishes, which will be judged by five of Chef Ramsay's chefs. Petrozza won, three to two. Afterwards, Whoopi Goldberg made a brief appearance to wish the finalists luck.
- Reward: Petrozza got first choice of the six former contestants who will serve as the cooks for their restaurants. Both Christina and Petrozza won a trip to Dubai to spend five days at a resort and to dine at one of Chef Ramsay's restaurants while there.
- Cook selection: Six of the last seven contestants eliminated were invited to return for the final service (Rosann did not return for unknown reasons; instead, Ben came in her place and was the last person prior to the final eight contestants): Corey, Jen, Bobby, Matt, Louross and Ben. At the end of part 1, Petrozza picked Bobby and Ben; Christina took Corey and Louross. Petrozza now had to choose between Jen and Matt. The episode ends here in a cliffhanger.
- Original airdate: July 8, 2008
- Episode recap: Hell's Kitchen - Episode 415
- Cook selection (part 2): For his final choice, Petrozza selected Jen; Christina got Matt.
|Petrozza||Bobby - Ben - Jen|
|Christina||Corey - Louross - Matt|
- Pre-service preparation: During the final hours before service, the finishing touches were made on the contestants' restaurants, each with 13 tables serving 50 customers. In the kitchen, Christina and Petrozza briefed the cooks on their menus, while Chef Ramsay inspected the sample dishes and gave Christina and Petrozza last-minute advice. During the preparation time, Jen asked Ramsay for a letter of recommendation, while Matt openly displayed a negative attitude.
- Dinner service: Petrozza was a strong leader, with an eye for quality, but was crippled by Jen's attitude. Jen failed to produce a single onion ring and talked back to Petrozza, causing Ramsay to walk up to her and asked why she was so rude. Eventually, she managed to cook the onion ring to finish the order. Early on, while attempting to serve appetizers, Petrozza's kitchen ran out of prepared ingredients for two of the appetizers, causing Petrozza to become flustered and indecisive before Bobby rescued the situation by creating a lobster risotto from their remaining ingredients. Christina had some problems when some of her steaks were returned cold. She also endured another cook with an attitude problem, Matt. Matt also frequently served dishes that came out raw, a problem that he never overcame as a contestant. Now that he was no longer a contestant, Matt showed no more respect towards chef Ramsay and told him multiple times to "shut up" behind his back. At one point, Chef Ramsay offered to kick him out of the kitchen, but Christina declined. Despite these and other problems in both kitchens, the evening went well overall and everyone was served.
- Winner: The criteria for deciding a winner was determined by the comments from the customers, as well as Chef Ramsay's own observations. Summoning Christina and Petrozza to his office, Chef Ramsay gave them his final thoughts. Then, he had them step to a door "to their dream". Christina's door opened, making her the fourth winner of Hell's Kitchen.
- Chef Ramsay's reason: "Christina had the least amount of experience coming into Hell's Kitchen. But I saw something in her that was quite special. She had the best potential across any other chef in Hell's Kitchen, and in my business I think long term. I definitely, definitely made the right choice."
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