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18 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 6/4/12

Eighteen bright-eyed new competitors arrive at "Hell's Kitchen" and are greeted by Sous Chef Scott, who reveals that he shaved his head to prove how much he wants to work for Chef Gordon Ramsay; he then challenges the new contestants to do the same. Sous Chef Andi brings in a barber chair and reveals that she, too, has gone bald for Chef Ramsay. They ask for volunteers to shave next.

A young man with shoulder-length tresses steps up and sacrifices his locks, followed by a young woman. Chef Scott calls up a very reluctant Danielle, but just as he is about to put the shears to her head, Chef Ramsay steps in and stops the madness.

The chef divides the teams into men versus women and tells them that they have 45 minutes to prepare their signature dishes. But before they present their creations, Chef Ramsay clears up a few misconceptions: the two volunteers who shaved their heads are Chef Scott's friends, and Chef Andi is wearing a bald wig. Chef Ramsay also announces that this season's prize is the job as his head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris in Las Vegas for an annual salary of $250,000.

Robin is the first to present her dish: seared striped bass over yellow Romesco sauce. Chef Ramsay says that it's delicious. Robin then goes head-to-head with Don, who has prepared a Southwestern saltimbocca. Chef Ramsay is overwhelmed by the Texas-sized portion and the spices. The first point goes to the women.

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