After a tumultuous dinner service, the competing chefs enter the dining room and find a giant map of the United States. Chef Ramsay tells them that throughout his travels, he's come to love American food. He announces that the next challenge will be all about Southern cuisine, and the big map is pulled back to reveal a gospel choir.
The chefs are told they must re-create a classic Southern dish. The choir members are holding blue and purple fans. The blue fans each have a Southern entrée written on the back, and the purple fans carry the name of a side dish.
Barbie chooses to go head-to-head with Clemenza. They will prepare catfish and collard greens. Next, Brian and Kimmie select pork chops and grits. Christina and Justin get fried chicken and mac and cheese. Up last are Dana and Robyn, who choose meatloaf with a side of sweet potatoes. The contestants now have 30 minutes to prepare a dish that has Southern flair with fine dining finesse. When time is up, Chef Ramsay introduces the guest judge: Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of the food website Epicurious.com.
Clemenza and Barbie lead off with their take on catfish and collard greens. Tanya says that Barbie's dish is visually stunning, but Clemenza's catfish is slightly undercooked. Barbie scores a point, and the women take the lead.
Next up are Kimmie and Brian, with their pork chop dishes. Tanya says that she could eat buckets full of Kimmie's grits. Brian gets instant praise for his plating, but his raw pork is inedible, and the Blue Team loses another round.
With the women ahead by two points, Christina has a chance to clinch the victory with her fried chicken. But her soggy batter leaves an opening for Justin's fried chicken with lobster mac and cheese. His side dish gets a resounding round of praise from the judges, and the Blue Team scores their first point.
To keep her group in the game, Robyn must win with her dish to force a tiebreaker. Her open-faced meatloaf sandwich is too salty, while Dana's mini-bacon wrapped meatloaf comes out on top. The women are victorious.
Tanya selects Dana's meatloaf as the best dish of the challenge, so her recipe and dish will be featured on Epicurious.com. For their reward, the entire Women's Team gets to participate in the photo shoot for the spread with Chef Ramsay and Tanya. After the shoot, they have lunch at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.
For their punishment, the Blue Team is left to prep both kitchens for dinner service. To add a bit of a twist, the entire menu will be different: a fine dining take on Southern cuisine. Plus, they'll be making fresh bread and hand-churning butter for all the guests.
Just moments before the doors open for the special dinner service, Chef Ramsay gathers the chefs for a talk. He wants to make sure that they're ready for the challenge that lies ahead, reminding them that at this point in the game they should not be making any mistakes. And he points out that Kimmie should be inspiring her team for Southern cuisine night.
As maître d James welcomes the diners, the contestants get ready to serve the nights specials: a crab cake appetizer, a catfish entrée, and the fried chicken. Chef Ramsay starts to call orders from the pass, and he praises Dana's crab cakes. Then a steady stream of appetizers starts to make its way to the dining room from the Women's Team.
Meanwhile on the Blue Side, Chef Ramsay is looking for Justin on apps and Brian on fish to match the excellent start in the Red Kitchen. He rejects Brian's first serving of oysters, calling them "solid bullets." Brian, however, quickly recovers, and the Blue Team is back on track.
The Red Kitchen breezes through apps and moves on to entrees. Kimmie gets ready to shine on the fish station, but when she brings burnt seafood to the pass, Chef Ramsay implores her to give him her best.
While Kimmie starts over on her first order, the Blue Team has also moved to entrees, with Robyn on meat and Brian on fish. Brian's food is burned on one side, and Chef Ramsay forces him to take a bite. Brian gives a flip answer and is thrown out of the kitchen. James catches the contestant as he's walking out and tells him to get back in the kitchen and fight for his place in the competition.
Things are shaky on the women's side, too. Kimmie splatters hot oil and burns her face, but she manages to stay on point and serve acceptable catfish. Food finally starts to make its way out to the Red Team's diners.
Chef Ramsay hopes the Blue Kitchen will rally, too. However, Robyn serves raw chicken, and everything comes to a grinding halt. Then she delivers undercooked poultry a second time, and the entire team must take the walk of shame back to the dorms.
With the Blue Team gone, Chef Ramsay is desperate to get good news in the Red Kitchen. But when Kimmie serves an inconsistent array of burned and raw catfish, they too are all sent to the dorms.
After a horrific dinner service, sous chef Scott calls the chefs downstairs but won't let them reenter the kitchen. He tells both teams to nominate one competitor from their group for elimination. The women put Kimmie on the chopping block. The Blue Team chooses Robyn. Ultimately Chef Ramsay asks Kimmie to take off her chef's jacket and leave Hell's Kitchen for good.