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6 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 8/13/12

The final six chefs celebrate earning their new black jackets, but they quickly realize that the competition is getting more and more intense. Eager to see how the chefs measure up, Chef Ramsay brings back a team of former HELL’S KITCHEN runners-up to compete against the chefs in the ultimate dinner service showdown. Tune in to see who keeps up with the competition and who can’t take the heat.

The final six chefs have just been given black jackets and are now one elite team. Chef Ramsay has invited two world-renowned chefs to turn up the heat on the next challenge: Ludo Lefebvre and Quinn Hatfield. The two chefs and Chef Ramsay have each prepared a modern twist on a classic dish.

Lefebvre creates his take on a Caprese salad with red bell pepper and feta cheese mousse. Hatfield makes seafood pasta with salsify rather than noodles. Chef Ramsay presents his dish and tells the competitors that it's time for them to "Taste It, Now Make It." The six chefs must sample his dish and then prepare it as closely as they can to the original.

He pairs up the competitors into three teams: Clemenza will work with Dana, Justin and Barbie make up the second duo, and Christina is matched with Robyn. The three pairs have 30 minutes to re-create Chef Ramsay's signature dish from sight, smell, and taste alone. All three groups determine that the main protein is veal, but they struggle over whether the veal is wrapped in Serrano ham or prosciutto. They all agree the puree is made from white beans, but some think it's seasoned with horseradish not bacon. For the final element, two teams go with port wine while the third feels that it is Madeira.

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