Hell's Kitchen

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12 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 6/26/12

As a new day dawns in Hell's Kitchen, the competitors learn that they're about to be tested on their ability to adapt. On the counters in front of each team are four domes. At different times throughout the challenge the ingredients under each dome will be revealed, including a protein, a starch, a vegetable, and a wild card item.

Chef Ramsay tells the competitors that during the 30-minute challenge they will select a protein and then an additional ingredient at each stage that they feel goes best with that main component. The teammates must work together to coordinate the ingredients so that everyone is capable of producing a great dish.

When cooking is complete, Chef Ramsay introduces the judges. They are all executive chefs who have received Michelin stars during their careers: Anita Lo from Annisa, Douglas Keane from Cyrus, and Michael Cimarusti from Providence. Each acclaimed chef will award between one and three stars to a given dish. The team with the highest total will win the challenge.

First up is the monkfish. Tiffany serves hers in a tarragon couscous with brown butter sauce and a quail egg. Justin presents five-spice roasted monkfish and chive ravioli with a poached quail egg and heirloom salad. Both chefs earn six points, and the teams are tied.

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