Hell's Kitchen

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7 Chefs Compete

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The self-proclaimed sharpest, smartest guy in Hell's Kitchen is gone. The self-proclaimed gum on your shoe is gone. The self-proclaimed cook is gone. In short, Tom is gone. And the teams are gone from the kitchen, back to the dorms. Virginia complains to the other cooks about Sara's duplicity, while Rachel tries to come to grips with her worst service yet.

The next morning, the teams return to Hell's Kitchen. Chef Ramsay invites them to sit at a table featuring a high quality, gourmet buffet. At least it appears to be. Little do the chefs know, all of the dishes are fake. Chef Ramsay informs the teams that he's prepared fondue, pate, caviar and a bruschetta kabob. But in reality, the dishes are spray cheese, ground hot dogs, catfish eggs and TV dinner kabobs. Chef Ramsay wants to test each cook on their palate.

The cooks eagerly dig into each plate and, of course, when Chef Ramsay asks how each dish is, the cooks offer raves about the flavor and texture. Not one cook offers a negative word. Scott comes out with the real ingredients and it's time to break the news. The cooks are humiliated. Chef Ramsay ridicules their palates, then presents the next challenge: another taste test.

Rachel will be sitting out to even up the teams, with the losing team responsible for cleaning up the absolutely filthy kitchen. Keith and Maribel are blindfolded, and the challenge is underway. In each round, the cooks will be presented with four foods and asked to identify each one. Chef Ramsay starts them out with a boiled potato. Both nail it. Next is seared tuna. When Keith gets a whiff on the spoon before him, he moves his head, reluctant to open his mouth. Chef Ramsay finally shoves it in, much to Keith's displeasure. After a taste, Keith guesses poached salmon, but Maribel gets it right. The third item is oregano and both cooks miss it. Last is pear chutney, an item they've been using for weeks. Maribel guesses spicy mango, but Keith gets it right. The score is 2-2 after round one.

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